Genealogy & Computers 1: Beginners


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Genealogy & Computers I: Beginners

This course is for genealogy novices who need instruction on using computer software and the Internet. We cover the fundamentals of genealogy, including lessons in documentary evidence, family history research methodology and the Genealogical Proof Standard. Students are introduced to the types of documents and the sources used most frequently by genealogists: census records; birth, marriage and death records; immigration records; naturalization and military records; city directories and newspapers. There is also instruction on computer basics, including internet browsers, search engines and security; Hot keys; Windows; uploading and downloading; external devices; and saving and organizing one’s work. While taking the course, students are encouraged to go to their local public library and take advantage of the services provided by the research librarians.


Syllabus: Genealogy & Computers 1: Beginners
Janeen Bjork,

Week 1: Introductions; Goals for the course; Introduction to Genealogy

Week 2: Documentary evidence; what’s in a name; The U.S. Census

Week 3: The U.S. Census continued; State censuses; Foreign country censuses

Week 4: Vital records; Birth, Marriage and Death

Week 5: Religious records; Cemetery records;

Week 6: Immigration and Naturalization records

Week 7: Military records

Week 8: Online newspaper resources

Facilitator: Janeen Bjork

Janeen Bjork as a television researcher has applied detective, analytic and presentation skills she garnered during a 30-year career to explore her family tree and then the trees of friends, students and clients. She enjoys introducing others to the colorful characters in her family tree as well as to the research methods and strategies that make it possible for her to find and preserve their legacies for posterity. Her engaging and interactive presentation style uses participation with actual examples and case studies to prepare audiences to find the family members and stories that have eluded them.