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Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started
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This introductory course will tackle the common questions: "Why trace our ancestors?", "How far back can I go?" and "How do I proceed after I''ve talked to my family?" Participants will immediately start filling in their ancestral chart. The course takes a look at the mementoes and documents found in our own homes which hold so much information but which are often overlooked. This will be followed with a general review of the public sources available. The course concludes with a look at the frustrating and confusing situations you may encounter as you undertake your research. Please note that for students seeking the Certificate, this course is a prerequisite for the remaining courses.


Module 1
  • What Genealogy Means
  • Why Would You Want to Trace Your Ancestors
  • How Far Back Can You Go

    What To Do Before You Start Your Research
  • But a Couple of Don''ts First
  • Construct a Miniature Tree
  • Whose Genealogy Do You Want to Trace?

    Recording Your Information
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Coding System
  • Abbreviations and Dates

    Module 2
    The Family Group Record

    How To Begin The Research Stage
  • What Resources Does Your Family Have?
  • Vital Records/Civil Registration/Church Records
  • Personal Records
  • Legal Records
  • School Records
  • Religious Records
  • Government Records
  • Health Records
  • Family Bible
  • Family Photo Album

    Finding Living Relatives
  • A resource not to be missed
  • Skills Required
  • Being Inquisitive
  • Being Not Too Afraid to Call
  • Persistence

    How to Find Them?
  • Key Available Records
  • Internet
  • Traditional Genealogy Records
  • Serendipities


    Module 3
  • Research Objectives
  • Research Procedures
  • The Sources We Use
  • Types of Information
  • Evaluation and Analysis

    Module 4
    Confusing Situations
  • Meaning of Words

  • Half-Brothers or Half-Sisters
  • Stepbrothers or Stepsisters

    Changes in Boundaries
    Changes in the Calendars

    Module 5
    What Outside Sources To Contact
    Genealogical & Historical Associations

    Public Archives
  • Records of Births, Marriages & Deaths
  • Indexes
  • Examples of Available Indexes
  • Census Records
  • Agriculture Schedules
  • Manufacturing Schedules
  • Other Censuses and Schedules
  • Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers
  • Directories
  • Passenger Lists
  • Passport Records
  • Probate Records
  • Court Records
  • Land Records
  • Military Records

    Public & Provincial/State Libraries
  • Guides, Finding Aids & Inventories
  • Newspapers
  • Indexes of Various Data
  • Periodicals, Magazines & Newsletters from Genealogical Associations

    Module 6
    Case Study
  • Two Unidentified Pictures
  • Document 1: Birth Certificate of Violet Charles
  • Document 2: Marriage Certificate of Alfred Charles and Margaret Newham

    What Outside Sources To Contact: Continued
  • Private Libraries & Associations
  • FamilySearch Centers
  • Churches & Religious Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Advice

    Transcription Of Documents

    A Basic Genealogical Research Plan
  • Suggested Steps in Research Planning

    Useful Forms


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