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Newspaper Research 101: Find Your Ancestors in American News Sources

Newspapers are essentially a time capsule for your ancestors. Papers can provide clues to major and minor events in your ancestor’s life through obituaries, social columns, birth announcements and other news stories. In this class you’ll learn how to find and use newspaper archives—online, on paper and on microfilm—to put together missing pieces of your genealogical research. Learn More →

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Immigration Master Class: How to Find Immigrants, Ancestral Villages and Foreign Records

Want to kick-start your research of your immigrant ancestors? The Immigration Master Class is an eight-week intensive of the following classes, giving you three courses for the price of two. Instructor and genealogy expert Lisa A. Alzo will take you on a journey to trace the immigrants in your family back to their ancestral villages and help you pinpoint important US records to locate. Learn more Learn More →

Death Records 101: Find What Your Ancestors Left Behind

Ben Franklin said the only things certain in life were death and taxes—genealogists can add paperwork to that list. When our ancestors passed, many records were created in their wake. This course will explore death records and related sources, including wills, obituaries, funeral home records, burial permits and coroner reports. COURSE BEGINS: View upcoming course schedule for dates COURSE LENGTH: 4 weeks TUITION: $99.99 ($89.99 for VIP) INSTRUCTOR: Diana Crisman Smith (Bio) Praise for this Class “I learned a lot of new techniques and actually … Learn More →

Cemetery Records 101

Doing Cemetery Research

You know you’ve been bitten by the genealogy bug when cemeteries cease to be creepy and turn into a place you can spend hours. Cemetery Research 101 will get you excited about exploring the final resting places of your ancestors and give you the knowledge you need to read tombstones, decipher plot maps and keep your research organized.
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Organize Your Genealogy: Get Your Research in Order (and Keep It That Way)

A successful genealogist often ends up with an embarrassment of riches: too much information in too many places. Whether you work on paper or do everything online, getting your research organized is essential to keeping track of ancestors and making sure you know where to put new ones in your family tree. This course will rescue you from unhelpful habits and get your workspace—virtual or physical—tidy again. Learn More →

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Discover Your Family Tree: Genealogy for the Absolute Beginner

When you’re a family history newbie, the prospect of diving into your roots research can seem overwhelming. This course will start you on the fun and rewarding journey of discovering your roots. Learn how to begin, where to look for information to extend your family tree, what to do with what you find and how to put it all together. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN How to fill out a family tree chart How to record and organize information Where to find information to extend your family … Learn More →

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First Steps: Using Census Records

Our new First Steps series of courses is designed to help beginning genealogists develop a solid foundation of research skills. In this course, you’ll learn the basics on how to find, analyze and cite census records for your US ancestors. The census contains a wealth of information for US genealogists and is the cornerstone of a sound family history. In the census you can learn about families, education, wealth and even how long a marriage lasted or the number of children a woman bore. We’ll … Learn More →