Course Description: How have the experiences of your ancestors affected the life you lead today? You will attempt to explore your own family histories through an investigation of family lore and governmental and other primary and secondary records (census, probate, land, military, naturalization, church, etc.). You will write a number of short papers, and also complete a research paper on your own family history, with the goal of exploring how your family's saga affects lives today. Genealogical research strategies and records collection and organization will be covered. Critical analysis of sources will be emphasized.†
Office: Stratton 219
Office Hours: M-F, 8-9:20 A.M., or by appointment, or whenever Iím in my office.
Unpuzzling Your Past by Emily Anne Croom
Writing the Family Narrative by Lawrence Goldrup
The Transition to College Writing, 2nd Ed., by Keith Hjortshoi
Books on Two-Hour Reserve:
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, 3rd Ed., by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking
The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy by Val Greenwood
For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History by Charles Kempthorne
Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Hatcher
Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Mills
Additional readings will also be assigned.
The Missing Links:
††††††††††† Cyndiís Lists
††††††††††† Ellis Island
††††††††††† Family History Library Catalog
Christopher T. Bailey
Professor of Chemistry
Biological & Chemical Sciences Major Program
Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026
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