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Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies
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The objective of this course is to teach you how to manage your genealogical project.

If you recall, during Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started and Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding we reminded you often that there are many ways to approach your genealogical project. We also made you aware that there are many ways of getting yourself organized; what is important is to choose a system that works for you.

Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies and Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording continue from the first two Basic Methodology courses, providing you with different methods of managing your genealogical project.

Methodology-Part 3: More Strategies will consist of an intensive study of the types of information and how to gather it. We shall look at how to organize this information, the research process, and even your genealogical office. Strategies for planning your project and for using original records complete the course.

Methodology-Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording deals with what to look for in the main sources and how to record it. We then discuss the many methods of synthesizing your research results for presentation and preservation.

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Course Content

Module 1
More Strategies!
Definitions
Genealogy & Family History
 
Abbreviations Used in Family History
• Symbols
• Abbreviated & Latin Words
 
The Six Steps To Success
 
Step 1: Defining Your Goals
• Goals
• Specific Objectives
• End Product
• Points to Ponder
 

Module 2
Step 2: Learning The Basics
Types of Information & Tips on Gathering It
• Gathering Oral Information
• Successful Taping of Oral Histories
• The Formal Interview
• After the Interview
 
Gathering Written Information
• Spelling
• Writing Letters
• Gathering Visual Information
• Gathering Artefacts
 
Storage Of Archival Materials
Rule #1 Do Not Do Anything That Is Not Reversible
Rule #2 Protect From Damage By Light, Heat, Dirt, Handling & Chemicals
• Care of Heritage Fabrics
• Storage of Oral Information
• Storage of Written Information
• Storage of Visual Information
• Storage of Artefacts
 

Module 3
Organizing Your Information
 
Organization of Facts (Data)
• Computers
• Card indexes
• File Folders
• Indexed Binders
 
Organization of Oral Information
Organization of Written Information
Organization of Visual Information
Organization of Artefacts
 
Organizing Your Home Base
• At Your Desk
• In Your Office
• Note on Computer Back-ups
• Building a Basic Library
• Your Fiche Machine & Fiche Collection
• Finding Supplies
 

Module 4
Organizing The Research Process
 
Office Procedures
• Dealing with Incoming Paperwork
• Dealing with Family History Society Journals
• Your Bibliography File!
• Keeping Track of FamilySearch Center Microforms
• Multi-Purpose Number Sheet
 
Numbering Systems
Relationships
 
Lists of Ancestral Names & Places
• Calculating An Exact Birth Date
 
Knowing Your Repositories
• Government Departments
• Public Libraries
• Local History Libraries and Archives
• University Libraries
• Archives and County Record Offices
• Ethnic Organizations and Embassies
• Specialist Libraries: Religious, Armed Forces & Occupational
• FamilySearch Centers
• The Internet
• Family History and Genealogy Societies
 
Knowing Your Sources
• Background Information
• Geographical Tools
• Historical Tools
• Methodology Tools
• Family Tools
• Finding Aids
 
Genealogical Sources
• Original Records
• Derivative Sources
 

Module 5
Step 3: Deciding On Strategies For Research
Planning Your Project
 
Deduction, Assumption and Hypotheses
• The Danger of Undefined Assumptions
• Making Hypotheses from Facts, Estimates and Deduction
• Standard Set of Estimates
• Testing the Hypothesis
 
Pedigree Analysis
Research Ideas Log and Research Log
Use of Record Agents and Genealogists
What Do I Take with Me? The Research Briefcase
Other Ideas
Efficient Use of Time
Effective Use of Films on Loan at FamilySearch Centers
 

Module 6
Sources & Information
• Original Sources
• Derivative Sources
 
Strategy For Genealogical Research
 
Reasons and Strategies for Using the Main Original Sources
• Using Civil Registration (Vital Statistics)
• Using Censuses
• Using Parish and Other Church Registers
• Using Probate
• Using Land Records
 
Where to Find the Sources
• Finding Family Sources
• Finding Civil Registration (Vital Statistics)
• Finding Census
• Finding Parish and Other Church Registers
• Finding Probate
• Finding Land Records
• Finding Other Sources
 
Bibliography/Reference List
• Books
• Courses
 
Appendix: Useful Forms
 
 

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