Ever wonder about your family history? News/Talk 960’s Timothy Martin has more on a new six part family research series from the Virginia Room.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Family-Research-Wrap-2-WEB.mp3|titles=Family Research Wrap 2-WEB]
Session 1: Getting Started on Your Family History (April 14) – Begin at the beginning. Learn how to: interview family and friends, cite sources, organize and backup your data, maintain good records, create a research strategy and logs, plan research trips and make notes for the future.
Session 2: Exhaust the Census Records (April 28) The U.S. Census holds more family history information than any other source. Learn how to interpret the population and special census schedules for a wealth of data on your family.
Session 3: Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death (May 12) Where are these records? What kind of data do they hold? Is it really necessary to get a death certificate? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this class.
Session 4: Published & Unpublished Family & Local Histories (May 26) Uncover the wealth of information available in books, periodicals and manuscript collections. Learn where family papers are held and discover what has been written about your ancestors.
Session 5: Courthouse and Governmental Records (June 9) Research deeds, wills and other court records for essential family information. Explore immigration and naturalization records to follow your ancestors back to the “old country.”
Session 6: Directories, Maps and Gazetteers (June 23) Where were your ancestors when? These resources and related research tools such as place name dictionaries and geographical sources may provide answers to that question.
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