One-Week Workshop: Map Your Family History With Google Earth

How amazing would it be to wander the streets of your ancestors’ hometown? See the old country of your immigrant forebears? View the precise plot of land your great-great-grandparents farmed? You can do all this and more without a bus or plane ticket—Google Earth allows you to explore your ancestors’ world from the comfort of home.

Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

Let Google Earth expert Lisa Louise Cooke be your guide to mastering the genealogy benefits of this free software in one short week. You’ll learn how to tap into Google Earth’s robust features to bring depth and a new perspective to your family history research, as well as create projects that enhance your genealogy with a “wow!” factor.

Besides learning the genealogical power of Google Earth through video sessions and step-by-step written lessons, you’ll work on your own Google Earth project to showcase your own family history. Lisa will be on hand during the workshop to answer questions and offer suggestions on your project—including two live Q&A/consultation sessions:

  • 11 am-3 pm EDT on Wednesday, 5/22
  • 7 pm-11 pm EDT on Thursday, 5/23

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to make the most of Lisa’s expertise! The author of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox and host of the Genealogy Gems podcast teaches extensively on Google Earth across the country. But for this workshop, you don’t even have to change out of your jammies!

As with all FTU courses, you make your own schedule, so you can log in and participate anytime that’s convenient to you! Do one lesson or video per day or cram it all in over a long weekend—you’ll be able to immediately apply what you’ve learned to your research.





May 17-24

The Google Earth workshop features two video classes and six step-by-step instructional lessons in PDF format. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in message board discussions with Lisa Louise Cooke and your fellow students over the course of the week, plus create your own Google Earth project to showcase your genealogical research.


  • Two video classes: Four Genealogy Projects With Google Earth and Best Websites for Finding Historical Maps
  • Five step-by-step lessons from the course Google Earth for Genealogists
  • Lesson on Locating Your Ancestral Town, highlighting numerous geography tools and websites, from the Finding Your Ancestral Village course
  • Consultations with Google Earth guru Lisa Louise Cooke—ask questions and get personalized feedback on your Google Earth projects
  • Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into the workshop all week—you can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones you missed
  • Make your own schedule: Because the classes are pre-recorded, you don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones you want—or choose between sessions you’re interested in
  • Message board discussions: Ask questions and share ideas to apply the research strategies you learn
  • Convenience: Log in anywhere you can connect to the internet, at whatever times work for you

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