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Genealogy and Family History: For Librarians & Faculty

A guide to assist those interested in starting a family history project.

Showing Students How to do Research and Create a Research Plan

Open Access Genealogy Journals

American Library Association (ALA)

Reference Sources for Librarians/How to Integrate Genealogy into the Curriculum

Genealogy? In the Academic World? Seriously? A Discussion

Enroll in a Canvas Genealogy MOOC

What is a MOOC? A massive open online course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive courses with user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs) as well as immediate feedback to quick quizzes and assignments. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which were first introduced in 2006 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.

MOOC's start and stop throughout the year. Check online to see the next starting date for a genealogy MOOC. The pictures below are samples of online MOOCs that might be of interest to the beginning genealogist.

University Academic Libraries: Genealogy LibGuides

The Genealogy Reference Interview

Genealogy Basics for Library Staff

Food for Thought

"Genealogy is an auxiliary branch of history that was first recognized as a professional field of study in 1964 with the formation of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)."

Source Citation 

Tolley-Stokes, Rebecca. "Genealogy." Dictionary of American History, edited by Stanley I. Kutler, 3rd ed., vol. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003, pp. 521-523. Gale Virtual Reference Libraryhttp://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX3401801665/GVRL?u=tmcc_main&sid=GVRL&xid=c4a259fd. Accessed 21 Oct. 2018.

Ebsco Articles on How Genealogy Can be Incorporated into the Curriculum

Genealogy Libraries in the U.S.

Genealogy Research at the Library of Congress

Kanopy Film Subscription

Does your library subscribe to Kanopy Films? If it does, they offer an excellent series of videos titled Discovering your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy by Dr. John Phillip Colletta. It is part of their Great Courses series and is cataloged under Social Sciences: Anthropology.

Suggestions for Library Database Subscriptions

Collaborations between Community College Libraries and other State Offices

Community Colleges: Integrating Genealogy into the English Curriculum

Community College Libraries Who Offer Credit Classes in Genealogy

Community College Genealogy Clubs

DNA Companies Working with Educators

Did you know that DNA testing companies are working with educators to incorporate family history DNA testing into the curriculum?

Index Systems Used in Genealogy Research

When helping patrons do their family history research, you will encounter many different types of indexing systems. Below are links to explain some of the more common ones that you might come across.

Genealogy Education: Colleges Working With K-12

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Penn State Anthropology professor Nina Jablonski created Finding Your Roots: the Seedlings to introduce genealogy into the K-12 curriculum. Want to know more about this new program? See below.