Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Education Class Forming: US Jewish Genealogy

Posted by Phyllis Kramer 

New to genealogy? Not sure how to begin? How to organize? What JewishGen has to offer? Best websites? Consider taking JewishGen’s Basic U.S. Jewish Genealogy course!

This course focuses on U.S. immigrant ancestors and their immediate families. It includes 6 online text lessons which you can read/download at your own pace.

The BASIC course does not include research beyond what is available in United States libraries, archives, and other local sources. The syllabus is detailed at www.jewishgen.org/education. Topics include:
  • basic genealogical research (data collection, techniques for organizing data, image collection and manipulation, software programs and genealogical subscriptions)
  • using U.S. vital records, U.S. Census and Ellis Island passenger manifests
  • computer hints and tips on how to best use your computer and browse the Internet
  • and much more!
The course is essentially a personal mentoring program through our online FORUM. Students post an ancestral branch, set goals for their research, and work one on one with the instructor.

If you've researched census, manifests and vital records and still do not have information on your immigrant ancestors, please consider the Intermediate Course (Breaking Brick Walls in the U.S.).  Once you have found names and dates and former shtetls for your immigrant ancestors, you might consider the Advanced course (Using JewishGen to FindYour Ancestral Roots).  

Basic Requirements 
Students must be comfortable browsing the Internet and downloading files. To best utilize this class, we suggest students allocate 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, sample the websites and interact with the FORUM.
 
Cost
Tuition for Basic Genealogy is $80.

Registration
Please visit www.jewishgen.org/education, read about the classes and their requirements, and click on enroll. The course fee is waived if you qualify for the Value Added Services having made a $100 donation to JewishGen’s General Fund within the past 12 months (the system will recognize you and will not ask for a credit card). For questions, please email us by clicking here.

Hope you can join us!
Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager, JewishGen Inc
Phyllis Kramer, VP Education

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