Course 1

This beyond- the-basics two-year course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. Informative and interactive classroom hours delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

Suggested prerequisites: Experience researching in a variety of repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, reviewing at least two basic genealogy guidebooks, and previous class room learning related to family history.


Note: These do not need to be taken in any particular order.

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Debra S. Mieszala, CG 
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Course Outline:
  • General Class Information; From Clues to Records: Step-by-Step Planning (Stuart-Warren)
  • Vital Records – Strategies and Substitutes (Stuart-Warren)
  • Church Records: Locating and Excavating (Stuart-Warren)
  • Institutional Records: Extensive Family Details (Stuart-Warren)
  • U.S. Passport Applications (Mieszala)
  • Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Research: Resources, Methods, and Skills (Mieszala)
  • Computer Lab Projects at FHL (Stuart-Warren)
  • One-on-one consultations at FHL (Mieszala, Stuart-Warren)    
  • US Census Records – Beyond the Basics: Non-Population and Special Schedules (Taylor)
  • More than Just People: Lessons and Hints from Public Directories (Taylor)
  • Step Away from the Computer: Exploring: State Archives (Stuart-Warren)  
  • The Grey and the Blue: Beyond Pensions (Stuart-Warren)
  • Optional time in classroom for groups to discuss their project
  • The Three Rs: Reading, 'Riting, and Research In School Records (Stuart-Warren)
  • Researching the Occupations of Our Ancestors (Stuart-Warren)
  • Clustering and More: Maximizing Your Online Searches (Taylor)
  • The Write Stuff: Family Histories with Substance and Appeal (Mieszala)
  • One-on-one consultations at FHL (Mieszala, Stuart-Warren, Taylor)
  • Finding Family Gems in Manuscript Repositories and Special Collections: (Stuart-Warren)
  • Analysis, Discussion and Review of Group Research Projects (Stuart-Warren)
  • Wrap-up; Completion Certificates; Q&A  (Stuart-Warren)