Friday, December 15, 2006

Ancestor Searching Newsletter

July, 2006
Volume 1, # 4

Genealogy Courses

There’s an old adage that’s been around for years that goes ‘You learn something new everyday’. No matter where we are in life, this can be a truth each day.

It may be you’re a novice at genealogy and haven’t really gotten that far in your research or you’ve been at the hobby like I have for many years. Whatever stage you’re at, it always helps to have knowledge of the different aspects of genealogy that one may find themselves involved with in their search for ancestors.

Most of us are aware of the many volumes that have already been published on ‘How to’ for genealogy studies. However, did you know there are courses available online that can help you with a trove of information?

You’ll find that some of the offerings are FREE and others require a fee.
Several such courses are offered by Brigham Young University ( and fall in the NO CHARGE category. Their class lists includes ‘Finding Your Ancestors’, ‘Introduction to Family History Research’, ‘Helping Children Love Your Family History’, ‘Family Records’, ‘Vital Records’, ‘Military Records’; even a course on ‘Huguenot Research’.

Another excellent site for studies is the National Genealogical Society ( which offers an intensive home study course. Be prepared for fees from $85 (course ONLY) up to $565 (Full 16 lesson series - graded for the VERY serious researcher).

There’s also the National Institute for Genealogical Studies ( , ( , DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy ( and Rootsweb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees ( to learn in-depth.

There are several reasons why such classes are useful. You can learn from the comfort of your own home, meet other researchers who are working in the same area of genealogy (or even family) as you are, refine your genealogical abilities, for certification or just simply to increase your proficiency in family history study.
Something to think about.

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Genealogy Workshop

FACT: 400 years ago a middle name was NOT allowed in England. It was illegal!

TIP: Don’t forget to check church minutes for ‘Banns of Marriage’. This would have been a public announcement in church, usually over a three-week period of a couple’s intent to marry. Since the Clerk of the Court charged a fee for a marriage bond, this practice made for an excellent alternative.

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See You In The Heritage Room!
Richard White, Editor
Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

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