Course Description

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and how to interpret the information you find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based websites, which you can access while enrolled in this class.

You will learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family's past. You will develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You will discover where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive!

Course Outline

  • Where Do I Begin?
  • What Do You Want to Learn?
  • Vital Records (Birth, Death, and Marriage)
  • Census Records
  • Why Can’t I Find My Ancestors?
  • How Computers Search
  • Potpourri
  • Military Records
  • Land Records
  • Immigration
  • Newspapers, Directories, Periodicals, and Wills
  • Genealogy Tools, Sources, and Software Reviews

Learner Outcomes

  • Learn to identify the techniques of gathering family information and explore interview styles,
  • Develop research timelines and learn to locate records,
  • Explore and analyze vital records and learn how to request copies for your research,
  • Discover resources available for researching military records,
  • Learn the research value of maps, deeds, and grants in genealogy,
  • Learn to use Will and Probate records as well as newspapers, city directories and periodicals.
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Section Title
Genealogy Basics
Online: Self Paced
Sep 11, 2024 to Oct 18, 2024
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $125.00
Section Notes

Instructor-Moderated 6-week online course. Final Exam due 11/1/24.

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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