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Personal Historian: Beginning Genealogy
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Genealogical research is one income stream you can add to your Personal Historian business whether you conduct the research or your hire a researcher. Family history information enhances a personal history project by providing more in-depth family details. This introduction to genealogy will address how to add this income stream to your business, what to look for when hiring a researcher, and how to do the basic research yourself.

Course Content

Module 1
Adding Genealogy To Your Personal Historian Business
• Note about Web Addresses
• Websites
• Pros & Cons of Adding a Genealogy Income Stream
• Code of Ethics for Genealogical Researchers
Contracts & Fees
• Considerations for Setting Fees
Types of Contracts
• Offline Avenues
• Online Avenues
Next Steps
Recommended Reading & Resources

Module 2
Genealogy Basics
• Enhancing a Personal History Project
Starting Genealogical Research
• Pedigree Chart / Family Tree
• Family Group Sheet
Family Stories
• Including Photographs
Genealogy Software
Home Sources
• Family Bible
• Photographs
• Newspapers
• School Records
• Military Records
• Baptismal or Christening Certificates
• Funeral Cards
• Baby Books
Searching Online Records vs. Offline Records
• Starting with Online Research
• Searching Offline Resources
Warning! It isn’t as easy as clicking a Shaky Green Leaf Hint
Religious and Country Rulers Affected Records
Country, State/Provincial, County, & Town Boundary Changes
Final Thoughts
Recommended Reading & Resources

Module 3
Analyzing Information & Planning
Looking at information provided by a client
Family stories and the truth
Evidence Analysis Process
• Sources
• Examine the Information on Records
• Evidence
Citing Sources
• Example - Research Problem
Creating the Client Research Report
Final Thoughts
Recommended Reading & Resources

Module 4
Commonly Used Records
• Online & Offline Records, and Missing Records
Commonly Used Records in Genealogy
• Vital Records
• Religious & Cemetery Records
• Information Contained within a Religious Record
• Baptismal Records
• Confirmation Records
• Marriage Records
• Death Records
• Finding Religious Records
• Population, Agriculture, & Non-Population Census Schedules
• Immigration
• City Directories or Phone Books
• Newspapers
• Military Records
• Types of Records Available
• Land & Property Records
• Court and Probate Records
• Example - Portion of a Transcribed Will
Next Steps

Module 5
Repositories & Online Records
Records Access
• Transferring Records
• Destruction of Records
Tips for Using Repositories
Types of Repositories
• National Archives
• State/Provincial or Regional Level Archives
• Local Archives and Historical Societies
• Governmental Agencies
• Genealogical Societies
• Libraries
• Museums
Online Records & Indexes
• Indexes as Sources
• Locating Online Records
Final Thoughts

Module 6
Locating, Hiring & Evaluating A Professional Genealogist
Why Do You Need a Researcher?
Locating a Researcher
Hiring a Researcher
• Interviewing a Genealogist
• Contracts and Fees
• More on Fees
• Responsibilities of the Researcher & You
• Evaluating the Research
• Signs of Good Research
• Signs of Inadequate Research
Final Thoughts
Recommended Reading & Resources
• Useful Forms

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