Course image Connecting Family: Online and Virtually
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Connecting Family: Online and Virtually

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

Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way families communicate. This course will highlight a few specific ways to use your computer and the Internet to build and strengthen family ties. Topics will include using multimedia techniques to preserve and share family photographs, building an online family tree, creating virtual family history tours/videos, creating online family newsletters, digitizing scrapbooks, publishing an online family history and creating and maintaining family websites, using communication tools such as Skype, and using social media (blogs, Facebook, and Twitter) to find long lost cousins and stay in touch with relatives. 

Course Length: 6 weeks

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

MODULE 1
GET CONNECTED
Introduction
Essential Hardware, Software, and Peripherals
The “Cloud
Internet Safety
Privacy and Copyright
Glossary of Terms

MODULE 2
CONNECTING THE LIVING
Leaving Virtual Bread Crumbs
Social Media
Other Ways to Locate the Living
DNA Testing
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 3
CONNECTING THE DEAD
Cemetery Websites

Photographs
Funeral Cards and Obituaries
Locality-Based Research Websites
Timelines
Memorial Pages
Hints and Tips
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 4
CREATIVE WAYS TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES
Sharing Memories
Electronic Publishing
Keeping Track of Your Online Activities
Suggested Reading and Resources

MODULE 5
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER - EXERCISES
Google Alerts
Fold 3 Memorial Pages
Course image Electronic Resources: Organize & Publish a Family Tree
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Electronic Resources: Organize and Publish a Family Tree

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

This course is designed to give students a wide view of genealogical organization systems available. Geared toward making a sound decision and investment in one’s genealogical software, this course will include cloud-based systems, online trees, desktop software, as well as a brief survey of alternative programs and systems for organizing and displaying genealogical research. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
OVERVIEW & REVIEW OF TECHNOLOGY
Introduction
Genealogical Software
What is a GEDCOM File?
What is a Wiki?
What is “The Cloud?”
Decide Which is Right for You
Glossary

MODULE 2
GENEALOGY PROGRAMS FOR WINDOWS
Introduction
Family Tree Maker 2019
Legacy Family Tree Deluxe 9.0
RootsMagic 7
Ancestral Quest 16
Family Historian
Glossary

MODULE 3
GENEALOGY PROGRAMS FOR MACINTOSH
Introduction
Family Tree Maker 2019
Reunion
MacFamilyTree
Heredis 2021
Gramps
Running Windows on a Macintosh
Glossary
Suggested Reading

MODULE 4
ORGANIZING YOUR FAMILY TREES ONLINE
Introduction
Privacy Issues
Security Tips
Online Family Tree Websites
Glossary
Suggested Reading

MODULE 5
GENEALOGY MOBILE APPLICATIONS
Introduction
Genealogical Software Companion Apps
Website Companion Apps
Stand-Alone GEDCOM Viewer Apps
Miscellaneous Apps
Glossary
Suggested Reading

MODULE 6
STORING, ORGANIZING, ANALYZING & DISPLAYING RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Introduction
Cloud-Based Systems
Backup Systems
Other Miscellaneous Programs
Spreadsheets
Glossary
Suggested Reading
Course image Google for the Wise Genealogist
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Google for the Wise Genealogist

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

Everyone knows that Google is a powerful search engine, but for genealogists Google provides so much more. This course will explore Google programs and how they can be used to research family history. You will be introduced to a variety of Google products, how to navigate those products and specifically how to use them to further your genealogical research. Google provides free software, digitized books and articles, mapping, access to newspapers, translation tools and more. Learn how to use Google for finding information, creating and sharing documents, groups, websites and blogs as well as using it to map your ancestors. Learn about popular Google products like Google search, Google Maps and Google Books as well as the not so well-known products like Google Bookmarks, Google Alerts, Google Scholar, Google Groups and Google Sites. Google is the best non-genealogy, genealogy website there is! 

Course Length: 9 weeks


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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
GETTING STARTED WITH GOOGLE
What is Google?
Google Account
Google Alerts
Gmail
Google Toolbar
Google Keep

MODULE 2
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF GOOGLE THE SEARCH ENGINE
What Will a Search on Google Find?
Structuring Your Search
Searching on Google
Search Techniques
Continuing Your Search
Additional Resources

MODULE 3
MAP YOUR ANCESTORS!
Using Google Maps to Find Your Ancestor’s Home
Google Maps on the Go
Google Earth

MODULE 4
GOOGLE BOOKS THE BEST NON-GENEALOGY, GENEALOGY WEBSITE
Introduction to Google Books
What Types of Books Will You Find?
Preview Options
How to Find Books Not Digitized by Google Books
Searching on Google Books
My Library
Additional Resources

MODULE 5
COLLABORATE WITH GOOGLE
Introduction to Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides
Using Google Docs for Word Processing
Using Google Docs for Research
Using Google Sheets for Spreadsheets
Using Google Slides for Presentations
Collaborating with Others
Google Drive

MODULE 6
BLOG YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Blogs and Blogging
Creating Your Blog
Maintaining a Blog
Ways to Use a Blog for Genealogy
Let’s Hangout!

MODULE 7
OTHER GOOGLE PRODUCTS
Google News
Google Scholar
Google Patents
Parlez-Vous Français? You can with Google Translate

MODULE 8
EVEN MORE GOOGLE PRODUCTS
Google Groups
YouTube
Google Sites
Google Blogs
Additional Resources
Course image Life of Our Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Creating interesting family history stories involves adding details of your ancestor’s life that go beyond just names and dates. What was their occupation? What religious and political beliefs did they hold? Did they serve in the military, and why did they do what they did? This is an interesting way to start fleshing out the bones of your genealogy and to make your family history come alive. 

In this course we will explore how to find and incorporate information about your ancestor’s life to how to write and publish your family history story. Not sure how to go about writing the story of your ancestor? We cover the very beginning steps of writing to the final product. 

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

Course Content

MODULE 1
THE BASICS OF WRITING
Introduction
Why should we write family stories?
What about other stories outside of straight genealogy?
What is the FOCUS of the writing project?
What General Research Materials Can We Use?
Ethics and Copyright
A Brief Look at Ethics and Copyright
Deed of Gift or Usage Agreements
Writing Assistance

MODULE 2
EXPLORING THE INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY
How to Explore the Individual or Family
Memory and Story Lists
Jog Your Memory
Incorporate Life Lessons
First Ideas on Writing and Storytelling
Creating the Outline and Timeline for the Story
The Research

MODULE 3
MANY FACETS OF HISTORICAL CONTEXT
Thinking Outside of the Box
Historical Research Considerations
Conducting Historical Research
Next Steps

MODULE 4
TELLING THE STORY
Managing the Writing Project
Writing Tips
Telling the Story
Story Examples

MODULE 5
PUBLISHING
Introduction
Self-Publishing Examples
Writing and Editing
Beta Readers
Layout - Preparing the Text and Images
Cover Design
Proofreaders
Publishing Options - Print and Print On Demand

MODULE 6
GETTING SUPPORT FOR WRITING
Introduction
Education
Writing Groups, Residencies, Retreats, and Studios
Writing Competitions
Special Topic Programs and Lectures
Books, Blogs, Journals, and Magazines
Find a Friend
Suggested Reading and Resources for Writing
Course image Personal Historian: Oral History & Interviewing Techniques
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Personal Historian: Oral History and Interviewing Techniques

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

A personal historian uses oral history interview techniques to interview individuals about their lives or those of their family. Combining the interview, research, and additional items like photographs and documents, a personal historian can create a beautiful story for a client. This course will discuss the things you need to know before specializing in oral histories, how to prepare for and conduct an interview, and what can be done with all the materials. Finally, we will learn how to put everything together and preserve these priceless histories. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
GETTING STARTED IN ORAL HISTORIES
Introduction
Establishing the Business Component
Fee Setting
Contracts and Usage Agreements
Oral History Education and Networking
Legal and Ethical Considerations
Additional Resources

MODULE 2
PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW
Get To Know the Client
Create an action plan
Things to Consider When Interviewing
Preliminary Interview & Summary
Preliminary Interview Example
Additional Resources

MODULE 3
CONDUCTING THE INTERVIEW
Prior to the Interview
The Day of the Interview
Getting Started and Breaking the Ice
Asking the Questions
Tips for Interviewing
Concluding the Interview
Additional Resources

MODULE 4
SHAPING THE INTERVIEW RESULTS
Why Do We Transcribe & Index Interviews?
Who will Transcribe?
Basics of Transcribing and Indexing
Specifics on Transcribing and Indexing
Editing the Transcript
Additional Resources

MODULE 5
PRODUCTS
Introduction
Oral History Package
Books, Photo books or Scrapbooks
Blogs or Websites
Videos or Audio Recordings
Microsoft Office PowerPoint/Slide Show
Additional Resources

MODULE 6
PRESERVATION AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Introduction
Special Oral History Projects
Preserving the Oral History or Final Product
Continuing Education
Additional Resources
Course image Personal Historian: Video Techniques
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Personal Historian: Video Techniques

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

This course is designed to introduce the basics of audio-video production for personal historians and genealogists, that is, people who want to use current digital audio and video tools to record, edit and share life stories. Audio-video productions encompass four phases of work: pre-production, production, post-production and delivery. This course is structured along these four phases.  

Students with any level of audio-video experience, including those who are beginners, can learn from this course. There is great depth and variety to the practice of video biography. This course will help you build your skills and savvy. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNIQUES, TOOLS & TIPS
Introduction
Glossary of Terms
PRE-PRODUCTION
Crew and Gearing Up
Managing time & money: budgets, schedules & expectations
Crew: will you work alone or with others?
The right tools for you
Packaging and delivery
Partnerships
Learning opportunities

MODULE 2
PRE-PRODUCTION ... Continued
Prepare for Your Shoot
Gearing up - A brief review
Planning and organizing a specific shoot
Budgeting: money matters
Scheduling: managing your time per project
Location scouting
Story skills: Thinking visually
Research

MODULE 3
PRODUCTION
Your Field Recording, Your Shoot
Lighting - Essential skills
Camera work - Essential skills
Field audio - Essential skills
Interviewing
B-roll explained
How to choose and use the subject’s personal archive

MODULE 4
POST-PRODUCTION - PART 1
Organizing Your Materials After the Shoot
Understanding narrative structure in brief
Practical options for preparing your materials for edit
Practical options for organizing your story

MODULE 5
POST-PRODUCTION - PART 2
Editing & Composing Your Materials After the Shoot
Editing video
Editing audio
Graphics
Rights and permissions - your legal responsibilities
Rough cuts & fine cuts

MODULE 6
DELIVERY
Outputting Your Story & Reaching Your Audience
Additional audiences - use your work to generate more
Communities
Speaking opportunities
Organize client-centered screening events
Create a web presence
Encourage word of mouth
Leverage local media
Course image Planning a Research Trip to Ireland
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Planning a Research Trip to  Ireland

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

Having the opportunity to go on a research trip to Dublin is a very exciting prospect; however, being prepared is another matter. This course will help prepare you for such a trip and also help prepare you for what to expect when you arrive. An overview is provided for each archive or repository with a lot of very helpful and worthwhile information.

Course Length: 5 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Basic Principles of Genealogy
Irish Genealogy
Basic Research Techniques
Before You Go
Getting Around Dublin
Trinity College Tree
Places to Eat
General Information

MODULE 2
GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE
How to Get There
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF IRELAND
How to Get There
Map 1: National Archives of Ireland

MODULE 3
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND
Map 2: National Library of Ireland & Manuscripts Reading Room
MANUSCRIPTS READING ROOM
CHURCH OF IRELAND
Map 3: The Representative Church Body Library

MODULE 4
REGISTRY OF DEEDS
Map 4: Registry of Deeds
VALUATION OFFICE
Map 5: Valuation Office
LAND REGISTRY
DUBLIN CITY LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
Map 6: Dublin City Library and Archives
DUBLIN CEMETERIES
Mount Jerome Cemetery
Deansgrange Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery
Friend’s Burial Ground
RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (QUAKERS)
FREEMASONS HALL
TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARIES
Course image Planning a Research Trip to Scotland
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Planning a Research Trip to Scotland

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

Traveling to your ancestor’s hometown can be exciting and scary! The possibility of breaking brick walls, finding never-before-seen records, and walking in your ancestor’s footsteps is beyond exciting. But if you haven’t traveled internationally or aren’t sure where to start, planning such an adventure can be overwhelming. 

In this course we will explore what you need to do in order to plan and execute your ancestral travel to Scotland. We will discuss how to prepare for your trip and plan for research, and repositories you will want to visit.

Course Length: 6 weeks

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

MODULE 1
GETTING STARTED
Introduction
An Introduction to Scottish History
Planning Your Trip
Getting There
In Scotland
Ready to Go
Researching in Scotland

MODULE 2
SCOTTISH ARCHIVES
Introduction
What is an Archive?
National Records of Scotland – ScotlandsPeople Centre
Local Scottish Archives

MODULE 3
GENEALOGY SOCIETIES
Websites
Introduction
Scottish Genealogy Society
Scottish Association of Family History Societies
Scottish Association of Family History Societies Members

MODULE 4
LIBRARIES
Introduction
Searching Collections
National Library of Scotland
Mitchell Library
Glasgow Women’s Library
Edinburgh Central Library
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library & Special Collections
Scottish Borders Council Libraries
Library of Innerpeffray
University Libraries

MODULE 5
CREATING A RESEARCH PLAN
Introduction
A Genealogy Research Plan
Course image Research: Acadian Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

This course is an excellent introduction to the confusing and often complex history of the Acadians in Canada. Beginning with the arrival of the Acadians into the Maritime region, the power struggles between the British and the French, the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755 and 1758, the different areas within the world they settled and finally their return from exile. This is a very good starting point for anyone with an Acadian background or with an interest in the area. 

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

Course Content

WEEK 1
INTRODUCTION
Historical Dates
Map of Ancestral Counties in France
Map of New France & Lacadie
Map of Old North American Territory of New France 1760
Map of the New Acquisitions of U.S. 1783
New Map of Canada 2000 & Governmental Information
EARLY HISTORY, THE BEGINNING, 1604
Thus began the Acadian Community
Passenger list of the St. Jehan, which sailed for Acadia on April, 1636
Found in The Port Royal Records
Records from Beaubassin and Rivières aux Mines 1679-1686
THE HUGUENOTS INFLUENCE IN ACADIA
Huguenots History
Return of the Acadians & the Jacques Robin Co.

WEEK 2
THE ACADIANS
The Social Structure
The Acadian Homes
Pictures of Acadians
Map of Nova Scotia (Acadia), Ile-Saint-Jean, Prince Edward Island & Ile-Royal (Cape Breton Island)
Map of Ile-Saint-Jean, Prince Edward Island
Map of Fortress Louisbourg

WEEK 3
THE ACADIAN PEOPLE & THE EXPULSIONS 1755 & 1758
The Expulsion of 1755
The Ports of The Arrivals
Map of Belle-Ile-en-Mer
Map of Belle-Ile Parishes
The Expulsion of 1758
Isle Royal (or) Ile Royal, Cape Breton Island
Isle Saint-Jean or Ile Saint-Jean
The Events Leading to the Expulsion of 1758

WEEK 4
THE FRENCH CITIZENS OF FRANCE & ACADIAN EXILES RETURNED TO FRANCE
Map of the French Ports & the Settlements
Map of French Guiana
Map of Alsace-Lorraine
Map of Poitier & Chatellerault France
Map of the Acadian Settlement at Archigny
Map of the French colonies in the West Indies
Map of former French Island of Jersey
Map of Island of Jersey (Parishes)
Map of the English Channel Islands & Ports
Map of Falkland Islands & Montevideo, Uruguay

WEEK 5
LOUISIANA
The Early Years
Map of Present State of Louisiana
Map of Old Louisiana Territory & llinois County
1763 Old Map of Spanish Louisiana
Map of the Louisiana State Parishes
Louisiana Territory Under The French
The ships that arrived
Parish of Iberville 1808 to 1812
St. Martinville & St. Martin Parish
Pointe Coupée Vendor & Vendée 1769-1772
Louisiana Culture
The French Royalists Refugees Arrive in Louisiana 1797
Map of the Acadian Settlement at St. Gabriel’s Parish
Map of Louisiana State with Parishes
Old St. Gabriel Church Iberville
St. Gabriel Church Parish - 1806 Document
Early Louisiana Industry

WEEK 6
THE ACADIANS RETURN TO AMERICA
Iles-de-la-Madeleine or Magdalen Islands
Acadian Places - Name Change
Manchac 1799 Survey of Simon Daigres’ Land Louisiana
Passengers from the Ship: El Nuestra Senora Carmen
Passengers on the Ship The Lydia in 1788
Acadians Records
Louisiana Records
More Acadian Records
French Guiana Records
Societies
Course image Research: Alberta Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: Alberta Ancestors

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

Primary settlements took place in the province of Alberta between 1885 and 1914. In the world of genealogy, that does not seem very far back! 

During this course, we will discuss the settlement patterns in Alberta and various documents created such as vital statistics, probate, census, land and church records. We will also review available research resources such as archives, libraries, and FamilySearch. 

This course will not only address the needs of those researching Alberta ancestors but also the needs of those living in the Province of Alberta researching other ancestors of various backgrounds. 

Course Length: 5 weeks

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

MODULE 1
YOUR ANCESTORS IN ALBERTA
Introduction
Settlement Patterns
Years & Locations of Settlement
DOCUMENTS
Vital Statistic Registrations
Probate Records
Census Records
Land Records
Church Records
Cemeteries
Funeral Homes
Newspapers

MODULE 2
MAJOR REPOSITORIES
Provincial Archives
University Archives
Municipal Archives
Other Archives

MODULE 3
LIBRARIES & SOCIETIES
Societies & Society Libraries
Public Libraries
Smaller Local Libraries
University Libraries
Other Libraries

MODULE 4
SOCIETIES, MUSEUMS & MORE
Genealogical Societies
Museums
FamilySearch
Hiring a Professional Researcher
Course image Research: Australian Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material:Research: Australian Ancestors

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

This course provides a detailed description of how to research your family in Australian records. Learn about history, civil registration, church records, immigration (both “free” and convict), as well as the archives and other records you can use to “add flesh to the bones” and turn a list of names and dates into a family history. Learn how to use the online indexes and find the digitized records that can help overcome the “Tyranny of Distance”. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Indigenous Australians
European Exploration
British Settlement and Colonization
Colonial Self-Government & Discovery of Gold
Federation of Australia
BIRTHS, DEATHS & MARRIAGES
Civil Registration & What it Means
New South Wales Records
Queensland Records
South Australian Records
Tasmanian Records
Victorian Records
Western Australian Records
Australian Capital Territory Records
Northern Territory Records
OTHER SOURCES FOR BDM
Cemetery Records
Wills and Probate
Newspaper BDM, Funeral Notices & Obituaries

MODULE 2
IMMIGRATION (FREE SETTLERS)
Background
Immigration to New South Wales
Immigration to Queensland
Immigration to South Australia
Immigration to Tasmania
Immigration to Victoria
Immigration to Western Australia
Immigration Sources to “All Australia”
Naturalisations
New South Wales Naturalization 1863
Additional Websites of Interest

MODULE 3
CONVICT RECORDS
Convicts
Background
Australian Joint Copying Project
Pensioner Guards
Prison Warders
Trial Records
Convict Indents
Assignments
Tickets of Leave
Tickets of Exemption from Government Labour
Certificates of Freedom
Pardons
Secondary Punishment Colonies
Newcastle
Port Macquarie
Norfolk Island
Moreton Bay
Port Phillip District
Van Diemen’s Land/Tasmania
Convict Central
1828 Census
Other Sources

MODULE 4
GOVERNMENT ARCHIVES
National Archives of Australia
New South Wales State Records
Queensland State Archives
State Records of South Australia
Archives Office of Tasmania
Public Record Office Victoria
State Records Office of Western Australia
Territory Archives - Australian Capital Territory & Northern Territory
Other Government Archives

MODULE 5
HISTORIES AND DIRECTORIES
Published Family Histories
Dictionary of Biography
Local Histories
eMelbourne and Dictionary of Sydney
Directories
Government and Police Gazettes
Electoral Rolls
Newspapers
Additional Websites of Interest

MODULE 6
MILITARY RECORDS & OTHER SOURCES
National Archives of Australia
Australian War Memorial
Colonial Australia
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Other Sources
Occupational Sources
Censuses in Australia
Library Digital Collections
National Library of Australia
Course image Research: Austro-Hungarian Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: Austro-Hungarian Ancestors

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

Austria-Hungary was formed in 1867 when the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary agreed to unite under the House of Hapsburg, a powerful family that controlled almost all of Europe at different points in history. The dual monarchy became one of the most influential powers in Eastern Europe in the latter half of the 19th century before being dissolved in 1918 following the end of World War I. Because of this complex history, beginning the genealogy research process may seem an overwhelming task.  

Whether you can trace your ancestry back to the Austrian portion, or the Hungarian half, this course will provide you with a solid foundation on which to begin your research. We will discuss, amongst other things: what resources, mainly U.S. and Canadian, can help you begin your research; how geography and border changes impact your research; what Austrian and Hungarian records are available and the historical considerations in their creation; where and how these records can be accessed digitally, on microfilm, via correspondence, or from onsite research; and language resources. We will also review strategies and tips for addressing and overcoming modern-day research challenges and obstacles. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
STARTING YOUR SEARCH
Tracing Austrian & Hungarian Ancestors
Who controlled what?
Were your ancestors really Austrian or Hungarian?
Creating a Research Plan
History & Sources for Immigration/Emigration
Emigration Questions to Ask Relatives
Specific Clues to Look for in Records
Ethnic Genealogical Societies

MODULE 2
GETTING AROUND THE AUSTRIAN HALF OF THE EMPIRE
Geography’s Impact on Austrian Genealogy
Austrian Empire
Shifting Borders
Tools for Locating Towns & Villages

MODULE 3
LOCATING AUSTRIAN RECORDS
General Guidance
What Types of Records for Austrian Ancestors?
Church records / Kirchenbücher or Matriken & Parish Transcripts / Kirchenbuchduplikate
Civil Registration / Zivilstandsregister
Cemetery Inscriptions / Friedhofsinschriften
Inquisitions postmortem / Totenerklärungen
Census Records / Volkszählungen
Military Records / Militärakten
Seigniorial records
Land and tenancy records / Grundbücher und Prästationstabellen
House books / Hausbücher
Court and notarial records / Gerichts- und Notariatsakten
City directories / Adreßbücher
Guild and apprenticeship records / Zunft- und Lehrlingsbücher
Burgher rolls / Bürgerbücher
Genealogical collections / Genealogische Sammlungen und Ortssippenbücher
Wills and estate records / Testamente und Nachlaßakten
Guardian and ward records / Vormundschafts- und Waisenakten
School Records / Schulmatrikel
Tithing and tax records / Zehnt- und Zinsbücher
Emigration records /Auswanderungsakten
Newspapers Published in Austria
Historical Photographs & Other Social History Resources
Reading the Records
Languages & Scripts
Translation Resources

MODULE 4
GETTING AROUND THE HUNGARIAN HALF OF THE EMPIRE
Geography’s Impact on Hungarian Genealogy
Administrative Divisions & Terminology
Online & Offline Tools for Locating Towns & Villages

MODULE 5
LOCATING HUNGARIAN RECORDS
General Guidance
What Types of Records for Hungarian Ancestors?
Church Registers / Anyakönyvek
Civil Registration / Állami anyakönyvek
Cemetery Records
Census Records / Népszámlálás
Military Records / Katonasági Atatok
Other Records
Reading the Records
Languages & Scripts
Other Languages

MODULE 6
MODERN DAY RESEARCH CHALLENGES
Identifying the Missing Pieces
Visiting Archives & Other Repositories
Hungarian Military Archives
Strategies for Breaking Down Brick Walls
Case Study
Course image Research: British Columbia Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: British Columbia Ancestors

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

This course will provide a brief overview of what genealogical resources are available in the Province of British Columbia and how to access the material. 

British Columbia has the majority of it’s population living in the southern region of the province, adjacent to the boundary with the United States, but many people lived throughout the province and material pertaining to the more isolated regions may not exist, or if in existence, might be in original form and therefore difficult to access. We will discuss how to deal with this problem. Migration and settlement patterns will also be discussed.  

Every study of family history is unique and study in each province of Canada is also unique. The material in this course will provide the researcher with the knowledge of which documents exist and where to find them to conduct an efficient and successful research project in the province of British Columbia. 

Course Length: 5 weeks

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

MODULE 1
BRITISH COLUMBIA RESEARCH
Introduction
History
Available Records
Vital Statistics
Divorce Records
Directories
Land Records

MODULE 2
AVAILABLE RECORDS … Continued
Census Records
Probate Records
Cemeteries

MODULE 3
OTHER RECORDS OF INTEREST
Church Records
Newspapers
ARCHIVES & OTHER REPOSITORIES
Provincial Archives
Museums & Archives
Library and Archives Canada
Vancouver City Archives
Victoria City Archives
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives

MODULE 4
ARCHIVES & OTHER REPOSITORIES … Continued
Family History Center
Public Libraries
Genealogical & Historical Societies
British Columbia Genealogical Society
Victoria Genealogical Society
Other Societies
Course image Research: British India Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: British India Ancestors

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

This course gives an introduction to researching ancestors in India, during the time of British involvement and rule. The course focuses mainly on British ancestors, but includes records that are relevant to other Europeans in India, as well as Anglo-Indians. 

In this course, the author will use primary and secondary material to demonstrate how to research ancestors in British India in depth. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
HISTORY OF THE BRITISH IN INDIA
East India Company & Beginnings of British Involvement in India
1857 Indian Mutiny
India Office Records & direct rule from Britain
Rise of Indian nationalism
1947 Independence
Life (and records) from 1948

MODULE 2
MAPS & PLACE NAMES
Changing Borders of ‘British India’
Princely States & other areas beyond direct British control
Variants in spelling & place name changes
Travel to & from India: changes over time
Suez Canal
Passenger Lists
Ship Records

MODULE 3
VITAL EVENTS, CHURCH RECORDS & PROBATE
Online Indexes
Digital Books
Church records (Anglican & non-Anglican)
Civil registration
Christianity in India
Schools & orphanages
Cemeteries
Probate
Probate in India
Probate pre-1727
Probate in the UK

MODULE 4
ARMED FORCES & MERCHANT SEAMAN
East India Company’s Armies
Indian Army
British Army
Indian Navy & Royal Indian Marine/Navy
British Merchant Seamen
Royal Navy
Royal Indian Air Force & Royal Air Force in India
Chaplains, Medical Service (and Subordinate), Veterinary Corps & Bandsmen
Indian Army Nursing Services & Women’s Auxiliary Corps

MODULE 5
OCCUPATIONS
Main occupations of the British in India (outside of the armed forces)
Civil servants: covenanted & uncovenanted (EIC)
India Office & Burma Office
Trade: tea, jute, coffee and other products
Tea Trade
Railways

MODULE 6
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS
Memoirs, letters & diaries online & in collections around the world
Directories: what exists and what exists online
Newspapers and online databases
Family papers
Other published sources & how to access them
USEFUL ADDRESSES
Archives in the UK
Archives in India
ONLINE INDEXES
General UK Genealogy
British India
TIMELINES
Governors & Viceroys of India
Governors-General of India (1773-1858)
Viceroys of India (1858-1947)
Course image Research: Canadian Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: Canadian Ancestors

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

This course is intended as a guide for those who are starting to research their ancestors in Canada. It is a general guide to the records available for those conducting genealogical research in Canadian records for the first time.   

Specifically, this course is intended as a guide to researchers living outside of Canada who find that their research journey has led them to the point that they must now enter unfamiliar territory and conduct research in the records of another country, when those records may not follow the patterns with which they are familiar. To that end, each province will be examined individually in order to understand the variations in the records and storage that apply to each province. 

Course Length: 6 weeks


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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION TO CANADIAN RESEARCH
Introduction
Archives—General Information
Genealogical Societies—General Information
Major Record Collections for Genealogists
Genealogical Websites
Canadian Records
Library and Archives Canada

MODULE 2
PROVINCIAL RECORDS
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Northwest Territories, Yukon & Nunavut

MODULE 3
PROVINCIAL RECORDS...Continued
Ontario
Québec

MODULE 4
PROVINCIAL RECORDS...Continued
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

MODULE 5
CASE STUDY
Case Study Outline
Case Study Information
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Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: Child Migration from Britain

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

This course provides an overview of the history of child migration from Britain and an introduction to the records that can be accessed to research them. Britain has a very long history of exporting children. Child migration from Britain occurred over a period of nearly 350 years through various private and government sponsored emigration schemes. 

This course is a good starting point for anyone who knows, or even suspects, that they have a British child migrant ancestor in their family tree. Children were sent to the American Colonies, the West Indies, Australia, Canada, Southern Rhodesia, South Africa and New Zealand. The major recipients of children, based upon numbers, were Canada and Australia. 

The course is structured to address research in each of the receiving countries, in Britain and from the sending agencies themselves. The course concludes with a case study which uses a child who migrated to Canada during a time period when child migration to Canada was near its peak. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION TO CHILD MIGRATION FROM BRITAIN
Introduction
Overview of Child Migration from Britain
Social Conditions
Agencies
Evolution
Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB)
The Voyage
Research Strategy

MODULE 2
CANADIAN RESEARCH
Canadian Research Sources
Immigration Records
Government Inspection Reports
Central Registry Files
Closed Files
Library and Archives Canada/British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Home Child Database
Other Canadian Sources
Records of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Force
1940 National Registration
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
Home Children Canada

MODULE 3
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & SOUTHERN RHODESIA RESEARCH
Australian Research Sources
Immigration Records
Passenger Lists
Citizenship Records
Migrant Selection Documents
Other Records
New Zealand Research Sources
Passenger Lists
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Probate Records
Southern Rhodesia Research Sources
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Additional Resources

MODULE 4
BRITISH RESEARCH
British Research Sources
British Ships Passenger Lists
British Poor Law Records
Civil Registration
Census Records
Parish Registers
Probate Records
Electoral Registers
Directories
Additional Resources

MODULE 5
AGENCIES & AGENCY RECORDS
Barnardo’s Homes
Macpherson Homes
Catholic Emigration
Quarriers
Liverpool Sheltering Homes
Middlemore Homes
Maria Rye
National Children’s Home
Fegan’s Homes
Church of England Waifs and Strays Society
Fairbridge Society
Contacting an Agency

MODULE 6
CASE STUDY
History of a Child Migrant
Course image Research: Danish Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: Danish Ancestors

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

Beginning research on Danish ancestry requires a foundation in certain basics. Before beginning research in any new locality, a fundamental appreciation of the historical background of the area is always required. Most Danish records are organized by parish, so knowing the structure and geography of the country is important to finding the correct records. 

The patronymic system of naming was used throughout Denmark until nearly the end of the 19th century. Learning the techniques appropriate to research families under this system is essential to the student of Danish genealogy. 

The calendar changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar and the first day of the year was changed to 1 January. Some dates will be entered based on the “feast days” rather than the calendar day. These dating issues are important to finding and recording information. 

Although fluent Danish is not required to research in Danish records, general genealogical terminology will be introduced. 

Since genealogical research in Denmark relies heavily on church records, the new researcher should first understand how to find and use these books.  From the time the Lutheran Church was established in Denmark in 1536, there have been changes in the format of the record books, but not in the essential content. In this section of the course the student will review the principle sections of parish registers and their use, including some sections which changed over time; when forms became the norm, and what that means to the researcher; the first section to be studied in depth will be the Index. If used by the parish, this is key to unlocking the church life of an individual, and sorting out the many duplicate names; and, where parish records may be accessed―online, Danish archives, and the Family History Library Catalog. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION & HISTORY
Introduction
History of Denmark
Viking Era (8th-11th Century AD)
Danish Empire and Christianity in Denmark (c. 10th-19th Century AD)
After the Danish Empire (19th Century)
Denmark in the Modern Era (20th Century AD+)
History of Religion
Christianity Comes to Denmark (8th-16th Century AD)
The Reformation (16th-20th Century AD)
Religion in Contemporary Denmark (20th-21st Centuries AD)

MODULE 2
GEOGRAPHY
Introduction
Geography of Denmark
Denmark
Schleswig-Holstein
Greenland
Faroe Islands
Iceland
About Some Place Names
Parishes
Parish Geography

MODULE 3
PATRONYMICS & NAMING PATTERNS
Patronymics
Female Surnames
Naming Patterns
Other Names
Danish Territories
Research Strategies for Patronymic Names

MODULE 4
LANGUAGE, DATES & CALENDARS
Introduction
Danish Alphabet and Genealogical Terminology
Calendar and Feast Days
The Calendar
Feast Days
Fixed Feast Days
Moveable Feast Days

MODULE 5
HANDWRITING
Introduction
Danish Paleography
Handwriting
Unique Features in Gothic Script
Examples
Learning Gothic Handwriting

MODULE 6
CHURCH BOOKS
Introduction
Early Church Books
Search Strategies for Before Pre-Printed Parish Records
Sections in the Church Books
Church Books (or Parish Registers)
Finding Church Books
DANISH TIMELINE
ABBREVIATIONS, DEFINITIONS & TERMINOLOGY
History
Geography
Dates
Relationships (Slægtskabsforhold)
Miscellaneous Terminology
Course image Research: Dutch Ancestors in the Netherlands
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: Dutch Ancestors in the Netherlands

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

Researching Dutch ancestors in the Netherlands is very exciting because of the wealth of information available to the genealogist. Even if you are unfamiliar with the Dutch language, this course will assist you and guide you through the records that contain details about your ancestors' lives.  

This course will cover some historical information about the Netherlands and its provinces, an understanding of the Dutch language in genealogical documents, archives and repositories in the Netherlands and, the types of records available for your research. You will study, in more detail, population records, civil registration and searching the Internet for Dutch genealogical information. 

Course Length: 5 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Introduction to Dutch Research
Historical Information
The Land
Jurisdictions
The Provinces
THE LANGUAGE
Dutch Languages
Calendar Changes
ABOUT NAMES
Naming Patterns
Surnames in the Provinces

MODULE 2
ARCHIVES & REPOSITORIES
Introduction
Archives
Repositories
DUTCH RECORDS
Record Types
Census Records
Population Records

MODULE 3
DUTCH RECORDS … Continued
Civil Registration
One-Year and Ten-Year Tables
Births
Marriage Registrations & Other Related Documents
Divorce Records
Death Registrations

MODULE 4
DUTCH RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET
Introduction
Using Dutch Search Engines
Searching the Internet
General Genealogy Websites
Genealogy Databases and Tools
National Archives
Provincial, Regional & City Archives
Search Engines
Course image Research: English & Welsh Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: English and Welsh Ancestors

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

This course gives an introduction to the first two centuries of family history research in England, Wales, Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. The course will concentrate on the major sources. It will also offer a sound strategy for using these sources to gain a firm foundation for subsequent research. 

Course Length: 5 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
STARTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Where to Begin
Geography
LANGUAGES & NAMES
English Names
Welsh Names

MODULE 2
LOCATING RESEARCH ALREADY DONE OR IN PROGRESS
Introduction
Published Family Histories
Locating Other Researchers
Family Trees on the Internet
ABBREVIATIONS & TERMINOLOGY
ENGLISH & WELSH RECORDS
Original Records
Strategy for Genealogical Research
Civil Registration
Using the Indexes
Isle of Man Civil Registration
Channel Islands Civil Registration
Lundy Island Civil Registration

MODULE 3
ENGLISH & WELSH RECORDS…Continued
Census Records
Differences in the Censuses
Parish Registers
If Your Parish Has Not Been Digitized Yet
How to Read a Parish Register Film Effectively
Using Indexes to Parish Registers
Isle of Man Parish Registers
Channel Islands Parish Registers

MODULE 4
ENGLISH & WELSH RECORDS…Continued
Probate Records
The Will
The Probate Act or Grant of Probate
How to Find a Will for 1858 to Present
Isle of Man Probate
Channel Islands Probate
ARCHIVES & RECORD OFFICES
England
Wales
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES
England
Wales
Other Societies
Course image Research: French-Canadian Ancestors
Intermediate Electives
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Research: French-Canadian Ancestors

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

Tracing your French-Canadian ancestors to the early 1600s can be achieved in less than a day! If you know where to look.

Thanks to the meticulous care taken by the clergy of the Catholic church and the numerous volunteers who have transcribed the information found in church records, there are unique tools available to assist in your research needs. 

Even though the resource tools have made this research much easier than many research tasks, you must still prove that the ancestors you are finding are really your ancestors. 

This course will start with a discussion regarding migration patterns. Then it will cover in detail all available sources of information including birth, marriage and death records, dictionaries, fichiers, census records, notarial records, land grants and others. Acadian research will also be discussed during this course. How to prepare for a genealogical trip to Montréal is also included, as well as a case study. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Immigration Patterns
Acadian Research
Non-Catholic Research
Family History Centers
Basic Sources
Summary of Research Tools
Research tools for the period from 1608 to 1765
Research tools the period from 1765 to the present

MODULE 2
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS
Marriage Répertoires
Dictionaries
Tanguay
Drouin
Jetté
Acadian Research
Répertoires du Québec ancien
Consolidated Index
Fichier

MODULE 3
OTHER RECORDS
Census Records
Notarial Records
Land Grants
Family & Regional Books
Newspapers
Names
Family Associations

MODULE 4
ORDER OF ACTION
COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET
French-Canadian Surnames
Québec Genealogical Societies
Genealogical Societies Outside Québec
Comprehensive Sites
Historical Details
Statistics & Census
Newsgroup
Mailing Lists
Search Engines
Acadian Research
Some French Words

MODULE 5
INTRODUCTION
Older Relatives
Ancestral Places
PLANNING A GENEALOGY TRIP TO MONTRÉAL
A genealogy trip? Why not?
Why go to Montréal to do genealogy research?
Research tools available in specialized libraries in Québec
La Grande Bibliothèque du Québec
Some Historical Sites to Visit
The Return Home

MODULE 6
CASE STUDY
Case Study Outline
ARCHIVE CENTRES
Archives Nationales du Québec/National Archive Centres in Québec
Provincial Archives
GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Canada
United States of America