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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.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment: Why Genealogy 20 points
Lesson 1: Introduction 8 points
Lesson 2 Assignment: Planning it Out 20 points
Lesson 2 : Getting Started 10 points
Lesson 3 Assignment: Charting it Out 20 points
Lesson 3 : Sorting it all Out 9 points
Lesson 4 Assignment: Photographs galore 20 points
Lesson 4 :Looking for Clues 8 points
Lesson 5 Assignment: Record Sources 20 points
Lesson 5 : Official Records: Part 1 9 points
Lesson 6 Assignment: Search Practice 20 points
Lesson 6 : Official Records, Part 2 7 points
Lesson 7 Assignment: Land Records Search 20 points
Lesson 7 : Official Records, Part 3 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment: Joining Lists 20 points
Lesson 8 : Learning from Others 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment: Making Mistakes 20 points
Lesson 9 : Avoiding Common Mistakes 10 points
Lesson 10 Assignment: Problems Encountered 20 points
Lesson 10 : Dealing with Dead-ends 8 points
Lesson 11 Assignment: Handling Special Situations 20 points
Lesson 11 : Handling Special Situations 9 points
Lesson 12 Assignment: Organization 20 points
Lesson 12 : Keeping it All Organized 10 points
Lesson 13 Assignment: Making a Plan 20 points
Discovery at Family Gatherings 30 points
Lesson 13: Family Histories 7 points
The Final Exam 51 points
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