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Genealogical Researchers

Education and Training Requirements

High School

Genealogical researchers have top-notch research, problem-solving, analytical, and critical-thinking skills in order to efficiently locate and assess genealogical information. To build these skills, take classes such as social studies, government, and philosophy. Computer classes (computer science, data science, data analysis, and database management) will teach how to use computers and the Internet and analyze and store data. Writing and speech courses will help you to become a strong communicator. You’ll need these skills to write reports and letters of inquiry as you conduct research and to develop strong working relationships with co-workers, clients, and keepers of information such as archivists and record office clerks. Learning a foreign language will be especially useful if you work as a citizenship reclamation specialist, but it’s a valuable skill regardless of your specialty.

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