The road to genealogy success is filled with potholes and detours. Between missing records and outside distractions, there are so many roadblocks that it’s a wonder we achieve anything at all! However, there is a solution to your research woes: Sign up for the 6 Ancestors in 6 Days Bootcamp.
Part family history challenge, part online course, you’ll love this week-long workshop. Filled with research tips and resources, it is designed to provide a shortcut past all of those frustrating detours.
How does it work? Each day, you’ll log in to the workshop to find a learning packet designed to tackle that day’s fact-finding mission. You choose the ancestor you want to research for that day and then get research tips that will help you achieve it. By the end of the week, you’ll have results for 6 ancestors. Along the way, you can ask questions and share your results in the discussion board.
Below, we’ve given you a sneak peek of each day’s challenge, plus a tip to get you ready for the workshop. Sign up now so you’ll be ready to go on November 12th!
Find Your Ancestor’s Vital Records
First, the key to finding your ancestor’s past means establishing when they lived. That means finding the correct birth date. But what happens if you can’t find a birth certificate? Evidence for a birth can be found in baptismal records, home sources, and death records. Find your ancestor’s vital records on day 1 using the research tips in the learning materials.
Find Your Ancestor in City Directories
City directories are the perfect complement to census records. While censuses only document your ancestor’s location every ten years, city directories are available for the between years. Find and track your ancestor’s address(es) on day 2 using the research techniques you’ll learn.
Find Your Ancestor’s Immigration Date
Passenger arrivals lists became mandatory in 1820, but here’s a fun fact: If your ancestor came through the Port of Philadelphia between 1800 and 1820, there just might be a record! If you can’t find a passenger record, even armed with the resources detailed in day 3, don’t give up! There are other ways of pinpointing your ancestor’s immigration date.
Find Your Ancestor’s Draft Records
On day 4, you’ll research your ancestor’s occupational and military records. Did you know that even men who didn’t serve in the military may have had a draft card? Most men had to register to comply with conscription acts for the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. And since draft cards list an occupation, you can kill two birds with one stone in your research for the day.
Find Your Newsworthy Ancestors
Local newspapers were our ancestors’ Facebook. That means you can fill in a lot of details that aren’t relevant to other records. If your ancestor was part of a social or church group, they may be found in lists of attendees at a charity function or even at a party. Big anniversaries, retirements, and major birthdays were also newsworthy items. Find your newsworthy ancestor on day 5 with the research planner.
Find Your Ancestor’s Tax Records
You can use tax records to research your ancestors. Even better, tax records are available for a much longer span of time than many other record types, predating birth, death, marriage, and other civil records. Find your ancestor’s tax records in day 6 of the workshop.
Once you reach the final day of the workshop, you’ll have a chance to catch up with any missing research. Plus, you’ll get tips for organizing the information you’ve dug up, complete with a review of source citations.
Don’t miss out on this challenge. Register today for the workshop!