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COMPUTERS & GENEALOGY
10 week course
1 Evening Each Week
6:00pm - 8:00pm
taught by Alan Jones

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Week 1 Introduction
   
  Walk through course syllabus
     Introduce instructor
     Outline the few logical rules for the class
             - please sign in
             - bring genealogy with you
     Introduce the class
        Determine experience level of class - so
               we can focus on what we need .
        What genealogy software do we use?
        Who has used Family History Center computers?
        Who is on the Internet?
     Introduce the Family History Center (FHC)
        Sign-in to allow for better planning and budgeting
        Fees for copies, films, and fiches
               - none for computer use
        Brief look at LDS role in genealogy
               ("Familys Are Forever")
        Will cover FHC programs: 
               Ancestral File,
               IGI,
               Military Index,
               Soc. Sec. Death Index,
               Scottish Church Records,
               Mayflower descendants,
               Family History Library Catalog

The Computer
      What are the parts, terms & capabilities?       
                    (modems,CDroms,etc.)
      What kind of computers should one buy?
                    (minimum requirements)
      Should your coputer be upgraded? Is it worth it?
      Discussion on general computer use and costs.

Week 2 Personal genealogy software:
     Demonstrate features of Personal Ancestry File (PAF)
            Enter data
            Make changes
            Searches
            Printing, Reports, Blank Forms, etc.
            GEDCOM files Import / Export
      Compare other available softwares (FTM, AQ, etc.)
             Sources of software for free or purchase

Points To Remember:
     Include the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY

    

Week 3 Demonstrate Family Search softwares:

  Ancestry File     (pedigrees, family groups)
  International Genealogical Index
                               (births/christenings,marriages)
  Social Security Death Index (deaths after 1962)

Possibly some hands-on practise in the FHC

Week 4 Demonstrate Family Search softwares:

          Military Index (currently only Korea & Vietnam Wars)
          Scottish Church Records (from 1500s to 1854)
          Mayflower Descendants
                    (crew & passengers and their descendents)
          Family History Library Catalog
                    (index of everything in Salt Lake)

Possibly some hands-on practise in the FHC

Week 5 Introduction to the Internet
   
     History of the Internet
        Parts of the Internet are Aarpnet, Http, Ftp,
                   Surenet, Telnet, the WEB, etc.)
        Getting On-line
/ Accessing the Internet
        Internet Service Providers (ISPs) examples:
                    AOL, Prodigy, IDT, ATT, etc.
        Browsers include  MS Internet Explorer,
                    Netscape, AOL's, etc.
        Email MS Mail, MS Exchange, OutLook
                   Express,Galaxy, etc.
Week 6 INTERNET  as a tool box
        E-Mail
                  Uses, benefits, costs, safety, etc.
        Newsgroups & BBSes
                  Uses, benefits, costs, safety, etc.
                  By area, location, country, state, county, town
                  By surname, nationality, race, military service

Points To Remember:
        NETiquette - capitalization is shouting, no flaming, etc.
        Confidentiality & Safety
        Signature Files

Week 7 INTERNET as a tool box
         Internet Pages (ftp & http)
                Uses, benefits, costs, safety, etc.
                By area, location, country, state, county, town
                By surname, nationality, race, military service
                By organizations, religions, schools, railroad,
                             prisons, Masons, etc.
          Sites for Beginners ( Newbies )
                 Reading, classes, etc.
Points To Remember:
         Copyright laws
         Virtual Classes on the Internet
         Question source accuracy
Week 8 INTERNET as a tool box
         Put Your Family Tree On the Internet
                 Costs, Page Editors, Display methods,
                 Uploading/Downloading, GedComs,
                 Page guidelines & limits, Speed of access,
                 Size, Features, scanning pictures, etc.
Week 9 MAKE UP MISSED TOPICS  &  Practice In The FHC
Week 10 MAKE UP MISSED TOPICS  &  Practice In The FHC