Climbing your family tree: Getting started in genealogy
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Climbing your family tree: Getting started in genealogy

Getting started in genealogy can be intimidating, but knowing how to start can make it more fun than scary.
4.6 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
44 students enrolled
Created by John Boyle
Last updated 4/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Start their journey on creating their family tree
  • Understand different resources that can help them locate relatives
  • Understand value of different forms of documents and evidence when adding people to the family tree
  • Get beyond the date to understand the heart of the family story and the triumps and struggles that the family came through to get here
  • Effecetivly use technology when searching to genealogy resources
  • Get their family involved to get new stories as well a pass on the family history to a new generation
  • See the significants of going to gravesites and battlefield to get a glimpse of what those who came beofre us saw
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  • Some basic computer knowledge such as how to do a web search or input data
  • Some basic research knowledge such as how to read or look up information in an index
  • A desire to understand more about your family and you came to be where you are

A course for those who are interesting in beginning the search of there roots and looking into their family tree. Perhaps you have thought it would be nice to know more about your family lineage but don't know where to start. Or you are thinking about taking genealogy us as a hobby. Or your kids are asking you questions about family history that you can't answer. Knowing how to search for your family tree can be rewarding and fulfilling. Everyone ponders where they came from and finding out is only the tip of the iceberg. Seeing how and where you family came from and why they moved to a particular location can be enlightening.

This course will help you get started climbing your family tree. From starting out with drawing a simple ascendant chart, to building up you database of names, to visiting places to verify your dates. Knowing proper genealogy techniques can get your a fuller richer family story that can be passed on from generation to generation.

This course will lead you up your tree and help you to get the most out of your genealogy.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with a interest in finding out about past relatives and learning more about their origins.
  • Amateur genealogists who want to learn more about incorporating technology into their searches to find new branches of the family tree
  • Anyone with an interest in genealogy but didn't know where to start their search
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:26

This lecture cover the objectives of this course and who would benefit from this course. We go over how the course is structured and what our concree goals are as a result of completeing this course.

Preview 02:26
Starting the tree
4 Lectures 13:58

So you are wondering where to even to start, where to look and how to get additional information. This lecture covers starting with nothing and working your way back to get as much data as you can based on what you already know and the resources that you already have.

Starting with you and moving back. Starting small will lead to bigger things

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but in genealogy you need to have a computer to get the most out of you research. How do you got from a notebook to a computer. How do you pick the right software for your particular project.

Going from notebook to computer. Expanding beyond the pen and paper as you go.

What charts work best for the data you are trying to present. Why use one chart over another? A good chart can convey information to the reader to help them grasp the relatiohsips better and can help you obtain information quicker and more accurate.

Different types of charts. How to read them and which are best of each purpose.

Pedegree chart
1 page

Starting the tree
3 questions
Getting the family involved
3 Lectures 11:31

How to get the most genealogy information out of family gathering. What is the best approach? Who has the information and how you can get it from them.

Holiday Stories. Getting the most out of the holidays by remembering the past.

How to conduct a formal interview with a relative to obtain genealogical information. What to you need to do and what do you need to be aware of when doing a formal interview.

Family member interviews. Everyone has a story they are just waiting to be asked

The letter is not dead. It can still be useful for sending and receiving genealogy information. But it needs to be done the correct way both in paper and electronic form.

Preview 03:11

Getting family invloved
3 questions
Field Trip
3 Lectures 16:37

Time to go out in the field and get the stone cold truth. Traveling out into a brave yard way provide you with more information than you expected if you do it the right way.

Cemetery hopping. Written in stone: getting the most out of the cemetary trip

Battle fields are solemn resting places of soldiers. The are now a quite palce enshrined to the memory of those brave soliders who fought. Genealogy information can be found there as well, if you plan ahaed and know what you are looking for.

Preview 05:31

The archives can be intimidating but if you know what they have and you know how to find it, it could be a treasure trove on new infromation jsut waiting to be found.

The archives. All the state has to offer in one place, but know what you want

Out and about
3 questions
Getting your man (or woman)
2 Lectures 06:09

Why are you so hard to find John Smith and Robert Jones. How is the best way to deal with ancestors with common names and hwo to aviod a wild goose chase to find them only to come up with the wrong person.

Preview 03:18

Source materials, both primary and secondary is important to getting the most accurate information possible. What are the best sources to use to verify accuracy.

Backing up with documents. Knowing you have the right person by having documents

Getting your person
3 questions
Using Technology
2 Lectures 08:08

Can realtives be found on Google? Is it worth the time to look for them there? What it the best way to do genealogy on the Internet?

Internet research: It can be a great resource and it is getting better everyday.

A lot of apps have the word genalogy in the title. Are they work using and how can you get the most out of different apps.

Genealogy apps and websites. Can be spotty on data but they serve a purpose

Using Technolgy
3 questions
Digging deeper and branching off
2 Lectures 08:12

Occasionally you stumble across a great discovery. How adding this tid bit of information can bring your genealogy alive.

Hidden Gems. Metadate that is more than BMD and can be a facinating story

Getting and giving family data to other people. What is the best way to share you story and to get the story of others.

Preview 04:07

Digging Deeper
3 questions
Going beyond the date
2 Lectures 08:27

We are dealing with more than dates we are dealing with people and the amazing lives that they lived. How can we make our ancestors more than dates in time, but actual people with a great story to tell?

Getting the story. More than BMD but real people with real lives in the past

A genealogist is part detective and part historian, but some aspects are more interesting to you than others. Finding your niches and preferences in the genealogy field keep you interested and make your hard work more fun.

What’s important to YOU. Focusing on whats important for you and the furture

Beyond the Date
3 questions
Passing it on
2 Lectures 09:07

Finding a successor to your genealogy work may not be easy but be on the look out for someone to pass the tourch to.

Getting others interested. Passing on a legacy to others so that it doesn't end

Passing it on
3 questions

Wrap up of the course and summary of where you can go from here.

Summary of where we have been and how you can carry it on into your own research
About the Instructor
John Boyle
4.2 Average rating
73 Reviews
1,100 Students
3 Courses
IT and Business Professional, ACE, ENCE

Having advanced degrees in Information Technology and over a decade of experience in the field working with hardware, software, networking and databases. I have a passion for computer forensics because it involved detective skills as well as IT proficiency and the combination is a growing field that keeps getting bigger. My profession certifications in the computer forensics field include AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), EnCase Certified Examiner (ENCE) and Cyber Incident Responder Certificate from the DOD Defense Cyber Crime Center. I bring a diverse experience of IT related topics that i have encountered in my career and paths of study.

In addition to my work in the IT field I also have a diverse background in business, leadership and communications. With interesting in subject matter such as body language and group dynamics, I am able to competently talk about this subject matter with ease. I hope to be adding course on these types of subjects as part of my future endeavors as a Udemy instructor.

Since my childhood I have had the hobby of genealogy. I have traced my family tree through out the United States and Europe. I have combined my fascination with technology and with genealogy to help speed up my research and improve my results. My work in Computer Forensics, finding evidence on a hard drive has assisted with my hobby of finding relatives in my family tree. Both are different forms of detective work that require tracing things back to the origins.