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About the Course Catalog


Welcome to the Course Catalog for The Family History Guide. There are full-length classes—60 minutes each—and mini-classes, which range from 15 to 30 minutes each, designed for quick instruction. For each class, links are provided to the starting Goals for the class.

Class length may vary, depending on the pacing you use and whether you include additional lab or hands-on time at the end of a course. You can use the Project Tracker sheets to plan the timing details or see Instructor Tips.

You can also create custom classes by combining two or more mini-classes of your choosing.


Course Catalog


Beginning Classes

Beginning Family History—Get a great start with family history, including the option of learning computer basics. Also learn about family history concepts and how to find and organize your own records.

Goals in this class: Intro to Family History—Introduction section;   Computer Basics (optional)—Introduction section;
Gather Memories—Project 2, Goal 1;  Navigate Family Tree—Project 1, Goal 1



Family Tree Classes—Project 1

Family Tree Navigation—Get comfortable with navigating your family tree in FamilySearch, including viewing details for your ancestors and finding ancestors quickly in your tree.

Goals in this class:   1: Navigation;  2: Life Details;  3: Children and Spouses;   4: Find and Go To

Using Family Tree—Explore alternate views in your tree (fan chart, portrait, descendancy), as well as updating information and adding new ancestors to your tree. Also learn how to add sources to your family tree to verify your information.

Goals in this class:   5: Alternate Views;  6: Changing Information;  7: Adding Ancestors;   8: Adding Sources

Mini-Classes
Getting Started with Navigation—Goal 1—15:00
Viewing Ancestors in Landscape View—Goals 2-4—30:00
Alternate Views: Fan, Portrait, Descendancy—Goal 5—20:00
Adding and Changing Information in FS—Goals 6-7—20:00
Sourcing—Goal 8—30:00
Using Find-a-Record—Goal 9—20:00
Notes and Discussions—Goal 10—15:00
Merging—Goal 11—30:00


Memories Classes—Project 2

Making Memories—Gather your memories, organizing the photos and documents that you will upload to FamilySearch. Also learn skills for interviewing living relatives to add their memories to yours.

Goals in this class:  1: Gathering Memories;  2: Browsing Memories;   3: Organizing Photos and Documents;  4: Interviewing Relatives

Uploading Memories—Learn how to tag and upload digital photos to FamilySearch so they can be shared with others. Also upload digital documents and stories about ancestors.

Goals in this class:  5: Preparing Photos and Docs for Upload;   6: Adding and Tagging Photos;  7: Adding Documents;  8: Adding Stories

Mini-Classes
Interviewing Tips—Goal 4—20:00
Uploading Photos to Memories—Goals 5-6 - 30:00
Uploading Other Files to Memories—Goals 7-8—20:00
Writing a Life Story—Goal 9—20:00


Descendancy Classes—Project 3

Descendancy Research—Learn how to trace descendants of your ancestors from several generations back. Get familiar with useful tools that help you visualize your descendant family lines, as well as finding your relationships to famous figures in history.

Goals in this class:  1: Identifying Descendant Lines;  2: Using Descendancy Sourcing Tools;  3: Using Puzzilla.org;  4: Using Relative Finder

Mini-Classes
Identifying Descendancy Lines—Goal 1—20:00
Using Puzzilla.org—Goal 3—30:00
Using Relative Finder—Goal 4—15:00


Research Classes—Project 4

Starting Your Research—Learn the keys to getting started with your own family history research. This includes organizing your research materials, finding research strategies that work for you, and solving problems so you can extend and improve your research.

Goals in this class:  1: Getting Organized for Research;  3: Forming a Strategy;  5: Solving Problems

Search Techniques—Learn how to search for records online, including Google searches, and how to find the information you need in the records you browse. Also get an introduction to using catalogs, books, and periodicals in libraries to expand your family history reach.

Goals in this class:  4: Searching Records;  6: Using Catalogs, Books, and Periodicals

Mini-Classes
Identifying Ancestors to Research—Goal 2—20:00
Forming a Research Strategy—Goal 3—30:00
Searching Records, Part 1—Goal 4, Choices A-C—20:00
Searching Records, Part 2—Goal 4, Choices D-F—30:00
Research Techniques, Part 1—Goal 5, Choices A-C—30:00
Research Techniques, Part 2—Goal 5, Choices D-F—30:00
Using Catalogs—Goal 6, Choices A-B—15:00
Using Books and Periodicals—Goal 6, Choices C-E—20:00
Taking a Family History Trip—Goal 7—30:00


Indexing Classes—Project 5

Indexing—Get started with creating index entries for record batches, to help others research more effectively. Also learn to set indexing goals and continuously improve your indexing skills.

Goals in this class:  1: Learning about Indexing;  2: Getting Started with Indexing;  3: Setting Indexing Goals;  4: Improving Basic Indexing Skills



Collaboration Class—Project 6

Collaborating on Family History—Find out where you can get your family history questions answered, and how to take advantage of online genealogy groups. Also discover ways you can collaborate with others on your research or help others with theirs.

Goals in this class:   1: Get help with your Genealogy;   2: Join Facebook Groups and Genealogy Societies;  3: Help Others with their Family Trees


Technology Classes—Project 7

Genealogy Software—Get introduced to several types of genealogy databases to see what fits your needs. Also learn how to create and upload a sample family tree to get started.

Goals in this class:  4: Choosing Database Software;  5: Creating and Uploading a Family Tree

Social Media—Find an assortment of webinars and podcasts to help you grow in family history skills, and explore social media resources for genealogy, such as YouTube, Google, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

Goals in this class:   1: Podcasts and Webinars;  3: Using Social Media


DNA Classes—Project 8

Genetics and Testing—Get an introduction to the science of genetics and how it forms the basis for DNA research for family history. Also learn how DNA tests are conducted and how you can find a take one yourself.

Goals in this class:  1: Basic Genetics and DNA Research;  2: About DNA Testing;  3: Selecting and Taking a DNA Test

Matching and Ethnicity—Learn about finding others who have taken DNA tests and may be close matches to your ancestry. Discover your ethnic percentages revealed from your DNA testing.

Goals in this class:  4: DNA Matching;   5: DNA Ethnicity Results



U.S. Research Classes—Project 9: United States

Introduction to U.S. Research—Learn about the basic types of U.S. records and how to use location, geography, and timelines as cornerstones of your research efforts. Also learn the basics of conducting state-by-state U.S. research.

Goals in this class:  A1: U.S. Records;  A2: Location and Geography;  A3: U.S. Research by State

Mini-Classes
Introduction to U.S. Records—Goal A1—20:00
Using Maps and Gazetteers—Goal A2, Choices A-C—30:00
City Directories and Timelines—Goal A2, Choices D-E—30:00
Introduction to State Research—Goal A3—15:00

U.S. Vital Records—Learn about the various types of vital records (birth, marriage, and death), where to find them, and how to use them for research.

Goals in this class:  B1: Understanding Vital Records;  B2: Exploring Birth Records;  B4: Exploring Marriage Records;  B5: Exploring Death Records and Obituaries

Mini-Classes
Introduction to Vital Records—Goal B1—15:00
Explore Birth Records—Goal B2—20:00
Explore Adoption Records—Goal B3—15:00
Explore Marriage Records—Goal B4—20:00
Explore Death Records & Obits—Goal B5—30:00
Explore Cemetery Records & Tombstones—Goal B6—20:00

U.S. Census Records—Get an introduction to U.S. Census records and how to read them effectively for your research. Also explore census records from 1940 back to 1790 and learn what to expect from the records in each decade.

Goals in this class:  C1: Introduction to Census Records;  C2: Census Records by Decade

Mini-Classes
Introduction to Census Records—Goal C1—30:00
Explore the U.S. Census by Decades—Goal C2—30:00


Immigrant Ancestors —Learn the skills you need to trace your immigrant ancestors. You'll explore immigration and naturalization records, passenger lists, and more.

Goals in this class:  D1: U.S. Immigration Records;   D2: Naturalization Records and Passenger Lists;   D3: Other Immigration Resources;  

Mini-Classes
Finding Immigrant Ancestors—Goal D1—30:00
Naturalization & Passenger Lists—Goal D2—30:00

U.S. Military Records—Find records that help you trace your ancestors in the U.S. military. Explore military records in each major conflict, such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and both World Wars.

Goals in this class:   E1: U.S. Military Records;  E2: Military Records by Conflict

Mini-Classes
Introduction to U.S. Military Records—Goal E1—20:00
Revolutionary and Civil War Records—Goal E2, Choices A-B—30:00
World War I and II Records—Goal E2, Choices C-D—30:00

Other U.S. Records—Learn about a variety of helpful records for research, including church and religious records, land and property records, court records, and newspapers. Also explore resourcers in archives and libraries.

F1. Church Records;  F2. Property Records;  F3. Court Records;  F4. Newspapers;   F5. Archives and Libraries

Mini-Classes
Church and Religious Records—Goal F1, Choices A-B—20:00
Pioneer and Migration Records—Goal F1, Choice C—15:00
Land Records—Goal F2, Choice A—15:00
Probate Records and Wills—Goal F2, Choice B—20:00
Court Records—Goal F3—15:00
Using Newspapers for Research—Goal F4—20:00
Exploring Archives and Libraries—Goal F5—20:00



British Isles Research Classes—Project 9

English Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in England.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   2: Vital Records ;   3: Civil Registration ;   4: Census ;   13: Search Records 14: Get Help

England Research, Part 2—Continue your research in England.

Goals in this class:   5: Probate Records;   6: Churches and Cemeteries;   7: Emigration ;   8: Archives and Libraries;   12: Websites

Irish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Ireland.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;  3: Civil and Vital Records ;   4: Census ;   12: Search Records ;
13: Get Help

Irish Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Ireland.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;   5: Churches and Cemeteries ;   6: Emigration ;   8: Land, Property, Probate ;
11: Websites

Scottish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Scotland.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   3: Civil and Census ;  11: Search Records ;   12: Get Help

Scottish Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Scotland.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;   4: Churches and Cemeteries ;   5: Emigration ;   7: Probate and Wills ; 10: Websites


European Research Classes—Project 9

Dutch Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in the Netherlands.

Goals in this class:   1: Learning;   3: Census ;   4: Civil and Vital ;   11: Search Records ;   12: Get Help

Dutch Research, Part 2—Continue your research in the Netherlands.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;  5: Churches and Cemeteries ;  6: Emigration ;  10: Websites

French Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in France.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   3: Civil Registration ;   10: Search Records ;   11: Get Help

French Research, Part 2—Continue your research in France.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;  4: Cemeteries ;  5: Emigration ;  9: Websites

German Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Germany.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;  4: Civil Registration ;  10: Search Records ;  11: Get Help

German Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Germany.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;  3: Churches and Cemeteries ;  5: Emigration ;  9: Websites

Italian Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Italy.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;  3: Civil and Vital ;  10: Search Records ;  11: Get Help

Italian Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Germany.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;  4: Churches and Cemeteries ;  5: Emigration ;  9: Websites


Scandinavian Research Classes—Project 9

Danish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Denmark.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   2: Census ;   4: Arkivalieronline ;   12: Search Records ;   13: Get Help

Danish Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Denmark.

Goals in this class:   3: Churches and Cemeteries;   5: Emigration ;   7: Archives and Libraries ;   10: Probate Records ;   11: Websites

Finnish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Finland.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   3: Census ;   9: Search Records ;   10: Get Help

Finnish Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Finland.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;   4: Churches and Cemeteries ;   5: Emigration ;   8: Websites

Norwegian Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Norway.

Goals in this class:   1: Learning;   3: Census ;   12: Search Records ;   13: Get Help

Norwegian Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Norway.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;   4: Churches and Cemeteries ;   5: Emigration ;   11: Websites

Swedish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Sweden.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;  2: Vital Records ;  11: Search Records ;  12: Get Help

Swedish Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Sweden.

Goals in this class:   3: Archives and Libraries;  6: Emigration ;  7: Probate Records ;  10: Websites


Other International Research Classes—Project 9

Australian Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Australia.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;  3: Census ;  10: Search Records ;  11: Get Help

Australian Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Australia.

Goals in this class:   2: Archives and Libraries;  4: Cemeteries ;  6: Probate Records ;  9: Websites

Canadian Research, Beginning—Get started with your Canada in Canada.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   2: Vital Records ;   3: Census ;   13: Search Records ;   14: Get Help

Canadian Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Canada.

Goals in this class:   4: Churches and Cemeteries;   5: Immigration ;   6: Land and Property ;   11: Archives and Libraries ;   12: Websites

Mexican Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Mexico.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;  2: Civil Registration ;  10: Search Records ;  11: Get Help

Mexican Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Mexico.

Goals in this class:   3: Archives and Libraries;   4: Churches and Cemeteries ;   5: Immigration ;   9: Websites


Ethnic Research Classes—Project 9

African American Research, Beginning—Get started with your research.

Goals in this class:   1: Get Started;   2: Library Resources ;   3: Slavery Resources ;   4: Breaking Barriers ;   5: Get Help

Hispanic Research, Beginning—Get started with your research.

Goals in this class:   1: Basic Research;   2: More about Research ;   3: Get Help  

Jewish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research.

Goals in this class:   1: Research;   2: Libraries and Archives ;   3: JewishGen Site ;   5: Search Records ;   6: Get Help

Native American Research, Beginning—Get started with your research.

Goals in this class:   1: Get Started;  2: Special Topics ;  3: Search Records ;  4: Get Help