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Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started
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This introductory course will tackle 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). The course takes a look at the mementos and documents found in our own homes which hold so much information, but which are often overlooked. This will be followed with a general review of the public resources available. The course concludes with a look at the frustrating and confusing situations you may encounter as you undertake your research. Please note that for students seeking the Certificate, this course is a prerequisite for the remaining courses.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
• 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...
• But a Couple of Don'ts First
Construct a Miniature Tree
• Whose genealogy do you want to trace?
 
Privacy and GDPR
 
Recording Your Information
• Pedigree Chart
• Coding System
• Abbreviations, Names, and Dates
 

Module 2
Practicum
 
The Family Group Record
How To Begin The Research Stage
 
What resources does your family have?
• Vital Records/Civil Registration
• Personal Records
• Legal Records
• School Records
• Religious Records
• Government Records
• Health Records
• Family Bible
• Family Photo Album
 
Finding Living Relatives: A Resource Not to be Missed
• Skills Required
• How to find them?
• Key Available Records
• Traditional Genealogy Records
• Serendipities
 
Conclusions
 

Module 3
Researching
Research Objectives
The Sources We Use
Types of Information
Conclusion
Evaluation and Analysis
 

Module 4
Confusing Situations
Meaning of Words
• Relationships
• Titles
• Definitions
 
Surnames
Changes in Boundaries
Changes in the Calendars
 

Module 5
Repositories
What Outside Sources To Contact
Genealogical & Historical Associations
 
Archives
• Birth, Marriage & Death Records
• Indexes
• Examples of Available Indexes
• Census Records
• Agriculture Schedules
• Manufacturing Schedules
• Other Censuses and Schedules
• Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers
• Directories
• Passenger Lists
• Passport Records
• Probate Records
• Court Records
• Land Records
• Military Records
 
Public & Provincial/State Libraries
• Guides, Finding Aids & Inventories
• Newspapers
• Indexes of Various Data
• Periodicals, Magazines & Newsletters from Genealogical Associations
 

Module 6
Case Study
• Research Request
• Case Study Assignments
 
What Outside Sources to Contact
 Private Libraries & Associations 
 Family History Centers 
 Churches & Religious Records 
 Cemeteries  
 Advice  
Transcription of Documents 
 
A Basic Genealogical Research Plan
• Suggested Steps in Research Planning
 
Summary
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