Genealogy & Computers 3: Intermediate and Advanced


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

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

Genealogy & Computers III:  Intermediate and Advanced

This course is for those who have at least six months experience using the internet for genealogy. Students work individually and in teams solving genealogy problems, employing a variety of genealogy websites and strategies.  Instruction is tailored to address individual and group issues. Homework is optional but recommended.


Syllabus: Genealogy & Computers III: Intermediate & Advanced
Janeen Bjork,

Week 1: Introductions, Goals for the course

Week 2: Documentary evidence; citing sources; students will each bring at least one brick wall research problem/issue to class that will be discussed and worked on collaboratively

Week 3: Facilitator offers instruction in resources, online and off, that students may not know exist, that will help solve problems identified in week two

Week 4: Students will divide into teams to work on each other’s brick wall issues together

Week 5: Continuation of week four

Week 6: Each team will present to the class, beginning with the brick wall issues, through the methodology and the resources employed and the success, or lack thereof, in break through

Week 7: Documentary evidence; citing sources; writing for publication

Week 8: Technology issues and design elements for publishing Genealogy blogs, articles and books


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.