Become a Family History Detective - February 2024

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Discover techniques that will improve your family research and increase your knowledge.

Building your family tree is about so much more than doing a search for vital records; it’s about applying what you find to understand your ancestry. Learn the analysis tools and research methods you need to understand your family’s history. In this course, you’ll learn how to analyze research evidence to extract meaning and apply the data you have to understanding your ancestry and fill in what’s missing. You’ll get step-by-step practical applications and a chance to practice your new skills.

Join Shamele Jordon for this four-week course and learn all of the tips and tricks for getting the most out of your family detecitve work.

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

Course Workload:

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

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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