Using Birth Records

Course Id: 2140-28
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 14 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 19      
Tuition: $39.99
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.

    •    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

Course 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