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Course 1   Techniques and Technology -- CLOSED
Pamela Boyer Porter, Coordinator

Schedule 8:00-8:30 8:30-9:45 10:15-11:30 1:00-2:15 2:45-4:00 4:00-4:45 5:15-6:45
Monday
June 11

Introduction to Course and Family Records

Porter
Vital, Church, and Newspaper Records

Porter
Obituaries, Cemeteries, and Probate

Porter
Oral Interviews and Communicating Effectively

Colletta
Federal Census Research I

Stamm
Library and Court House Research Online (voluntary lab)

Porter
Tuesday
June 12
Federal Census Research II

Stamm
County Land Records in Public Land States

Porter
County Court House Records

Porter
Abstracting Basics and Details for Trip

Porter
Libraries, Archives, and Public Record Offices

Colletta
4:00-5:30
Library and Court House Research Online (voluntary lab)

Porter
Wednesday
June 13
Section A

Research in Courthouse Records

Porter
Onsite research in Special Collection, Samford Library

Wells
Introduction to the World Wide Web including Evaluating Genealogy Resources on the Web

Macomber and Cherry

Wednesday
June 13
Section B

Introduction to the World Wide Web including Evaluating Genealogy Resources on the Web

Macomber and Cherry
Research in Courthouse Records

Porter
Onsite research in Special Collection, Samford Library

Wells

Thursday
June 14

Process and Problem Solving

Porter
Records Management without Software

Fleming
Local History and Building Context

Colletta
Maps and Gazetteers

Colletta

  8:00-9:15 9:45-11:00 11:00-12:00  
Friday
June 15
Evaluation of Genealogy Software

Macomber
Did He Serve? Basic Military

Porter
Summation and Critique

Porter

Have a safe trip home

Course Overview

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.

Textbook

Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family's History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet by Pamela Boyer Porter and Amy Johnson Crow. 2003. (Available for purchase at IGHR)

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