Become a Family History Detective - August 2024

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Discover techniques that will improve your family research!

August 26, 2024 - September 22, 2024

Course Summary:

Building a family tree is more than just collecting records – it's about transforming those records into a rich tapestry of your ancestry. Join genealogy expert Shamele Jordon and learn how to get the most out of your family history detective work.

Discover powerful tools and techniques to extract the most value from your genealogical findings. You'll learn to analyze different types of records, uncovering hidden details and connections that might normally go overlooked. 

This course goes beyond simple data collection. You'll explore effective organizational strategies to make sense of your findings and identify patterns that can lead to groundbreaking discoveries. With practical exercises and expert guidance, you'll develop the skills to fill in missing pieces of your family puzzle and bring your ancestors' stories to life.

Course Workload:

  • Approx. 8 hours to complete
  • 100% Online using our eLearning Platform
  • 4 lessons complete with skill-building exercises and quizzes

What You'll Learn:

  • Tools for analyzing your genealogical records
  • New ways to view existing information
  • What information can be extracted from different types of sources
  • How to use organizational approaches to analyze evidence
  • Tips for finding missing information based on what you know
  • How to search for patterns in your family tree
  • Translation tools and handwriting tips to understand details
  • Practical applications for your new research skills

What’s Included:

  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Expert Support from Course Instructor
  • Video Presentations
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Student Discussion Board
  • Downloadable Course Materials

How FTU courses work:

  • Register for the course on this page
  • On the start date, log into our eLearning platform
  • Access to the course instructor runs until the course end date
  • After the course ends, you can read course materials for one year
  • Instructor and discussion board access will also end when the course concludes, so make sure you reach out and ask questions!

Meet the Instructor

Shamele Jordon is a professional genealogist, producer, writer, and lecturer. Her biographical highlights include: award winning TV producer of Genealogy Quick Start; 2018 Best Independent Producer, Instructional/Training, presented by Alliance for Community Media; 2017 Learning Award Cammy presented by PhillyCAM, Philadelphia's public access station; 2019 Lawnside Education Foundation honoree; researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives I and II; NJ State Library grant recipient, researching Civil War Burials in Lawnside, NJ; board member and faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Athens, Ga, former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ.



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