This course is designed to provide the student with a general knowledge of genealogical (and some historical) resources and methodology for British (English, Scottish, and Welsh) research before the first half of the twentieth century. It is not intended to be an exhaustive preparation for the accreditation exam or certification program in British research.
It is assumed that students have the doctrinal and methodological background of Religion C 261, History 200, and History 217.
When you successfully complete this course, you should be able to
You will need to purchase these textbooks:
You may also want to buy Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained, which is not required but does contain helpful information.
You will also use these materials:
A note on your readings from Genealogical Proof Standard and Guide to Genealogical Writing: Not every page in these books is directly applicable to your work in this class. However, they provide general tips for genealogical writing and analysis that are helpful in any project. You are meant to read them not in order to memorize them but to familiarize yourself with their content so you can refer back to them when writing and researching. Similarly, Ancestral Trails is not for beach reading (if you’re reading it on the beach, you need to reconsider your attitude toward vacations); it too is meant to be a reference to guide you. Refer back, often, to these three works as you research. I have no problem with you reading the text rather quickly the first time—I just want you to get used to going to them first to answer questions and direct your next steps.
Many assignments provide links to additional readings and videos. Don’t feel compelled to read or view all of these. They are there to help you with specific needs/questions and for future reference.
Units 1–8 and 10 include quizzes to check your basic knowledge of concepts and facts related to the lesson material. They consist of multiple-choice, matching, and short-answer questions.
The bulk of your time in this course will be spent conducting research (your own or for unit assignments). The readings are meant to guide that research, not consume all of your time. Readings are important, and required, but the real measure of success in this course depends on the student’s individual research and efforts. Excellence in this course will require approximately 85 hours of original research time.
Don’t panic. Those 85 hours include any time spent on research and writing (excluding time spent completing the required reading). Therefore, time spent in pedigree analysis, research proposal writing, research, evidence analysis and organization, reading applicable secondary literature (genealogical and historical), research correspondence, and report writing all count towards those 85 hours.
Remember: Don’t panic, just work consistently.
Assignments early in the course may be short, and thereby mislead you to think you can do them in 20 minutes.
Warning: This type of shoddiness is evident to the professor and will be reflected in your grade.
Good research is not accomplished merely through the acquisition of extensive materials; good analysis is required, and good analysis takes time. Take the time to think critically about your project; this will save you time at the end of the course and make research and writing more satisfying.
There is one final exam at the end of the course. It includes 21 short-answer questions that cover research techniques and information from all of the units.
These assignments and exams count toward your course grade:
|1-8, 10||9 Unit Quizzes||10 each|
|1||Preliminary Family Research Plan
Family Group Record (FGR)
Research Log Template
|2||Baker Family Case Study and Citation||25|
|3||British Records Website/Database Exploration||30|
|6||Census/Civil Registration Case Study (Research Plan and Chart)||30|
|7||Church Records Case Study||45|
|8||Probate Research Chart
Updated Research Log
|9||Mary and Amos Dennis Family Case Study||75|
Updated Research Log
FGR of the Relevant Family/Families with Citations
Detailed Research Logs
Your course and assignment letter grades are determined using these percentages:
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