The Bilingual Diploma in French Genealogy - Please Give Your Suggestions
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Comments Received on the Bilingual Diploma

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To date, on the subject of the bilingual Diplôme Université in genealogy offered by the University of Nîmes as discussed in the previous post, we have received comments and suggestions both at the end of that post and  by e-mail. We give them all here; each, obviously, from a different person: 

  • This sounds wonderful and too bad I am too old to do it.
  • I have spent countless hours transcribing church and civil records put online by the Department of Bas-Rhin, but the church records are in German (Alsace before the Revolution).  My French, sadly, is minimal. I can translate slowly with a dictionary, but would probably not be able to get much out of lectures in French.......I have French ancestors in other areas as well, and would be interested in the written materials.  Since I do genealogy only for personal use, I have no need for an official certificate. If they could make the written materials available for a considerably lesser fee, with no exams or diploma, that would be very welcome.
  • I wanted to let you know that at Brigham Young University they do have specialty tracks in their curriculum allowing for specialization in Spanish, Italian, French, Scandinavian, British, Irish, German or American research. Genealogy courses are also offered online through BYU-Idaho and they include many of the same specialty tracks.
  • This course interests me. I want the program and the technology to be user friendly.  I believe the structure and content will be user friendly. I must know the level of French required and the level of work required, in daily hours.
  • I would love to know more about French genealogy to help find my Huguenot ancestors....However, French genealogy is not of such an interest to me that it is worth 4000 euros to me. I might be interested in following some modules, if that is possible....My French skills are sufficient to read and listen to French lectures and use French sources, but taking an exam in French would be stretching it. Also, I would not be willing to travel to France to take the exam.
  • One of our local librarians attended a week-long course several years ago on French records at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. I've been waiting for them to offer it again, but no luck so far....For most people working in a foreign language, reading and writing is easier than speaking and understanding; so I, for one, would be totally out of my element if the lectures were in French. This would not be a good fit for me.
  • This is very exciting! I am going to start saving my money for it. There is an Alliance Française branch fairly close to me. I hope I would be allowed to bring a French dictionary with me for the tests.
  • I am French living in the States and what I need is to learn how to be able to get to the archives that are NOT on the internet without having to cross the Atlantic! Apparently the course will only deal with archives on line and that is not worth the 4,000 Euros. For example what is the paleography course worth, if you don't have access to any records prior to 1738, which is usually the norm in most villages? I know any learning is good, but at that price, it needs to be useful.
  • This type of course would be very interesting to me in a few years when I am able to retire and possibly pursue genealogy work for others. The price tag is a little hefty but might be worth it if there was a future revenue source to support it. I just can't imagine there will be many folks interested in it.
    The aspects of this that might be more immediately of interest to me are individual courses on issues like Notary records and French history. I often get lost when reading various documents related to my ancestors because I do not fully understand the
    legal and historical context. Courses like that would be of interest especially if they can be offered at a more nominal fee.
  • My two concerns are similar to the person who wrote on 5 December 2015 at 11:29 pm PST....1.  For most people working in a foreign language, reading and writing is easier than speaking and understanding; so I, for one, would be totally out of my element if the lectures were in French.  A potential solution to this issue is to have Closed Captions in English (similar to movies) in French for those who are not strong in understanding speakers who would talk with us about unfamiliar topics....2.  The price is too expensive simply to learn how to be a better French genealogist with no need for a diploma.  In addition, the internet should allow classes to be taught which are much less expensive than a class in a building.   In the US, often times class may be audited to learn information and not receive credit.
  • I think it is a wonderful idea to offer the bilingual diploma. ...My two problems with it would be that my French is intermediate level and I fear it may cause problems with the work.  Also, the cost of the program is too expensive for me.
  • Having very little French counts me out! Also this course is far too expensive (EUR4000 = AUD6000) for an Australian. As a former lecturer at Flinders University we offered a genealogy course face-to-face at 2 levels - those for students seeking post-graduate diplomas etc and the general public who wanted skills. The latter paid less than AUD1000! If I had a spare AUD6000 I would be more inclined to either spend it on a holiday to France or engage a local researcher!


Thank you for these latest. Any more opinions out there? 

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