Course curriculum

    1. About Your Instructor: Gena Philibert-Ortega

    2. Course Access: November 21 - December 18, 2022

    3. Course Objectives and Outline

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Newspapers: Background and Types

    2. History

    3. Newspapers Communities: Introduction

    4. Geographic Communities

    5. African American Communities

    6. Ethnic and Foreign Language Communities

    7. Religious Communities

    8. Labor Communities

    9. Academic Communities

    10. Military Newspapers

    11. Special Interest Newspapers

    12. Key Points and Discussion

    13. Lesson 1 Quiz

    1. Introduction

    2. Basic Newspaper Design

    3. Vital Records Events in Newspapers: Obituaries

    4. Vital Records Events in Newspapers: Births

    5. Vital Records Events in Newspapers: Engagements and Marriages

    6. Vital Records Events in Newspapers: Divorces

    7. The Social and Local Column

    8. Women's Pages

    9. The Back of the Newspaper: Classifieds and Legal Notices

    10. Other Newsworthy Events

    11. What Will You Find?

    12. Key Points and Discussion

    13. Lesson 2 Quiz

    1. Finding Modern Newspapers

    2. Finding Historical Newspapers with the US Newspaper Directory

    3. Other Online Sources for Finding Historical Newspapers

    4. Finding Newspapers Off-line

    5. Newspapers on Microfilm

    6. Tips for Reading Microfilm

    7. Print / Bound Newspapers

    8. Published Newspaper Indexes

    9. Digital Newspapers Program

    10. Accessing Newspaper Databases

    11. Key Points and Discussion

    12. Self-Guided Exercise

    1. Searching Online Newspapers

    2. Advanced Search Techniques

    3. Searching for ...

    4. Search Multiple Newspapers

    5. Using Newspapers Online: Introduction

    6. Obituary Websites

    7. Google News Archive

    8. Chronicling America



    11.’s Historical Newspaper Collection

    12. Additional Online Newspaper Resources

    13. Key Points and Discussion

    14. Self-Guided Exercise

    1. Why Newspapers?

    2. Newspapers and Records

    3. Analyzing an Obituary

    4. Summarizing an Obituary

    5. Using Newspapers to Follow Up

    6. Using Newspapers for Historic Context

    7. Examples of Historic Context

    8. Newspapers and Social History

    9. Self-Guided Exercise

    10. Key Points and Discussion

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Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published online and in print. Her books include Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and From the Family Kitchen (F+W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives.

Gena Philibert-Ortega