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What will we learn?

The main source types used by genealogists are introduced in week three to include civil, church and census records.

We will focus on the methodologies of how to use these records to trace families and individuals as well give a sense of the typical types of data these records usually contain.

We will also have a brief tour of an archive’s church and military records to give a sense of what you might find in physical archives as contrasted to online. There will be an exploration of the major repositories of these records and how to use them including online resources. While some country specific sources will be detailed in this week, overall the focus is as broad as possible.

In this week we will cover:

  1. The methodologies of using records to glean family information and populate a tree.

  2. The importance of archives, libraries and family/history societies to genealogists

  3. An overview of different types of records and where to find them
    A. Civil records
    B. Church records
    C. Census records
    D. Military records

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Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

University of Strathclyde