Course 1: American Research and Records: Focus on Families
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Coordinator: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS
D. Joshua Taylor
Debra Mieszala CG
This intermediate level course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. The 2014 course focuses on topics more related to researching families and individuals. Informative and interactive classroom hours delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off. On-site FHL library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research. This course alternates years with a course focused on localities. Prerequisites: experience researching in a variety of repositories, familiarity with and other websites, and previous class room learning related to family history.
* From Clues to Records: Step-by-Step Planning (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* Vital Records – Strategies and Substitutes (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* US Census Records – Beyond the Basics: Non-Population and Special Schedules (D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS)
* U.S. Passport Applications (Debra Mieszala, CG)
* Church Records: Locating and Excavating (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* Institutional Records: Extensive Family Details (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* Clustering and More: Maximizing Your Online Searches (D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS)
* More than Just People: Lessons and Hints from Public Directories (D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS)
* Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research: Resources, Methods, and Skills (Debra Mieszala, CG)
* The Grey and the Blue: Beyond Pensions (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* Optional time in classroom for groups to discuss their project
* The Write Stuff: Family Histories with Substance and Appeal (Debra Mieszala, CG)
* Researching the Occupations of Our Ancestors (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* The Three Rs: Reading, 'Riting, and Research In School Records (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* Finding Family Gems in Manuscript Repositories and Special Collections (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* Computer Lab at FHL (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG)
* One-on-one consultations at FHL (Mieszala, Stuart-Warren, Taylor)
Regular Price: $475.00 Member Price: $425.00 Seats Remaining: 2

Course 2: Researching New York: Resources and Strategies
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Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS
Coordinator: Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
Terry Koch-Bostick
Craig Roberts Scott, CG
Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Warren Bittner, CG
* Introduction and Historical Overview, Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
* New York State: The Melting Pot, Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
* Dutch New Amsterdam and New York, Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
* Land and Tax Records, Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
* Finding Charlotte’s Parents: A Case Study in Ulster County and New York City, Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
* New York’s Censuses and City Directories, Terry Koch-Bostic
* Church Records in New York, Terry Koch-Bostic
* Cluster Methodology Case Study, Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
* Local Sources (Town, Village, and Institutional Records), Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
* New York and Military Service, Craig Roberts Scott, CG
* Probate Records in New York, Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
* The Erie Canal: Its History, Impact, and Records, Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS
* Justice in the Empire State: Legal Records in New York, Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
* Impossible Immigrant! A New York Immigration Case Study, Warren Bittner, CG
* Case Studies from The Record, Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
Consultations in the FHL: Four hours of consultations with the following consultants:
            Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS; Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS; Terry Koch-Bostic
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Course 3: Research in the South
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J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Coordinator: Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Michael Hait, CG
Debbie Abbot, Ph.D.
* Early Southern Settlement And Migration (Mark L)
* Strategies For Southern Research (Mark L)
* Maps, Atlases And Gazetteers (Michael Hait)
* Wills, Estates And Guardianships (Mark L)
* Close Up: Virginia & West Virginia (Mark L.)
* Close Up: North Carolina (Mark L.)
* Federal Records of the Mid-South (Linda G.)
* Land Claims And Deeds (Mark L)
* Close Up: South Carolina (Mark L.)
* Close Up: Kentucky (Mark L.)
* Close Up: Tennessee (Mark L.)
* People, Places, and their Connected Records (Debbie A.)
* Church Records of the Mid-South (Mark L)
* Agriculture And Commerce (Mark L)
* Federal Claims (Mark L)
* Neighbors: Local And State Court Rec. (Debbie A.)
* Close Up: Missouri (Mark L.)
* Uniquely Southern Military Records (Mark L)
* Finding the Records of the Mid-South (Michael Hait)
* Secrets of the Mid-South (Mark L)
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Course 4: Advanced Research Tools: Land Records
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Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Coordinators: Pam Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL
Angela Packer McGhie
Judy G. Russell
* Over of Land Division in the United States (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* State Land States (Pam Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Federal Land Division (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* All About Deeds (Pam Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Land Entry Files: Federal Land Records at NARA (Angela Packer McGhie)
* Private Land Claims at NARA and Elsewhere (Pam Sayre, CG, CGL)
* BLM Website (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Computer Lab – structured exercises (Pam Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Land Division in Ohio & Other Unique Areas (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Records of the General Land Office: A Guide (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Deed Platting Computer Lab (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Land Ownership Maps (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Land Records in the Serial Set, ASP, and Territorial Papers (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Using Federal Land Tract Books (Angela Packer McGhie)
* Computer Lab – structured exercises (Pam Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Buying the Farm… or Selling, Mortgaging, Inheriting It (and more) (Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL)
* Homestead Records (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* U.S. Military Bounty Lands (Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
* Reports on Class Projects (Pam Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
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Course 5: Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?
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Coordinators: Apryl Cox, AG and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
David Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA
F. Warren Bittner, CG
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL
Kelly Summers, AG
Linda Gulbrandsen, AG
Ray Clifford, AG
Raymon Naisbitt, AG
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Getting to Know BCG and ICAPGen
Apryl Cox & Elissa Scalise Powell
Preliminary Application, Judging Process, Rubrics, and Résumé
Elissa Scalise Powell
Basics: Transcribing and Abstracting, Citation Usage, Numbering Genealogies, and the GPS
Elissa Scalise Powell
Quality, Time and Completion: Research Plans that Work
J. Mark Lowe
Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search
Elissa Scalise Powell
Baker’s Dozen Steps to Writing Research Reports
Elissa Scalise Powell
Using ‘Correlation’ to Reveal Facts That No Record States
Thomas W. Jones
Complex Evidence: What it is, Why it Matters
F. Warren Bittner
How to Preserve Good Research with Written Conclusions
F. Warren Bittner
Kinship Determination:  From Generation to Generation
Judy Russell
Overview of the Accreditation Process
Apryl Cox
Application Forms
Kelly Summers
Four-Generation Research Project
Apryl Cox
Report Writing
Linda Gulbrandsen
Incorporating Evidence Analysis in a Client Report
Apryl Cox
Why Use a Competency Test?
Ray Clifford
Written Exam and Oral Review
Kelly Summers
Grading Rubrics
Kelly Summers
Preparation for Accreditation
Raymon Naisbitt
How Many Credentials Should I Have?: An AG/CG’s View
David Rencher
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Course 6: Producing a Quality Family Narrative
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John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA
Coordinator: John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
Michael Hait, CG
* Preliminaries: What, Why, How, and For Whom Are You Writing? (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* How to Use Artifacts in Genealogical Writing (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* In-class writing exercise (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Lineage Presentation and Numbering Systems (Michael Hait, CG)
* Evaluating Evidence and the Genealogical Proof Standard (Michael Hait, CG)
* Editing and Proofreading (Michael Hait, CG)
* Indexing (Michael Hait, CG)
* How to Create a Narrative of Biographical Facts (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Documentation: Important for Readers . . . and the Author, too! (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Using Newspapers and Cartographic Materials for Historical Context (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Creating a Genealogy or Family History on a PC (Michael Hait, CG)
* Electronic Venues for Publishing Gen. and Fam. His., Part 1 (Michael Hait, CG)
* Electronic Venues for Publishing Gen. and Fam. His., Part 2 (Michael Hait, CG)
* Publishing Your Genealogy or Family History as a Paper Book (fundamentals of self-publishing and subsidized publishing) (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* In-Class Critique and Discussion of Writing Exercise, Part 1 (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* In-Class Critique and Discussion of Writing Exercise, Part 2 (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* Writing a Quality Family Narrative: The Pitfalls and Snares (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
* The Larger Literary Possibilities of Family History (John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
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Course 7: Researching in Eastern Europe
Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA
Description: From the lands between the Baltic Sea on the north to the Adriatic, Aegean and Black seas to the south, millions of people immigrated to North America leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Three to five generations later, their descendants are finding it very hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. But, now there is hope! This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research. In addition to classroom lectures, this course includes hands-on help at the Family History Library as well as break-out sessions tailored to the specific needs of the students and their ancestry.
Classes will include:
How Three Empires Shaped Eastern Europe
Finding the Immigrant’s Home Town
Locating Places in Eastern Europe
Accessing Records: On Site and in Archives
Linguistic Orientation: Tools and Aids for Reading the Records
Christian Records
Jewish Records
Civil Records
Most Useful Websites and Online Tools
Additional classes tailored to the students’ needs
also: 6+ hours of hands-on help and consultation at the Family History Library
and two informal Q&A lunch hour chats
Regular Price: $475.00 Member Price: $425.00 Seats Remaining: 7

Course 8: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on at least five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. Each case will require careful evidence evaluation and/or additional research to solve. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions. The research problems will be varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them.

Participants will work individually on the cases to analyze documents and evidence provided, and research online and at the Family History Library. The first case study will be distributed Sunday at orientation, and then class will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This will be an opportunity to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the expert instructor. Participants will compare strategies and methodologies used, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. Students will learn from each other as well as the instructors.

This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.
Cases for 2014 will be all new and presented by:
  • David Ouimette, CG
  • Harold Henderson, CG
  • J. Fonkert, CG
  • Mark Lowe, CG
  • Michael Hait, CG
  • William Litchman
Regular Price: $475.00 Member Price: $425.00 Seats Remaining: 16

Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods
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Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL
* Introductions; Developing an Evidence Orientation (Tom Jones)
* Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search (Tom Jones)
* Archival Research (Pam Sayre)
* Federal Research: Government Documents (Rick Sayre)
* Homework 1 (Gov Docs) (Rick Sayre)
* Military and Pension Records Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
* Transcribing, Abstracting, Extracting, Quoting, and Documenting Sources (Tom Jones)
* Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Probate Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Homework 2 (transcribing) (Tom Jones)
* Local Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Tax Roll Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Bringing Law to Bear on Complex Genealogical Problems (Judy Russell)
* Special Problems I: Identifying Landless, Enslaved, Peasant, and Other Impoverished Ancestors (Tom Jones)
* Homework 3 Assignment (Cammack case) (Tom Jones)
* Special Problems II: Finding Immigrant and Migrant Origins (Tom Jones)
* Special Problems III: Identifying Female Ancestors (Tom Jones)
* Federal Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
* Resolving Conflicting Evidence (Tom Jones)
* Homework 4 (Buss case) (Tom Jones)
* Rural and Urban Map Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
* Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems (Tom Jones)
* Writing Genealogy (Tom Jones)
* Continued Advancement (Tom Jones)
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Course 10: Problem Solving
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Judith Hansen, MLIS, AG
Coordinator: Judith Hansen, AG
**Because of the advanced work necessary, please email Judi Hansen at for special permission to enroll late.**
Have a brick wall in your research? This unique course is tailored to your individual research needs! Enhance your problem solving skills while working with your personal research project for a particular ancestor or ancestral couple. Develop methodology, analysis, and research skills while focusing on your own needs and using the resources at the Family History Library. Students will be divided into small groups depending on the project submitted and will meet for two hours each day to review research progress (with two consultants and about five other students). Expert consultants are available for many geographical areas and are not limited to US Research. Students pay regular tuition plus a consultant fee.
Student involvement in problem solving requires a major commitment and advance preparation. It is divided into three parts:
  1. Pre-Institute: choose project focus goal: ancestor, time period, geographical area, and research questions and put together in a short summary. Then put together a project submission, including summary, time line, pertinent pedigree and family group sheets, research logs, maps, and short research paper detailing what is known about the ancestor including discussion of sources already utilized and what want to accomplish. THIS is DUE BY OCTOBER 31, 2013. Assigned consultants will return an initial analysis of the proposed research before Institute begins.
  2. Institute: Under guidance from assigned mentor consultants, conduct research and discuss research progress each day in assigned group. Learn from your peers in your group as they share  problems, progress and insights.
  3. Post-Institute: Update your records and research paper including what was learned during the week. Share findings with others including your PS group. 
Contact the coordinator, for questions concerning feasibility of possible research focus, request for detailed information for the required project information or other course information.
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Course 11: Utilizing Social History
Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Coordinator: Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
Luana Darby, MLIS
Beverly Rice
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
* Introduction to Social History  (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* Finding Images to Tell Your Ancestor's Story (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* Newspaper Research for the 21st Century (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* Finding Social History in Digitized Books (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* Social History Through the Ages: Sources for Social History from the Colonial Period to World War II (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* Almanacs, Cookbooks, and Quilts: Unusual Sources for Your Genealogy (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* They Ate What?: Peacocks, Oysters and Green Jello, What Your Ancestor Ate for Dinner (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* Telling Your Ancestor's Civil War Story (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* The Secret Lives of Women: Researching Women’s Lives Using the Sources They Left Behind (Gena Philibert-Ortega)
* The Games People Played: Leisure Activities of Our Ancestors (Jean Wilcox Hibben)
* How the Music and Instruments of Your Ancestors are Relevant to Family History Research (Jean Wilcox Hibben)
* Shaking the Myth: Proving/Disproving Family Legends (Jean Wilcox Hibben)
* Turning Genealogy into Family History: Creating Stories from Stats (Jean Wilcox Hibben)
* Arriving in the New World: How Our Immigrant Ancestors Coped in their New Home (Jean Wilcox Hibben)
* Treasures of the Family History Library - How to Find Hidden Gems to Connect Your Family Dots (Luana Darby)
* Archives and Their Collections - Adding Community History to Your Family (Luana Darby)
* The Experiences of Migration: The Adventures, the Troubles and the New Beginnings (Beverly Rice)
* Women’s Lives: Constrained by Society and Laws (Beverly Rice)
* Exploring the Library of Congress Online or Onsite (Pamela Boyer Sayre)
Regular Price: $475.00 Member Price: $425.00 Seats Remaining: 10