BASIC CLASS SCHEDULE AND CURRICULUM (subject to change based on changing technology, resource availability, and methodology)
CLASS 1: WHY GENEALOGY? – Overview of basic forms used in genealogy – Discussion of genealogy software programs, their features and other software products available.
CLASS 2: RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET- Free and subscription sites – Search engines and other aids – downloading and printing forms – Taking and keeping research notes – Organizing your research.
CLASS 3: USING SOURCES FROM THE FAMILY & HOME – Photography in family history – Correspondence – Interviews – Indexes, numbering and ahnentafel systems.
CLASS 4: PERSONAL HISTORIES – Searching for the family history in print – using the library, local research opportunities and sites, archives, societies.
CLASS 5: USING THE US DECENTENNIAL CENSUS – State and local census records – soundex and miracode indexes.
CLASS 6: USING MILITARY RECORDS TO FIND ANCESTORS – Courthouse records – finding vital records – Searching land and property records.
CLASS 7: FINDING YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR’S HOME – Settlement patterns and migration routes – Hereditary and patriotic societies – Class wrap-up.