Genealogical Skills Boot Camp

$ 700.00

March 22 - March 24, 2018
NEHGS Library and Archives, Boston, MA

Take your research skills to the next level! With the sheer number of online resources at your fingertips, it's easy to dive in to your family history research without any formal training as a genealogist. This intensive three-day program will set you on the right path to getting the most out of your family history research and teach you how to tackle genealogical problems like a pro. Topics include strategies for analyzing records, online research, breaking down genealogical brick walls, and more.

The program includes:

  • Lectures
  • Small group discussions and activties
  • Engaging, hands-on exercises
  • Homework assignments

Schedule:

Thursday, March 22
THE BASICS: RECORDS, RECORDING, ANALYZING
with Ann Lawthers, Genealogist
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Check in, refreshments
10 - 10:30 a.m. Introductions (staff and participants)
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lecture: Genealogy 101
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch break (on your own)
1:30 - 3 p.m. Lecture: Record Analysis, Part I
3 – 3:15 p.m.  Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Lecture: Record Analysis, Part II
5 - 5:30 p.m. Light Reception
5:30 – 9 p.m.  Personal Research
Friday, March 23
BREAKING DOWN GENEALOGICAL BRICK WALLS
with Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Homework Review, Refreshments
10 - 11 a.m. Lecture: Taking Action: How to Create a Research Plan
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lecture: Family Ties: Using Extended Family to Circumnavigate a Brick Wall
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch break (on your own)
1:00 - 2 p.m. Lecture: Broadening Your Scope: Employing Ancestral Associates in Your Research
2 – 3 p.m.  Lecture: Knowing the Neighbors: How Neighbors Can Help Solve Genealogical Mysteries
3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Lecture: Making Your Case and Drawing Conclusions
4:30 – 9 p.m.  Personal Research
Saturday, March 24 
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF ONLINE RESEARCH
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Homework Review, Refreshments
10 - 11 a.m. Lecture: General Best Practices for Researching Online, Ann Lawthers
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lecture: Searching Databases on AmericanAncestors.org, TBD
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Group lunch (provided)
1:00 - 2 p.m. Lecture: Using Ancestry.com, Rhonda R. McClure
2 – 3 p.m.  Lecture: Getting the Most from FamilySearch.org, Alice Kane
3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Lecture: Using Google for Genealogical Research, Rhonda R. McClure
4:15 – 4:45 p.m.  Conclude/Questions
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.  "Graduation" Ceremony

 

Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations received before February 1, 2018, will be subject to a $100 per person cancellation fee. No refund is possible after this date. Fees are based on group participation. There is no refund for services or portions of the tour not taken, or for participants who do not complete the tour.

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