Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.
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Course One — Methods & Sources

Course Coordinator

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Description

Learn or review the processes for researching family history, from the basic building blocks found in the census to using the modern science of DNA to solve relationship mysteries. This foundation course at IGHR provides the tools you need to begin genealogical research, including how to read old handwriting; record, analyze, and cite research information; interview relatives to develop exciting stories; and explore the intriguing clues found in sources such as maps, newspapers, land, military, probate, and religious records. You’ll go on a site visit to a courthouse and a library, where exercises will develop or expand your research abilities. Classes taught by experts in the field of genealogy will pique your interest and hone your skills. No prior genealogical experience is necessary; the course is suitable for beginners. However, it is also an excellent refresher course for those with prior experience.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

No textbooks are required, but the NGS publication Paths to Your Past : A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors is recommended (available from the National Genealogical Society as a print publication or a PDF download).

Course Schedule

Monday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Orientation (P. Sayre)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Course Introduction (P. Sayre)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Federal Census (P. Sayre)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Religious Records (Wells)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Vital Records & Newspapers (P. Sayre)

Tuesday

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Reading Old Handwriting (P. Sayre)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Maps & Gazetteers (Kashuba)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Introduction to Land Records (McGhie)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Courthouse Records (P. Sayre)

Wednesday

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Onsite Research: Clarke County Courthouse (P. Sayre/Wells)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Libraries & Archives, UGA Main Library Classroom (P. Sayre)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Onsite Research: UGA Main Library (P. Sayre/Wells)

Thursday

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Oral Interviews & Home Sources (Colletta)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Death & Probate Records (P. Sayre)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: DNA: Stepping Into Genetic Genealogy (Wayne)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Military Records (Strauss)
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Break
  • 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Recording Your Findings (P. Sayre)

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Local History & Building Context (Colletta)
  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Break
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Organizing Your Research (P. Sayre)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Summation & Critique (P. Sayre)

Course Faculty

Event Details

Event Begins 23-Jul-2017
Event Ends 28-Jul-2017
Registration Begins 03-Feb-2017 11:00 am
Registration Ends 30-Jun-2017
Remaining Seats 5
Price $625.00
Location
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 S Lumpkin St Athens, GA 30602 United States
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
$625.00 5

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