|Online Class Sponsored by Tennessee State Library and Archives and Jackson State Community College
The Tennessee State Library and Archives has teamed up with Jackson State Community College to offer an online Introduction to Tennessee Genealogy course this fall semester. Taught by State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill and a team of experts from the Library & Archives staff, the course is designed to show participants how to locate information about their ancestors online and in print. The course is offered for college credit and may serve as an elective. However, anyone can take the class. You don't have to be a student at Jackson State or any college or university to enroll.
Tennessee residents over 60 years of age may take the course at no charge, although it will not count for college credit. Others will pay the standard fee for a three credit-hour course, which is $400.
The course is LIB 1001: Introduction to Genealogy.
Students in this in-depth course will become familiar with many online and print sources, will interact with one another and the instructor in discussion forums and email, and will complete lessons based on Tennessee records to learn interesting genealogical skills.
Through twelve weekly lessons, students will learn:
* the importance of given names and surnames, and how to read old handwriting
* how to use software to store and organize family information
* how to search successfully for ancestors in the U.S. census and related records
* what records can be found in the county courthouse, how to find and use them
* skills for analysis of records, to get the most information and find hidden clues
* in-depth study of U.S. military records, their research value and how to find ancestors in them
* how to find an use court records to track ancestors and learn about them
* how to care for your family collections and preserve them for the future Class participants will have online access to Ancestry Library edition through ProQuest.
Those interested in taking LIB 1001 in the fall semester at Jackson State Community College will need to apply for admission to the College online at Jackson State Community College. There, find the online admission form, and enroll as a non-degree-seeking student to avoid needing to send transcripts and taking placement testing.
The campus ID you are sent upon admission will allow you to register for the course online.
|Anita Coursey, Archival Assistant (Census and Vital Records)|
|Carol Roberts, Director of Preservation Services (Caring for Family Collections)|
|Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian & Archivist (Court Records)|
|Darla Brock, Archivist (Military Records)|
|Laine Sutherland, Director of Public Services (Census and Vital Records)|
|Lori Lockhart, Archivist (Introduction, Handwriting and Digital Collections)|
|Marylin Hughes, Archivist (Court Records, Land Records)|
|Dr. Tom Kanon, Archivist (Military Records)|