Course One – Methods & Sources

UpcomingCourse One – Methods & Sources

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    Course One $545.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
    March 6, 2021
  • Course One
    July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm


Course One — Methods and Sources

Registration opens Saturday, 6 March 2021 at 9:30am ET

[Maximum: 25 students]

Course Coordinator

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGLSM

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 virtual courthouse tour, 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.

Prerequisites, textbooks, and other student information

Prerequisites: None. Comfortable with using internet and Word (or equivalent) are preferred.

Required textbooks: None.

Recommended textbooks:
Kip Sperry, Reading American Handwriting
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Documentation
Christine Rose, Courthouse Research

Course Schedule

Monday
10:30 – 11:00 Orientation (Koford)
11:00 – 12:15 Course Introduction (Koford)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Reading Early American Handwriting (Koford)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Organizing Research (Koford)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Project Management (Koford)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework Review (Koford)
11:00 – 12:15 Newspaper Research (E. Powell)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Introduction to Land Records (Koford)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Federal and State Censuses (Koford)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (Koford)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework Review (Koford)
11:00 – 12:15 Introduction to Military Records (Strauss)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Maps & Gazetteers (Kashuba)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Introduction to DNA (Hobbs)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Probate Records (Koford)
 
Thursday
10:30 – 11:00 Courthouse Research (Koford)
11:00 – 12:15 Virtual Courthouse Tour (Koford)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Workshop: Courthouse Research (Koford)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Introduction to Law (Spratling)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Church Records (Wells)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 Oral Interviews & Family Treasures (Koford)
11:45 –12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:15 Workshop: Organizing is Analyzing (Koford)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Summation & Critique (Koford)

 

Course Faculty

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGLSM, Course Coordinator
Patti Lee Hobbs, CG®
Melinda Kashuba, PhD
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM
Ben B. Spratling, JD
Michael L. Strauss, AG®
Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, BA, MA, MLS, DHL

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