The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has courses which explore the religious records created for our ancestors. Their Religious beliefs influenced, not only their daily lives, but also the direction of their life journey. Many relocated their families to new areas with others of similar beliefs. Wherever they were, they have left records behind that tell that part of their stories.
Every country-specific certificate program includes research into this vital part of their family story. In addition to Birth, Marriage and Death records, we need to look for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, along with other religious ceremonies, according to their beliefs and customs. Locating registers that include our family’s entries is very exciting, until we discover we are unable to decipher those entries. That’s when Transcription Skills are needed!
Here are many of our religious records courses:
American: Religious Records – Part 1
American: Religious Records – Part 2
Australian: Church Records
Canadian: Religious Records
Eastern European: Church Records
English: Parish Records
English: Poor Law & Parish Chest Records
English: Non-Anglican Church Records
German: Church Records
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records
Italian: Catholic Church Records – Part 1
Italian: Catholic Church Records – Part 2
Research: Jewish Records
Scottish: Old Parish Records
Scottish: Beyond the OPRs
Our Palaeography course is highly recommended as it goes beyond looking at handwriting and straight transcriptions; it takes an in-depth look into a variety of historical documents, including older church records. Those may contain records written in Latin as well as the languages of their country of origin. The course material covers many of the feast days and festivals they would have attended in the church calendar, and reveals restrictions which explain why ceremonies occurred – or didn’t occur – on specific dates. These provide clues for future research.
All of these bring greater understanding of their lives. When you are transcribing documents, take note of the religious affiliations recorded on records such as census returns or civil registrations. These could be valuable clues for where to look for additional records in their communities.
Religious Records are a valuable resource and should be included in every research project when discovered. Your transcription skills will be put to the test the farther back in time that you go. They will challenge you, but the results will be worth it!
As researchers, we have found that there are many skills we need to employ in order to achieve success in our future research projects. Transcription Tuesday will share guidelines and practical suggestions to help our readers to develop the skills for making effective transcriptions, abstracts, and extractions.
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These three core courses demonstrate Transcription principles. They are offered monthly, beginning on the first Monday of every month: Register today!
Methodology-Part 2: Organizing and Skill-Building (Basic Level)
Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting (Basic Level)
Palaeography: Reading & Understanding Historical Documents (Advanced)
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