Levan Institute, Bakersfield College
Genealogy & Family History Research (GEN01.1.F18)
(Thursdays, September 6, 13, 27, 2018 and October 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.)

  1. Research Assessment & Planning
  2. Principles of Family History Research
  3. For Further Reading

Presentations in Development

Hunting Heritage: Clues from 19th Century “Brag Books” and the FAN Principle
Negative findings in standard sources require a creative approach. A 19th century “brag book” and FAN principle search strategies provided clues to discover relationships and move research to the next level.

Hunting Heritage: Following the Wrong Trail
Evaluation of information and careful analysis of evidence are critical elements of establishing proof. “Grabbing” data from online family trees often leads down a wrong path or to a dead end.

Hunting Heritage: The Thrill of the Chase
We begin the hunt for heritage with little knowledge of our family’s history. Stalking illusive ancestors, we encounter thrills and disappointments at every corner. Aimed at the beginning family historian, this presentation encourages a spirit of adventure by sharing examples of the hunt’s rewards.

Preserving Your Heritage: Writing Family History
Family history is more than filling in names, dates, and places on pedigree charts. Knowing your ancestors and understanding the lives they lived is essential to knowing who you are. Writing family history is a journey to uncover heritage and to shape obscure shards of history into a living legacy.

Sharing Your Heritage: Blogging Family History
Writing a blog is an excellent way to share enthusiasm about family history discoveries. Blogging can overcome perceived indifference to your passion for the hunt. A variety of blogging platforms, presented with examples, highlight blogs that present family history in creative and innovative ways.

Solving Research Problems: The Research Report
Writing is the best way to clarify thinking, to identify gaps, and to solve problems. The research report is the best tool for recording research results. A well-written research report records what was searched and found and avoids repeating searches.

Scheduled Presentations

Recent Presentations

  • Writers of Kern Annual Spring Conference, “The Fabric of Human History: You as Primary Source.” Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Dr., Bakersfield