Genealogical Research For Librarians by Molly Schweinfurter / Redwood Falls Public Library

//Genealogical Research For Librarians by Molly Schweinfurter / Redwood Falls Public Library

Genealogical Research For Librarians by Molly Schweinfurter / Redwood Falls Public Library

I have completed the e-course “Genealogical Research For Librarians” offered online through the American Library Association. This course was presented over four weeks by June Powers, a librarian from North Carolina. She recommended several book titles as recommended resources and then each week had a video presentation and additional readings for us to do, as well as giving us homework assignments to do each week. The first week’s readings covered collection guidelines and services, as well as types of records available and beginner’s first steps. The second week’s readings covered primary, secondary and tertiary sources; as well as information about census records and land patents. Week three covered “specialized research” and we read articles explaining the nuances of Hispanic, Native-American and African-American research. And finally the fourth week’s readings talked about the many resources that are not online. The homework assignments included submitting a pedigree chart; finding records from different decades; finding a specialized resource; writing an example of a reference interview; discussing our library’s research policy as well as coming up with a genealogy programming idea. Overall it was a good class. It did, however, seem heavily focused on teaching beginner’s how to research whereas I was looking for more information and sources new to me that I could pass on to the folks who come to our library to do research. I found the readings interesting and informative and enjoyed the interactions with librarians around the world who also participated in this class! Thank you to Prairelands for the scholarship to complete this e-course!

2019-03-04T13:18:32+00:00Scholarship Reports|