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Massachusetts Bay Community College
In this lesson, students will learn to identify the techniques of gathering family information and explore interview styles. They will also learn the importance of standardized information collection methods.
In this lesson, students will develop research time-lines and learn to locate records that will be the most helpful. They will also investigate different Internet search techniques.
In this lesson, students will explore and analyze vital records. They will also learn what can be found and how to request copies for their research.
In this lesson, students will learn what census records are available, where to obtain them, and how to analyze them. They will discover that "spelling really doesn't count".
In this lesson, students will explore the Soundex system and analyze old handwriting.
In this lesson, students will discover how computers search locally and distantly.
In this lesson, students will explore timelines, unusual resources, mailing lists, and the value of e-mail.
In this lesson, students will learn what resources are available for researching military records and where they are located.
In this lesson, students will learn the research value of maps, deeds and grants in genealogy. They will also investigate plotting and abstracting deeds.
In this lesson, students will learn the immigration patterns to America and discover how to use naturalization and passport documents.
In this lesson, students will discover the value of researching newspapers, city directories and periodicals. They will also learn how to use Wills and Probate records.
In this lesson, students will put it all together by using software that gets the job done.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
• Internet access
• One of the following browsers:
o Mozilla Firefox
o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
o Google Chrome
• Adobe PDF plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)
This course will be facilitated by Megan Churchwell. Megan has a personal interest in genealogy, and has built an extensive family tree on Ancestry.com, tracing some branches of her family back as early as the 1400s. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in History and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Her day job is Curator at a U.S. Navy museum, where she often assists researchers in tracing the military records of their ancestors.
I have enjoyed this course very much. It was easy for me to fit into a busy lifestyle. My thanks to the instructor for "infecting me with Genealosis"! This course has helped me in my quest to learn more about my family and it's history! Will be looking for follow up classes.
I have learned a lot, both about genealogy and about my family, in the weeks we have been in this course. I have a long way to go, but the journey is the part I love. While it is great to document that these are MY ancestors, once I know that, I want to know so much more about them, and this class has shown me ways to find that information.
I really enjoyed taking this course. I learned a lot about researching my family that I didn't know. Through this course, I discovered ways to research that I hadn't even thought about before or that I hadn't heard of. Thanks for a job well done!!
I really liked this course. Website info is outstanding. I have been working on my family genealogy since 1971. I wish I had this course back then--and that there was an Internet then!
I thought the information and supplementary material was very informative. What a rush of adrenalin when I found my first ancestor with your guidance. All my ancestors have passed away without my knowing to ask any questions of their heritage so my task is quite difficult. I work full time now and have made sure to copy everything so the material will be available to me as I have more time to work on our genealogy. Thanks for all your guidance, and I look forward to taking additional internet courses.
The content and benefits of taking this course exceeded my expectations. I wanted a refresher course with a very great emphasis in online research information and sites to use as I am very weak in the online research area. This course did that, and more. I'm very pleased with this course.
This course has really hooked me on the task of finding my ancestors. I now have a much clearer idea of how to go about this job, particularly with regard to using the Internet.
I am new to Genealogy and feel this "Basic" course is more than enough to get me started and keep me going for years. Genealogy Basics is a must for beginners and old timers will delight at the abundance of new ways to approach "brick walls". I loved Bob's discussion areas which were full of extra resources and research tips. I cannot imagine starting genealogy without this course. I highly recommend Genealogy Basics, take the course you will not regret your choice.
I enjoyed this course tremendously! The lessons were well-developed and interesting, and the activities and resources were amazing! I am thrilled with all that I learned along with the extensive resources shared throughout the course. I have already recommended this course to several people. Thank you so much for getting me on the right track to researching my ancestors. I truly appreciate all that has been offered here!
I found this course very informative and done in an interesting and fun way. Not only were the lessons very informative, the discussions and assignments really brought it home. The examples showed how to work it and then I continued on looking for my ancestors. The crossword puzzles were a fun way to learn things and the quizzes being interactive were very good. The information was not spoon-fed but helped start my brain in a "Detective mode" which will help searching for information. This has shown me many areas and ways to find information and I'm really excited to be re-starting my search for my ancestors. Thanks very much!
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