Resources and Strategies for US Research

United States Records and Research, Part I
 
Coordinator: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Instructors:
            John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
            Debbie S. Mieszala, CG
            Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
            D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
 
This beyond- the-basics 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 FamilySearch.org and other family history websites, reviewing at least two basic genealogy guidebooks, and previous class room learning related to family history.
 
Note: Part II was offered in 2014 and will be offered again in 2016. These do not need to be taken in any particular order.
 
 
Monday
8:45-10:15       Dissecting a Document: Getting from Point A to Point Z. Part I: Whole Class Project.  (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
10:30-11:45     Delving into County Courthouse and Town Hall Records  (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
11:45-1:15       Lunch
 
1:15-2:30         Dissecting a Document: Getting from Point A to Point Z. Part II: Small Groups Project.  (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
2:45-4:00         The Women in the Family Do Have Names and Histories (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
 
Tuesday         
9:00-10:15       Source Citations Workshop  (Debra S. Mieszala)
 
10:30-11:45     Legal Savvy for the Genealogist  (Debra S. Mieszala)
 
11:45-1:15       Lunch
 
1:15-2:45         Computer Lab at FHL (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
2:45-6:00         Consultations at FHL (Mieszala, Stuart-Warren)
 
 
Wednesday
9:00-10:15       Finding Ancestral Places of Origin in U.S. Records (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
10:30-11:45     Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind Mugbook Entries  (D. Joshua Taylor)
 
11:45-1:15       Lunch
 
1:15-2:30         Internet Acres and Courthouse Castles: Intermediate Land Research? (Debbie Mieszala)
 
2:45-4:00         Deeper Newspaper Research Online and Off: More than the Dailies (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
4:00-4:45         Optional time in classroom for Q&A and then for groups to discuss their project.
 
 
Thursday
9:00-10:15       Locality Resources: Maps, Gazetteers, Atlases and More  (D. Joshua Taylor)
 
10:30-11:45     U.S. Passenger Arrival Records, 19th and 20th Century (John Colletta)
 
11:45-1:15       Lunch
 
1:15-2:30         The WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists  (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
3:30-6:00         Consultations at FHL (Mieszala, Stuart-Warren)
 
 
Friday
8:45-10:00       The U.S. National Archives: The Nation’s Attic  (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
10:15-11:30     Genealogical and Historical Periodicals In Print and Online (Paula Stuart-Warren)
 
11:30-12:30     Group Project Reports; Wrap-up; Completion Certificates; (Paula Stuart-Warren)