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What is an effective search?

An effective search is one that: Returns results on highly likely matches or on the correct individuals Doesn’t overwhelm you with too many results or underwhelm you with too little …

Resources mentioned throughout the course

We have created a downloadable list of the resources mentioned in various steps and on the ‘See also’ areas throughout the entire course. See the downloads section below for the …

Using sources to fill in a family tree

In this video direct and indirect evidence found within three Scottish civil records is used to fill in a family tree. These techniques can be used with any country’s records …

Exploring church and military records

Archivists and librarians at the Mitchell Library based in Glasgow, Scotland share a selection of church and military documents held at the Glasgow City Archives. Records such as these are …

Evaluating databases

As we’ve seen, genealogy databases are extremely numerous and varied and so it is important to be aware of the points to be considered in deciding whether a particular database …

Military records

What are they and how are they useful for genealogists? Many of us will have family members who served in the armed forces whether they enlisted for one conflict or …

Census records

What are they and how are they useful for genealogists? Generally, census records are typically created by government entities to count (or enumerate) the people living within a particular area. …

Religious records

What are they and why are they created? Generally, religious records are created by a religious body (churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.) to record the events of its members such as …

Civil records

What are they? Generally, civil records are created by government entities to record the vital events of its citizens. These events most typically include birth, marriage and death but can …

What will we learn?

The main source types used by genealogists introduced in Week 3 include civil, religious and census records. We will focus on the methodologies of how to use these records to …

Searching genealogy databases

Marie Dougan, a professional genealogist based in Scotland, discusses what genealogy databases actually are and how they work. Examples are given and we are walked through several aspects of searching …
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