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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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Time Management for Genealogists: Make Time for Your Tree, Yourself and Your Sanity

Do you block off time to work on genealogy, only to reach the end of the day with a mere fraction of your goals accomplished? Do you feel pressured by a lack of time, lack of energy or lack of focus? Instead of letting time manage you, you need to learn the skills to manage time your way. In Time Management for Genealogists, you’ll discover how to eliminate time-wasters and boost your genealogical productivity. Learn more and sign up 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 →

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Source Documentation 101: How to Cite Genealogy Sources Accurately and Effectively

“There is no truth without proof.” Successful genealogists abide by this, and it will be your new motto after taking this course. Knowing how to accurately cite your sources helps you work smarter and faster, gives your research credibility and helps you bust down brick walls. This course, taught by Charlotte M. Bocage, will focus on the Evidence! style of citation, the one most commonly used by genealogists. Learn more and sign up for the class today! 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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New Courses for September

Thinking of going back to school? Family Tree University‘s September session begins Monday, Sept 13, and we’ve got three new courses for you. Read on for the whole course catalog! STRATEGIES New: Organize Your Genealogy: Get Your Research in Order (and Keep It That Way) 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. More courses: Mastering Google Search Reverse … Learn More →

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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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Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers: Research Strategies for Success

Conducting research on African-Americans ancestors is a challenging proposition and one must use all the available resources. Newspapers can provide a critical link to research success once the genealogist learns some important general knowledge along with a few essential skills. This course will equip you with key background information for newspaper research, expose myths pertaining to the use of white newspapers, give you the skill and confidence to seek out and utilize African-American newspapers, and furnish you with invaluable tips and strategies designed to optimize … Learn More →