Course #2: Foundations I: Focus on Using Records

Instructor: Lisa S. Gorrell, CG
Dates offered: Thursdays, March 17-April 14, 2022 (5 weeks)
Time: 3:30-6:30 pm Pacific/6:30-9:30 pm Eastern
Cost: $300

We often take these records for granted. In this course, Lisa will dig deeper into commonly used resources genealogists use that can inform our ancestor discoveries. Note, this course has an optional fifth class for 1 hour.

  • Vital Records: birth, marriage, death, baptism, & burial
  • Census: federal population & non-population, and state census
  • Newspapers
  • Directories and other lists
  • Land & tax records
  • Immigration & naturalization
  • Probate & court
  • Military

This is an intermediate course with hands on activities and weekly homework that is reviewed by the instructor. This class will sharpen your skills!

An account in FamilySearch. A subscription at Ancestry is helpful.

Recommended books: A generalized book on genealogy is recommended. One of the following can be used:

Course Outline

Session 1: Foundations I: Vital Records & Censuses

  • Introduction
  • Vital Records with in-class exercise
  • Census Records with in-class exercise
  • In-class exercises
  • Introduction to Case Study #1

Session 2: Foundation 1: Newspapers & Directories

  • Review of Case Study #1
  • Newspapers with in-class exercise
  • Directories & related materials with in-class exercise
  • Introduction to Case Study #2

Session 3: Foundations I: Immigration & Naturalization and Land & Tax

  • Review of Case Study #2
  • Immigration & Naturalization with in-class exercise
  • Land & Tax Records with in-class exercise
  • Introduction to Case Study #3

Session 4: Foundation I: Probate and Court Records & Military

  • Review of Case Study #3
  • Probate & Court Records with in-class exercise
  • Military Records with in-class exercise
  • Introduction to Case Study #4

Session 5: Foundation I: Putting it All Together (short session – about an hour)

  • Review of Case Study #4
  • Putting it altogether

Foundations II: Focus on Improving Research Skills & Reporting will be offered in the fall.