Saturday, December 31, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Watch a FamilySearch Research Course

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It's Saturday Night again - and time for more Genealogy Fun!!  Are you up for this?

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Go to the FamilySearch Research Course page - https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html - and select a Research Course of interest.  Use the filters in the left-hand column for Places, Skill Level, Subject, Format and Language to help you decide.

2)  Click on the Research Course you selected, and watch the video.  In some cases, there is a syllabus that you can download and/or print out.

3)  Tell us about your experiences in a blog post of your own, a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or a Google Plus Stream post.  Tell us why you selected the specific course, what you learned, and what other course you want to watch.

Here's mine:

I selected the "Heads of Household Only" course, presented by Angela McComas. 


My reason for selecting it was that it was relatively short (19 minutes), and I was interested to see what it was about.  The syllabus shows each of the slides presented.

The most useful information in this course for me was how she compared several years of census records to narrow down the search for the "right" family in pre-1850 census records.  She also mentioned the census forms in the William Dollarhide book, The Census Book, which includes a form to help you with those comparisons.  I have the Dollarhide book in a PDF format, so I went into my book files and printed out that page (page 180) for use on a current project.

The course that I want to watch next is Evaluating and Solving Research Problems with Karen Clifford.

There is a wealth of genealogy education on the FamilySearch Learning Center.  There is something for persons at every level of genealogy experience.

1 comment:

Dorene from Ohio said...

Randy - I watched the Family Search Tips video, and I learned how to fine tune a search with "wild cards."

Next I plan to watch the one on Newspaper Research.