What Can You Learn from an Old Program Brochure? Gen Ed @ the Library

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Today I stumbled on an old program brochure from a series of genealogy lectures I organized at Regina Public Library a few years ago.Neither the series offerings nor the brochure text are perfect. Therefore they are a good place to start in thinking about a similar lecture series. As you read this, realize this is a lecture series, not a class. Consider the following questions:

  1. Do the lectures fit into a logical progression/?
  2. Is the redundant information useful or a distraction?
  3. Do the titles reflect content as described?
  4. Do the topics fit the series for beginners? for intermediate learners?
  5. Would you attend?

GENEALOGY: FUNDAMENTALS OF FAMILY HISTORY

Fall 2002 Programs

Prairie history Room, Central Library

Your invited to participate in another season of genealogy and family history programs sponsored by the Prairie History Room. We are offering a morning series , and an evening series this year to better serve our clients.

These programs are very popular and classes fill up very quickly, so please pre-register early by calling the Prairie History Room at 777-6011 weekdays between 9:30 am and 5:00 p.m. Sign up for all of them, or just one or two

The Morning Programs

These programs taken as a whole will provide a foundation for those beginning or restarting their genealogy research. Those already involved in doing their genealogy may find particular programs of special interest to their situation.

Home Sources of Family History

“Home Sources for Family History “ is a look at the variety of records, documents and artifacts found in our homes and the homes of relatives that can open the door to our own genealogical adventure.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 10 September 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

Organizing Your Genealogy Research: Charts and Forms

An introduction to using family group sheets, pedigree charts and other basic record keeping for beginning genealogists.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 September 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

Choosing a Genealogy Program for Your Computer

Things to look for when you are deciding which genealogy software program is suitable for your needs. Participants must be familiar with using family group sheets and pedigree charts before registering for this program.

Instructor: Alvin Murray

Enrollment limited to 15. Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Saturday, 21 September 9:45 am

Location: Prairie History Room


Understanding The Genealogical Research Process

Participants will learn a basic strategy for setting and achieving research goals. The concepts of compiled and original records, and primary and secondary sources will be explained. Research logs will be introduced. Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15. Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 September 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

Genealogical Gold in Local and County Histories

Community histories are a wonderful resource in discovering the lives and times of our ancestors. This program will focus on Canadian and American local histories.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 1 October 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

Identifying People : Birth, Marriage and Death Records

This presentation will cover the variety of primary and secondary sources of birth, marriage and death information and where to find them.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 8 October 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

Finding and Using Homestead Records:

Since the first survey in of the Canadian prairies for homesteading in 1871, the land now known as Saskatchewan has attracted immigrants from eastern Canada, Europe and the United States. The “free“ land opportunity continued to 1930. Homestead files potentially contain a wealth of useful clues for the genealogist. In this program participants will learn how to locate, examine and interpret homestead records in Saskatchewan.

Instructors: Pat Ryan and Shirley Bucca.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 15 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

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Overcoming the Curse of Floating Bits of Paper: Keeping Research Logs and Research Notes

Participants will learn how to use research logs, and a system of keeping research notes to reduce wasted effort, and increase research effectiveness.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday 22 October 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

Search Strategies for Using 19th Century Canadian Census Records”

Examines strategies used to find, identify and use Canadian censuses using maps, gazetteers, indexes and other tools to locate people and places.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Tuesday, 29 October 9:45 am

Location: Public Meeting Room

The Thursday Evening Programs

These programs are suitable for intermediate or advanced level genealogists and are intended to improve research skills and understand specialized research tools.

Working with Genealogical Evidence

This is a discussion group for advanced level genealogists. Participants will be expected to carefully study assigned readings and actively participate in the discussions. There are no lectures. Success in this program depends largely pre-class preparations and in-class discussion. There will be a materials fee of $17.50 payable on the first night.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 10 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Thursdays, 5, 12, 26 September; 10 and 24 October 7:00 p.m.

Location: Prairie History Room

A genealogist’s Guide to Self- Instructional Materials Through Your Public Library

A narrative survey of books useful in learning how to be an effective genealogical researcher . This class will focus on Canadian, British and American genealogical research guides and how-to-materials. Participants will be encouraged to embark on a reading program to expand their knowledge of genealogical resources and methods.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Thursday, 19 September 7:00 p.m.

Location: Prairie History Room

Geographic Tools for Family Historians

An examination of the use of atlases, maps, gazetteers and other place name literature for family history research. This class will focus on selected reference materials in Regina Public Library.

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Thursday , 3 October 7:00 pm

Location: Prairie History Room

City , County and Regional Directories as a Source of Family History

How to identify, locate and use name directories. This may be adapted to focus on British, Canadian or American genealogical research . This class is limited to 20 students. Pre-registration is required

Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15 Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Thursday, 17 October 7:00 pm

Location: Prairie History Room

Understanding The Genealogical Research Process

Participants will learn a basic strategy for setting and achieving research goals. The concepts of compiled and original records, and primary and secondary sources will be explained. Research logs will be introduced. Instructor: Ken Aitken.

Enrollment limited to 15. Pre-registration is required. Call 777-6011

Date and Time: Thursday 31 October 7 p.m.

Location: Prairie History Room

Our Instructors

Pat Ryan is a Certified Saskatchewan Record Searcher, a Certified Saskatchewan Instructor and a member of the College of Certified Saskatchewan Genealogists. She teaches genealogy classes at various community centres in Regina with her business partner, Shirley Bucca.

Alvin Murray is a Certified Saskatchewan Instructor and a member of the College of Certified Saskatchewan Genealogists. Alvin’s work experiece in microcomputers and software have helped him develop a particular interest in genealogy software.

Shirley Bucca, B.Ed. is a Certified Saskatchewan Record Searcher, a Certified Saskatchewan Instructor and a member of the College of Certified Saskatchewan Genealogists. With her business partner, Pat Ryan, she teaches genealogy classes in Regina community centres.

Kenneth Aitken, B.A., M.L.S., a Certified Saskatchewan Record Searcher, and a Certified Saskatchewan Instructor and a member of the College of Certified Saskatchewan Genealogists. Ken is a well known genealogical lecturer in western Canada, and has spoken at genealogy conferences in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and in the US. He has been the Prairie History Librarian at Regina Public library for 18 years.

As usual your coments are always welcome.

 

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