Robert F. BrownClemson UniversityHRD 860 Stephen Bronack, PhDNovember 4, 2011
Researching your family history can be an intimidating task.Yet it is one of the most important exercises an individualcan assume as history creates a foundation for family tounderstand who they are and how they have come intoexistence.
This web based training is designed to address the opportunity for historical findings, documentation, and stories about ancestors of your family. Census records, death certificates, birth certificates, and primary source information can confirm religion, careers, family connections, and stories of the past; these events of the past are unique and with consequence.
The key factors that will be addressed in this webbased training are:Genealogical Resource Research Information How to Interview Family Members How to Search for Your Ancestors’ Data Why Create A Family Tree
To successfully enhance the knowledge and insight for individuals interested in initiating historical family research using web based educational technologies
The Pros and Cons of family history research in a webbased educational environment are:Pros Cons•Reduced expense and increasedconvenience since all of this information is •Some documents may not be accessible via webaccessible via web based environment•More information is accessible across •Personality traits can not be ascertained throughstates and internationally via web access genealogy web sites•Organization and storage options are easy •There are fees involved with subscriptions andprocesses via web based genealogy multiple access sitessubscriptions as documents that areidentified can readily be electronicallystored and easily retrieved for fastreference
Genealogical research is deemed a viable topic that provokes an effective learning experience in the world of web based training. According to Hull, “Genealogy websites have been established by some of the world’s most well-respected authorities on genealogy.
This research can also be found in the form of tailored websites with repository search capacity on specified topics, electronic interactive family record sheets, and databases with system integration for custom reports, trend charts, smart stories, facts, sources and notes.
According to Hull, You should begin your research documentation with yourself and work backwards in time as you are your best resource of information. Ascertain as many documents in an effort to validate the information that you are recording (even what you are sure of requires reference documentation).
First choose and open your web based educational software of choice (i.e. Ancestry.com) to initiate the search for your Ancestors. Next, key into the system scant facts that you have identified on one of your family members. Then choose a census year that you believe is relative to this person’s birth, death or lifetime then begin your search. The educational software will work with you to derive as close a match as possible to the individual in question and thus will allow you to examine and make further inquiry regarding new facts
Interviewing family members is important. You should review different types of Family Record Sheets in order to understand and decide what type of information is important for your research goals. Choose a record sheet for all of your interviews in order to create a level of consistency.
This is an example of a Family RecordSheet. You should maintain anelectronic version of this documenton each and every family group andthus family member. As you cansee, this sheet will help you adhere tostandardization of questions. This isimportant because you always wantto interview family members in astandardized/methodical format byasking the same questions to eachfamily group/member each time andin the same order. This practice willhelp you to retain organized recordsand will ensure consistency ofinformation.
This is payoff for all of your hard work and dedication. The family tree is the canvas for all of the research connections that you have identified and it acts as a stakeholder for precisely where each individual falls within the family lineage. It is the visual representation of the genealogy of both your ancestors as well as your descendents.
Once you have gatheredand stored all your familydata in the system, it isnow time to see theresults. Here, we have anexample of one of manydifferent types of FamilyTree formats. This formatcan be easily populatedand downloaded frommost genealogicalresearch web sites.
Tracing your family roots can be both invigorating and rewarding. It is an extraordinary example of a topic with methodology that aligns with web-based education. It offers multiple benefits for establishing family foundation and life-long records. It is a pivotal tool for identifying your place in history.