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Tips for Researching Idaho History

Tips for Researching Idaho History

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Published by: CAP History Library on Nov 11, 2011
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Whether investigating a topic out of personal curiosity or for a school history project,Idaho’s past makes for fascinating research. To this end, the following is intended toact as a guide to assist researchers in finding topics and accessing information withinthe state. The guide includes general how-to’s and where-to’s, as well as acomprehensive guide for 4
– 12
grade students wishing to participate in the NationalHistory Day program.Special thanks to the Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho Historical Museum, NationalHistory Day, the Idaho Humanities Council, Acuity Marketing and “Communications, andHistory Day students and teachers for their input on this project.
Resource Sites for Community and Family History Projects 3Researching Community History 4Researching Family History 8Interviewing for Family History 9Steps in Working with Family Histories 10General Research Project Ideas 12Idaho-Specific Topics 18 Accessing Legal Documents 21Researching the Idaho State Archives 23 Archival Research Tools & the Information They Can Provide 24Museums in Idaho 27Researching for the National History Day Program 29What is History Day? 30Why Participate? 30Tips for Effective History Day Presentations 31Creating an Entry 32Narrowing Down an Area of Interest 33Topic Selection Worksheet 34Research Sources: Secondary Source Materials 35Research Sources: Primary Source Materials 37Creating an Exhibit 39Creating a Documentary 41Creating a Web Site 43Creating a Historical Paper 45Creating a Performance 48 Annotated Bibliography How-To’s 49Title Page & Process Paper How-To’s 50How an Entry is Judged 52Contest FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) 54Future Themes for NHD 57
(Revised May, 2008)
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 ARCHAEOLOGY artifacts, site plans, foundations, etc. ARCHITECTURE houses, churches public buildings, businesses, ruins, sites, etc.BUSINESSES business records, employee informationCEMETARIES stone cutters, names and dates, inscriptions, burial practices, etc.CHURCHES membership rolls, minutes, architecture, baptismal recordsCLUBS membership rolls, official histories, financial recordsCOURTHOUSES birth records, death records, tax rolls, census records, courtProceedingsFAMILIES albums, diaries, journals, letters, genealogiesFOLKCRAFTS quilting, spinning, soap making, food specialties, toy makingHOSPITALS medical recordsLIBRARIES census records, reference works, newspapers, mapsSTATE LIBRARIES government records, letters, newspapers, census records,& ARCHIVES diaries, photos, etc.MAPS geological survey maps, soil & conservation maps, insurance mapsMUSEUMS exhibits, special collections, reference roomsNEWSPAPERS advertisements, news, photographs, editorials, political cartoonsPEOPLE oral history, traditionsPRINTED WORKS old books, magazinesSCHOOLS yearbooks, attendance records, grades, student papers, boardminutes VISUAL MATERIALS scrapbooks, photographs, lithographs, art, sculptureMISC. RECORDS military records, insurance records, fire records, police records

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