Genealogical Institute of Mid America PART I

7-11 July 2003--Springfield, Illinois

4 days of intensive genealogical instruction--expand your family research horizons

with Michael John Neill, MS

What Part I is.....

GIMA Part I is not really for intended for those completely new to genealogy --we've had long-time researchers in my class. We assume you have a working knowledge of most of the records discussed in our sessions and have used most of them before. Throughout the Part I sessions, the promise and pitfall of each record type is discussed.

The sessions in Part I build upon this working knowledge of these sources and emphasize: problem solving techniques; developing the ability to accurately and completely transcribe original source documents; and integrating each document into previously obtained information. The use of online sources and sites will be discussed and included throughout the course. Those who have concentrated on online records are particularly welcome to join us into our foray into the offline world of the courthouse and other unpublished and untranscribed local records.

Throughout the Part I series, we discuss the analysis and the interpretation of each record through several extended research scenarios (including both urban and rural families). Discussed as a separate session and also integrated into the entire curriculum is data entry, sourcing and “getting all the information” from the document. Short, “thought” assignments (ungraded, in case you were wondering) based on the records are used throughout the course to provide “practice” in addition to lecture.

In Part I, we do not just rattle off a list of sources and send the student home. We provide information on how to search records of all these types, handle index and finding aid difficulties, and how to analyze information and develop a research plan.

We would love to have you join us.


Home Sources and Interviewing
Vital Records
Court and Probate Records
Sourcing and Data Entry Concerns
Federal Census Records
Land Records in Public Land States
Research Methodology and Procedures
Cemetery Research
Maps and Local History Sources
Where do I go From Here?
Online Search Techniques
Organizational Methods
Notetaking Methods and Source Quality
Locating and Utilizing Published Sources
Field trip to Illinois State Historical Library

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