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Building Genealogical Skills

April 5, 12, 19, 2022
Live Sessions Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m. ET
Ann Lawthers

This program will be hosted via Zoom. Access information will be sent to participants upon registration. This course contains the same content presented in our Building Your Genealogical Skills seminar presented in 2021 and January 2022.

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive into your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. Certainly, you'll learn along the way, and devise your own methods, but it's also easy to become overwhelmed and form bad habits. Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research. Topics include: how to record your findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research, and more.
This course includes three 90-minute classes; exclusive access to handouts and recordings of each presentation; hands-on demonstrations and activities; and in-depth q&a sessions with the instructor. You will have access to the recordings, handouts, slides indefinitely.


Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. ET
Class #1: The Basics: Students will learn the major principles of good genealogy research practice, how to apply these practices in researching a family tree, and the most important types of records used in genealogical research

Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. ET
Class #2: Researching: Students will learn the value of research logs, creating a research plan, finding aids and more. This session will delve into the many crucial techniques of planning and organizing your research.

Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m. ET
Class #3: Analyzing: Part of becoming an effective researcher includes learning the basics of genealogical citation. Learn how to question genealogical sources and citations to make sure your research is valid.

Education and Programming
Ann Lawthers
Migration Patterns
New England
Mid-Atlantic States
Areas of expertise: New England, New York, Mid-Atlantic states, the southern colonies, Ireland, and migration patterns.