Become an Power User is like a KitchenAid mixer: you know it has the capacity to make pasta, grind meat and juice a grapefruit, but you mostly just use it to beat cake batter. You might conduct basic searches every day, but know little about the cool collections and databases available for browsing, exciting advanced search features, or the fun functions featured within family trees. This course is certain to expand your knowledge of the world’s largest online resource for family history, so sign up and dig in.


$99.99 ($89.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

4 Weeks


Lisa Alzo


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  • Essential and Advanced search strategies for
  • In-depth information on available records, including images, transcriptions, databases, catalogs and collections
  • Everything you need to know about family trees, such as how to create one, strategies for analyzing matches and making corrections, using trees of other members and adding additional content
  • How search, records and family trees can work in unison to make your research more efficient and effective
  • How to use with family tree





Lesson 1: Search Strategies
A. Genealogy primer – understand genealogy basics before you go online
I. Start with yourself and work backward
II. Avoid name gathering and focus on the right data and the stories
III. Don’t trust everything you see
B. Search basics
I. Records checklist
II. Advanced search
III. Collection priority
C. Filter by collection
I. Collections explained
II. Filters explained
D. Why searches fail
I. Record errors
II. Transcription errors
III. The record may not exist
IV. It’s not all online
E. Customize your homepage
F. Focused searches
I. Within a collection
II. Within a database
G. Tying it all together
I. Wildcards
II. Using different strategies for different results.
III. Making corrections

Lesson 2:’s Online Records
A. Introduction
B. Ancestry Card Catalog
I. Searching
II. Browsing
III. Filters
C. Special Collections
D. Titles by Geographic Area
I. State resources
II. Histories
E. Records
I. Images
II. Descriptions
III. Sources and citations
IV. Searching via browse

Lesson 3: Family Trees
A. Creating your own
I. Start typing
II. Uploading a GEDCOM
B. Manage your tree
I. Tree info
II. Privacy settings
III. Sharing
C. Hints: The Shaky Leaves
I. Best strategies
II. Analyze matches
III. Make corrections
D. Adding content
I. Search records
II. Correcting a hint
III. Accepting information
IV. Adding photos
E. Links

Lesson 4: Bringing it altogether
A. Collaborate
B. Member Connect
C. Message Boards
D. Ancestry World Archives Project
E. Your Profile and the Member Directory
F. The Learning Center
G. Research Guides and Forms
H. Shoebox
I. Mobile Devices
J. Quiz

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