Family History Research

NGS Home Study Course Update

I am now half-way through CD 1 of the NGS Home Study Course. Three lessons down, three to go. I just completed the library survey assignment and conducted my survey on the Wheaton Public Library. This local DuPage County Library has a large genealogical collection. Their website is so wonderful that I was able to complete part of my survey and report writing at home using the website. This then only required a couple hour visit to the library to finish the report.

Now I need to complete the other three lessons before May so I can get that and a few other things off my plate so I can enjoy the summer more fully with my boys. I plan to be a pool bum again with them as much as possible this summer.

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NGS HSC Lesson 5

I received my first lesson from NGS last week. It was graded as complete. Now I am working on completing Lesson 5 which is on Census Research. This lesson requires me to create a list of everyone on my pedigree chart that I submitted in Lesson 1 and note all the Censuses in which those ancestors would likely be found. That part of the assignment is complete. The second part was to research Census records for one ancestor on the pedigree chart and write a report. I went to the Newberry Library to look at microfilm. It has been a while since I looked at Census microfilm that I wanted a refresher. I am too accustomed to using Ancestry.com for this research.

That part is of the census research is half finished. I plan to complete this part before the week ends and submit it. That leave four lessons to go. My goal is to complete CD 1 by the end of May.

I am learning a few new things and relearning things I had “forgotten” since reading them as a beginner years ago. This course is useful for advanced researchers as well as beginners.

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National Genealogical Society Home Study Course

I have read so much about the NGS Home Study Course and Nikki at Blog of a Genealogist in Training is working through it and recommended it, that I signed up. I am taking the graded option starting with CD 1 which I hope arrives early January so I can begin. I’ll post updates here on how its going along with my monthly ProGen updates.

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