Using primary sources to teach students about the past helps them to improve crucial analytical skills and gives them an opportunity to evaluate a variety of sources and to construct evidence-based narratives. These are skills that all students need for success throughout their educational process, career, and civic life (National Council for the Social Studies 2013).
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.
Prologue was published quarterly by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for nearly 50 years. The Winter 2017–18 issue was the last printed edition.
Did you know that the TMCC LIbrary Ebsco Master File Complete subscription allows you full text access to the following 12 genealogy publications?
1) Familia (2007 - present)
2) New England Ancestors (2008 - present)
3) Argyll Colony Plus (2009 - 2012)
4) Hidden Valley Journal (2012 - Present)
5) American Ancestors (2008 - Present)
6) North Dakota State Genealogical Society Newsletter (2010 - Present)
7) Tree Searcher (2009 - Present)
8) Prospector Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society (2009 - Present)
9) Arkansas Family Historian (2010 - Present)
10) Genealogy Magazine (Jan 1, 2011 - Feb 28, 2012)
11) Illinois Mennonite Heritage Quarterly (Dec 1, 2007 - Present)
12) Ancestor Hunt, Quarterly Publications of the Ashtabula Genealogical Society of Ohio (Feb 1, 2013 - Present)
"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)."
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.
Another great suggestion is How to Trace Your Native American Heritage.
Did you know that DNA testing companies are working with educators to incorporate family history DNA testing into the curriculum?
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.
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.