Genealogy Course Syllabus

Weekly Work Schedule

Mon – Wed Wed Thurs – Fri Fri – Sun Sun
Read the articles and listen to the lectures. Explore the databases and resources for the week. Post your first discussion  comment. Respond to discussion threads; watch the videos. Work on your reference questions, exercises, and assignments. Submit your assignments in the appropriate BB box; write your reflective journal entry – Due Sunday at 11:59pm.

Syllabus

Week 1
Introduction to the topic,

  • Assignments and course requirements
  • Basic Genealogy Books – learning the basics
  • Arrangement of collections
  • Getting to know your collection
  • Review of terminology and forms, family trees and ancestor charts, family group sheets and more
  • Introduction to analyzing primary sources
  • Introduction to the US Census and Soundex (Ancestry, Family Search and Heritage Quest)
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Exercises
  • Fill out an Ancestor Chart and Family Group Sheet for your family. Put in what you know without looking any information up.
  • Join Family Search http://www.familysearch.org
  • Join Fold3 (free version) http://www.fold3.com
  • Get a library card for your local library. What electronic genealogy resources can you access from home with your card? (Fold3, Heritage Quest). Can’t access them, let me know and I’ll give you library card numbers for the semester.
  • Got to the KSU Library website http://www2.kent.edu/library/index.cfm – install the VPN and activate it (need help, contact the KSU Helpdesk and TechHelp).
  • Activate your VPN, go to the library databases page, explore the Ancestry (Library Edition) website. NOTE: It is different from the fee version. If you want to use that program, you have to subscribe. Select World for 3 months. NOTE: You do NOT have to subscribe to Ancestry.
Assignments
 Week 2
Census and Soundex records and databases– continued

  • Fold 3, Internet Archive, and more
  • Understanding and Interpreting the Census
  • Geographic access to census records
  • Consider how the census databases (Family Search, Ancestry, and Heritage Quest) differ in content, searching, result display?
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Assignments
  • Community Resources Assignment DUE Week 2
  • Reference Question 1
  • Discussion
  • Journal
 Week 3
Wrap up Census records

  • Non Population Census Records,
  • British census records
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Handwriting
  • Reference Strategies
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FYI DNA Testing – here’s a current article on the subject.

Handwriting Exercise
Assignment
 Week 4
  • University Archives and Local History
  • Vital records, obits, cemeteries
  • Newspapers
  • Reference Questions & Interviews
 

 

READ:

  • Greenwood Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy Chapter 11 (Compiled Sources and Newspapers), Chapter 12 (Vital Records) and Chapter 27 (Cemetery and Burial Records) pages 611-12, 618-620 only
  • Pugh, Mary Jo. “The Reference Process.” Ch 5
  • Smolenyak Who Do You Think You Are? Ch 4
  • Little, Hannah. “Archive Fever as Genealogical Fever: Coming Home to Scottish Archives” Archivaria 64 (Fall 2007): 89-112 [on e-reserve]
  • How did Mound Street (Columbus, OH) Get Its Name? CuriousCbus http://radio.wosu.org/post/curious-cbus-how-mound-street-got-its-name and the video https://youtu.be/P3YL_ur-K0I
  • Bockman, Jeffrey A. “Search High, Low, Above, and Below: Cemetery Records.” Heritage Quest 19 No. 5 Issue 107 (Sept/Oct 2003): 36-41 http://sites.google.com/site/jeffbockman/gatj/cemetery
  • Smolenyak, Megan. “Answers in the Cemetery: James Reynolds of Jersey City, NJ.” Heritage Quest 19 No. 5 Issue 107 (Sept/Oct 2003): 56-64. [E-Reserve]
  • Saxbe, William B Jr. “Nineteenth-Century Death Records: How Dependable Are They?” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 87 No. 1 (March 1999): 43-54 [E-Reserve]
  • Fonkert, J. H. “The Threshing Engine: Newspapers Breathe Life into a Photo.” NGS Magazine 38 No. 2 (April – June 2012): 25-31. [e-reserve]
  • St. Andrews Special Collections. “Reading the Collections, Week 27: University Calendars and the Office of Bedellus.” Echoes from the Vault (Blog) (Aug 8, 2015): https://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/reading-the-collections-week-27-university-calendars-and-the-office-of-bedellus/
  • Shultz, David. “The Gravekeeper’s Paradox: People want permanent tombstones that also show decay.” Nautilis (March 19, 2015): http://nautil.us/issue/22/slow/the-gravekeepers-paradox?src=longreads

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OPTIONAL:

  • Redmann, Gail R. “Archivists and Genealogists: The Trend toward Peaceful Coexistence” Archival Issues V18 no2 (1993) p121-32 [E-Reserve]
Cemeteries
Assignments
  • Discussion
  • Journals
 Week 5
 POLICIES

  • Mission Statements & Collection Development Policies
  • Libraries vs. Archives;
  • Genealogy & History Societies – Cooperate or compete?
  • Preservation, security copyright, Privacy (HIPPA, FERPA, FOIA)
  • Review or finish census records as needed
  • Reference questions
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OPTIONAL:

  • Yakel, Elizabeth and Deborah A. Torres. “Genealogists as a ‘Community of Records’.” American Archivist 70 (Spring/Summer 2007): 93-113 http://americanarchivist.org/
  • Maher, William J “Between Authors and Users: Archivists in the Copyright Vise” Archival Issues V26 no1 (2001) p62-75 [available thru KentLink]
  • Breakell, Sue. “Encounters with the self: archives and research.” Ch. 2 in The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping: A Reader. By Jennie Hill (FNY: Facet Publishing, 2011): 23-36 [e-reserve]
Resources
Assignments
  • Create a mission statement, collection development and use policy for your library DUE Week 5
  • Discussion
  • Journal
Oct. 6-7, 2017
Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference, in partnership with the Society of Ohio Archivists, History Matters! Meets at the Crowne Plaza, Dublin, OH..You can register here http://www.ohiolha.org/alliance-annual-meeting/ NOTE: Online registration closes September 24, 2017
 Week 6
  • Analyzing records
  • Using Finding Aids
  • Primary & Secondary sources (photos, oral histories, and more)
  • Non-text & non-bound materials
  • Recordings, photographs, prints & 3D objects
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OPTIONAL:

Watch the five videos, how do the librarian and photograph archivist work with photos? What practices can you adopt at your institution?

Reading Photographs: (Visual Literacy) – A five part series from the Library of Congress;

  1. Start to Read a Photograph https://youtu.be/pqEo_DpY9EI
  2. Get to Know the Photographer https://youtu.be/tsNOTrmQqdo
  3. Consider How the Photos Were Made https://youtu.be/vUzYTZDkymc
  4. Explore the Photographer’s Era https://youtu.be/839aKnlWASc
  5. Interpret Stories You Discover https://youtu.be/W1gJDsGma5
EXAMPLES
Assignment
  • Locate vital records for soldiers.
  • Reference Question 3
  • On the discussion board: Discuss two of the formats you found interesting or challenging in “History Matters.”
    • Select one of the formats to analyze with an example of your own. Discuss the benefits and difficulties of analyzing the primary source you selected
  • Journal
 Week 7
  • Local Government Records
  • What’s in your local courthouse?
  • Tax and Land Ownership Records, Property Maps, Courts & Wills
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Assignments
  • Locate Vital Records (Marriage & Death especially) for your soldiers and their families. submit in BB and list their names on the course website https://sites.google.com/a/kent.edu/glh2017/
  • Reference Question 4 and 5
  • Discussion
  • Journal
 Week 8
  • Military Records and Veterans Records
  • Regiments, actions, pensions
  • History
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OPTIONAL:

Exercises Read the article by Trevor, check out the database. Look for pension packets for Revolutionary War soldiers. Here are some surnames you can try: Landon, Maxwell, Clark, Boone. What types of information do you find?
Assignment
  • Reference question 6 and 7
  • Discussion
  • Journal
 Week 9
  •  MAPS – visual & spatial
  • What maps tell you what?
  • Finding your way and your destination
   READ: (There are a lot of articles here. Pick and choose the ones that interest you.)

OPTIONAL:

FYI
Exercise Find USGS and Sanborn maps (use your VPN or local library) for your community. How difficult was it to find the maps? How does the information they contain differ? When would you use each type of map? – possible discussion topic
Assignment
 Week 10
  • History
  • local, county, state, region
  • historic preservation
 

 

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Check it out
Assignments
  • Reference Question 10 and 11
  • Discussion
  • Journal
 Week 11
  • Neighborhoods
  • Communities and Companies
  • City Directories– more than just addresses
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Resources The Ketcham Inn Foundation (Ketcham Inn (originally the Center Moriches Inn), Center Moriches, NY, founded 1693) http://www.ketchaminn.org/ and a short history of the Inn http://youtu.be/rttRWrmwvKQ
Assignments
 Week 12
Government Documents

  • US Serial Set,
  • Legislative records,
  • American State Papers
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OPTIONAL:

Resources Genealogical resources in U.S. federal depository libraries [electronic resource] / compiled by Kevin D. Motes; with assistance by Fred Gomeringer and Steve Beleu. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries, US Government Information Division, 2002, updated & edited by Clifton Broadworth, 2006. http://www.odl.state.ok.us/usinfo/GenealogicalResources.pdf
Exercise
  • What government resources and public records does the National Archives use for their research? Where else could you look for information in ‘your’ library?
Assignment
  • Reference question 13
  • Discussion
  • Journal
 
Week 13
THANKSGIVING
Research Week

  • Finish your research on your soldiers and military regiment
  • Add content to and organize your assigned page(s) on the course website.Prepare and present your podcast
  • Draft your final paper 
 Week 14
  • Moving About the Country
  • Immigration & Migration (East to west, South to North, Rural to Urban)
  • Passenger Lists
  • Naturalization
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FYI
Assignment
  • Post a 5 minute podcast / video about your military company and the soldiers you selected.
  • Reference Question 14
  • Discussion
  • Journal
 Week 15
  • Religious records
  • Ethnic Groups & Communities
  • Ties with “The Old Country”
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OPTIONAL:

Assignment
  • Comment on your fellow students projects. Post comments on at least 10 student projects. https://sites.google.com/a/kent.edu/glh2017/
  • Discussion
  • Journal
  • ALL late and resubmission of assignments are due by Dec 8 @ 11:59 for grading
Week 16
Putting it all together
  Research Project Due – submit your paper in BB before FRIDAY Dec 15 @ 11:59PM