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Advanced American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Course Print Material: American Institutional Records

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

Focusing on vital records and the census can yield a rather incomplete picture of our ancestors’ lives. Many researchers may avoid examining institutional records because they believe it is demeaning to the ancestor, or they believe the records will not shed any new information. Institutional records often contain a wealth of information. This course will introduce the student to records of institutions such as orphanages, prisons, poor houses, asylums, and schools. Students will learn how to determine the correct institution, how to find the records, and how to use the records to lead to new sources. The course also covers possible difficulties in records access.

Course Length: 7 weeks
Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INSTITUTIONAL RECORDS
Types of Institutions We Will Focus Upon
Access to the Records
Terminology

MODULE 2
CLUES TO INSTITUTIONALIZATION
Introduction
Records at Home
Clues in the Census
State and Local Censuses

MODULE 3
THE SICK, THE POOR, AND ORPHANS
Brief History of Almshouses and Poor Farms
Records of County Homes, Asylums, and Other Institutions for the
Poor and Sick

MODULE 4
SCHOOLS
Brief History of Education in America
Teacher’s Records
School Censuses

MODULE 5
PRISONS AND JAILS
Brief History of Prisons and Jails
Jail Registers
State and Federal State Penitentiaries
Military Prisons and Prisoner of War Camps
Roster of Prisoners

MODULE 6
FINDING THE RECORDS
Determining the Correct Institution
City and County Directories
Finding the Records
County USGenWeb Website
County Histories
State Manuals
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Advanced American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Newspaper Records

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

This course will introduce you to newspapers as a genealogical resource; from an introductory overview of newspapers, and a look at the history of American newspapers to accessing newspapers online. A look at how you may already be using newspapers will be examined. The different kinds of information, from basic vital record details to local news and historical or biographical items will be discussed with emphasis on how to get the most genealogical information by knowing what types of news items will have what kinds of facts and what may require additional research. Finally, you will be introduced to the different ways to find and access newspapers including interlibrary loan, newspaper morgues, microfilm, and online.

Course Length: 7 weeks
Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Introduction to US Newspapers
What Can You Find in Newspapers?
A Look at the History of American Newspapers
Understanding What You Are Reading
Using Indexes, Transcripts, and Abstracts
Citing Newspapers
Transcripts and Abstracts

MODULE 2
VITAL STATISTICS IN NEWSPAPERS
Overview of “Vital Statistics

MODULE 3
MISCELLANEOUS BUT VALUABLE NEWS STORIES
Local News
Family News
Legal Notices
Land Sales to Pay Taxes or Creditors
Court Notices
Public Announcements
Shipping and Business News

MODULE 4
FINDING NEWSPAPERS
Websites
Strategies for Finding Newspaper Titles & Collections
History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820
American Newspapers 1821-1936, A Union List of Files Available in
the United States and Canada
Library of Congress
Chronicling America
Early American Newspapers Project
Finding Aids
CASE STUDY

MODULE 5
SPECIALTY NEWSPAPERS
Ethnic & Religious Newspapers
Military Newspapers
Labor Papers
Finding Aids

MODULE 6
NEWSPAPERS ON THE INTERNET
Newspaper Research Online
Types of Available Resources
Digital Images
What is OCR?
How to Conduct an Effective Search
Chronicling America
GenealogyBank
NewspaperArchive
Citing Online Newspaper Resources
Resources for Finding Online Newspaper Collections
CASE STUDY
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Advanced American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Course Print Material: American: Military Records

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

Within this course, there is a discussion of the various types of records created by military service, such as service records, muster rolls, pension records, and draft registration. The content of the records and their usefulness for genealogy and immigration research are described. Records of conflicts of the United States and colonial America from the early colonial wars of the seventeenth century to the Second World War are included. The Army, Navy, and other branches of service are detailed. History of military action in America as it relates to records is also included.

Course Length: 7 weeks
Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION

GETTING PREPARED
The Family Stories
Timelines
Other Sources for Identification of Military Service

MODULE 2
REPOSITORIES & INTERNET TOOLS
The Resources
Repositories
National Archives and Records Administration
Online Public Access Catalog
Military Records at the National Archives
National Archives Research Facilities

MODULE 3
MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS
Revolutionary War through the Mexican War
Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
National Archives & Records Administration
Volunteer Soldiers Who Served From 1784 to 1811
War of 1812 (June 1812-January 1815)
Mexican War (1846-48)

MODULE 4
CIVIL WAR TO THE PRESENT
The Civil War (1861-1865)
Spanish American War (1898)
Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902)

MODULE 5
PENSION & BOUNTY LAND RECORDS
Bounty Land Warrants
Revolutionary War
War of 1812
Mexican War
Indian Wars
Old War Series
Pensions for Civil War & More

MODULE 6
MILITARY & LINEAGE SOCIETIES
American Revolution
War of 1812
Mexican War
Civil War
World War I Draft Registration
World War II Draft Registration
Old Man’s Draft
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Advanced American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: American: Court Records

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

This course provides an overview of United States court records, selected finding aids to United States court records and strategies for gleaning the records of the courts. It introduces additional resources and strategies for documenting the interaction of your ancestors and the United States courts; and provides a brief historical background as is relevant to various court records.

Students will be encouraged to share their findings (including additional sources and strategies) while studying the interaction of their families and the courthouse.

Students enrolling in this course will have successfully completed the International Institute of Genealogical Studies’ courses United States: Land Records, United States: Probate Records, and United States: Immigration & Naturalization Records, or have a great deal of experience researching land, probate, and immigration & naturalization records.

At the end of this course, an exam will be provided to evaluate your understanding of the course materials.

Course Length: 8 weeks
Contact Hours: 21
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Introduction to Court Records
Brief Overview of the United States Judicial System
Types of Law
Levels of Courts
Appellate Court - Intermediate and Last Resort (Supreme Court)

MODULE 2
STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE COURTS
State Statutes & Legislative Acts
Municipal Ordinances/Laws

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE COURTS
Supreme Court

MODULE 3
COURT RECORDS
Local and Statewide Courts - Record Keeping
Published Records
Digests - Summaries of Cases
Additional Court Records

MODULE 4
FEDERAL COURTS
U.S. Constitution
Records of District Courts of the United States
Records Related to Federal District Courts
Records of the U.S. Court of International Trade (RG 321)
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Published Records
House and Senate Journals

MODULE 5
ADDITIONAL FEDERAL JUDICIAL JURISDICTIONS
U.S. Court of Claims (RG 123)
American State Papers
U.S. Territorial Courts and Records (RG 21)
Records of the Adjutant General’s Office (RG 94), 1780s-1917
Federal Courts-Martial (RG 153)
Confederate Courts
U.S. Admiralty Courts

MODULE 6
STRATEGIES & FINDING AIDS FOR SUCCESSFUL USE OF COURTHOUSE RECORDS
Interpreting the Records
National Archives Resources
CASE STUDY

MODULE 7
COURT RECORDS ONLINE
FamilySearch
Ancestry
National Archives
Courthouse Websites
State Archives, Libraries, and Historical Societies
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Advanced American Records
Course Summary:

Optional Course Print Material: American: Occupational Records

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

Genealogy and the study of family history are more than just the gathering of names and dates. To understand our ancestor, we must look at all aspects of their life, including what they did for a living. This course will focus on occupational records and what they can reveal about our ancestor’s lives.

To learn more about an individual’s occupation the researcher must utilize more than one record. Once the researcher has searched familiar records like the census, city directories, and newspapers, they must continue on with archival records that may document the ancestor’s specific occupation and activities surrounding that occupation. This requires the researcher to access data from many different sources and then analyzes the data to gain the most complete picture of an individual and their occupation or life’s work.

Course Length: 7 weeks
Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
GENERAL DISCUSSION
Resources and Repositories
FamilySearch and the Family History Library
National Archives and Records Administration & their Regional
Branches
Library of Congress
Terminology

MODULE 2
CENSUS SCHEDULES
United States Federal Census Schedules
Census Schedules 1790-1840
Census Schedule 1850 -1930
Agriculture Schedule 1850-1880
Industry or Manufacturer Schedule 1850-1880
Social Statistics Schedule 1850-1870
Slave Schedules 1850-1860
Schedules by Year: Population and Non-Population Schedules

MODULE 3
RECORDS TYPES
Directories
Business Directories

MODULE 4
BUSINESS RECORDS - EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE, OWNERS
Corporation and Business Records
Labor Unions

MODULE 5
RAILROADS, PHYSICIANS, LAWYERS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Railroads
Lawyers and Judges
Physicians
Federal Employees

MODULE 6
BUILDING A PROFILE OF AN INDIVIDUAL’S “WORKING LIFE”
Building a Profile with a Focus on Occupation