Length: Five months. Meets live at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, and August 8
Many genealogists spend incredible amounts of time researching their family history, but forget the next step, which is sharing our findings and making sure they are preserved for future generations. This course will get you started writing up your research so you can share your family’s story with others.
By the end of the course, students will have the tools necessary to write up their research findings in a variety of ways.
Led by Michael J. LeclercCG, students will get practical experience, using their own research as the material for writing and sharing family history. Starting with basic building blocks, students will move to progressively more complex writing.
By the end of the course, students will learn how to do the following:
- Write proof statements, discussions, and arguments
- Properly create and use citations
- Write an Ahnentafel genealogy
- Create an index
This introductory course lasts for five months. The class gathers once a month for a 1.5- to-2-hour online video classroom. Each session will begin by reviewing the assignment from the previous month, then focus on new topics.
- Live video classrooms with student participation
- Limited class size for maximum interaction
- Assignments include reading, writing, and videos
- Personalized feedback on assignments
Those who complete the entire course, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments will receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Grammar and Spelling for Genealogists
- Preparing to start Writing
- Genealogical Numbering Systems
Assignment: writing an individual profile
- Writing Proof Statements, Discussions, and Arguments
Assignment: Write a proof statement, discussion, and argument
- Creation and Use of Citations
Assignment: Create a variety of citations.
- Writing an Ahnentafel Genealogy
- Indexing for Genealogists
Assignment: Write and Index a Multi-Generation
Ahanentafel Family History
- Review Ahnentafels and Indexes
- Wrap up and final review of course concepts
- Next steps
The Live Classrooms for this session will be held on five Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Eastern time: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, and August 8. Live Classrooms will be recorded for later review in the event a student must miss a session. Because of the participatory and interactive nature of this class, those who miss more than one Live Classroom may not be eligible for the Certificate of Completion.
Students should be Intermediate to Advanced researchers, as they will use their own research for the assignments. They should have conducted a significant amount of research on a single family, and on a direct line for at least three or more generations (starting with the student’s parents or grandparents) in order to have enough source material to work with. It would be helpful to have copies of original source materials available to work with, especially for the citations section.
One week prior to the first live classroom students will be given a detailed syllabus, including due dates for all assignments.