Category Archives: Daily Class Activity

Week one, day two

Today, we visited the Kennedy Room at the Spartanburg County Public Library.  Ms. Debra Hutchins, Local History Librarian, showed us numerous resources including:

  • Death records
  • Funeral home records
  • Cemetery indices
  • Newspapers available on microfilm
  • Maps
  • Pamphlet collections
  • Church records

Ms. Hutchins found the South Carolina death record for T.A. Williams.  There are many clues in the genealogy room for T.A. and Sara.  As of this Monday morning, the person (or group) with the best blog entry with details about our mystery couple will win a prize.  If any of you are actually reading this, send a note to our twitter account or make a reference to our account!  I would love to see photos of death records, graveyards that you searched, funeral home notices, obituaries, or any other information you find.  Blogging about problems you encountered in your search for the Williams is just as helpful.

When we returned to class, we discussed our library visit and then talked about Chapters 1-3 in Who do you think you are?

Homework for Monday:

  • Each of you MUST post a blog entry.  Use the opportunity to make yourself shine.
  • Read chapters 4-6 of Who do you think you are? Discussion moderators should send me questions by 7am on Monday morning.
  • Work on your tree and share your tree with username lawtonbm if you have not done so.
  • Start working on the Williams mystery.  This is not an “optional” task.  This is a joint research project for the entire class.

Week one, day one

We talked about the following in class today:

  • In-depth introductions (help us get to know you, your interests, your strengths/weaknesses, what you think you can offer to our class, what you hope to learn)
  • Course goals
Family History Course Objectives

Family History Course Objectives

  • Syllabus review
  • Brief talk about course texts
  • “Housekeeping” tasks:
    • Active account, shared with username “lawtonbm”
    • Active account, shared with email “”
    • Accept invitation to become a user on project account
    • Register as user of account
    • Accept invitation to be an author on
  • Basics of use
  • Alex and Catherine agreed to lead the discussion on Friday morning (Who do you think you are? Chapters 1-3)
  • Visit to Magnolia Cemetery, search for graves without a photo on

Homework for Friday:
-Read chapters 1-3 of Who do you think you are!
-Work on your family tree on ancestry,com
-Start to blog on our site. You don’t need to post anything before Monday if you don’t want to do so.

We will meet Friday morning at the Spartanburg County Library at 8:50 am.