Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Class Highlight: Intermediate U.S. Records and Research with Paula Stuart-Warren

Do you feel like you've got a good handle on the basics, and want to super charge your U.S. research skills? Join the gregarious Paula Stuart-Warren for the second installment of her two part course, intermediate United States records and research, which she has been teaching for 18 years. Don't worry, these classes don't need to be taken in order! (And part one will be taught in 2017.)

This in-depth class focuses on 19th through 21st century resources: their content, origin, location,  interpretation, and the corresponding methodologies. Informative and interactive class-room hours delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

Part II topics include research planning, vital records strategies and substitutes, special census schedules, 20 & 21 century research resources, military records beyond pensions, locating family manuscripts, and school records.

Part I in 2017 will cover hands-on dissecting a document and a class project, researching women, courthouse records, legal savvy, source citations, land records, passenger arrival records, passports, WPA, National Archives, and genealogical and historical periodicals.

Make sure you are brushed up on the use of key online family history websites like FamilySearch and Ancestry, have reviewed at least two basic genealogy guidebooks, and have had some previous class room learning  related to family history.

Intermediate U.S. Research class participant Sara Bird said, "This was my first year going to SLIG, and I didn't know what I didn't know! I've been doing genealogy for about 16 years, but in the last few years I've really gotten serious about genealogy, and I've become frustrated in the lack of knowledge that I've had. I was searching for a way to learn more, and find more records, so when my good friend told me about SLIG, it was the perfect fit! I feel now like my brick wall is now climbable, and I can find those elusive ancestors that have felt so hard to find before."

Have questions about Intermediate U.S. Records and Research, and if it's the right class for you? Email us at

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