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Genealogy Online - Gems and Junk
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
It's unthinkable to do genealogy today without the Internet. But not all online sources are reliable. First, take a look at the benefits (and drawbacks) of government, nonprofit, and commercial online sites. Then, learn how to make sense of U.S.…
Interviewing Kin and Mining Home Sources
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
One of the foundations of genealogy (and one of its most enjoyable aspects): interviewing relatives. Here, Dr. Colletta introduces you to several strategies and 10 vital tips to help you get the most out of sitting down with family members…
Extending Your Family Tree Overseas
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Conclude the course with a peek at how to research records outside the United States. Focusing on his experiences in Europe, Dr. Colletta reveals what essential facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestors, and how to overcome six…
The Library - Shelves Full of Family History
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Learn how to tap into the wealth of library material to get solid answers to the "why" behind events in the past. You'll tour genealogies and family histories; histories of states, counties, cities, and towns; the Periodical Source Index (PERSI);…
How to Build Historical Context
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Step away from research and explore how to use historical content to transform your facts into engaging life stories. Dr. Colletta reveals seven steps for building effective historical context, including examining your sources in light of local history, and using…
The Genealogical Proof Standard
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Strengthen your skills as a family history detective with this in-depth look at the Genealogical Proof Standard, the five-step process that certified genealogists use for proving ancestral identities, relationships, life events, and other biographical details. Then, wrap up the lecture…
How to Write Biography
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Explore the process of writing about your ancestors in a way that's memorable - but that always adheres to the truth. Learn how to compose timelines; how to build historical context around life events; how to search for (and find)…
Your Ancestors in Ship Passenger Lists
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Learn how to make sense of passenger arrival records: the single most precious document for reconstructing your ancestors' voyage to North America. Using several key guideposts and sources (including colonial land records and immigrant directories), you can uncover facts about…
Searching in Your Ancestors' Backyards
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
At some point during your detective work, you'll have to actually visit where your ancestors lived. In this helpful lecture, discover how to use key local resources you'll need to rely on for success in your research: cemeteries, records of…
Military Service and Homestead Records
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Holding a document your ancestor once held is a thrilling experience; and this intimate link to your forebears is more readily accessible than ever. Train yourself to navigate through both military records (including service and pension records) and homestead files…
Assembling an Account of Your Discoveries
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
You've learned how to build context and write an engaging narrative. Now, examine the best ways to organize your material and assemble a lasting account of your unique heritage. What are the fundamental questions you'll need to answer before writing?…
Your Ancestors in Naturalization Records
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Did your immigrant ancestors become U.S. citizens? Did they procrastinate, or not naturalize at all? Dr. Colletta reveals how naturalization records can answer these and other biographical questions. You'll focus on adapting your research to three major naturalization periods: prior…
Your Ancestors in the County Courthouse
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Discover how to work your way through the courthouse records of the county where your ancestors resided. Using the two most common types of courts (circuit and chancery), you'll examine how to read courthouse materials, including probate packets, vital records,…
Your Ancestors in State Records
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Good genealogists always take advantage of local sources outside the courthouse as well, including state archives, which hold records that resulted between the administration of state laws. Here, you'll learn how to tap into the information found in original sources…
Dos and Don'ts of Writing History
Part of the Series: Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Writing about the past is fraught with snares. Find out how to sidestep them with Dr. Colletta's dos and don'ts for writing historical narratives. These include using period vocabulary; evoking the senses through sounds, textures, and aromas; and avoiding the…
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But what holds many of us back from unearthing our family history is uncertainty about how to go about…
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