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Who Were Your Ancestors? The Fundamentals and Principles of Genealogy

Date: 07/24/2013 - 07/31/2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $125


This two-session short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Do you know who your ancestors were? Do you know enough to describe their lives? During this course you will learn the principles of modern genealogical research methods, including how to discover your ancestors using key records such as censuses, church and vital records, military records, newspapers, directories, naturalization and ship records, local histories, wills, probates, and land records. Key genealogical Internet sites will be visited. The instructor will discuss both paper and software tools for recording and planning your research. A working knowledge of internet search procedures is highly recommended. 

Recommended: Christine Rose and Kay Germaine Ingalls, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, and Val D. Greenwood, The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Participants may wish to visit the instructional materials at www.familysearch.org and www.ancestry.com in advance of the course.

Tom Rice, Ph.D., microbiology, and certified genealogist, is a full-time professional researcher, lecturer, and writer. He is a past director of the Irish Genealogical Society International, Inc., managing editor of their award-winning quarterly, The Septs, a past director of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a genealogy help desk volunteer for the Minnesota Historical Society. His website is www.heritagehunters.com. 


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/dcg

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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