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Research: U.S. Western States Ancestors
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Each module in this course provides an historical overview and historical timeline as well as a survey of records available in both repositories and online for one western state. States covered are Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. In addition each module will focus on one aspect of Western states development, such as trails, suffrage and mining.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
 
Websites
• United States Government
• Miscellaneous
• Church Research
• Map Collections
• Newspapers
• Major Repositories and Record Sets Online and Off
 
Introduction to Western States Research
• History, Government & Legislative
• Courts
• Land, Maps & Taxes
• Vital Records
• Newspapers
• Census
• Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography for All States
• Books
• ebsites
 
Idaho Research
Websites
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in Idaho History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Church
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books & Articles
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Information
• Case Study - Otis Osgood
 

Module 2
Wyoming Research
Websites
Women of the West: Suffrage
Wyoming
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in Wyoming History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Churches
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Information
• Case Study - Ned Frost
 

Module 3
Alaska Research
Websites
Fishing, Whaling and the Fur Trade
Fishing
Whaling
Alaska
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in Alaska History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Church
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study - Kimura Family
 

Module 4
Oregon Research
Websites
Trails
Trails West
Oregon
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in Oregon History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Church
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study - Naylor Family
 

Module 5
Montana Research
Websites
Home on the Range
Cattle, Sheep and Homesteading in the West
Montana
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in Montana History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Church
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books & Articles
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study - Patrick Geraghty
 

Module 6
Washington Research
Websites
Logging, Shipping and Immigration
Mystic Seaport
Washington
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in Washington History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Church
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study - Oliver English
 

Module 7
California Research
Websites
Gold Rush
Guns and Girls
Gold, Guns, and Girls
California
History, Government & Legislative
Important Events in California History
Courts
Land, Maps & Taxes
 
Vital Records
• Cemeteries
• Church
 
Newspapers
Census
Major Finding Aids & Repositories
 
Bibliography and Resources for Further Study
• Books & Articles
• Websites
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study - Jennie Hastings
 
 

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