Calendar

Week    
Week one
January 3-4
Beginning to build a family tree
  • Introduction of course ideas and goals
  • Students discuss “pre-course”   concepts of their families
  • Creation of ancestry.com family tree structure
  • Creation of findagrave.com accounts
  • Thursday field trip to Magnolia Cemetery
  • Friday: field trip to Spartanburg County Library Genealogy room
  • Friday: discuss Who Do You Think You Are? Chapters 1-3
Week two
January 7-11
Beginning to build a family tree
  • Student presentations on chapters 4-9: Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Student presentations on chapters 1-5:  Domestic Revolutions
  • Group presentations on non-text topics such as GEDCOM files, digital imaging, census records, etc.
  • Daily discussion of new findings and/or obstacles in research
  • Wednesday outside speaker: Todd Greenfield, Ellucian
Week three
January 14-18
History of the American Family
  • Student presentations on chapters 1-9: At Odds
  • Student presentations on chapters 6-10: Domestic Revolutions
  • Group presentations on non-text topics religious movements in America, wars, westward movement, etc.
  • Daily discussion of new findings and/or obstacles in research
  • Field trips to Greenlawn cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery
Week four
January 21-25
Genetics and Family History
  • Review of DNA results and search for relatives identified through DNA-matching
  • Group presentations on non-text topics such as genetics, ethics, etc.
  • Student presentations on chapters 10-18: At Odds
  • Daily discussion of new findings and/or obstacles in research
  • Field trips to Spartanburg Regional History Museum
Week five
January 28-30
Infrastructure and economics of the genealogy industry
  • Group presentations on non-text topics such as computer organization, record redundancy, economics of genealogy, etc.
  • Daily discussion of new findings and/or obstacles in research
  • Students present “post-course” concepts of their families
  • Final blog entries to discuss change in world-view based on findings of research

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