|Researching and Writing Your Family History or Memoirs
Covers research methods for obtaining genealogical and anecdotal data, including interviews; personal letters, diaries, photos, etc.; Internet searches, Ellis Island records, SS Death Index, genealogical archives, title searches, ethnicity-specific organizations, and government departments of vital statistics. Also variations in research data and getting to the truth behind family stories; handling delicate information, speculative data, and "holes" in stories. Fact-checking and ethics. Use of formats and viewpoints in your history, and writing from outline through finished book. Collecting, identifying, dating, and managing photos and other images. Kinship terms, charts, and trees. Instructor has more than 30 years genealogical experience and has written her own memoirs as well as two extensive family histories, so bring along anything about which you have questions or want input. PowerPoint presentation and detailed outline.