Categories: Basic Methodology
# Courses Base Price
Course: ME-101 - Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started $99.00
Course: ME-102 - Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building $99.00
Course: ME-103 - Electronic Resources: Using The Internet $119.00
Course: ME-104 - Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting and Extracting $119.00
Course: ME-105-2023 - Analysis and Skills Mentoring-Part 1 $160.00
Package total: 5 $596.00
Course image Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started
Basic Methodology
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material Methodology 1 - Getting Started

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

Optional Supplies: 9 Generation Pedigree Chart 

This introductory course tackles the common questions: “Why trace our ancestors?”, “How far back can I go?” and “How do I proceed after I’ve talked to my family?” Participants will immediately start filling in their Family Group Record (or Individual Family Form) and their Pedigree Chart(or Ancestral Chart).


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

MODULE 1
Introduction to Genealogy
What Genealogy Means
Why would you want to trace your ancestors?
How far back can you go?
What to Do Before You Start Your Research
Construct a Miniature Tree
Privacy and GDPR
Recording Your Information

MODULE 2
First Steps in Genealogy Research
Websites
The Family Group Record
How to Begin the Research Stage
What sources does your family have?
Finding Living Relatives: A Resource Not to be Missed

MODULE 3
Researching
Websites
Research Objectives
The Sources We Use
Types of Information

MODULE 4
Confusing Situations
Meaning of Words
Surnames
Changes in Boundaries
Changes in the Calendars

MODULE 5
Repositories
Websites
What Outside Repositories To Contact
Genealogical & Historical Associations
Archives
Public & Provincial/State Libraries
Newspapers
Indexes of Various Data
Periodicals, Magazines & Newsletters from Genealogical
Associations

MODULE 6
Case Study
OUTSIDE REPOSITORIES TO CONTACT
Private Libraries & Associations
Family History Centers
Churches & Religious Records
Cemeteries
Advice
Transcription of Documents
A Basic Genealogical Research Plan

Course image Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building
Basic Methodology
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material - Methodology 2 - Organizing and Skill Building

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

Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building 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 second theme reviews the subjects of sources and information, and evidence.

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

MODULE 1
ORGANIZING & SKILL-BUILDING
Getting Started…Some Basic Points
Consistency
Abbreviations
Storage of Your Materials

DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS
Research Skill: Transcribing Documents
Transcribing Standards
Punctuation/Diacritical Marks
Handwriting
Obsolete Letters
Dates
Square Brackets and Illegible Words
Comments and Interpretation

MODULE 2
ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION
Reference Numbers
Ancestral Reference Numbering System
Descendants Reference Numbering System
Forms to Organize Your Information
Pedigree Chart
Family Group Record

DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS
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
ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION USING FORMS
Forms – Part 1
Research Forms
Research Log
Daily Journal
Address & Telephone Directory
Location
Research Checklist

DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS
Research Skills: Sources, Information & Evidence
Sources
Information
Evidence
Proof

MODULE 4
ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION USING FORMS
Forms – Part 2
Information Request
Resource Centres & Websites
My Ancestors and My Ancestors’ Descendants
Difficult Searches
DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS
Research Skills: Genealogical Proof Standard
“Evidence” and “Proof”
The Genealogical Proof Standard
Sample Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) Proof Argument
Research Planning

MODULE 5
ORGANIZING INFORMATION USING FORMS
Additional Forms
Expense Journal
Precious Documents Inventory
Special Family Memento
How Has Your Family Changed?
Personal Diary
Organizing Precious Documents & Photographs
Major Disasters
Summary of Getting Organized

MODULE 6
DEVELOPING RESEARCH SKILLS
Research Skills: Citing Your Sources (Citations)
Core Elements for Original Sources
Core Elements for Derivative Sources
Core Elements for Online Sources
Structure
Example Citations
Vital Record
Civil Registration
Book
Chapter/Article
Online Family Tree
Database
Digital Image
Summary of Research Skills
Course image Electronic Resources: Using The Internet
Basic Methodology
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Electronic Resources: Using The Internet

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

This course will introduce the myriad ways the Internet can support our family history research efforts. Ways to prepare before conducting research and identifying different categories of websites useful to genealogists. Harness the power of the collaborative web and social media, and how we help increase the amount of genealogical information available online.


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

MODULE 1
PREPARING FOR INTERNET RESEARCH
Protecting Your Computer
Email
Purchasing Records Online

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
Have a Research Plan
Ways to Stay Focused
Web Clipping and Note-taking Software
Creating a Personal Research Toolbox
Spreadsheets are a Genealogist’s Best Friend
Citing Your Information

THE INTERNET AND GENEALOGY
Common Misconceptions
What is a URL, Exactly?
Copyright Issues
Standards for the Use of Technology in Genealogical Research

GOOD PLACES TO BEGIN
Genealogy Gateway Websites
General Genealogical Gateway Websites
Locality, Ethnic and Religion Gateway Websites
Groups for Genealogy
Searching Google Groups
Facebook Groups and Pages for Genealogists

MODULE 2
DATABASES ONLINE
Tips and Techniques for Searching Databases
The Two Most Important Free Database Websites
FamilySearch
Searching Historical Record Collections
RootsWeb
The Free Versus For Fee Debate
Major Commercial Databases Online
Ancestry
Fold3
Findmypast
RootsIreland.ie
Additional Free & For Fee Databases Online
Vital Statistics: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Census and Census Substitutes
Wills and Probate
Emigration/Immigration
Land and Property
Military
Other Subjects

MODULE 3
SEARCHING FOR SURNAMES
Using Surname Websites Effectively
Privacy and Security Issues
Surname Query Websites
Smaller Surname Query Websites
Message Boards and Forums
Smaller Surname Message Boards and Forums
GEDCOM Websites
More Surnames Sites
Personal Family History Websites
Personal Genealogy Blogs
The Science of DNA and Family Connections
Locating Living Descendants

MODULE 4
ONLINE LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES AND RECORD OFFICES
Library, Archive & Record Office Gateway Websites
Worldwide Libraries and Archives
Canada
United States
United Kingdom and Ireland
Europe
Other Countries
Worldwide

FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

MODULE 5
INTERNET SEARCH TOOLS
General Search Engines
Google
Yahoo!
Bing
More on Boolean Searching
Search Engine Alerts
Regional Search Engines
MetaSearch Engines
Specialized Genealogy Search Engines
Searching for Images
Searching for Books

STEPS FOR FINDING RELEVANT INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

EVALUATING INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET
How to Evaluate What You Find
How to Use What You Find

MODULE 6
SITES THAT ADD RICHNESS TO YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Geography
Gazetteers, Atlases and Place Name Indexes
Maps
Historical Maps
Modern Maps
History
Local History
Military
Directories
Occupations
Biographies
Diaries and Letters
Newspapers and Journals
Directories and Indexes of Newspaper Titles
Larger General Sites
Smaller Collections and Individual Newspapers
Canada
United States
United Kingdom and Ireland
Other Countries
Current Newspapers Online
Photographs and Images

MODULE 7
THE COLLABORATIVE WEB
Blogs
Finding Relevant Blogs
Reading Blogs
Wikis
Podcasts
Webinars and Webcasts
Social Networking Websites
Social Bookmarking
Online Family Trees
Social Media

KEEPING UP TO DATE WITH NEW INTERNET RESOURCES FOR GENEALOGY
Paying It Forward
Course image Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting and Extracting
Basic Methodology
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting, and Extracting

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

This Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting course enriches your skills, knowledge, and training through the course reading materials, practicals, and assignments to improve transcribing, abstracting, and extracting capabilities.

Note: Our students are studying different courses or countries, and many examples of documents from around the world are used to give as much experience of the differing formats and types of documents.


Contact Hours: 20
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 9 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
TRANSCRIPTIONS
What is a Transcription?
General Rules for Transcriptions
Citation and Other Documentation
Method of Transcribing a Document
Method of Transcribing Directly from the Original Document

MODULE 2
WORD PROCESSING FEATURES
Auto Correction
Spell Check
Automatic Capitalization
Superscript and Subscript
Small Capitals
Lines Over Letters
Tables
Indentations & Margins
Large Bracket

MODULE 3
ABSTRACTING
What is an Abstraction?
When to Abstract a Document?
General Rules for Abstracting
Method of Abstracting from a Transcribed Document
Method of Abstracting Directly from a Document

MODULE 4
PRACTICAL EXERCISES
Transcription Exercise

MODULE 5
EXTRACTION
What is an Extraction?
Census
Church Registers
General Rules for Extracting

QUOTATIONS
What is a Quotation?
General Rules for Quoting

MODULE 6
PRACTICAL EXERCISES
Transcription Exercise
Abstraction Exercise
Transcription Exercise
Quotation Exercise
Course image Analysis and Skills Mentoring-Part 1
Basic Methodology
Course Summary:

Note: this course requires compulsory material to be ordered. The book Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition revised (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2021) can be purchased at GenealogyStore.com

Optional Print Course Material: Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program – Part 1

*Course materials will only be sent to students who are registered in the course. Additional Optional Supplies: 

  1. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace3rd Edition revised (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017).
  2. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor, Professional Genealogy: A manual for researchers, writers, editors, lecturers and librarians (2001; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2012).
  3. Rose, Christine, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th Edition Revised (San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2014).
  4. Cite Your Sources Package - Includes Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images Evidence! Style, QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style, and QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence! Style.

The Analysis & Skills Mentoring 1 has four prerequisites in the Basic Level courses. Instructional mentoring is provided during two individual consultation appointmentsThis course is in a different format than most of our other courses. Although this is a 26-week course, it means you have up to six months from the start date to submit all the assignments, and the private one-on-one consultations. Many students complete this course in three months or less.


Contact Hours: 24
Grading Scale: %
Course Length: 26 weeks
COURSE CONTENT

COURSE INTRODUCTION
General Notes & Overview
The Learning Process
Course Guidelines

COURSE DETAILS & INSTRUCTIONS
Virtual Meeting - A&S General Discussion

Course Reading Materials - Part 1
The following are available at GenealogyStore.com. Click on the item title below to go directly to the product.

Required Book:
Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition revised (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2021).

Private - First Consultation Appointment

Course Reading Materials - Part 2
Required Reading
About the Scholarly Article for Review
Virtual Meeting - A&S-Part 1 Article Review
Private - Second Consultation Appointment

SUPPLEMENTAL COURSE READING
Ethics in Genealogy
Codes of Ethics
Citing Your Sources
Core Elements
Elements for Original Sources
Elements for Derivative Sources
Elements for Narrative Sources
Elements for Online Sources
Analysis Process
History of the Genealogical Proof Standard
Scholarly Article Interpretation
How to Read & Study a Scholarly Article