Winter/Spring 2022 Classes

Course #1: Catholic Records

Instructor: Margaret R. Fortier, CG

At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the history and context of Catholic records
  • Describe why Catholic records were created
  • Identify the breadth of Catholic records, beyond sacramental records
  • Interpret genealogical clues from a variety of Catholic records
  • Locate Catholic records online and offline

The case studies will provide students with practice in the various types of Catholic records. Students will use their intermediate-to-advanced research skills in identifying, locating, interpreting, and analyzing these records to uncover all the clues they provide. These exercises will expand knowledge of Catholic records and increase the ability to effectively leverage their unique value in research.

Course #2: Foundations I: Focus on Using Records

Instructor: Lisa S. Gorrell, CG

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!

Course #3: Applied Genetic Genealogy

Instructor: Leah Larkin

This course is designed for intermediate to advance genealogists who want a consistent, efficient approach to problem-solving as well as guidance for writing about their DNA conclusions. In-class lectures, scripted assignments, and discussions set the stage for students to work on their own DNA-based research questions as homework. The end goal is a researcher who can evaluate a problem, design a testing plan to solve it, and explain the conclusions in clear language.

Course #4: Advanced Swedish Research

Instructor: Jill Morelli, CG

Swedish research is pretty easy, right? You don’t even have to know the language. Once you have your parish, you can move through the decades, using the household examination records to the early 1800s.

It gets a little more difficult in the 1700s, but by scrolling and using specialized databases, we can identify ancestors and their collateral relatives into the 1700s. BUT, if you have a gap in the records or record loss, or are at the end of the parish records, you may declare a “brick wall” and stop.

Well, not so fast! There may be a way to span the gap or to work beyond the birth, marriage, and death (BMD) records of your parish, to extend those generations.

Course Objectives

  • To establish a common understanding of the BMD records, household examination records, probate records, and how they can work together
  • To learn how to access and use the Arkivdigital (AD) website
  • To access and use mantals tax records (MTR) for indirect and direct evidence
  • To explore at least six (6) lesser known Swedish sites
  • To learn from numerous case studies which apply the knowledge gained

Course #5: Getting Lost in Ledgers

Instructor: Diane L. Richard

Are you working in a burned county or have a gap in the available records, resulting in an inability to resolve a genealogical problem? (Who doesn’t?) Are you researching women, children, Free Persons of Color, and/or the enslaved? (Aren’t we all?) Do you wonder about the everyday minutiae, politics, hobbies, religion, and more of your ancestors? (Fun to know AND leverageable in your research plan!) This course will explore non-governmental business records (ledgers etc.) to solve some of those problems. Whether underrepresented or extensively documented in governmental, religious, and other records, almost all individuals ARE found in local business ledgers! Don’t assume your ancestors won’t be included.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize participants with what genealogically-relevant information is found in ledgers, typically located in private/manuscript archival collections worldwide.
  • Educate students on how to effectively and efficiently explore ledgers
  • Instruct on how to identify, locate and access these records