60 Minutes to Better Genealogy

Saturday, June 29, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 29 – July 13

12 one-hour sessions. $15 per session; $150 for all three days; $50 for a single day. For Associates of the Newberry, students, or seniors, $12 per session; $135 for all three days; $45 for a single day.

Sometimes an hour of instruction on a focused topic can help you push through a particular question or task in your genealogical research project. Take all twelve sessions, or simply those that most appeal to you.

Online registration for the group of 12 sessions is closed; call (312) 255-3700 to register for all 12 sessions.

Saturday, June 29
Online registration for all sessions on June 29 is closed; call (312) 255-3700 to register for all June 29 sessions.

9:30 – 10:30 am: A Tutorial of Family Tree Maker 2012 Basics
Take a guided tour of the many uses of Family Tree Maker 2012 genealogical software including inputting research/sources, web searching, organizing digitized records, and the great many output options like reports, trees, charts, maps, books, and multi-media presentations. Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.
Recommended Materials: Pedersen, Dana L. Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker 2012. Ancestry Publishing, 2011. ASIN: B005Y4XYUK

11 am – Noon: Beyond the Basics of Family Tree Maker 2012
See many of the advanced operations and output possibilities of Family Tree Maker 2012, including merging, importing, and exporting; entering complicated births, multiple spouses, and name changes; designing wall charts and reports; and organizing media items.
Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.
Recommended Materials: Pedersen, Dana L. Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker 2012. Ancestry Publishing, 2011. ASIN: B005Y4XYUK

1 – 2 pm: Using Repositories and Archives
Online registration for this session is closed; call (312) 255-3700 to register for this session.
With only five to ten percent of the world’s genealogical data available online, effective genealogy research requires in-person visits to genealogical archives and repositories. In this seminar learn how to best identify and utilize appropriate repositories for your research. Instructor: Matt Rutherford
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Using Non-population Census Schedules
Non-population census schedules are often overlooked by genealogists, but they record additional details about most of our ancestors, including farmers, slaves, manufacturers, and businessmen. Don’t lose out on all these censuses have to offer.
Instructor: Matt Rutherford
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.

Saturday, July 6

9:30 – 10:30 am: Review of Genealogical Standards of Evidence and Instruction in Evidence Analysis
We will review standards for evidence, proof, citation of sources, and skill-building in Brenda Dougall Merriman’s Genealogical Standards of Evidence. We will also learn the accredited evidence analysis and weighing process, then practice it using Merriman’s record type examples. Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.
Recommended Materials: Merriman, Brenda Dougall. Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians. Dundurn Press, 2010. ISBN: 9781554884513

11 am – Noon: Practical Advice for All Genealogists from DNA and Social Networking
Based on Debbie Kennett’s new book, this session walks you through both the mtDNA and Y-DNA testing processes for kinship. It also offers all genealogical researchers (using DNA or not) practical advice on networking and preparing kinship documentation.
Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.
Recommended Materials: Kennett, Debbie. DNA and Social Networking. The History Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780752458625

1 – 2 pm: Forensic Genealogy Techniques for the Everyday Researcher
“Forensic” refers to the use of science and technology in investigating evidence and establishing facts. This session focuses on the everyday, often overlooked sources of family history to investigate (e.g. photographs), plus new tools (e.g. databases) and tips for in-depth evidence analysis.
Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: The Valuable New Online State Resources for Genealogy
Any researcher of U.S. records can greatly benefit from understanding the volume and variety of free genealogical government and municipality records that are covered in Online State Resources for Genealogy, compiled by Michael Hait. We will also learn Adobe quick file navigation for this new electronic index.
Instructor: Marsha Peterson-Maass
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.
Recommended Materials: Participants may want to download the Adobe file Online State Resources for Genealogy before or after class. It can be purchased at http://haitfamilyresearch.com/onlineStates.htm. We will only be discussing this resource in its electronic form; it is not recommended that students print the entire file or that they feel obligated to bring a laptop with the Adobe file along with them to class.

Saturday, July 13

9:30 – 10:30 am: Tools to Dig Deeper: Probate and Inquest Records
Online registration for this session is closed; call (312) 255-3700 to register for this session.
Probate case records can provide relatives’ names, lists of property and furnishings, and bills from service providers. Likewise, a coroner’s signature on a death certificate or a newspaper account of an accidental death can lead to inquest records, which provide information on the circumstances of the death.
Instructor: Grace Dumelle
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.
Recommended Materials: Dumelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. Lake Claremont Press, 2005. ISBN: 9781893121256

11 am – Noon: Ancestry.com Primer
We will examine what today’s Ancestry.com offers beginners and advanced genealogical researchers, including records, tools, Ancestry Trees (build your own and elect to network with others), and features available through the free site, the library edition, and paid subscriptions.
Instructor: Caron Primas Brennan
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.

1 – 2 pm: Fold3.com
This seminar is a guided tour of Fold3.com (formerly Footnote.com), the Web’s premier collection of original military records from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. We will also look at the non-military records it holds.
Instructor: Caron Primas Brennan
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: What’s New on the Internet?
Online registration for this session is closed; call (312) 255-3700 to register for this session.
This seminar is a tour through new and little-known resources for genealogical research and networking on the Web. Along with exploring Newberry-based offerings, we will identify useful free and fee-based local, regional, national, and international genealogical resources.
Instructor: Caron Primas Brennan
Required Materials: Paper and pen for note taking.

Caron Primas Brennan is Newsletter Editor of the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois and has made numerous presentations at local libraries and genealogy groups.

Grace Dumelle is a professional researcher and author of the award-winning Finding Your Chicago Ancestors.

Marsha Peterson-Maass is a forensic genealogist and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has taught Newberry seminars since 2003.

Matt Rutherford is Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry and has been researching his own family tree for over twenty years.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.