Intermediate American Records
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Courses 5 $595.00
Package total: 5 $595.00
Course image American: Cemetery Records
Intermediate American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Cemetary Records

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

This course will explore the history of cemeteries, the symbolism used, and the types of cemeteries. We will discuss the records created, how to locate a gravesite, and a summary of records published in books and online.


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
DEATH, DYING & THE HISTORY OF CEMETERIES
Early History of Burials in the World
United States
Funeral Customs

MODULE 2
GRAVESTONES SPEAK
Introduction
Colonial America
New England
Ethnic Influences
18th, 19th & 20th Centuries

MODULE 3
TYPES OF CEMETERIES & THEIR RECORDS
Cemetery Types
Churchyard Burial Grounds
Potter’s Fields
State & National Cemeteries
Cemetery Records

MODULE 4
LOCATING A GRAVE
Introduction
Find A Grave
Interment.net
Billion Graves
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project

MODULE 5
CARING FOR GRAVESTONES & ABSTRACTING THEIR RECORDS
Preservation of Gravestones
Collecting the Data

MODULE 6
PUBLISHED & ONLINE SOURCES
Introduction
The Published Book
Books to Electronic Files
Online Sources
Miscellaneous Sources
Course image American: Religious Records-Part 2
Intermediate American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Religious Records - Part 2

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

In this course we discuss American religions in the United States primarily after 1800, including the Orthodox, Easternrite Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, groups of the Restoration Movement, and others. The course will explore types of religious records available, how to use them, and where accessed. History of religious groups as relevant to their records is included.


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content
MODULE 1
OVERVIEW: RELIGIOUS GROUPS & RECORDS IN THE 19TH & 20TH CENTURIES
Accessing Religious Records
Realignment of Colonial Religious Groups
Education & the Church
Slavery Issues & the Church
Emerging Religious Groups - Early 19th Century
Post Civil War Population and Intellectual Climate
Black Churches
Immigrants in the Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries
Latecomers to the Religious Scene in America

MODULE 2
THE RESTORATION MOVEMENT
The Restoration Movement Defined
Records—Churches of the Restoration Movement
Timeline

MODULE 3
MORMONS AND COMMUNITY OF CHRIST
Membership Statistics
Timeline
Mormons
Genealogy: Uniting the family beyond the grave
Family History Library

MODULE 4
ORTHODOX CHURCH AND EASTERN-RITE CATHOLICS
Shared Eastern Roots
Orthodox Church
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Orthodox Church in America
Eastern-Rite Catholics

MODULE 5
JUDAISM
Judaism, a World Religion
Forms of Judaism in the Modern Era
Judaism in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the U.S
A Response Concerning Orthodox Records

MODULE 6
BUDDHISM, HINDUISM, AND ISLAM
World Religions Compared
Buddhism
Hinduism
Islam
Course image American: Immigration and Naturalization Records
Intermediate American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Immigration and Naturalization Records

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

In this course we discuss how to trace your immigrant ancestors to the United States. Includes the various immigration and naturalization sources such as passenger arrival lists. Other sources and strategies for documenting immigrants are explored. Historical background of immigration to the United States as relevant to genealogy is covered.


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND & GENERAL RESOURCES
Introduction
Historical Background Timeline

MODULE 2
STRATEGIES FOR RESEARCHING IMMIGRANTS & THEIR ORIGINS
Type 1: Only the Country of Origin is Known
Type 2: You Know a County, District, or Region of Origin
Type 3: Specific Place of Origin (Place Name) is Known

MODULE 3
DOCUMENTING AN ANCESTOR’S IMMIGRATION
Passenger Arrival Lists
Colonial Arrival Lists
What is the immigrant’s most likely port of entry?
Canadian Passenger Lists

MODULE 4
BORDER CROSSING, PASSPORT, FOREIGN DEPARTURE & EMIGRATION RECORDS
Canadian Border Crossing Records
Mexican Border Crossing Records
United States Passport Records
Regular Passport Applications
Foreign Departure & Emigration Records

MODULE 5
NATURALIZATION RECORDS
British Colonial Naturalization Records
Colonial Naturalization Law
United States Naturalization, 1777-1789
U.S. Naturalization Law 1790-1906
Post-1906 Immigration Procedure
Types of Naturalization Records
How do you know if your ancestor was naturalized?
Alien Registrations

MODULE 6
ETHNIC SOURCES, SOCIETIES & NEWSPAPERS
Ethnic Immigration Reference Works
Societies
Ethnic Newspapers
“Information Wanted” Ads
Immigrant Banks in America
Course image American: Migration Patterns
Intermediate American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Migration Patterns

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

The purpose of this course is to discuss and illustrate the history of migration across the United States. This includes particular routes individual ancestors would have followed in the migration westward. the time period of settlement of areas of the United States, and specifics about the common patterns of movement of people between areas and states through the decades.


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
WHY STUDY MIGRATION PATTERNS?
Why Migrate?
Successful Migration
Waves of American Migration
Was There a ‘Typical’ Migrant?
History & Geography—Keys to Understanding Migration Patterns

MODULE 2
COLONIAL AMERICA, 1607-1783
Coastal Settlement
Settlements in the Early Western Frontier
The Appalachian Barrier
American Revolutionary War
Transportation Demands in the New Nation

MODULE 3
BEYOND THE EASTERN SHORES 1784-1839
Post-Revolution Migrations
Federal & State Military Bounty Lands
Securing the West for the New Nation
Areas of Largest Growth by 1840
Growth in Other Parts of the Northwest Territory
Early Southwest
River Traffic, Canals & Railroads

MODULE 4
OPENING OF THE WEST, 1840-1865
A Rapidly Growing Nation
The Far West
Land Sales—The Homestead Act of 1862
Popular Overland Routes, 1840-1865
Ocean Routes to California
Railroads
The Civil War, an Interruption & a Stimulus for Postwar Migration

MODULE 5
COMING OF AGE, 1866-1919
Homestead Acts Brought Settlers to the Great Plains
Immigrant Migrations
World War I

MODULE 6
MODERN ERA, 1920-PRESENT
Post-World War I Era
Depression Years
World War II & Its Effect on the Postwar Era
Interstate Highways
CHRONOLOGY OF AMERICA
Course image American: Probate Records
Intermediate American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Probate Records

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

This course discusses legal records created by the courts when an ancestor died. Some individuals had wills written before death, and in other cases “administration” records were kept of people who died without a will. Many other records could have been created depending on the time period, place, and prominence of the ancestor.


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
History & Terminology
Terms of Probate Law

MODULE 2
INTESTACY
General History of Intestacy
Law of Distribution
Intestate Process

MODULE 3
TESTACY, INSOLVENCY & GUARDIANSHIP
Testate Process
Insolvency Cases
Guardianship

MODULE 4
STATE INFORMATION
Alabama to Louisiana

MODULE 5
STATE INFORMATION
Maine to Wyoming

MODULE 6
GENERAL INFORMATION
General Online Resources