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Building Your Genealogical Skills: 3-week Online Course



Live Sessions: Wednesdays, February 10, 17, 24, 2021, 6:00 - 7:30 PM EST
Access to recordings and materials through May 31, 2021
Presented by Genealogist Ann Lawthers
Cost: $85

This program will be hosted via Zoom. More information will be sent to participants upon registration.

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, and more until May 31, 2021.


Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 PM 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

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 PM 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.

Wednesday, February 24, 6:00 PM 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.

About our Speaker

Ann Lawthers, Genealogist, assists visitors to the American Ancestors Research Center, both in the building and online, with their family history research. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard School of Public Health, with Masters and Doctoral degrees in Health Policy. With a long-term interest in history and family research, Ann lectures frequently on behalf of American Ancestors. Areas of particular interest include New England and New York, the Mid-Atlantic states, the southern colonies, Ireland, and migration patterns.

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