Course image Personal Historian: Beginning Genealogy
Basic Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Personal Historian: Beginning Genealogy

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

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. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
ADDING GENEALOGY TO YOUR PERSONAL HISTORIAN BUSINESS
Introduction
Pros & Cons of Adding a Genealogy Income Stream
Code of Ethics for Genealogical Researchers
Contracts & Fees
Types of Contracts
Marketing
Next Steps

MODULE 2
GENEALOGY BASICS
Introduction
Enhancing a Personal History Project
Starting Genealogical Research
Family Stories
Genealogy Software
Home Sources
Interviewing
Searching Online Records vs. Offline Records
Warning! It isn’t as easy as clicking a Shaky Green Leaf Hint
Religious and Country Rulers Affected Records
Country, State/Provincial, County, & Town Boundary Changes

MODULE 3
ANALYZING INFORMATION & PLANNING
Introduction
Looking at information provided by a client
Family stories and the truth
Sources
Evidence Analysis Process
Citing Sources
Creating the Client Research Report

MODULE 4
COMMONLY USED RECORDS
Introduction
Online & Offline Records, and Missing Records
Commonly Used Records in Genealogy
Vital Records
Religious & Cemetery Records
Population, Agriculture, & Non-Population Census Schedules
Immigration
City Directories or Phone Books
Newspapers
Military Records
Land & Property Records
Court and Probate Records
Next Steps

MODULE 5
REPOSITORIES AND ONLINE RECORDS
Introduction
Records Access
Tips for Using Repositories
Types of Repositories
Online Records & Indexes

MODULE 6
LOCATING, HIRING & EVALUATING A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST
Introduction
Why Do You Need a Researcher?
Locating a Researcher
Hiring a Researcher
Recommended Reading & Resources
Course image Research: FamilySearch Resources - In Person and Online
Basic Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: FamilySearch Resources: In Person and Online

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

FamilySearch is one of the important websites in the field of genealogical research. The FamilySearch, free, website is just one part of a larger network, provide by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch includes over 6.3 billion searchable records and indexes online. FamilySearch provides digital images, education, digitized books, online indexing, a library catalog, and online access to genealogy sources in a variety of forms. The services provided through the FamilySearch organization have proven time and time again to be invaluable to researchers of all experiences and levels of expertise. In this course we will review all aspects of using the FamilySearch website and how to use the website to find, learn, network, and share with other researchers. 

Course Length: 9 weeks

Contact Hours: 24
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 9 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
GETTING STARTED
Introduction
Getting Started on FamilySearch
About the Website
Granite Mountain Records Vault
Support and Help

MODULE 2
SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY
Introduction
Find What You Need: Search Functionality
Getting to the Records
What Now?

MODULE 3
NOW WHAT?
Introduction
Indexed versus Non-Indexed Collections
Using the Online Viewer
Downloading Images
The Indexing Process
Citations

MODULE 4
THE RESEARCH WIKI
Understanding the Research Wiki
Using the Wiki
Boolean Search
Wiki Tools
Contributing to the Wiki
Quality Control

MODULE 5
THE FAMILY TREE
Introduction
Family Tree
Establishing Your Tree
Person Profile
Connecting with Other Researchers
Memories

MODULE 6
CATALOG AND BOOKS
Introduction
Catalog Contents
Searching the Catalog
Microforms
FamilySearch Digital Library
FamilySearch Digital Library Search
Narrowing Your Results
Viewing Your Book

MODULE 7
FAMILYSEARCH HELP AND LEARNING
Introduction
Help and Learning
FamilySearch Blog

MODULE 8
FAMILYSEARCH CENTERS
What is a FamilySearch Center and a FamilySearch Library?
Using a Center
Services at the Center
Expert Help
Computers and Resources
Course image Discover Your Family History
Basic Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Discover Your Family History

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

This is an introductory course to start tracing your family history. To begin your family history, we will start with answering the question “why should I trace my family history?” and then focus on “how do I trace my family history?” We will fill in a Pedigree Chart and Family Group Record to get started. We will then learn how to begin with family history research basics, from asking questions of living family members to finding “home sources” that provide relevant information. This will be followed with a review of the websites most used in family history research and sources that are available to research your family history. The course concludes with a look at next steps to continuing your research including DNA testing and hiring a genealogist.

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
WHERE DO I BEGIN? INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY HISTORY
The Basics of Genealogy
Starting Genealogical Research
Planting an Online Tree
Genealogy Software
Home Sources

MODULE 2
ORAL INTERVIEWING AND PLANNING RESEARCH
Introduction
Interviewing
Family Stories and the Truth
Getting Ready to Research: Understanding Sources
Information within Records
Cite Your Sources
Planning Your Family History Research

MODULE 3
COMMONLY USED RECORDS
Introduction
Online & Offline Records and Missing Records
Commonly Used Records in Genealogy
But What Do I Need?
Next Steps

MODULE 4
FAMILY HISTORY ON THE INTERNET: USING FAMILYSEARCH
Introduction
FamilySearch Catalog
FamilySearch Digital Library
FamilySearch Historical Records
FamilySearch Research Wiki

MODULE 5
FAMILY HISTORY ON THE INTERNET
Searching Online Records vs. Offline Records
Start Online, But Don’t Stay There!
Online Resources
Don’t Stop at the Homepage
Been There, Done That, Now What?
Genealogy Finding Aids
Digital Collections
Searching on Google Books

MODULE 6
ASKING FOR HELP AND NEXT STEPS
Next Steps
Help!
Be Prepared
Take a Research Trip
Hiring a Professional Genealogist
DNA
Why Am I Testing?
Which DNA Test Should I Take?
Course image Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion
Basic Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Planning a Fabulous Family Reunion

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

Planning a family reunion is often something you have been thinking or dreaming of for years. But like most projects, at a certain point you must stop dreaming and start doing.

Let's not kid ourselves, planning a family reunion is a big job. It will take lots of hours, and many times you will wonder why you ever dreamed of this.

Yes, you can do this, just don't try to do it by yourself. If you've assembled a good planning team, your family reunion will be a success. This course will give you lots of ideas and suggestions to make the planning of your reunion a little easier.

Genealogy has been known to become a passion or become addictive. Well the enthusiasm in planning a family reunion is infectious, if you have the excitement, you will pass it on.

Course Length: 5 weeks

Contact Hours: 12
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 5 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
PLANNING A FABULOUS FAMILY REUNION
Why plan a family reunion?
How often should a reunion be held?
The Family Survey
Who, What, When & Where?
Various Committees

MODULE 2
VARIOUS STEPS IN PLANNING A FABULOUS REUNION ... Continued
The Guest List
Organizing the Family List & Communications
Getting the List
Communication with the Family

MODULE 3
VARIOUS STEPS IN PLANNING A FABULOUS REUNION ... Continued
The Budget — A Tough Challenge
Reunion Themes
Reunion Activities

MODULE 4
VARIOUS STEPS IN PLANNING A FABULOUS REUNION ...Continued
Remember-the-Reunion
The Good-Byes
After the Reunion
Needed Genealogical Items
Course image Planning a Research Trip - Including Preparing for Salt Lake City - Update Pending
Basic Electives
Course Summary:
Contact Hours: 12
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 5 weeks
As family historians we all dream of one day walking the land of our ancestors, or going to ‘genealogy-heaven’ in Salt Lake City. Make those dreams come true, with sound practical advice from a ‘pro’. Researching away from home, especially abroad, can be unproductive and disappointing if inadequate preparations are made. The family historian is given practical advice on travel, accommodation, what to take, and what to expect in libraries and archives. They will then be fully prepared to accomplish their objectives.

The second half of the course concentrates on the world’s largest genealogical library, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The text will guide you through the planning process, familiarize you with how the Family History Library is organized and gives all the practical tips a ‘first-timer’ needs to get the most from their trip.

Approximate contact hours to complete this course: 12

Course image Preserve Your Family History Documents and Heirlooms
Basic Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Preserve Your Family History Documents and Heirlooms

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

[Formerly titled: Protect Your Precious Documents] 

You have taken the time to locate and acquire your family’s precious documents, photos, and heirlooms. Now take the time to protect, curate, and share them for future generations to enjoy. 

This course discusses how to preserve your family history items to minimize damage. The procedures for encapsulating documents and photographs will be explored, as well as other methods to protect your family heirlooms. You are your family’s archivist, and family history requires you to do more than research, you must also preserve material items of the past. This course will demonstrate the techniques and tools you need to do just that. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Introduction
What Should We Preserve?
Cleaning Procedures
Preservation
What You Will Want to Preserve
Worst Enemies of Preservation

MODULE 2
HANDLING AND STORING PAPER ITEMS
Paper Documents
Newsprint
What to keep & what to discard?
How are your documents held together?
Do your documents require cleaning?
Does your document have tears or rips in it?
How to Store Your Documents
Archival Products

MODULE 3
PHOTOGRAPHS & FAMILY BOOKS
Photographs & Negatives
Family Books
Archival Products

MODULE 4
AUDIO & VIDEO RECORDINGS, AND HEIRLOOMS
Audio Recordings
Live Action Video Recordings
Compact Disks
Special Heirlooms on Fabric, Wood, or Metal
Archival Products

MODULE 5
DIGITIZING FOR PRESERVATION
Introduction
Why Digitize?
Digitization Equipment
Digitization Guidelines

MODULE 6
RESOURCES & TOOLS
Records Preservation Tool Kit
In the End
Other Ways to Preserve Items for the Long Term
Suggested Reading & Resources
Course image Producing Your Family Video - Update Pending
Basic Electives
Course Summary:
Contact Hours: 12
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 5 weeks
The only way to truly know another person, can only come from experiencing their complete communication. This includes not only their words but also their facial expressions and their physical gestures.

This course will show you how to accomplish this, so that now, while you still have your special people with you, you can capture their stories, their past memories and their future expectations on video. You will capture the entire person.

The instructor will teach you that by adding photographs, slides, newspapers articles, documents and family mementoes you will create the ultimate family video.

Approximate contact hours to complete this course: 12

Course image Writing Your Family History Book
Basic Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Writing Your Family History Book

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

Recording interesting family stories is essential if you want future generations to read your family history book. This course will help you write the story of your life or of your ancestors’ lives. Techniques for researching the facts, remembering the events, writing the text, adding visuals with graphics or photographs, and finally reproducing your book will all be discussed. 

Course Length: 6 weeks

Contact Hours: 15
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 6 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Introduction to Writing
Techniques for Researching the Facts
The Art of Storytelling
Organizing Your Material
Organizing Family Documents, Photographs, and Other Items
Twenty-First-Century Family Trees

MODULE 2
FORMATTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Charts and Reports
Scrapbooks and Journals
Ancestor Profiles
Books
Booklets and Newsletters
Electronic Publishing

MODULE 3
TIME MANAGEMENT
Introduction
Writing Obstacles/Distractions
Setting Goals

MODULE 4
WRITING THE TEXT
Writing from Documents
Writing from Photographs
Writing from Family Research/Interviews
Questioning Techniques
Transcribing Interviews
Problems with Contacting Relatives
What Material to Include
Inserting Charts, Graphics, and Photographs
Putting Your Family in Historical Context
Writing Your Story

MODULE 5
THE RESEARCH IS DONE, NOW WHAT?
Introduction
Publishing Options
Publishing Goals - Recouping Costs
Blogging
Print On-Demand
Self-Publishing
Traditional Publishing
Final Thoughts on Publishing
WRITING EXERCISES FOR WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Suggested Reading