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Incorporating Social History Into Family History

Soldiers in formation on the grounds of Camp Sherman. NPS Photo. https://www.nps.gov/articles/camp-sherman-ohio.htm

Soldiers in formation on the grounds of Camp Sherman. NPS Photo. https://www.nps.gov/articles/camp-sherman-ohio.htm

 

By Sandy Fackler, PLCGS (student)

When I first started doing genealogy I collected names, dates, and places. I was a genealogist. Years later I became a family historian. Besides those names, dates and places, I wanted to know the what, when, where, and how. I needed the meat on the bones.

The transition was not a deliberate course of action. I think it started because of my paternal grandfather. He died three years before I was born. My father was raised by his maternal grandparents and he couldn’t tell me much about him. I set out to find more about my grandfather.

One of the first things I learned about him was that he was in World War I. He didn’t see active duty but he graduated from the Cooks and Bakers School at a nearby training camp. That led to information on his training at the camp.

The search was on.

I read every newspaper in the town nearest the camp from February 1917 through the end of the camp’s life plus the camp’s newspapers. I read every publication on the camp both government issued and commercial, as well as journal and magazine articles. I bought photos, negatives, letters, postcards, training materials, and maps of the camp. I even sought out  artifacts, such as teaspoons and salt & pepper souvenirs. I know all the churches and YMCAs, the locations of barracks, buildings and streets, and their names. I know about the sports and training activities. Even today, 40+ years after starting that research, I still search for information.

One of several YMCAs on the grounds of Camp Sherman. NPS Photo. https://www.nps.gov/hocu/learn/historyculture/camp-sherman.htm

One of several YMCAs on the grounds of Camp Sherman. NPS Photo. https://www.nps.gov/hocu/learn/historyculture/camp-sherman.htm

By doing the research on the camp, I can put together a day-by-day account of what life may have been like for my grandfather for the 141 days he was there.

What does this have to do with Social History?  Social History is defined as “the environmental history of an individual.”[i]

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies course, Research: Social History written by Barbara J. Starmanstakes you through every aspect of an individual’s life and provides the resources to do so. Each module has a case study to inspire you. Check out the topics covered by skimming the table of contents here on The National Institute’s website.

Research: Social History is offered once a quarter and the next start date is  May 7, 2018. If you have a favorite relative you want to know more about, I recommend Research: Social History. I believe if you take this course and use the resources and techniques or the case studies as examples, you can learn how to put the meat on the bones of your ancestors.  You’ll enjoy doing social history and it will be one of your favorite courses.

 

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[i] Merriam-Webster Dictionary. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20history  Accessed April 2, 2018

 

Sandy Fackler, PLCGS, holds Certificates in American Records, Irish Records, and Methodology from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Her favorite source is old newspapers and spends her free time reading and transcribing them. She is currently researching her third great uncle (a sideshow performer) and several local history stories.

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Interesting Course I’ve Taken :  Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects

 

Carte de visite of George W. Fackler, 2nd great grandfather of Sandy Fackler. Probably taken between 25 September 1865 and 27 December 1868. Courtesy of Sandy Fackler.

Carte de visite of George W. Fackler, 2nd great grandfather of Sandy Fackler. Probably taken between 25 September 1865 and 27 December 1868. Courtesy of Sandy Fackler.

By Sandy Fackler, PLCGS. Student.

 

I knew little about the aspects of photography when I registered for Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects in December. Now, I want to recommend this course to anyone who has a collection of old or recent photographs because I believe you’ll learn at least 3 things to help you whether it is how to digitize your photos, how to identify people through facial characteristics, or how to identify when or where a photo was taken.

While I’ve scanned photos before, I hate to admit I was unaware I could scan at different dots per inch (dpi) or that my scanner would do so. Now I plan to re-scan many of my old photos to see if I can improve the images. This course also provides tips on organizing photos on a computer so I will do that as I scan.

Cabinet card of Alonzo Hiwanda, aka George F. Day, 3rd great uncle of Sandy Fackler. The names of the gentlemen on the barrel are unknown. Date unknown but probably in 1890s. Courtesy of Sandy Fackler.

Cabinet card of Alonzo Hiwanda, aka George F. Day, 3rd great uncle of Sandy Fackler. The names of the gentlemen on the barrel are unknown. Date unknown but probably in 1890s. Courtesy of Sandy Fackler.

 

I’ve purchased a cabinet card and cartes de visite of my ancestors through eBay. The cabinet card and many of the CDVs are of a circus sideshow performer. I learned about backdrops and that they were individually hand-painted by local artists. Can I find other CDVs with the same background and learn where my CDVs were taken? If so, this might lead to identifying the name of the circus he performed with.

I also have a group photo of men and women possibly taken in the 1890s-1920s. No one is identified. Using information in this course I can try to narrow the time frame through their clothes, hairstyles, and by facial comparison and analysis. Each of these topics is included along with photos for comparison.

One other thing I learned that might help. If I have a photo and can’t identify the person, I might be able to find a written description of potential candidates. Descriptions are found in World War I draft cards, World War II draft registration cars, military records, newspaper articles, and criminal records.

All in all, this was one of the most interesting courses I’ve taken. I’ve learned a lot and if you take this course I believe you will too.

Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects contains eight modules. You can register now for the next class which starts April 2, 2018. For more information on this course and the table of contents, see The National Institute website .

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Sandy Fackler, PLCGS, graduated from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in April 2013 and holds Certificates in American Records, Irish Records, and Methodology. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and many local societies. Her favorite source is old newspapers and spends her free time reading them. She is currently researching her third great uncle (the sideshow performer), her English Quaker ancestors, and several local history stories.

New Course: Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We have just released a new course that is applicable to all genealogists, Genealogy Ethical Guidelines & Standards.

Whether you are a hobby genealogist, society member, serious researcher, or a professional genealogist, ethics affect your work. Adherence to ethical standards as they apply to your research and your interactions with others should be of concern to all researchers. Genealogists are faced with diverse ethical decisions in their research including black sheep ancestors, adoption, non-paternal events, and revealing family secrets. This course begins by looking at what is ethics in genealogy, the history of genealogical ethics and then continues by exploring ethical considerations when sharing your genealogy online and in print, DNA testing, and while visiting libraries and archives. Ethical standards for professionals are also  explored including interacting with clients and the public.

Register for this course by visiting our website.

Learning About German Compiled Sources

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

By Michele Simmons Lewis,CG,  student

 

Ready to continue your advanced German courses with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies? German: Compiled Sources is  available and I just completed it.

Any genealogy class will tell you that compiled sources aren’t as good as original records and we should not use them for anything more than a clue. Though this is usually the case, it is less so when dealing with German compiled sources. The author of this course, Kory Meyerink, BS, MLS, AG, FUGA, explains the pitfalls of compiled sources but also explains why German compiled sources are more reliable than their US counterparts.

I was born in Germany and I can tell you that part of the reason this is true is that Germans are a disciplined and ordered people. It is an important part of their culture. “Ordnung muss sein!” (There must be order!). They have been keeping meticulous parish and civil records for centuries. They have officially recognized lineage book collections that began publication in the mid-1800s. They have special nobility lineage books that were first published in the mid-1700s. These books are based on records that may or may not exist today. Some of these German compiled sources will be your best evidence.

Researchers in Germany, though they may not source their findings the same way as what is expected here in the US, produce lineages and biographies that are normally sound and reliable. They just can’t help themselves, it is in their DNA. What you won’t find is the copy and paste mentality that some US “researchers” have. If you investigate any of the US “tree” websites you will see this copy and paste mentality. Sources for information are simply other trees that also lack source citations. This would make the average German researcher cringe.

Why is this important?  Sometimes the original records no longer exist or they not easily accessible to the average genealogist. FamilySearch has microfilmed many German records but there are some that are only available in Germany. Some of the German archives are starting to put digital images of the records they hold online but it will be many years before these collections are anywhere close to complete.

I am very lucky to have a close working relationship with a German researcher in Germany. We work on a One-Name Study together. She happens to be a graphic designer by trade so all her genealogy is produced in a graphical format. What you won’t see are source citations in her output but if I ask her where she got a specific fact she will check her detailed notes and be able to tell me. Germans do not document the same way as we do but their research is no less credible. Does this mean that I don’t think you should document your sources in an accepted format?  Of course not. What I am saying is using a German compiled genealogy can carry more weight than a US one.

This course will show you where to look to find these German compiled genealogies. Here is an overview of what you will be covering in this six-week course.

Module 1: Collections and Databases
Module 2: Family Histories & Biographies
Module 3: Lineage Books
Module 4: Periodicals
Module 5: Biographical Sources
Module 6: Local Sources

The accompanying text by Meyerink is excellent and will help you build your German reference library.

To register for this course, see The National Institute’s website . Click here  to  learn more about the German Records Certificate.

 

 

Happy Holidays! Our Gift to You!

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We have a gift for you. For one day only (24 hours) you can save:

 25% off 1 course package (maximum savings $862.50) with  code: p2017xx at checkout.

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50% off 1 course (maximum savings $80.00) with code: c2017xx at checkout.

Problems registering for a course or a course package? We’re here to help!  Give us a call at   1-800-580-0165 ext 1 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com (Any voice mail or email received from midnight to midnight will qualify for the discount.)

Please note: Once you register and pay for the course, it will show up in the future course area of your student briefcase immediately after the payment is processed. The same is true for the course package. If they do not show up, please call or email us right away.

If finances are a little tight, call Louise at the number above and ask her about The National Institute payment plan. The Institute does not charge interest, nor service fees, and you can spread the payments over several months.

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Call for Proposals: Scottish Research Courses

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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies  is looking for a course author to write a 6-8 week curriculum on Scottish Poor Relief. This intermediate level course should include, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Pre 1845 poor relief via churches
  • 1845 and after relief provided by the parochial boards and the Central Board for Supervision
  • Friendly societies
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Charities

This course will be for family historians searching for their Scottish ancestors. The course content will include 2 assignments per week and a final exam consisting of 25-30 questions. The course should be completed and turned in no later than 6 months from date of contract.

The course author must have a comprehensive knowledge of the topic. All source citations for text and images must conform to the standards found in Evidence Explained. Course is to be submitted in Microsoft Word and be proofread. Formatting of the course will be done by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

To submit an outline for consideration or to inquire about this opportunity, please email admin@genealogicalstudies.com. The successful applicant will receive a retainer to write the course upon acceptance of course outline and then final payment within 30 days of completion and approval of the course. We are also interested in proposals for other Scottish genealogy courses to include Church Records, Court Records, Occupations, Immigration, and Tax Records.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 19 years. We offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

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We’re looking for students interested in writing a short article about a course for The National Institute’s Blog.

Your article should:

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New Course: DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing For Everyone

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce our latest DNA course, DNA: Autosomal DNA – Testing For Everyone

 

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Dna by dream designs Courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

Genetic genealogy is quickly becoming a handy tool in the savvy genealogist’s tool box. As a savvy genealogist you need to be aware of many things before you can wield it properly. There are ethical concerns at the foremost besides the scientific understanding. What test should you use when and why is the largest consideration. Not everything can be treated as a nail so understanding the field of genetic genealogy is the key to successfully choosing which tool is best.

There are three tests you can take for genetic genealogy. The most common is autosomal, that now includes X-Chromosome analysis. Next comes the test for paternal lineage (yDNA) and the test for maternal lineage (mtDNA). It is important to make sure you know which test you want to take and what that test can tell you before you proceed in testing.

Autosomal or Admixture DNA (atDNA) is the most frequently taken genetic genealogy test on the market. With one test you can learn about your paternal and maternal families as well as your combined ethnic origins. While amazing, there are a few caveats to this.

Mainly, it only tells you about the DNA that was passed down to you, which, with the way inheritance works in genetics, is less and less material each generation. This also applies to your ethnic background. You may know, on paper, your 2nd great-grandmother was German. Genetically however, you may be hard pressed to any trace of her large enough to show up through testing.

Through this course we are going to examine what atDNA is, how it is passed down to you, and what a genetic genealogy test will tell you. You will discover that atDNA is a wonderful tool for unlocking your hidden past when combined with traditional paper genealogy.

To learn more about this course authored by Shannon Combs Bennett or register, see our website.

 

 

 

New German Certificate Course

Germans Outside of Germany is Latest Course Offering in the German Certificate Program from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Explores German Immigration and Ancestry Worldwide

 

For Immediate Release

29 August 2017

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce the release of the latest advanced course in the German Certificate program. German: Germans Outside of Germany explores researching German immigrants worldwide.

 

GERMANS OUTSIDE OF GERMANY COURSE

The latest offering from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, authored by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA is an advanced level course in the German Certificate program.

Since the 19th century (or earlier), Germans have migrated to other countries to make their home. Whether they were evacuating for the sake of safety, moving into countries where other family members resided, or simply emigrating to remove themselves from the homeland, researching these individuals means considering various types of records found in the country they called home. This course explores the German migration out of Germany as late as the mid-20th century and includes settlements in some locations as early as pre-15th century. The countries addressed are those where significant populations of Germans have been or are still found, include the UK and Ireland; Oceania (Australia and New Zealand); North America (US, Canada, and Mexico); European countries where German is not an official language; Latin American countries (Central and South America and the Dominican Republic); Africa, Asia, and India. The course explores why Germans left Germany and where they went.

Germans Outside of Germany joins another new course in the certificate program, German: Compiled Sources. You can read more about these courses and the German Certificate at The National Institute website, http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/. The first offering of German: Germans Outside of Germany begins September 4, 2017.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies currently offers 9 certificates for students looking to specialize in or gain comprehensive knowledge in their genealogical pursuits. Certificates are a comprehensive 40-course program that provides students with a breadth and depth of genealogical education not found anywhere else. Over 200 courses authored by experts in their field are available from The National Institute.

 

ABOUT THE GERMAN CERTIFICATE

Students enrolled in the German Certificate program build their expertise in genealogical research methodologies and the records of Germany. Courses that focus on researching German heritage include: German: Introduction to Research, German: Church Records,  German: Civil Registration Records, German: Emigration Records, German: Locating Places in Germany, German: Reading the Records and German: Record Repositories. Methodology and Analysis courses provide the student with instruction in proper genealogical methodology and analysis of records and evidence.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

Heritage Productions and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, have offered genealogical and history materials for 25 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

For more information:

Louise St Denis

www.genealogicalstudies.com

admin@genealogicalstudies.com

1-800-580-0165 (North American)

416-861-0165 (International)

Skype: louisestd

 

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