Census Research Checklist

The fifth lesson in the NGS Home Study Course is about census records.  I use census records all the time and didn’t learn anything new; however, as with most of the lessons so far, doing the assignments brought out holes in my research. The first assignment in this lesson is to create a census research […]

Inventory of Family Papers

As I wrote about on Sunday, the second assignment in Lesson Two of the NGS Home Study Course is to make an inventory of family papers found at home (or at a relative’s) and to include the paper’s provenance and genealogical information and clues.  My list (limited to ten items) is below: Article regarding funeral […]

Evaluating a Family Tradition

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As I wrote about yesterday, the first assignment in Lesson Two of the NGS Home Study Course is to record and evaluate a family tradition. My family story is that of the ubiquitous “Cherokee princess.”  My paternal grandmother has always told the story that her grandmother was a Cherokee descendant.  The family lived in northwest […]

NGS Home Study Course: Lesson Two

The second lesson in the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course is about Family Traditions and Family Records.  We all know that, in genealogy, we should start at the present and work backward.  Starting with the present includes identifying the records that can be found in one’s home and also evaluating the family stories that […]

NGS Home Study Course: Lesson One

The first lesson of the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course was an introduction to genealogy and focused on organization.  The information was pretty basic, but was a good introduction for those new to genealogy. The assignments for this lesson were to create a pedigree chart and a family group sheet from one’s own family […]

Starting the NGS Home Study Course

One of my unwritten genealogy goals has been to enroll in a formal course of study.  I’ve looked at both the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies programs several times.  The NGS Home Study course always seemed to call me, so I’ve decided to go with it. Some […]