'Beyond a Name and Date' - the Course that Will Uncover Hidden Details
If you're anything like me, you've spent countless hours pouring over old records and documents, piecing together the names and dates of your ancestors' lives. But at some point, you may have realized that there's so much more to discover about the people behind those names and dates. That's where the class "Beyond a Name and Date: Advanced Practices in Social History" comes in.
This course, led by the knowledgeable and experienced Gena Philibert-Ortega, delves into the world of social history and how it can enhance your genealogical research. Social history is all about examining the lives of ordinary people, and it covers a wide range of topics like marriage, family life, food, education, immigration, death, labor, and industry. By studying these aspects of the past, we can gain a deeper understanding of our ancestors' lives, challenges, and successes.
The beauty of social history is that it's readily available for genealogical research, but it requires a different approach than simply gathering names and dates. This course will teach you how to develop a unique perspective, so you can interpret historical events and contextualize your research. By looking through a social historian's lens, you'll gain a more profound understanding of the events and people that you're studying.
The course covers a range of topics, including new research skills, effective use of social history sources, and the importance of seeking historical context. You'll learn how to avoid making poor assumptions and errors, how to analyze evidence more precisely, and how to develop stronger proof arguments. And perhaps most importantly, you'll discover how to present your findings in a way that's not only informative but also exciting and engaging.
One of the highlights of the course is the opportunity to present a case study to the class. This project encourages students to use what they've learned in the course to understand their ancestors in a new and more meaningful way. While participation in presenting a case study is entirely voluntary, the feedback and additional sources provided by the course coordinator will undoubtedly prove invaluable to those who take part.
"Beyond a Name and Date: Advanced Practices in Social History" is an exceptional course that will take your genealogical research to the next level. Gena Philibert-Ortega is an expert in her field, and her passion for social history is evident in her teaching. If you're looking to gain a deeper understanding of your ancestors' lives and the world they lived in, then this course is an absolute must. Don't hesitate to enroll today!
Note: I was not asked to review the class and received nothing for the review. It is a wonderful course that I know will benefit others and simply wanted to tell you about it.