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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.




Beginning


Beginning Classes

BEG 101: 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—Introduction section

BEG 102: Making Memories—Gather your memories, organizing the photos and documents that you will upload. Also learn skills for interviewing living relatives to add their memories to yours.
Note : The Goals listed below are in the FamilySearch Learning Path, but they are identical for Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast.

Goals in this class: 1: Gather Your Records 2: Gather Records from Others 3: Interviewing Relatives—Goal 3

Mini-Classes
BEG 102a: Interviewing Tips—Goal 3—20:00


FamilySearch Training



Family Tree Classes—Project 1

FS101: 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

FS 102: 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

FS 103: More Family Tree Topics—Learn more Family Tree skills, including adding sources and notes, and merging individuals.

Goals in this class:   8: Adding Sources; 10: Notes and Discussions;  11: Merging Duplicate Ancestors;  

Mini-Classes
FS 101a: Getting Started with Navigation—Goal 1—15:00
FS 101b: Viewing Ancestors in Landscape View—Goals 2-4—30:00
FS 102a: Alternate Views: Fan, Portrait, Descendancy—Goal 5—20:00
FS 102b: Adding and Changing Information in FS—Goals 6-7—20:00
FS 103a: Sourcing—Goal 8—30:00
FS 103b: Notes and Discussions—Goal 10—15:00
FS 103c: Merging Duplicates—Goal 11—30:00
FS 103d: Using Find-a-Record—Goal 9—20:00


FS 201: 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
FS 201a: Uploading Photos to Memories—Goals 5-6 - 30:00
FS 201b: Uploading Other Files to Memories—Goals 7-8—20:00
FS 201c: Writing a Life Story—Goal 9—20:00



Descendancy Classes—Project 3

FS 301: 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
FS 301a: Identifying Descendancy Lines—Goal 1—20:00
FS 301b: Using Puzzilla.org—Goal 3—30:00
FS 301c: Using Relative Finder—Goal 4—15:00



Indexing Classes—Project 5

FS 501: 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: Indexing Batches;  4: Improving Basic Indexing Skills

Mini-Classes
FS 501a: Reading Difficult Handwriting—Goal 6—30:00



DNA Classes—Project 8

FS 801: 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

FS 802: 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


Ancestry Training




Getting Started—Project 1

AN 101: Get Started with Ancestry—Learn how to set up an Ancestry account and customize settings for your profile, account, and home page.

Goals in this class:   1: Ancestry Account;   2: Customize Profile and Account Settings;   3: Customizing Your Home Page


Family Tree Classes—Project 2

AN 201: Family Tree Navigation and Editing—Get comfortable with navigating your family tree in Ancestry, including adding persons and viewing and editing their details.

Goals in this class:   1: View Your Tree;  2: Edit Person Information;   3: Add or Remove People

AN 202: Hints and Sources (45:00)—Learn how to take advantage of Ancestry record hints, as well as adding and viewing source information for records.

Goals in this class:   5: Explore Hints;   6: Add and View Sources

AN 203: Managing Your Tree—Edit relationships of people in your tree, merge duplicate individuals, and save individuals to other trees.

Goals in this class:   4: Edit Relationships;   7: Tree Management

Mini-Classes
AN 201a: Viewing Your Ancestry Tree—Goal 1—20:00
AN 201b: Editing and Adding People—Goals 2-3—30:00
AN 202a: Using Ancestry Hints—Goal 5—20:00
AN 202b: Adding and Viewing Sources— Goals 6-7—20:00
AN 203a: Merging Duplicates—Goal 8—30:00



Documents and Photos Classes—Project 3

AN 301: Uploading Memories—Learn how to tag and upload digital photos to Ancestry so they can be shared with others. Also upload digital documents and stories about ancestors.

Goals in this class:  4: Creating and Editing Stories;   6: Uploading Photos;  7: Managing Gallery Items



Ancestry Research Classes—Project 4

AN 401: Searching Ancestry Records—Learn how to do basic record searches, using options and locations. Also explore Ancestry record collections in your searches.

Goals in this class:  4: Search Ancestry Records;  5: Search Ancestry Record Collections

AN 402: Handling Search Results—Learn how to gather your search results and leverage them in your research.

Goals in this class:  6: Searching Records;  7: Use Homepage Options

Mini-Classes
AN 401a: Searching Ancestry Records—Goal 4—20:00
AN 401bSearching Ancestry Record Collections—Goal 5—20:00
Analyzing Search Results—Goal 6—30:00



Ancestry DNA Classes—Project 7

AN 701: Intro to Genetics and DNA—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;  8: Help with DNA Questions

AN 702: DNA Testing and Results—Take a DNA test and find others who may be close matches to your ancestry. Discover your ethnic percentages revealed from your DNA testing.

Goals in this class:  3: Take a DNA Test;   4: DNA Matching;   5: Ethnicity and Family Relationships



MyHeritage Training



Getting Started with MyHeritage—Project 1

MH 101: Get Started with MyHeritage—Learn how to set up a MyHeritage account and customize settings for your profile, account, and home page.

Goals in this class:   1: Setting Up Your MyHeritage Account and Tree;   2: Customizing Your Account;   3: Editing Your Home Page



Family Tree Classes—Project 2

MH 201: Family Tree Navigation—Get comfortable with navigating your family tree in MyHeritage, including viewing and editing details for people in your tree.

Goals in this class:   1: Navigating your Tree;  2: Viewing Information;  3: Editing Information

MH 202: Organizing Your Family Tree—Add people in your tree, find people quickly, and see relationships and pedigrees.

Goals in this class:   4: Adding People to Your Tree;  5: Viewing People Lists and Relationships;  6: Using PedigreeMap

Mini-Classes
MH 201a: MyHeritage Account and Tree—Goal 1—15:00
MH 201b: Customizing Your Tree and Profile—Goals 2-3—20:00
MH 202a: Adding People to Your Tree—Goal 4—15:00
MH 202b: Viewing Lists and Pedigrees—Goals 5-6—20:00



Documents and Photos Classes—Project 3

MH 301: Multimedia—Add photos, create albums and slideshows, and view timelines for ancestors.

Goals in this class:   5: Adding Photos;   6: Creating Albums and Slideshows;   7: Viewing Timelines

Mini-Classes
MH 301a: Adding Photos—Goal 5—20:00
MH 301b: Albums and Slideshows—Goal 6 - 15:00
MH 301c: Timelines—Goals 6—15:00



MyHeritage Research Classes—Project 4

MH 401: MyHeritage Research Menu—Learn how to use the MyHeritage Research menu to guide you in research tasks.

Goals in this class:   4: MyHeritage Research Menu (Choices A-C); 4: MyHeritage Research Menu (Choices D-F)

Mini-Classes
MH 401a: Research Menu, A-C—Goal 4—30:00



MyHeritage DNA Classes—Project 7

MH 701: Intro to Genetics and DNA—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;  8: Help with DNA Questions

MH 802: DNA Testing and Results—Take a DNA test and find others who may be close matches to your ancestry. Discover your ethnic percentages revealed from your DNA testing.

Goals in this class:   3: Take a DNA Test;   4: DNA Matching;   5: Ethnicity and Family Relationships



Findmypast Training



Getting Started with Findmypast—Project 1

FMP 101: Get Started with Findmypast—Learn how to set up a Findmypast account and customize settings for your profile and account.

Goals in this class:   1: Setting Up Your MyHeritage Account and Tree;   2: Customizing Your Tree Settings;   3: Customizing Your Account Settings



Family Tree Classes—Project 2

FMP 201: Family Tree Navigation—Get comfortable with navigating your Findmypast family tree, including adding people and editing their information.

Goals in this class:   1: Navigation;  2: Editing / Adding Information;   3: Adding or Removing People

FMP 202: Notes, Hints, and Sources—Learn how to add notes and sources for people, as well as use record hints in Findmypast.

Goals in this class:   4: Adding Notes;   5: Using Hints Information;   6: Adding Sources;

Mini-Classes
FMP 202a: Adding Findmypast Notes—Goal 1—15:00
FMP 202b: Using Record Hints in Findmypast—Goals 2-4—30:00
FMP 202c: Adding Sources in Findmypast—Goal 5—20:00
FMP 202d: Managing Findmypast Trees—Goal 7—20:00



Findmypast Documents and Photos Class—Project 3

FMP 301: Findmypast Media Items (40:00)—Add, attach, and edit photos and stories for people in your Findmypast tree.

Goals in this class:   5: Adding and Managing Media Items



Findmypast Research Classes—Project 4

FMP 401: Findmypast Search Menus—Search records and record sets on Findmypast.

Goals in this class:  1: Using Findmypast Search Menus

Mini-Classes
FMP 401a: Searching Findmypast Records— Goal 4 (Choices A-D)—30:00
FMP 401b: Handling Search Results— Goal 4 (Choices E-F)—20:00


General Research



Research Classes—Project 4

RES 401: 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. Note : The Goals listed below are in the FamilySearch Learning Path, but they are identical for Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast.

Goals in this class:   1: Getting Organized for Research;   2: Identifying a Line 3: Forming a Strategy

RES 402: Search Techniques—Learn how to search for records online, including Google searches and search variations.

Goals in this class: Develop Search Skills - FamilySearch or Ancestry or MyHeritage or Findmypast

RES 403: Solving Research Problems—Overcome misconceptions and record problems, and use effective and creative techniques in doing your research.

Goals in this class:  6: Solve Problems, Choices A-C;  6: Solve Problems, Choices D-F

Mini-Classes
RES 401a: Getting Organized for Research—Goal 1—20:00
RES 401a: Identifying Ancestors to Research—Goal 2—20:00
RES 401b: Forming a Research Strategy—Goal 3—30:00
RES 402a: Search Techniques (see any of the Goals listed in RES 402 above)
RES 403a: Getting on the Right Track with Research—Goal 6, Choices A-C—30:00
RES 403b: Creative Approaches to Research—Goal 6, Choices D-F—30:00
RES 403c: Taking a Family History Trip—Goal 7—30:00


U.S. Research (United States Country page)



U.S. Research Classes

US 101: Records, Geography, and Timelines—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
US 101a: Introduction to U.S. Records—Goal A1—20:00
US 101b: Using Maps and Gazetteers—Goal A2, Choices A-C—30:00
US 101c: City Directories and Timelines—Goal A2, Choices D-E—30:00
US 101d: Introduction to State Research—Goal A3—15:00

US 201: 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
US 201a: Introduction to Vital Records—Goal B1—15:00
US 201b: Explore Birth Records—Goal B2—20:00
US 201c: Explore Adoption Records—Goal B3—15:00
US 201d: Explore Marriage Records—Goal B4—20:00
US 201e: Explore Death Records & Obits—Goal B5—30:00
US 201f: Explore Cemetery Records & Tombstones—Goal B6—20:00

US 301: 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
US 301a: Introduction to Census Records—Goal C1—30:00
US 301b: Explore the U.S. Census by Decades—Goal C2—30:00

US 401: 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
US 401a: Finding Immigrant Ancestors—Goal D1—30:00
US 401b: Naturalization & Passenger Lists—Goal D2—30:00

US 501: 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
US 501a: Introduction to U.S. Military Records—Goal E1—20:00
US 501b: Revolutionary and Civil War Records—Goal E2, Choices A-B—30:00
US 501c: World War I and II Records—Goal E2, Choices C-D—30:00

US 601: 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.

Goals in this class:  F1: Church Records;  F2: Property Records;  F3: Court Records;  F4: Newspapers;   F5: Archives and Libraries

Mini-Classes
US 601a: Church and Religious Records—Goal F1, Choices A-B—20:00
US 601b: Pioneer and Migration Records—Goal F1, Choice C—15:00
US 601c: Land Records—Goal F2, Choice A—15:00
US 601d: Probate Records and Wills—Goal F2, Choice B—20:00
US 601e: Court Records—Goal F3—15:00
US 601f: Using Newspapers for Research—Goal F4—20:00
US 601g: Exploring Archives and Libraries—Goal F5—20:00



International Research



British Isles Research Classes

INT-BI-ENG1: 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

INT-BI-ENG2: 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

INT-BI-IRE1: 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

INT-BI-IRE2: 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

INT-BI-SCO1: 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

INT-BI-SCO2: 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

INT-EU-NET1: 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

INT-EU-NET2: 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

INT-EU-FRA1: 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

INT-EU-FRA2: French Research, Part 2—Continue your research in France.

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

INT-EU-GER1: 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

INT-EU-GER2: 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

INT-EU-ITA1: 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

INT-EU-ITA2: 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

INT-SC-DEN1: 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

INT-SC-DEN2: 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

INT-SC-FIN1: Finnish Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Finland.

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

INT-SC-FIN2: 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

INT-SC-FIN2: 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

INT-SC-SWE1: 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

INT-SC-SWE2: 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


INT-PA-AUS1: Australian Research, Beginning—Get started with your research in Australia.

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

INT-PA-AUS2: Australian Research, Part 2—Continue your research in Australia.

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

INT-NA-CAN1: 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

INT-NA-CAN2: 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

INT-NA-MEX1: 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

INT-NA-MEX2: 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

ETH-AFR: African American Research—Get started with your research.

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

ETH-HIS: Hispanic Research—Get started with your research.

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

ETH-JEW: Jewish Research—Get started with your research.

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

ETH-NAT: Native American Research—Get started with your research.

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


Collaboration




Collaboration Class—Project 6

COL 101: 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. Note : The Goals listed below are in the FamilySearch Learning Path, but they are identical for Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast.

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




Technology Classes

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.

Note : The Goals listed below are in the FamilySearch Learning Path, but they are identical for Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Findmypast.

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

TEC 101: 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


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