Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
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Classes 2013-2014

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Monday September 9th: Education Classes

There will be no beginning or intermediate education class this month. 

Monday October 14th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class topics: Before this class please read pages 1-29 of "First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History" by Desmond Walls Allen.

The text for the class can be purchased from Amazon.com (or similar website) for very little money.  The book was published in 2000 but the basic information is timeless.


Getting Started or "What do I do first?"
Citing your sources
Interviewing Your Relatives
Handouts: How Do I Start My Family History, Family & Home Information Sources Checklist, How to Interview a Relative, Statehood Dates, Basic Record Types: Primary & Secondary Sources, Genealogical Standards, Relationship Chart, Genealogy Software for Windows, Family Group Records, Source Citations, Top Places to Start Your Research, Getting Started Websites

Intermediate class: Mary Sue Kriefall - "Who do you think you are?"

Monday November 11th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: Before this class please read pages 30-52 (except 45 through the top of page 47)

Genealogy Basics: "Charts; Taking Notes; Recording where you’ve looked"
Filling out Family Group Records; Writing Letters
Handouts: Genealogical Recordkeeping Conventions, The Ahnantafel Numbering System for Pedigree Charts, [definition of] Transcribe vs. Extract vs. Abstract, Essentials of a Genealogical Letter, Research Log, Correspondence Log.

Intermediate class: Eric Stroschein - "Using Tax Records"

Monday December 9th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: Before this class please read pages 45 through the top of page 47: Filing Documents

"Let's get organized"
Handouts: Source Codes for Filing Your Documents

Intermediate class: Doreen Johnson - TBD

Monday January 13th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: Before this class please read pages 53-70

"Repositories—what are they and why do I want to go there?
Handouts: List of Pacific Northwest Genealogical Repositories, Genealogical Standards Guidelines for Using Records Repositories & Libraries, Evaluating Indexes by Julianna Smith

Intermediate class: Cameron Chandler - "Snooping on the Living: who are your third cousins twice removed and what have they been up to lately?- Part 1"

Monday February 10th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: Before this class please read pages 71-80

"The importance of history in your ancestors' lives!"
Gleaning info from relatives interviews for historical events
Timelines
Maps
Read history books of areas ancestors lived in
Look at religious/church records or practices
What you can find in old newspapers
Handouts: American Wars and Engagements before 1900, Military Wars and Campaigns after 1900, Military Timelines Chart—Milner Family History—1754-1945—Prepared by R. Ann (Ingram) Wright, Blank Time Line for My Ancestor

Intermediate classCameron Chandler - "Snooping on the Living: who are your third cousins twice removed and what have they been up to lately?- Part 2" 

Monday March 10th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: Before this class please read pages 81-110

"Censuses and what they tell us!"
Handouts: Availability of Population Schedules, Example of Census Transcription Forms Available Online (1910 US Federal Census), The Soundex Indexing System, Clues in the Census Records, 1790-1840 & 1850-1930, 1890 Census Substitute—City Directories.

Intermediate class: Bob Richardson - "How to use the GSSWI Library and other features of the member area of our website."

Monday April 14th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: before this class please read pages 111-133

"Courthouses and why you want to go there"
Handouts: Probate Terms, Types of Land Surveys in the U.S., Rectangular Survey System, State Archives Referral List, Military Websites

Intermediate class: Susan Fessenden 

"A Beginner's Experience at Using DNA for Genealogy"

This program will include sharing of info from other Genealogical DNA who have ventured into DNA research.

Monday May 12th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: (nothing to read ahead of class) 

"What should be in your research binder?"
Handouts: Using a Research Notebook

Intermediate class: Doreen Johnson - TBD

Monday June 9th: Education Classes, 11:45 a.m.

Beginning class: (nothing to read ahead of class) Preparing for a research trip 

"We're going WHERE for vacation?"
Handouts: Key Items Needed for Various Types of Genealogical Research Trips, Preparing for a Research Trip

Intermediate class: Ann Wright - TBD

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