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Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records
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Genealogists have one, two, or three generations of ancestors to track through the 20th century; a century marked by an emphasis on privacy and the closure of records.

This six-module course provides a foundation for researching twentieth-century sources. It includes evidence analysis exercises, source citation practice, and application of genealogical standards. (Genealogy Standards, Second Edition, or Genealogy Standards, 50th Anniversary Edition, is compulsory reading for this course.) Adoption research is featured in many of the examples.

Course Content

Module 1

Commonly Used Sources
Genealogical Proof Standard
The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
Evidence Analysis Terminology
Compiled Records
Internet Searches
Evaluating Internet Resources
Internet Search Engines
Use CARS to Analyze a Compiled Family Tree
Types of Adoption Records
Non-identifying Information Example
Search for Living Persons
An Unclaimed Person
Summary and the Genealogical Proof Standard
Thorough Search
Source Citation
Additional Useful References

Module 2
Vital Records: Birth, Marriage & Death
Access to Birth Records
Search for Birth Parents
Pre-Adoption Birth Record
Analysis of the Information
Death Records
Social Security Death Index
Application for Social Security Account Number
Older Death Records
Other Records Created at the Time of Death
Probate Records
Tombstone Inscriptions
Funeral Home Records
Marriage Records
Locating Vital Records
Summary and the Genealogical Proof Standard

Module 3
Censuses and City Directories
Does the Census Correlate with Other Information?
1930 Census Leitch
Does One Census Correlate with Other Censuses?
Censuses as a Source of Clues
Censuses as a Source of Demographic Information
Historic Census Browser
City Directories
State Gazetteers
Summary and the Genealogical Proof Standard

Module 4
Newspaper Source Citations
Family Archives
Write a Source Citation
Interlibrary Loan
Ask A Librarian
Legal Notices
Online Newspapers
Summary and the Genealogical Proof Standard

Module 5
Land Records
Source Citations
Land Records Terminology
Land Records Overview
Evidence Analysis
Where are Land Records Located?
Deed Indexes
How Do We Know if Our Ancestors Owned Land?
Census to Land Records Example
City Directories
Federal Lands
Summary and the Genealogical Proof Standard

Module 6
Military Records
Philippine Insurrection
World War I
World War II
Draft Records
World War I Draft Registration Cards
World War II Fourth Draft Registration
Evidence Analysis
World War I
War on the Home Front
World War II
Where are the Records Located?
Philippine-American War, 1899-1902
Personnel Records
Military Cemeteries
Summary and the Genealogical Proof Standard
Additional Resources

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