Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques for Librarians

Genealogical research is a dynamic, multi-layered process. With the proliferation of social media and commercially available genetic testing, the tools and techniques you can use to expand your research are growing rapidly. This brave new world presents technological, methodological, and ethical issues that can be tough to navigate.

In this eCourse, librarian and genealogy expert June Power will use her wealth of experience to take your research skills to the next level. You’ll explore techniques like incorporating historical newspaper research, using social media and Google Advanced search, DNA testing, digital court records, and more. You’ll leave this course with the expertise to navigate the genealogical research process in greater depth and detail.

By participating in this course, you will gain an understanding of

  • several advanced tools for genealogical research
  • key ethical challenges involved with genealogical research
  • tools to help others interpret genealogical resources
  • the differences in research methods for diverse research objectives

June Power is the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, managing circulation, course reserves, document delivery services, and copyright management. She is the managing department head and has also assisted with archival and special collections work, and genealogy. She has presented at NCLA, the ILLiad Conference, the Ares Virtual Conference, the Azaela Coast Library Association Conference, and the Access Services Conference. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Access Services and has published a series of articles in that journal as well as several book chapters.

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