Course Ten — Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents

UpcomingCourse Ten — Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents

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    Course Ten — Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents $620.00 (USD)   Expired
  • Course Ten — Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents
    July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Course 10 Registration begins 1-Feb-2020: 1:30 pm Eastern Time

[Maximum: 30 students]

Course Coordinators

Ben Spratling, JD and Patricia Walls Stamm CG®, CGLSM

Description

This course covers research methods for genealogists in law libraries and government documents.  It is designed for the advanced researcher.  A solid understanding of genealogy basics is required to make use of the techniques presented.  Course Ten is designed to develop advanced skills by concentrating on methods to effectively and efficiently locate relevant material within the two collections.

In the Advanced Library Research Government Documents portion, students delve into the different types of documents within the federal government. The course expands their knowledge and understanding of the branches of the Federal Government, the diverse responsibilities and the distinct reports and documents available to help in genealogical search.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

Prerequisites

Any one of the following:

  • IGHR Course Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies;
  • SLIG course Advanced Genealogical Methods;
  • GRIP course Advanced Research Methods;
  • Boston University’s genealogy certificate program;
  • BCG’s certification or ICAPGen’s accreditation; or
  • Current or past experience as a Librarian
  • Students who have not completed any of these programs may submit a written report detailing their genealogical experiences to ighr@gagensociety.org. This is not to exceed 300 words.

Recommended book:

Freilich, Kay Haviland, and William B. Freilich. Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2014. (available from the National Genealogical Society [ngsgenealogy.org] as a print publication or a PDF download)

Additional student information:

Students should have a computer or tablet with Internet access for classroom exercises.

Course Schedule

Monday
10:30 – 11:00 Introductions and Overview of Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents (Spratling & Stamm)
11:00 – 12:15 Answering the Questions of What, Where, Why of Government Documents (Stamm)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 The Records of the Executive Department (Stamm)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 The First Records of Our Country (Stamm)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Tour of Government Documents Department, Tips for Using ProQuest Databases, and assignments  (Stamm)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Review, Questions, and Assignments Using Government Documents (Stamm)
11:00 – 12:15 The Legislative Branch Overview (Stamm)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Treasures in the Records of the U.S. Congress (Rencher)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 Records of the Reconstruction South (Wells)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Records of the New South (Wells)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Review, Questions, and Assignments Using Government Documents (Stamm)
11:00 – 12:15 Courthouse Records & Courthouse Virtual Tour (Koford)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Court and Legal Records: An Overview for Genealogists (Spratling)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 Introduction to Law Libraries (Spratling)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Law Library Virtual Tour (Spratling)
 
Thursday
11:00 – 12:15 Using Mind Mapping as a Visual Research Plan (Giroux)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Using Ravel Law for Genealogical Research (E. Powell)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 The Law Online: Identifying and Evaluating Resources on the Web (Russell)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Computer Legal Research (Spratling)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 The Law: How It’s Made, How to Find It (Russell)
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:15 Civil Law Concepts & Genealogy (Bettag)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Recap & Certificates (Spratling & Stamm)

 

Course Faculty

Ben Spratling, JD, Course Coordinator

Patricia Walls Stamm CG®, CGLSM, Course Coordinator

Claire Bettag, CG®, FUGA, FNGS

Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG®, CGLSM

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGLSM

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM

David E. Rencher, AG®, CG®, FIGRS, FUGA

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM

Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, BA, MA, MLS, DHL

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