Course Description Spring 2009
Instructor: B. Stuck
3 weeks/ 1 hour per week
How to Get started:
• Talk with relatives for names, ask for stories.
• Start with yourself, parents and grandparents.
• Ask for pictures of relatives.
• Composition book for notes, date notes taken, who gave
information. (ask questions where family decended from and
• Large Folder for compiling information.
• Internet access (Library or Home computer) looking up US Census
• U S Census (taken every 10 years) spelling may have changed, errors are made in census
• Digital camera, tape recorder.
• Write down sibling names for verifying information.
• State Library (for marriage, divorce, wills.)
• Circuit Court Clerks Record Rooms deeds, trials etc.
• Internet: Ancestory.com (membership)
• Church Vestrys
• History books
• Newspapers (articles and obituaries)
Information to Record:
Your interests. Siblings of parents, grand-parents, g-g-parents etc. Births, deaths, marriages, occupations,
bible recordings (digital pictures) stories and family traditions (example) My fathers’ family would stop
the “House Clock” when they had a death in the family, the clock would be started back once the
deceased was buried.
Week Two: Review material collected and answering questions.
Week Three: Organizing material, preserving information and class sharing stories.