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September 5 is last day to add classes with instructor approval – an add code is needed from the instructor (contact karenmpc@aol.com).

Genealogy Online classes start at Monterey Peninsula College August 25, so enroll now. Register early for beginning classes, because they fill up fast. LIBR60: 15 week beginning genealogy and computing course;

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Karen will be teaching Fall 2015:
LIBR 60 Section Family Research Studies: Genealogy I - Beginning present time back to 1850

Earn an Associate’s Degree in Library Science-Genealogy
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  • LIBR 60: Family Research Studies: Genealogy I covers sources and methods from present time back to 1850 in the U.S., selecting and using a genealogy software program, and techniques for organizing paperwork.
  • LIBR 61: Family Research Studies: Genealogy II from 1850 back to the 1700s in U.S. records - more advanced research strategies and different record groups
  • LIBR 62: Family Research Studies: Genealogy III starts with an application of U.S. records which provide evidence of a foreign birth, moves on to immigration and naturalization, newspapers, and church records to locate the immigrant homeland, then starts exploring the records of the old country
  • LIBR 63: Family Research Studies: Genealogy IV teaches students to share their research by writing a book, building a Web site, adding data to existing online public member trees, making a video, or making a storybook

This course is an introduction to family historical research methods and sources necessary to locating individuals between 1850 and the present time including basic Internet and library sources as well as research methodologies for locating each student's families. Students may sign up for credit toward an Associate Degree in Library Science, toward a genealogy certificate, or for personal enrichment CR/NC. LIBR 60 is a class that will teach you:

  • Family historical research methods,
  • Basic Internet and library primary sources (see details),
  • How to use a genealogy computer database program to speed up the process,
  • How to locate your family moving back from the present time to 1850,
  • How to create a family history archival notebook to store and quickly locate original documents already within the family or found in this course.

Details - Students will perform family history research on their own families using the primary repositories of the twentieth century including federal, state, and local court houses, libraries, archives, and genealogical societies and focusing upon 10 primary genealogical sources found in the repositories mentioned above or available on the Internet.

  • U. S. Federal Census Records;
  • Vital Records;
  • Vital Record Substitutes;
  • Social Security Death Index;
  • World War I and II Draft Registration Cards;
  • Compiled Historical Records;
  • Genealogy How-to Sources; Research Guidance;
  • Major databases and traditional sources of the Family History Library;
  • Records in the Library of Congress;
  • Records in the National Archives.

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This course covers the research methods, Internet and library sources, and technology sources for locating families using census, tax, probate, land, property, newspapers, biographies, and military records between 1790 and 1850. Students may sign up for credit toward an Associate Degree in Library Science, toward a genealogy certificate, or for personal enrichment CR/NC. LIBR 61 will teach you:

  • Advanced genealogy research methods
  • Internet and Library Sources (1790 - 1850)
  • Pre-1850 research methodologies
  • Searching pre-1850 census, tax, probate, land, property and military records
  • Includes preparation of a family history
  • Details - Students will perform family history research on one of their own families who was born prior to 1850 using the primary repositories for records of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will be taught and apply the research methodologies used by professional researcher when using pre-1850 records. The course will cover among other things:

    1. Techniques for read the handwriting of 18th and 19th century records at a beginning level in order to work with pre-1850 records.
    2. Use tax records, slave schedules, and other enumeration rolls.
    3. Apply surname-locality approaches to locating a hard-to find ancestor.
    4. Utilize probate records - testate procedures and analysis of probate clues.
    5. Utilize intestate procedures and analyze administration clues to extend a family.
    6. Apply critical thinking approaches to divergent pedigrees.
    7. Locate and work with historical newspapers.
    8. Learn the value of genealogical and historical periodicals in your research.
    9. Describe the difference between records that describe land grants and foreign ownership versus land and property records to find relationships to early American families.
    10. Utilize land records of the original colonies including state land states and town lands and their genealogical value.
    11. Find and utilize military pre-service (enlistment and draft) and service records (Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam)
    12. Find and utilize military benefit records for the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, Civil War, and Spanish American War.
    13. Using genealogy computer software programs to track sources, methodology, chronology, and evidence on families.

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    LIBR 62
    Methodologies for extending your immigrant family lines beyond the United States to an individual’s original place birth. Uses advanced research methods with Internet and traditional record groups and repositories. Includes preparing a genealogical report on research results. Students may sign up for credit toward an Associate Degree in Library Science, toward a genealogy certificate, or for personal enrichment CR/NC [Credit/No Credit. LIBR 62 is a course in which students will learn:

    • Which and how federal records, internal migration, church records, and emigration/immigration records can help extend family pedigrees into other countries,
    • Where to obtain information on how to read the handwriting between the 17th and 19th centuries or earlier in the foreign countries,
    • How to prepare a professional genealogy report on an emigrant ancestor(s) one-step-at-a-time.

    Details - Students will perform family history research on their own immigrant family using the primary record groups normally used to determine an ancestor’s homeland.

    1. Provides traditional and Internet solutions for obtaining foreign reference materials.
    2. Analysis of United States research problems in order to extend to the foreign country.
    3. Formulate field research for background information or original records in foreign countries
    4. Evaluate clues provided by international research aids.
    5. Compare foreign historical clues to personal family situations.
    6. Demonstrate in writing the evidence to substantiate a research hypothesis.
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      LIBR 63
      An introduction to methods and programs used in publishing genealogy materials in a timely manner directly from various genealogy computer programs and a word processor, or moving that material to a publishing program (e.g. Adobe InDesign). Producing and publishing genealogical materials is a needed asset in a professional setting such as working for clients, working for a family organization, or planning a reunion. The various methods of publishing will be on paper, on the Internet, or on CD/DVD, and in multiple formats. By the time you leave this course, you will be able to produce a draft book/report in two hours, a storybook in one week, and a 150 page book in two weeks. Students may sign up for credit toward an Associate Degree in Library Science, toward a genealogy certificate, or for personal enrichment CR/NC [Credit/No Credit. LIBR 63 is a course in which:

    • Students will define family history writing objectives, and develop experience and skills in assembling and polishing a professional genealogical client report, family history, family story, pictorial history, OR website.
    • Students will scan, crop, size, and save family photos or images and arrange them effectively to document a manuscript.
    • Students then elect to use a specific program from those with which they experimented to produce a client report or book. OR student can pay for either online publishing of a book (at ancestry.com, or HeritageBooks.com). OR student can produce a small version of a book in Word or InDesign.
    • Depending on publishing interests and funds, students will obtain necessary materials to complete one semester project.
    • Students will create a publishable Family History in a storybook, Web site, or genealogy computer program format based upon one individual, one family, or several generations previously researched and documented including pulling in photos, images, and/or oral histories to support the information previously researched.

    Details – Instructor will first demonstrate the publishing outcomes from different *GCP (Genealogy Computer Software) Programs. Students will be taught the difference between a word processing program and a publishing program. Students then select one GCP (e.g. PAF, Ancestral Quest, Legacy, RootsMagic, or Reunion) for classroom experiments. FamilyTreeMaker cannot work in experiments because their data will not transfer out of a paid format for non-paying students to view. Student’s share results with classmates as part of the experiments. Options for publishing will include:

    1. a word processing program: Word;
    2. a publishing program: version 5, or Adobe Creative Suites6;
    3. a graphic manipulation program: Adobe Photoshop Elements or Photoshop (which is part of Adobe Creative Suites);
    4. a slide show and sound to video CD or DVD program: Passages Express
    5. a hard-bound story book producer: Heritage Makers Publishing or you pick an online publishing system after approval with the instructor. If student wishes to use FamilyTreeMaker for their final project published book, instructions are found online at the Ancestry.com Publisher.
    6. Dreamweaver (part of Adobe Creative Suites6) for Website publishing.
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