It’s your last chance to register for the next course with the Virtual Institute, “Discovering Southern Families Using Church Records and Related Publications,” taught by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. Registration will close this coming Friday night, and the course will begin Saturday morning, March 31, 2018, at 11am (EST).
Our ancestors may have been exemplary citizens or just average folk. However, their faith and participation in church and related religious organizations should help us understand the community where they lived, and how they functioned within that neighborhood.
By focusing on these religious records and manuscripts, we can discover the wonderful letters, diaries, memorials, and additional documents that tell the story of families across the South and more. Understand what was created, discover how and where to find these items for your research. Understand the religious fervor after the Great Awakening. Learn about additional periodicals and historical resources that can sharpen your focus. Case studies will paint a clearer picture.
Primary Focus: African Methodist Episcopal (AME); Baptist; Disciples of Christ, Christian, Church of Christ; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Cumberland Presbyterian; Episcopal; Judaism; Mennonites; Methodist (including CME); Moravian (Unitas Fratrum); Presbyterian; Roman Catholic; and Shaker (The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing).
The recording package for Mark’s first course with the Virtual Institute—“Preparing the Field: Understanding the Agricultural Records of Our Ancestors“—is also available for purchase in the Virtual Institute Store.
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark has published in APGQ, NGSQ, North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, SPEAK!, The Longhunter, and other society publications.
Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for “Research in the South” at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), teaches for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance). He has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives, Who Do You Think You Are?, and UnXplained Events.