Cluster and Collateral Research 101: 2017 (09/18 - 10/13)

Looking for new ways to search for your ancestors and add to your family tree? Collateral research focuses on indirect relatives such as siblings of great-grandparents, distant cousins, etc. and cluster research looks at those who don't share blood but may have lived nearby, such as neighbors and friends.


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There are times in which traditional methods of family research yield nothing but brick wall after brick wall. It's at this point that the genealogy strategy of cluster and collateral research comes into play. Based on the core principle that people lived and migrated in packs, this blueprint is designed to track down your ancestors laterally, through the people closest to them. Collateral research involves focusing your research on in-direct relatives such as siblings of great-grandparents, distant cousins, etc. Cluster research looks at those who don't share blood but may have lived near each other and migrated together, such as neighbors, in-laws, etc.
In this course, you'll get written lessons that will teach you:
  • How to get started with cluster and collateral research: who to look for, what constitutes a cluster or collateral relation
  • When to use cluster and collateral approaches
  • Which records are best for cluster and collateral research, including census, vital, church, newspapers, land transfers, wills. etc.
  • How to determine the names and relationships between relatives
  • How to organize and employ the information you extract from cluster and collateral research
  • How to find clusters beyond neighbors and coworkers that hold info about your ancestor

NEW edition to the syllabus: An hour-long recording of the Cluster Genealogy Crash Course webinar.

"Very good class! Gave me insight of other ways to look for family members!" - Rosetta W. 

Very good class! Gave me insight of other ways to look for family members!


About the Author

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a professional writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer. She is the author of nine books and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa serves as a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and a frequent instructor for Family Tree University, and blogs about her genealogical adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Started
1. Definitions
a. Collateral Research
b. Cluster Research
2. Benefits to Our Research
3. Personal Benefits of Your Finds
4. When to Use Cluster or Collateral Approaches
5. Research Process Review
a. Gather Known Information
b. Organize What You Know
c. Identify the Gaps in Your Knowledge
d. Formulate Research Questions
e. Research the Question and Record Findings
f. Analyze and Compare Findings
g. Draw Conclusions
h. Formulate New Research Questions
6. Most Valuable Sources
a. Credit Where Due
7. Do-It-Yourself Exercise
8. Keys to Success

Lesson 2: Determining Kinship
1. Determining Kinship
a. Example: Rose Krankota’s Parents
2. Searching Indexes and Original Records
3. Focus on Censuses and Church Records
4. Do-It-Yourself Exercise
5. Keys to Success

Lesson 3: Using What You Find on Collateral Relatives
1. Example 1: Boston Riser’s Residences
2. Separating Close Relatives from the Surname Pack
3. Another Example: The Johnsons
4. Summing Up
a. Where did an immigrant ancestor come from?
b. Who are a female ancestor’s parents?
c. What happened to my ancestor?
5. Do-It-Yourself Exercise
6. Keys to Success

Lesson 4: Migration Groups and Other Clusters
1. Migration Groups
a. Example 1: Is that the right Henry Ellis?
2. From Clan to Cluster
3. More About Clusters
a. Immigrant Chains
b. Community Clusters
c. Fellow Workers
4. How Can We Identify Clusters?
a. Example 2: Andrew O’Hotnicky, firefighter
b. Example 3: A Neighborhood Study
5. Think Big
6. Do-It-Yourself Exercise
7. Keys to Success

Lesson 4 also includes the video presentation of Cluster Genealogy Crash Course.

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SKU T9350SES7
Author/Speaker/Editor Lisa Alzo
Product Type Course
Skill Level Intermediate
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