Course One — Methods & Sources

ExpiredCourse One — Methods & Sources

  • July 21, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

[Registration begins 09:30 am ET – 08 March 2019 / Maximum: 30 students]

Important:

  • Please read IGHR’s Tuition and Payment and Refund Deadlines prior to registration.
  • All courses come with a digital syllabus, entry to evening sessions, Sunday evening reception, and Thursday dinner buffet.
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Course Coordinator

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

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, 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

Course Schedule

Monday
8:00 –  8:30Orientation (Koford)
8:30 – 9:45Course One: Introduction (Koford)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Federal Censuses (Koford)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Reading Early American Handwriting (Koford)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Project Managment (Koford)
 
Tuesday

 

8:00 –  8:30Homework Review: Ancestor Background (Koford)
8:30 – 9:45Maps & Gazetteers (Kashuba)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Birth & Marriage Records (Koford)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Death & Probate Records (Koford)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Introduction to Land Records (McGhie)
4:00 – 4:15Break
4:15 – 5:30Organizing Your Research (Koford)
 
Wednesday

 

8:00 –  8:30Homework Review: Vital Records Assignment (Koford)
8:30 – 9:45Newspaper Research (E. Powell)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Introduction to DNA (Hobbs)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Oral Interviews & Home Sources (Colletta)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Church Records (Koford)
4:00 – 4:15Break
4:15 – 5:30Courthouse Records (Koford)
 
Thursday

 

8:30 – 9:45Tour: Clarke County Courthouse (Koford & Spratling)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Tour: Clarke County Courthouse (Koford & Spratling)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Introduction to Law for Genealogists (Spratling)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Workshop: Organizing & Analyzing Your Research (Koford)
4:00 – 4:15Break
4:15 – 5:30Introduction to Military Research (Strauss)
 
Friday

 

8:00 –  9:15Local History & Context (Colletta)
9:15 – 9:30Break
9:30 – 10:45Online Research Techniques (K. Powell)
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:00Summation & Critique (Koford)

 

Course Faculty

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

John Philip Colletta, PhD

Patti Lee Hobbs, CG

Melinda Kashuba, PhD

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Kimberly T. Powell

Benjamin B. Spratling III, JD

Michael L. Strauss, AG

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