Genealogical Timelines help examine an ancestor’s life to uncover gaps in research, and/or inconsistencies. Timelines are an organizational tool which should be in every researcher’s toolbox; especially, when facing brick wall challenges or writing an ancestor’s story. Learn how and why to augment timeline tools provided by popular genealogical software programs, and/or how to build a custom timeline without a genealogical software program.
Some of most challenging evidence/records to find for American Ancestors include records dated between 1750-1850. This class will share tools to trace your family history to discover and/or trace your “gateway” ancestor and/or resources to complete applications for popular lineage societies, such as DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), the Mayflower Society or Daughters/Sons of the American Colonists.
Join us as we explore how to become more successful in connecting the generations from the establishment of the United States of America up until 1850, when US Census records begin to list specific members of each household and the creation of Governmental Vital Records becomes more prevalent. The class will review available resources and records from this period of American History.
Utilizing the popular Ancestry.com subscription website, these three sessions of a beginner’s class will address the difference between “search” and “research.” You will learn how to build a family tree at Ancestry.com, locate relevant evidence to support tracing an ancestor’s life (including DNA matching tools) and how to connect generations. Basic computer skills and a subscription to Ancestry.com are required. (Note: If you have not previously used Ancestry.com, they typically offer a 14-day free trial, which could be partially used for the purpose of this course.)