I am finding my class at the UW in Genealogy & Family History is a combination of new and interesting information, a different approach to doing family history research and some activities which are so basic I am amazed the instructors even consider it necessary to cover! The course is conducted over 3 quarters for 1 full academic year, with the final assignment a major paper which is an integration of history and genealogical information. I am doing my paper on the Civil War and the evolution of medical care using Jens T. Dahle as my person of focus.
The assignments are as follows:
- Pedigree chart and family group sheet, fully cited: already handed in
- Vital records: I have realized that I do not know what this assignment even is! Gotta work on this.
- Example of census document with citation
- Critique of two GENWeb sites: not started. I will do this over Thanksgiving
- Letter of lnquiry: completed, not submitted
- Identification of a US county history and cited: completed, not submitted
- Take home quiz: not started
- Bibliography of a variety of sources (15+): completed, not submitted
- Newspaper research: newspaper on order through Inter-library Loan, not yet received; if it doesn’t get here right after Thanksgiving, I will have to identify another newspaper and write the (brief) report on it instead.
- Annotated chronology: started, not yet in final draft form. Might work on this tomorrow.
- Oral history interview: assignment not yet given, not due until the start of 2nd quarter.
So, it looks like I am in pretty good shape to have these get submitted on the 15th of December.
I found doing the Bibliography the most interesting as the instructor forced me to use resources that I never would have investigated: scholarly journals, encyclopedias (don’t poo poo this until you find out the shear numbers of them that exist on amazing topics), diaries, county histories, etc. This assignment was fun.
What I have done since the last post: pet the cat.