For the rest of the month of April, we will highlight some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.
A is for ARCHIVES
Definition: 1. a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people. 2. place or store (something) in an archive.
Archives, both online and onsite, are treasure houses for genealogists and family historians. There are archives for every topic that you can think of. Small and large, they gather, catalogue, and preserve our history. It is imperative to identify where they are located and which collections they have accumulated. They can be found wherever collections are gathered, which includes local and international locations, and digital or physical resources. Archives can be National, State, Provincial, County, District, Regional, Municipal, Institutional, or Thematic. They may have their own building facilities, or be housed in a Library or Museum. They could be totally online with a catalogue featuring digital resources (like Internet Archive), or be a combination like FamilySearch and their Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Using resources like ArchiveGrid could locate many archives that you were unaware even existed.
Several courses at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies include modules highlighting the use of archives for genealogical research. Here are just a few:
Australian: Local History and Regional Sources
Canadian: Archival Centres
Canadian: Local History & Special Collections
Eastern European: Record Repositories
Electronic Resources: Using the Internet
German: Record Repositories
Irish: Archival Repositories
Italian: Civil Registration Records-Part 2
Research: The National Archives of England
Be sure to include a list of the Archives you discovered in your Locality Research Guide for the area where you are researching. Search their online catalogues to make a list of records pertinent to your research projects. Plan a research trip to review those records and to explore their unique collections. You are sure to find treasures waiting to be discovered that you can add to your family history.
In reality, the list of research topics is endless. You never know where your search will lead. Researching each project will have similarities and differences. Knowing where to seek out new resources is invaluable. Glean all you can from every source to build your Research Toolbox.
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 225+ courses to choose from. Some of our courses are topic/country-specific, or provide insight into research methodology, while others are skill-building courses to maximize your research time. The first Monday of a new month means another rotation of courses will start. Most courses feature 6 modules over an 8-week period, easily adapted to most busy schedules. Many courses have been bundled into packages to provide discount options. Take a look at our course calendar and see which courses will accomplish your genealogical education goals. Register today!
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