Advanced Genealogical Methods
 
Students in “Advanced Genealogical Methods” will learn how to use and assemble evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten in the passage of time. The course will address advanced use of evidence from a variety of genealogical records and research in populations for which the usual records are in short supply (including female, enslaved, and impoverished ancestors). Students also will learn how to develop written proof summaries to show their conclusions’ accuracy and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians.

Prerequisites: This intense course is targeted to “high intermediate” genealogists who have completed an intermediate-level methodology course or who have equivalent experiences, and whose research includes original or microfilmed land and probate records. The course will include required prereadings and three optional homework assignments.
 
Coordinator: Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
 
Instructors
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Richard G. “Rick” Sayre, CG     
Claire Bettag, CG, CGL
 
Classes
*  Developing an Evidence Orientation (Tom Jones)
*  Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search (Tom Jones)
*  Archival Research (Claire Bettag)
*  Military and Pension Records Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
*  Transcribing, Abstracting, Extracting, Quoting, and Documenting Sources (Tom Jones)
*  Bringing Law to Bear on Complex Genealogical Problems (Tom Jones)
*  Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
*  Federal Research: Government Documents (Claire Bettag)
*  Probate Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
*  Tax Roll Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
*  Local Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
*  Special Problems I: Identifying Landless, Enslaved, Peasant, and Other Impoverished Ancestors (Tom Jones)
*  Special Problems II: Finding Immigrant and Migrant Origins (Tom Jones)
*  Special Problems III: Identifying Female Ancestors (Tom Jones)
*  Resolving Conflicting Evidence (Tom Jones)
*  Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems (Tom Jones)
*  Federal Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Claire Bettag)
*  Rural and Urban Map Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Richard G. “Rick” Sayre)
*  Writing Genealogy (Tom Jones)
*  Continued Advancement (Tom Jones)