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Research: U.S. Great Lakes Area Ancestors
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The Great Lakes region of the United States is an area with a rich and diverse history. This course will focus on generalized and locality specific resources for six states in this area―Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. These six states once formed, in part, the first possession of the United States known as the “Northwest Territory.” A summary of each state’s history and geography will be provided, as well as tips on where to find important genealogical resources (such as census, land, probate, and vital records). A brief discussion of important Canadian records and suggestions for advanced research techniques will also be included.

COURSE CONTENT


Course Content

Module 1

Introduction
  • What are the “Great Lakes”?

    Brief Historical Synopsis
  • Geography, Settlements & Borders
  • Immigration Patterns
  • Ethnic Groups

    General Research Methodology
  • Key Records & Resources
  • Special or Unique Records

    Source/Data Worksheets for Documenting & Organizing Information
  • Setting Research Goals
  • Creating a Data Sheet on Each Ancestor
  • Research & Correspondence Logs and Spreadsheets
  • Timelines

    Course Organization
    Recommended Reading & Resources
    Hints & Tips


    Module 2

    Illinios
  • Brief History
  • Largest Cities
  • Vital Records
  • Religion
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Migration Patterns
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Courts
  • Land, Maps & Taxes
  • Census Records
  • Military Records
  • Major Finding Aids & Repositories
  • Newspapers
  • Key Records Available on Major Genealogical Websites
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints and Tips


    Module 3

    Indiana
  • Brief History
  • Largest Cities
  • General Resources
  • Vital Records
  • Religion
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Migration Patterns
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Probate & Court Records
  • Land Records
  • Census Records
  • Military Records
  • Major Repositories
  • Newspapers
  • Key Records Available on Major Genealogical Websites
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints & Tips


    Module 4

    Michigan
  • Brief History
  • Largest Cities
  • Vital Records
  • Religion
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Probate & Court Records
  • Land Records
  • Census
  • Military Records
  • Major Repositories
  • Newspapers
  • Key Records Available on Major Genealogical Websites
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints & Tips


    Module 5

    Minnesota
  • Brief History
  • Largest Cities
  • Vital Records
  • Religion
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Probate & Court Records
  • Land Records
  • Census Records
  • Military Records
  • Major Repositories
  • Newspapers
  • Key Records Available on Major Genealogical Websites
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints & Tips


    Module 6

    Ohio
  • Brief History
  • Largest Cities
  • Vital Records
  • Religion
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Migration Patterns
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Probate & Court Records
  • Land Records
  • Census Records
  • Military Records
  • Major Repositories
  • Newspapers
  • Key Records Available on Major Genealogical Websites
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints and Tips


    Module 7

    Wisconsin
  • Brief History
  • Largest Cities
  • Vital Records
  • Religion
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Probate & Court Records
  • Land Records
  • Census Records
  • Military Records
  • Major Repositories
  • Newspapers
  • Key Records Available on Major Genealogical Websites
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints & Tips


    Module 8

    Canada
  • Brief History

    Why Research in Canada?
  • Other Reasons

    Getting Started
  • Key Records
  • Census
  • Immigration
  • Land Records
  • Vital Registration
  • Military Records
  • Additional Records
  • Recommended Reading & Resources
  • Hints & Tips

    Course Summary

    Appendix

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