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Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy | [The Great Courses]

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.
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Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.

These lectures provide you with smart and savvy ways to find-and use-the most helpful online and print resources available today, including U.S. population censuses, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and the National Archives and Records Administration. You'll also learn tools of the trade for working with these and other sources, as well as countless tips for making your own research more useful.

You'll also discover how to write engaging historical narratives that can inform and entertain family members or general audiences. You'll explore seven steps for personalizing biographical facts; specific ways to construct and narrate the timeline of an ancestor from birth to death; four fundamental questions you need answers to before you start writing about your ancestors; and more.

So grab that old photograph, sit down with an elderly relative, comb through old records, and prepare to embark on a personal adventure that can dramatically reshape how you think about your past - and yourself.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses

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    S. Stickley California 03-13-15
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    "Loved it"

    I am very pleased with the course: taking notes on the bus ride to work, I finished in a week. I had dabbled a little in family research before listening to this course, I now feel very directed, clear on how to use resources that I had looked over before. I highly recommend this course.

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    Chris Cle Elum, WA, United States 01-16-15
    Chris Cle Elum, WA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining and Tip-Filled Geneaolgy Course"

    Loved this course. It was hard to imagine no matter how much experience you have had with family history that you would not come away from these lectures with new ideas for how to approach your unsolved family mysteries.

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    Would you listen to Discovering Your Roots again? Why?

    Yes, I am already listening for the second twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What a great way to learn about genealogy. I enjoyed the way the author applied his own family research into family stories.


    What does Professor John Philip Colletta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could tell the people Prof. Colletta spoke about were "family".


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    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-22-14
    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Interested in geneaology, history and writing

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    I have heard Dr. Colletta speak on several occasions and, as expected, he delivered insightful, informative and entertaining information for the beginning Geneologist or Family Historian. I hope that he follows this introductory session with a more advanced course.

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