Researching your genealogy

For many people, learning their family history is fascinating. In the past, researching your genealogy involved expensive trips to county courthouses, bureaus of vital statistics, libraries, and graveyards—often in towns different from the one where you lived. Now that work can be done much more easily from the comfort of your home and without any cost to you. This course will guide you through the process of learning about your family history and documenting it in ten simple lessons. While some of the information in this course can be used internationally, the bulk of the content is aimed at people located in the United States.

   1,007 students completed this course

   92% recommend it to other students

   Teacher: Alisa Miller


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92% of students recommend

“I have a clear understanding of what I need to do next in working on a family history. I wish I had taken this course years ago.”

“It was very interesting and it gave me amazing tips on how to start my family’s tree. Thank you!”

“I found this a great general intro on where and how to star. I’ve been stumbling around with how to approach it but now have an idea of resources to start with.”


Course plan

Lesson 1: Getting Started and Staying Organized
Lesson 2: Talking to Relatives
Lesson 3: Discovering Family Documents
Lesson 4: Overview of Online Genealogy Services
Lesson 5: Using the Library to Access Information
Lesson 6: Using US Censuses
Lesson 7: Using Grave Websites
Lesson 8: Accessing Military Records
Lesson 9: Using Vital Statistics Databases
Lesson 10: Using City Directories and Newspapers
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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