Thanks for all the assistance - I achieved my stated goal, which was an excellent result.
I got frustrated during the course due to my inexperience in genealogy - I've been doing it for less than a year. The JG team were always there to help and encourage me and I'm grateful for that. Importantly I learned different skills to assist me in future research.
Great team. Thank you Nancy, Barbara and Team for staying with me.
Alisa – Independent Study
Filling out the First Post forced me to compile and summarize the mass of information I had found previously, identify specific things that I wanted to find out, and to decide on a focus for this class. Nancy was very patient in helping me identify my goal and objectives based on what I was really interested in finding out. Her most helpful suggestion turned out to be reaching out to two outside experts who have helped people in her classes. The class has helped open my eyes to all kinds of resources I was not aware of and that I can use for researching other parts of my family, including the Discussion Groups, the links to LDS microfilms, and the fantastic map website the guest instructor, Hap Ponedol, told us about.
Geoff - Brick Walls
[The first post and filing out the Data Board] prompted us to take a fresh look at all our existing records and related facts. -there were so many surprises-Jakab's embezzlement, Jozefa's early death, Jakab's second marriage, Mozes was a rabbi, many more. [The instructor] April was so responsive, by carefully considering every detail and providing substantive, actionable, productive suggestions for new places to look. She taught me many new skills that I will apply going forward.
Benedicte – Brick Walls
It was good to have all the information together in one post: Goal, Objectives, Family tree and most particularly Sources. I had neglected all of this and my information was all over the place at home. As for Sources, I should have done it all along, as I was unable to find some of the sources from which I got information a few months ago, which might turn out to be a problem as I am going to publish my research.
Evelyn - Basic 1: Exploring JewishGen
I like the workbook format … it is a good match with my experiential learning style. It is well organized. The step-by-step exercises are an opportunity apply the process to my own research. Many thanks, Nancy. This has been a valuable learning experience, as always.
Marilyn - Organize Your Data and Research Online
I thought the lessons were straight-forward and clear and you were there when I got stuck, You are teaching us how to use tools to find data that is often incomplete.
Barbara - Complex Research in the U.S.
Thank you Phyllis for all of your assistance and guidance…I have also learned a lot of new sources and methods for organization and documentation.
Louise - New York Genealogy
I thought the course was outstanding! This is my first online course and I like the format and the ability to interact with the instructor. Also, the text material is excellent and will be an extremely helpful resource for future research.
Alyson - Brick Walls
This class taught me the first steps in organizing my research. Nancy definitely provided resources that enlarged my range of research. It was absolutely a worthwhile experience.
Tracy - Research your Roots Using JewishGen
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your guidance in helping me get the information into this format. It's hard at first but I really like how it forces me to be more diligent, precise and makes me document and organize.
Marjorie - Home Study Beginners
This has been most helpful in the organizing my research.
Lia - Belarus Research
After running into some beginner's luck (or lack of), what this class left me was tools to research in a more effective way. In doing one of the assignments, I ran into a huge database, previously unknown to me, with which I was able to help over 50 families discover their roots. It was all right there, I just didn't know how to search. Thanks to Nancy we have 50 or so new genealogy enthusiasts. I can't wait to get started on the next course!