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Course Description

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States. According to some experts, nearly 75% of Americans are interested in discovering their family history. There are many reasons for this: some people are interested in learning more about their heritage, others want to preserve their family's history for future generations, while still others become involved as a means of spending time with older relatives. Whatever the reason, based on the number of books, web sites, and software programs devoted to this topic, there is widespread interest that continues to grow.

While taking on the task of researching your family tree can appear – and in many cases actually be – a daunting task, it is far from impossible. Thanks to the increasing availability of information online, many people can easily conduct a great deal of their research from the comforts of their own home. In this course, we will present tips and strategies for beginning the process of constructing your family tree. In addition to describing the various records and sources available for finding information, we will help you to understand some basic genealogy terms and tools. We will also discuss the steps that you can take to permanently preserve your family's records and history. 

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Genealogy

    Simply put, genealogy is the study of family history. Make no mistake however, genealogy is anything but simple.
  • Lesson 2: Getting Started

    Chances are, you didn't wake up this morning and think, "Gee, I think I'll take an online genealogy course today."
  • Lesson 3: Sorting It All Out

    Feeling overwhelmed yet? If you are, don't despair, because in this lesson, we will show you how to begin to get a handle on the information you have gathered so far and begin to get it organized.
  • Lesson 4: Looking for Clues

    Contrary to what you may believe, it is not always necessary to conduct an extensive search for information about your family's past.
  • Lesson 5: Official Records (Part 1)

    Official records-those records kept by local municipalities, churches, and other entities, represent the most accurate source of information.
  • Lesson 6: Official Records (Part 2)

    In this lesson, we continue looking at some of the most common sources of information that can help you piece together your family tree.
  • Lesson 7: Official Records (Part 3)

    As you may have guessed based on the amount of time we have devoted to this topic, there is a wealth of information available in official records.
  • Lesson 8: Learning from Others

    As you can probably imagine, the Internet has made networking with genealogists from around the world nearly effortless.
  • Lesson 9: Avoiding Common Mistakes

    Let's face it, if you're new to all of this, you are bound to make a few mistakes along the road to filling out your family tree. And if you do, don't worry - most of them are fixable.
  • Lesson 10: Dealing With Dead Ends

    Even with all the resources available, chances are that you are going to hit at least one roadblock in your quest to fill in your family tree.
  • Lesson 11: Handling Special Situations

    Up to this point, we've been proceeding with the "one size fits all" approach -- meaning that there is nothing atypical about your family tree. But, we all know that the world - and its inhabitants - are far from "one size fits all."
  • Lesson 12: Keeping It All Organized

    In the last 11 lessons, we've covered a great deal of ground, and have given you plenty of direction for researching your family tree.
  • Lesson 13: Family Histories

    For many genealogists, the ultimate goal is writing a family history. As daunting as that task may sound, there are ways to turn that goal into a reality. In this lesson, we will discuss how to write and publish your family history.
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Course Title: Genealogy 101
Course Number: 7550451
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe how to begin the process of researching your genealogy.
  • Describe where to look for clues.
  • Describe where and how to find official records kept by local municipalities, churches, and other entities.
  • Describe using technology to connect with other people that have information you need.
  • Describe how to avoid common mistakes.
  • Summarize how to write and publish your family history, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 Assignment: Why GenealogyAssignment20
Lesson 1: IntroductionExam8
Lesson 2 Assignment: Planning it OutAssignment20
Lesson 2 : Getting StartedExam10
Lesson 3 Assignment: Charting it OutAssignment20
Lesson 3 : Sorting it all OutExam9
Lesson 4 Assignment: Photographs galoreAssignment20
Lesson 4 :Looking for CluesExam8
Lesson 5 Assignment: Record SourcesAssignment20
Lesson 5 : Official Records: Part 1Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment: Search PracticeAssignment20
Lesson 6 : Official Records, Part 2Exam7
Lesson 7 Assignment: Land Records SearchAssignment20
Lesson 7 : Official Records, Part 3Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment: Joining ListsAssignment20
Lesson 8 : Learning from OthersExam10
Lesson 9 Assignment: Making MistakesAssignment20
Lesson 9 : Avoiding Common MistakesExam10
Lesson 10 Assignment: Problems EncounteredAssignment20
Lesson 10 : Dealing with Dead-endsExam8
Lesson 11 Assignment: Handling Special SituationsAssignment20
Lesson 11 : Handling Special SituationsExam9
Lesson 12 Assignment: OrganizationAssignment20
Lesson 12 : Keeping it All OrganizedExam10
Discovery at Family GatheringsAssignment30
Lesson 13 Assignment: Making a PlanAssignment20
Lesson 13: Family HistoriesExam7
The Final ExamExam51
Total Points:456

Student Testimonials

  • "I found the instructor very prompt with his feedback and very accessible. I thought the material presented in each topic was well oganized and it gave me a good appreciation how things went together. I also enjoyed a number of the links to other web page topics. They were interesting and in one case I actually found out new information about an ancestor." -- Robert B.
  • "The instructor was great. Grades were very quickly completed. The class covered a lot of very important topics." -- Linda W.
  • "I found all the material to be helpful...the links, etc., and also the comments from the professor were motivational :)I thought the professor was very helpful and his comments made me more determined and motivated." -- Christi N.
  • "I especially liked the information about finding passengers who immigrated from Europe, the information on photographs, how to search for deeds, definitions of relatives, records available--such as census, etc. - and information on interviewing living relatives. Also I liked having the opportunity to make a research plan." -- Barbara J.
  • "It was all very useful. I have been genealogy for some time, but this course presented things in a way I hadn't thought about before. As a result, I was able to overcome some roadblocks and add a few more generations to my family tree." -- Sue B.
  • "Best instructor that I have had - this was my sixth course. He was quick to respond and he provided real feedback. We could actually have a student teacher relationship!" -- Kathleen S.
  • "I found the course was very organized." -- Sheryl B.
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