Ancestry.com databases now contain billions of records scanned and indexed from public sources in the US and around the world. This course helps individual learners make the most of Ancestry.com databases to study their family’s histories, including researching in US and other national censuses, vital records (birth, death and marriage), military and pension records, land and property records, and immigration records. The course will be a mix of lecture about the nature of public records available on Ancestry.com and questions and answers using class chat room about how to search the records. The course will give special attention to the use of Ancestry.com for studying women in history, and further, to the use of Ancestry.com for studying those who lived in Washington County, Maine. The course will not ask participants for any information about their DNA or make use of Ancestry.com’s DNA testing.
Instructor: Dr. Oberly has taught genealogy workshops to adult learners over the years. His book Sixty Million Acres: American Veterans and the Public Lands before the Civil War (1990) is used by genealogists to understand the series of 500,000 military bounty land application and award records based on service in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. His 2017 article, “Love at First Sight and an Arrangement for Life: Investigating and Interpreting a 1910 Hungarian Migrant Marriage,” was recently re-published in the Fall 2020 issue of East European Genealogist. He has also taught a semester-long class on US Family History at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is experienced in using Ancestry.com databases as a past visiting research fellow at the University of Minnesota Population Studies Center, the home of IPUMS-USA (Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample). IPUMS-USA is a partner with Ancestry.com on all the manuscript census data released from 1790 through 1940 (and 1950 in April 2022).
Class Information: This class is being held via Zoom.