Northwest Florida Genealogy

Course Outline
Foundations of Family History

with William J. Zehner, CGSM
January 22
1. Getting Started
Where to begin - with yourself
Recording what you know: forms & charts
About dates and places conventions
Interviewing techniques
Old letters & photos in the attic
Family traditions
January 29
2. Organization and note taking
What to record
About sources and citations
Keeping track of correspondence
Genealogy software
How to resolve conflicting data
February 5
3. 20th century records
What they reveal, where to find them, how to read and interpret them
State vital records: birth, marriage, death
Social Security Death Index
County vital records
February 12
4. 19th century records
Census indexes
Accelerated Indexing System (AIS)
About name spelling
Tips for searching indexes
February 19
5. Repositories in your home town
Genealogical societies
LDS Family History Centers:
Using the FHL catalog
Using the IGI
Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File
February 26
6. Internet
Primary records:
Land patents
Immigration records
Revolutionary War records
Finding aids:
Compiled genealogies
Contacting cousins
What to avoid
How do I know if it's authentic?

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