Posted: 02 Feb 2015 09:21 PM PST
RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging.
Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you.
This project created by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the State Library of North Carolina and was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Information below originally posted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The full blog post written by Kyle Denlinger can be found here, http://bit.ly/1uRIJGw.
Interested? Sign up here! http://bit.ly/RootsMOOC
Through video interviews, tutorials, discussions, and structured learning activities, we’ll learn the very basics of genealogy research, such as the best places to get started, how to stay organized, and what kinds of documents and search tools you’ll encounter along the way. We’ll all share our research progress and help each other overcome roadblocks as we share our best tips and tricks in the online discussion forums. Librarians, archivists, and other experts from North Carolina and around the United States will be participating right alongside us, answering questions and pointing us all in the right direction.
If you’ve been looking for a place to get started on your family history research, RootsMOOC just might be the thing you’ve been waiting for. We can’t wait to get started!
When does the course start? How long does it last? RootsMOOC will run from March 23 to June 1, 2015.
How much does it cost? Nothing! RootsMOOC is 100% free!
How much time will I need to devote each week? That depends. We feel that the best way to learn is by doing, so we encourage all participants to do their own research concurrently with the course. This might involve calling up family members, visiting physical libraries, and diving into online repositories, all of which can take some time. There are no grades, however, so you’re free to spend as much or as little time on this course as you like.
How do I sign up? Enroll here.
What if I find I can’t keep up with the course? No worries. Life is busy! If you find that you’ve fallen behind, you’ll always be able to go back to the course later. The discussions might be closed by then, but all of the content should still be there. If you want to drop the course altogether, it’s easy to do that, too.
Topics covered include:
Module 1: Getting Started with Genealogy Research
Module 2: Digging into the U.S. Census
Module 3: Working with State and Local Resources
Module 4: Online Sources and Strategies
Still not sure what a MOOC is? This short YouTube video entitled “What is a MOOC?” (Video by Neal Gillis – Research by: Bonnie Stewart Alexander McAuley George Siemens Dave Cormier) offers a good explanation.