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Course 1 Schedule

Portrait of Bruce Hagood's Children Course 1:
Techniques and Technology


Course 1 is designed for the new researcher or the experienced researcher who seeks a review of fundamentals. Lectures, visuals, hands-on activities and sessions in a library and computer lab introduce the primary records and procedures essential for sound research of American home, local area, county, state and federal sources.

Faculty:


Textbooks:
  • Highly Recommended:
    • Sayre, Pamela Boyer & National Genealogical Society. Paths to Your Past: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors. National Genealogical Society: 2009.
  • Recommended:
    • Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000
    • Szucs, Loretto Dennis & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. Ancestry, 2006.

What's an "Intermediate"? Or should I take Course 1 or Course 2?
  1. An intermediate is familiar with at least one basic how-to guide, i.e., Morgan's How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy, Porter and Crow's Online Roots, or Renick's Genealogy 101.
  2. An intermediate has mastered basic record keeping skills: can properly complete a pedigree and family group sheet, and research log; can maintain and organize the genealogical data they have collected; knows a numbering system; and knows how to link entries to properly cited sources.
  3. An intermediate has researched in at least one line, four generations, including themselves, or back to 1880, using all records described in IGHR-Course I and citing them properly.
  4. An intermediate has conducted 20 or more hours research in a genealogical or historical library AND 20 or more hours research at The Family History Library or a Center. An intermediate has conducted 20 or more hours research in a courthouse.
  5. An intermediate has written an appropriate letter of inquiry or placed a coherent query online or in a periodical.
  6. An intermediate has properly abstracted and cited an original will or deed, and extracted a census entry accurately, and understands the difference between an original and derivative source.
  7. An intermediate has become reasonably proficient in the use of the more common 20th century county sources, i.e., vitals, newspapers, cemeteries, probate, and land records, as well as post-1880 federal censuses.
  8. An intermediate belongs to one or more genealogical societies and is aware of the national-level groups.
Prepared by Sandra H. Luebking

Course Schedule:

Monday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Introduction to Course (P. Sayre)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Federal Census Research (P. Sayre)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Finding & Using Vital Records (P. Sayre)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Religious Records (Wells)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Problem Solving & Projects Assignment (P. Sayre)
Tuesday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Handwriting, Abstracts & Extracts (Geiger)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Handwriting, Abstracts & Extracts (Geiger)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Libraries & Archives (P. Sayre)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Courthouse Records & Prep for Trip (Lowe)
  • 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: Voluntary Computer Lab - Work on Project (P. Sayre)
Wednesday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Group A -- On-site Research: Courthouse and Birmingham Public Library (Lowe/Wells)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Group B -- Land Records: Federal, State, & Local (G. Smith)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Group A -- On-site Research: Courthouse and Birmingham Public Library Group (Lowe/Wells)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Group B -- Computer Lab (P. Sayre/Cherry)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Group A -- Computer Lab (P. Sayre/Cherry)
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Group B -- On-site Research: Courthouse and Birmingham Public Library (Lowe/Wells)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Group A -- Land Records: Federal, State, & Local (G. Smith)
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Group B -- On-site Research: Courthouse and Birmingham Public Library (Lowe/Wells)
Thursday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Oral Interviews & Home Sources (Colletta)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Did He Serve? Intro to Military Records (R. Sayre)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Maps & Gazetteers (R. Sayre)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Death & Probate Records (P. Sayre)
Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Organizing with File Cabinets & Your Computer (P. Sayre)
  • 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Local History & Building Context (Colletta)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.: Summation & Critique (P. Sayre)


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