Discovering Your Roots : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor John Philip Colletta
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.
These lectures provide you with smart and savvy ways to find-and use-the most helpful online and print resources available today, including U.S. population censuses, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and the National Archives and Records Administration. You'll also learn tools of the trade for working with these and other sources, as well as countless tips for making your own research more useful.
You'll also discover how to write engaging historical narratives that can inform and entertain family members or general audiences. You'll explore seven steps for personalizing biographical facts; specific ways to construct and narrate the timeline of an ancestor from birth to death; four fundamental questions you need answers to before you start writing about your ancestors; and more.
So grab that old photograph, sit down with an elderly relative, comb through old records, and prepare to embark on a personal adventure that can dramatically reshape how you think about your past - and yourself.


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Customer Reviews

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Colletta's At The Top of His Game!

I have been busily working on my family tree for several years now, but after listening to this audio-book, I realized just how much information I have yet to tap. It was very encouraging to me as I have learned much from Professor Colletta's book. At first I was fretting, as he seemed to cover a great deal of new information rapidly, and I wasn't able to take notes as I was listening. Then, I looked closer at the book description and saw that this book comes with a pdf. Hallelujah and much thanks to Audible for including a much needed addition to the book. (Quite often, this is NOT included in The Great Courses books.)

The Professor has a great deal of enthusiasm for his subject and does a fine job of narrating his book. If you are doing your family tree or getting ready to begin, this is a great introduction to where to begin or where to go further in your research. It seems, the possibilities are almost endless!

Highly recommended!
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- Kathy

Loved it

I am very pleased with the course: taking notes on the bus ride to work, I finished in a week. I had dabbled a little in family research before listening to this course, I now feel very directed, clear on how to use resources that I had looked over before. I highly recommend this course.
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- S. Stickley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses