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Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started
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This introductory course will tackle the common questions: "Why trace our ancestors?", "How far back can I go?" and "How do I proceed after I''ve talked to my family?" Participants will immediately start filling in their ancestral chart. The course takes a look at the mementoes and documents found in our own homes which hold so much information but which are often overlooked. This will be followed with a general review of the public sources available. The course concludes with a look at the frustrating and confusing situations you may encounter as you undertake your research. Please note that for students seeking the Certificate, this course is a prerequisite for the remaining courses.

Course Content

Module 1
• What Genealogy Means
• Why Would You Want to Trace Your Ancestors
• How Far Back Can You Go
What To Do Before You Start Your Research
• But a Couple of Don'ts First
• Construct a Miniature Tree
• Whose Genealogy Do You Want to Trace?
Recording Your Information
• Pedigree Chart
• Coding System
• Abbreviations and Dates

Module 2
The Family Group Record
How To Begin The Research Stage
• What Resources Does Your Family Have?
• Vital Records/Civil Registration/Church Records
• Personal Records
• Legal Records
• School Records
• Religious Records
• Government Records
• Health Records
• Family Bible
• Family Photo Album
Finding Living Relatives
• A resource not to be missed
• Skills Required
• Being Inquisitive
• Being Not Too Afraid to Call
• Persistence
How to Find Them?
• Key Available Records
• Internet
• Traditional Genealogy Records
• Serendipities

Module 3
• Research Objectives
• Research Procedures
• The Sources We Use
• Types of Information
• Evaluation and Analysis

Module 4
Confusing Situations
• Meaning of Words
• Half-Brothers or Half-Sisters
• Stepbrothers or Stepsisters
Changes in Boundaries
Changes in the Calendars

Module 5
What Outside Sources To Contact
Genealogical & Historical Associations
Public Archives
• Records of Births, Marriages & Deaths
• Indexes
• Examples of Available Indexes
• Census Records
• Agriculture Schedules
• Manufacturing Schedules
• Other Censuses and Schedules
• Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers
• Directories
• Passenger Lists
• Passport Records
• Probate Records
• Court Records
• Land Records
• Military Records
Public & Provincial/State Libraries
• Guides, Finding Aids & Inventories
• Newspapers
• Indexes of Various Data
• Periodicals, Magazines & Newsletters from Genealogical Associations

Module 6
Case Study
• Two Unidentified Pictures
• Document 1: Birth Certificate of Violet Charles
• Document 2: Marriage Certificate of Alfred Charles and Margaret Newham
What Outside Sources To Contact: Continued
• Private Libraries & Associations
• FamilySearch Centers
• Churches & Religious Records
• Cemeteries
• Advice
Transcription Of Documents
A Basic Genealogical Research Plan
• Suggested Steps in Research Planning
Useful Forms

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