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Personal Historian: Beginning Genealogy
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Genealogical research is one income stream you can add to your Personal Historian business whether you conduct the research or your hire a researcher. Family history information enhances a personal history project by providing more in-depth family details. This introduction to genealogy will address how to add this income stream to your business, what to look for when hiring a researcher, and how to do the basic research yourself.


A Module 1
Adding Genealogy To Your Personal Historian Business
  • Note about Web Addresses
  • Websites

  • Pros & Cons of Adding a Genealogy Income Stream
  • Code of Ethics for Genealogical Researchers

    Contracts & Fees
  • Considerations for Setting Fees

    Types of Contracts

  • Offline Avenues
  • Online Avenues

    Next Steps
    Recommended Reading & Resources

    Module 2
    Genealogy Basics

  • Enhancing a Personal History Project

    Starting Genealogical Research
  • Pedigree Chart / Family Tree
  • Family Group Sheet

    Family Stories
  • Including Photographs

    Genealogy Software

    Home Sources
  • Family Bible
  • Photographs
  • Newspapers
  • School Records
  • Military Records
  • Baptismal or Christening Certificates
  • Funeral Cards
  • Baby Books


    Searching Online Records vs. Offline Records
  • Starting with Online Research
  • Searching Offline Resources

    Warning! It isnít as easy as clicking a Shaky Green Leaf Hint
    Religious and Country Rulers Affected Records
    Country, State/Provincial, County, & Town Boundary Changes
    Final Thoughts
    Recommended Reading & Resources

    Module 3
    Analyzing Information & Planning
    Looking at information provided by a client
    Family stories and the truth

    Evidence Analysis Process
  • Sources
  • Examine the Information on Records
  • Evidence

    Citing Sources
  • Example - Research Problem

    Creating the Client Research Report
    Final Thoughts
    Recommended Reading & Resources

    Module 4
    Commonly Used Records

  • Online & Offline Records, and Missing Records

    Commonly Used Records in Genealogy
  • Vital Records
  • Religious & Cemetery Records
  • Information Contained within a Religious Record
  • Baptismal Records
  • Confirmation Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Death Records
  • Finding Religious Records
  • Population, Agriculture, & Non-Population Census Schedules
  • Immigration
  • City Directories or Phone Books
  • Newspapers
  • Military Records
  • Types of Records Available
  • Land & Property Records
  • Court and Probate Records
  • Example - Portion of a Transcribed Will

    Next Steps

    Module 5
    Repositories & Online Records

    Records Access
  • Transferring Records
  • Destruction of Records

    Tips for Using Repositories

    Types of Repositories
  • National Archives
  • State/Provincial or Regional Level Archives
  • Local Archives and Historical Societies
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Genealogical Societies
  • Libraries
  • Museums

    Online Records & Indexes
  • Indexes as Sources
  • Locating Online Records

    Final Thoughts

    Module 6
    Locating, Hiring & Evaluating A Professional Genealogist
    Why Do You Need a Researcher?
    Locating a Researcher

    Hiring a Researcher
  • Interviewing a Genealogist
  • Contracts and Fees
  • More on Fees
  • Responsibilities of the Researcher & You
  • Evaluating the Research
  • Signs of Good Research
  • Signs of Inadequate Research

    Final Thoughts
    Recommended Reading & Resources

  • Useful Forms

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