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ENRICH-0031 – Hist/Sci: Genealogy & Geography (ENRICH-0031_GENE)

Genealogy & Geography: What Is Your Family Story?

Genealogy has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, but your family story cannot be told without also studying geography. For example: What regional factors influenced an ancestor’s decision to migrate? How does place affect the success of your search and what does it convey about your family story? Guided by Erika Trigoso, teaching assistant professor of Geography, develop the research skills necessary for tracing your family’s history utilizing online tools and aided by class assignments. Each session meets in a computer lab and begins with a 30-minute lecture/discussion followed by active hands-on research of U.S. genealogy databases. Consider the makeup of people in the U.S. (The largest ethnic group in America is actually German-American.) Discuss and understand the importance of diverse factors integral to researching genealogy including geography, religion, economy, politics and social processes that influenced the migration choices of ancestors. Learn how to research a variety of primary and secondary sources, such as migration and census records. Once you’ve uncovered key (and hopefully exciting) information, explore topics such as ethnic chain migration and great historical events in migration history. How did your family make its way here? Come away with a solid beginning to your own unique family story and the skills to continue your research. Required: Basic computer skills using a mouse and opening/closing pc browser windows; a one-month subscription ($19.99) to ancestry.com (following a two-week free trial). Class size is limited.

Four sessions
Thur., 6:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2017
Location: Room 125, Boettcher Center West, DU campus


Erika N. Trigoso is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment. Her research interests include vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, geographic information science and Latin America.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 5Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175

Sessions

Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday14th September 20175th October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMN/AErika Trigoso Rubio