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NGS Basics – Module 4

The fourth and final module is the longest module. It has a nice written assignment to get your creativity flowing. There is quite a bit about citations which surprised me because the next Prerequisite focuses exclusively on this. There are several quizzes and most are skill building which is the format that I prefer. The final quiz is a good overview of the course. I passed all of the quizzes after one or two attempts, but I will likely go back through the questions that I missed to see my errors.

All in all, it was a good basic introduction. I would recommend it to a beginner genealogist or for someone who has been collecting family history in a more haphazard way and wants to systematize their research. More advanced genealogists may find some good reminders and might enjoy the back to basics approach.

I’m planning on taking the citation course and the longer course when it is available and will post my thoughts.

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NGS Basics – Module 3

This section summarizes the basic types of sources. They use excellent examples which show the vast array of possibilities in genealogy research. They are doing an excellent job defining the limitations of Internet research.

No assignments for this module either so it is fairly easy to move through it. I did find myself going back through the pages and clicking on some of the links even after the quiz was completed.

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The information on a research plan was really great. The example used walked throughout the steps. Developing a research plan and maintaining focus are critical skills to learn as you begin to become a genealogist.

There were no assignments with this Module and I think there are some fairly easy assignments that could be drafted to help apply what they are reading. The quiz was simple, but highlighted common pitfalls that people make as they research. I worked through this module much quicker than the first.

On to Module 3.

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I just completed Module 1. As I predicted most of the information was a review for me and would be for an intermediate to advanced genealogist. The assignments were ungraded and basic, but a good chance to practice. They has kept a good balance by alluding to certain more complex topics like citation and source analysis while still making it accessible to beginner genealogists.

The final quiz involved questions about a person’s pedigree chart and family group sheet. It was more of a skill builder than a regurgitation of facts. I enjoyed the skill building aspect and it took me three tries to pass the quiz. I did, however, notice some differences in the example pdf charts and the example charts shown on the screen which would cause someone to answer some questions differently. There is no universal pedigree chart and genealogists choose the level of detail they want to incorporate. That being said, it was a bit frustrating in a quiz scenario where there is one right and wring answer.

I’m looking forward to Module 2 and I’m enjoying refreshing my basics skills.

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