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Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building
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Methodology–Part 2 has two underlying themes. One is to help you organize your paperwork and all the other documents or family material you will be collecting. The pedigree chart and the family group record are your "best friends" but there are many other suggested forms to keep track of your research, your correspondence, and all the material you collect as you become known as the family historian.

The second theme continues on from Methodology–Part 1 with learning basic research skills. You need a solid foundation to apply to your personal research: research planning, evaluating sources and analyzing the information they contain. We will review the subjects of sources and information, and add more about the third factor: evidence. In Part 1 you learned something about transcribing vital or historic documents related to your research work. This will also continue with the skill of abstracting information from sources.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction...
 
Getting Started, Some Basic Points
• Consistency
• Abbreviations
• Names
• Dates
• Locations
 
Storage of Your Materials
• Binders
• File folders and Envelopes
• File cabinets and Boxes
 
Developing Research Skills
• Research Skills: Transcribing Historic Documents
• Transcribing Standards
• Punctuation/Diacritical Marks
• Handwriting
• Obsolete Letters
• Dates
• Square Brackets and Illegible Words
• Comments and Interpretation
• Sample Document of a Petition
 

Module 2
Reference Numbers
• Ancestral Reference Numbering System
• Descendants Reference Numbering System
 
Forms To Organize Your Information
• Pedigree Chart
• Family Group Record
 
Research Skills: Abstracting Documents
• Abstracting Standards
• Identifying the Document
• Staying Faithful to Original Order
• Quotes and Extracts if Useful
• Spelling, Dates
• Illegibility
• Clarification
 

Module 3
Forms - Part 1
• Research Activity
• Daily Journal
• Address & Telephone Directory
• Location
• Research Checklist
 
Research Skills: Review of Sources & Information
• Sources
• Information
• Evidence
• Proof
 

Module 4
Forms - Part 2
• Information Request
• Resource Centres and Websites
• My Ancestors and My Ancestors Descendants
• Difficult Searches
 
Research Skills: Genealogical Proof Standard
• "Evidence" and "Proof"
• Genealogical Proof Standard
• Sample Proof Argument
• Research Planning
 

Module 5
Additional Forms
• Expense Journal
• Precious Documents Inventory
• Family Mementoes
• Family Information Request
• Personal Diary
 
Organizing All Your Precious Documents
Major Disasters
 

Module 6
Research Skills: Citing Your Sources
• Core Elements for Original Sources
• Core Elements for Derivative Sources
• Core Elements for Online Sources
• Structure
• Census Example
• Vital Record Example
• Book Example
• Chapter/Article Example
• Website Examples
• Database Example
• Digital Image Example
• Recommended Reading
 
Summary: Getting Organized
• Words of Encouragement
 
Summary: Research Skills
Bibliograpy
Handy Forms
 
 

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