Genealogy: Learn to Climb the Branches of Your Family Tree

Learn how to conduct interviews, find fascinating documents, explore your ancestry, and share your findings!

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Genealogy: Learn to Climb the Branches of Your Family Tree


Have you ever wondered what fascinating stories hang from the branches of your family tree? This course can teach you how to start climbing. Through a mixture of engaging lectures, intriguing primary source documents, and a wide variety of anecdotes from my own path of discovery, you can expect to quickly learn the basics of genealogical research and to begin tracing your roots.

In Section 1, we will discuss how to set goals for your project, how to take stock of what you know, and how to conduct interviews. Section 2 will provide resources to help you maintain accurate and detailed records of your findings. Through Section 3, you will learn to locate and examine some of the most common sources of genealogical information, and how to begin using these to construct your own family history. In Section 4, we will discuss how to overcome some of the most common challenges that researchers may face in exploring their ancestry. And in Section 5, we conclude with advice for sharing your findings, and for passing on your work to future generations.

Researching your family history can be a life-changing experience, and one that I know you will not regret. Just don't be surprised if you find yourself on a journey that is never quite finished; you may very well end up encouraging others to do the same!

What You Will Learn!

  • Accurately trace ancestors and chart family trees
  • Gather family history information through interviews
  • Find and learn from an array of fascinating documents
  • Understand how to use important online resources
  • Begin conducting your own genealogical research

Who Should Attend!

  • This course is meant for anyone interested in the increasingly popular field of family history research. No experience is needed, other than a basic familiarity with computers and with Internet searches. This course is not intended for professional genealogists, but for amateurs, hobbyists, and students of history.



  • Genealogy






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