Genealogy & Computers III


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

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

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 a television researcher, applied the detective, analytic and presentation skills she garnered in a 30-year career to her family tree and then to 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 made it possible for her to find and preserve their legacies for posterity.