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      Course Outline



      Instructional Style

I - Getting Started

    Home Sources


    Recording Information

    Citing Resources

II - Using Online Resources

    Online Databases

    Search Engines


III - Gathering Key Records

    Vital Records

    Federal Census Records

IV - Exploring Further

    Probate Records

    Military Records


V - Sharing Information

    Discussion Lists

    Software Programs

VI - Quiz


RootsWeb's WorldConnect




Cyndi's List

USGenWeb Project

Vital & Probate Records

County & Town Histories

Census Online

State Libraries and Archives


Home Sources Checklist

4-Generation Ancestor Chart

Family Group Sheet

Birth Date Calculator

Town to County Database


Researching Your Family Tree

Have you ever wondered about your great-grandparents?
Or have you wanted to work on your family history, but you had no idea how to get started? If you answered yes to these questions, this FREE interactive tutorial is for you.


The course outline is displayed in the left menu. You are free to navigate through the course in any way that you desire. However, if you are new to genealogy, it is recommended that you proceed through the modules in the sequence shown.


This self-paced tutorial is designed for beginning genealogists with basic computer and Internet skills.

To benefit from this course, you must be able to:
  • Click on links to navigate a Web site.

  • Use the Back button in your browser's toolbar to return to a previously viewed Web page.

  • Scroll up and down a Web page using your browser's scroll bar or arrow buttons.

  • Type in and submit online forms.

  • Use the Print button in your browser's toolbar to print a Web page.

  • Send and reply to email messages.


During this tutorial, you will learn to locate family history information and gather documentation to confirm the accuracy of your information.

After successfully completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Ask questions that elicit important family history information from knowledgeable relatives.

  • Record names, dates, places, and sources on Ancestor Charts and Family Group Sheets.

  • Use online databases for locating family history information.

  • Use the Google search engine to find Web pages containing information on your ancestors.

  • Collect vital records documenting births, marriages, and deaths.

  • Locate other documentation about your family such as census records, probate records, church records, and military records.

  • Communicate with other researchers gathering information on your surname (last name) or geographic area.


You will find this tutorial to be fun and exciting because it is highly interactive. Beginning with Module II, you will be researching your own ancestors while learning to use online databases and other genealogical resources. In fact, many participants will discover new information about their families before completing the tutorial's first three modules!

This self-paced course is designed to meet the needs of people with a variety of learning styles. For most of the resources, you will have the opportunity to review a demonstration of the Web site before using it to conduct your own research. However, if you would like to get started right away, you can skip the demonstration and use the Practice link to interact with the resource while following step-by-step instructions.


You are now ready to begin the tutorial. To begin with Module 1, click here. To begin the course with a different module, choose a module from the left menu near the top of the page.


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