Using Birth Records

Our 2-Week courses are designed to help beginning genealogists develop a solid foundation of research skills. While expert instructors are on hand to answer any questions, they play a far less active role than in our 4-week offerings. In this course, you’ll learn the basics on how to find, analyze and cite birth records for your US ancestors.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to find and analyze official birth certificates, including delayed, stillbirth and amended birth certificates
  • How to find other birth records when official birth certificates are unavailable
  • How to find and use birth indexes
  • How to cite birth records

Tuition:

$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

2 Weeks

Instructor:

Lisa Alzo

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates.


WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

  • Beginning genealogists looking to build basic skills
  • Researchers who need a little help in finding and using birth records

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in our 2-week series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you’ve  never done genealogical research before.

Outline

Lesson 1: Overview of Source Types and Vital Records Research
A. Types of evidence
I. Primary/Secondary
II. Original/Derivative
B. Citing Sources
C. Vital Records Overview
I. Requesting records
II. Records restrictions
D. Exercise

Lesson 2: Working With Official Birth Records
A. Official birth certificates
I. Finding a birth certificate
II. Examining birth certificates
III. Amended birth certificates
IV. Delayed birth certificates
V. Stillbirth certificates
B. Citing birth sources
C. Exercise

Lesson 3: Alternative Birth Records
A. Birth-related resources
B. Birth indexes
C. Citing alternative birth records
D. Exercise

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