Irish Research 201: Using Irish Genealogical Records

This course is designed for researchers who want to dig deeper to find their Irish roots. You’ll learn about resources and techniques unique to research in Ireland, and find out what tools are available to build an effective research plan using Irish genealogical records. These four lessons, designed to allow you to collaborate with other students, will help you flesh out much more about your ancestors’ lives prior to leaving the Emerald Isle. Praise For This Course:  I’ve taken several courses through Family Tree University, … Learn More →


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 →


German Genealogy 201: Strategies and Skillbuilding

Building on our course Find Your German Roots: From America to Deutschland, this class focuses on skills German researchers need to dig deeper into their families’ pasts. You’ll learn tricks for reading German script and type, what the Family History Library system can contribute to your research, and how to track down German ancestors who lived outside of today’s Germany. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN How to transcribe and translate German records Which map tools are most important and how to use them Where and how to … Learn More →


Research in Foreign Records: How to Find Your Family Across the Pond

After you’ve identified the immigrant in your family tree and pinpointed the place your family came from, you’re ready to begin exploring resources in the country. The third course in our immigrant research series walks you through the steps to successfully cross the pond and find your family in foreign records. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN How to set yourself up for success and identify available records Ways to access records from countries all over the world—without traveling there Tips for writing to overseas archives and record … Learn More →


Finding Your Ancestral Village: Strategies and Tools to Pinpoint Your Family’s Place of Origin

Most genealogists hope to “cross the pond” as quickly as possible—but to do that, you need to know the name of the town or village where your ancestor lived. This course will teach you how identify your ancestor’s place of origin, show you the key tools you need to do so and give you an overview of the factors that likely influenced an immigrant’s decision to leave home. Each of the four lessons includes an assignment designed to help you progress in tracking the ancestral … Learn More →


German Genealogy 101: From America to Deutschland

Genealogists with German roots have a wealth of resources and a wide support network to help them discover their past. Germans have been meticulous record-keepers throughout their long history — beginning with the mostly tiny, independent German states that sprung up during the Middle Ages and continuing beyond their 1871 unification. To successfully trace your ancestors in the old country, you’ll need an understanding of Germany’s history, its records and your family’s path to America. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN History of German immigration How to decipher … Learn More →

First Steps

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 →


Tracing Immigrants: How to Research Your Family’s American Arrivals

Many people get interested in genealogy because they want to learn more about where their family came from—specifically, to find out which ancestors came over from the “old country” and when. This course will teach you how to identify an immigrant ancestor in your family tree. You’ll learn how to pinpoint when and where he or she left and locate records documenting his or her immigration. Each of the four lessons includes an assignment designed to help you progress in your research of an immigrant … Learn More →