Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor & Introduce Yourself

    2. Course Outline

    3. Course Access: August 29 - September 25, 2022

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. What is a Source?

    2. Why Does Source Type Matter?

    3. What is IN the Source?

    4. Evaluating the Source

    5. Lesson 1 Quiz

    6. Skill-Building Exercise

    7. Individual Source Analysis Discussion

    1. Vital Records Overview

    2. Birth Records

    3. Marriage Records

    4. Death Records

    5. Other Record Types

    6. Fact or Fiction? Source Analysis Case Studies

    7. Lesson 2 Quiz

    8. Skill-Building Exercise

    9. Discuss: Record Analysis

    1. Start Analyzing Evidence

    2. Extracting Evidence

    3. Organize What You’ve Learned: Timelines, Maps and Narratives

    4. Do I Have Sufficient Evidence?

    5. Using Indirect Evidence

    6. Lesson 3 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise

    8. Discuss Analysis Methods

    1. Resolve the Conflicts

    2. Fill in the Gaps

    3. More Tools to Further Your Research

    4. Lesson 4 Quiz

    5. Skill-Building Exercise

    6. Discuss Conflict Resolutions and Filling in the Gaps

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About this course

  • $99.99
  • 39 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content


Shamele Jordon is a professional genealogist, producer, writer, and lecturer. Her biographical highlights include: award winning TV producer of Genealogy Quick Start; 2018 Best Independent Producer, Instructional/Training, presented by Alliance for Community Media; 2017 Learning Award Cammy presented by PhillyCAM, Philadelphia's public access station; 2019 Lawnside Education Foundation honoree; researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives I and II; NJ State Library grant recipient, researching Civil War Burials in Lawnside, NJ; board member and faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Athens, Ga, former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Shamele Jordon



  • Course

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  • Instructor

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  • Access

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  • Materials

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