Training in Genelogical Research

Training in Genelogical Research

Posted on Friday March 16, 2007 at 12:13PM

I have heard from several of you that training in genealogy resources would be much appreciated. This is very possible. I would be happy to come to your libraries and offer workshops on specific resources or even a “getting started with your family history” session and follow up sessions to that. Don’t hesitate to call or write.

In the mean time I thought I would point out a few other resources for personal self-directed study. Anyone doing Family History soon learns that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called Mormons, are a massive resource for your family history. As a product of their religious beliefs they house the largest repository of genealogical information on the planet. They also work diligently to empower people with the ability to do their own family history. They offer several online - free - independent study courses in this area.

One such course is titled Religion 261 and is offered through Brigham Young University’s website. (remember it is free).

They also provide a host of other free online courses!

In an instruction course I took in library school one of my colleagues, Dai Newman, offered a presentation on genealogy sources available from the church. With his permission, I include his slightly modified cheat sheet to those sources hereand on the training page of the NLLS website.

Here is a short list of local genealogical organizations which could help with your search:

A couple other useful resources:

  • The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project developed by the University of Calgary digitizes most of Alberta’s newspapers from as far back as 1885. If you are looking for local history, obituaries, to help with your genealogy check out this site.
  • The Canadian Genealogical Centre is an incredible gateway and resource. You can find everything from province specific resources to more general resources. I found my great grandfathers attestation papers from the first world war! It was as if I was meeting the man when I saw his signature and physical description…

Do you have microfilm readers in your library? Do you have a collection of genealogy resources for your patrons and could you direct them where to go for more help?

I am sure there are other sources out there. This is your opportunity to add to this post by posting comments - questions. Be brave !

Author: Northern Lights Library System


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Another Great Resource

# Sabina Says:
March 6th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Another great place to go for Canadian research is the Canadian Genealogy Centre run by Library and Archives Canada (

They have loads of province-specific material on that site, as well as quite a good guide on where to start with genealogical research … even some info for youth, which is pretty great to have. I noticed there’s an inquiry form for people who get stuck.

Another good resource (one the website mentions) is a book (non-reference!) held by quite a few TRAC libraries:
Tracing your ancestors in Alberta: a guide to sources of genealogical interest in Alberta’s archives and research centers, by Victoria Lemieux and David Leonard, 1992.

So much! I’ll bet some of the NLLS member libraries have some good genealogy resources, too…


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