Get Started in Genealogy - January 2024

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Start your genealogy journey on the right foot!

January 2, 2024 - January 8, 2024


Workshop Summary:

In this week-long workshop for beginners, we’ll walk you through the basics of genealogy research: what records to look for, how to organize.

Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way on the fun and rewarding journey of discovering your roots. You'll learn the tricks and tools to produce quality, accurate research and avoid the rookie mistakes and common roadblocks that plague many family historians.


Workshop 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:

  1. How to conduct family interviews
  2. Best practices for record keeping
  3. What types of records to look for
  4. How to start your search using software and/or online tools
  5. How to use federal and state records to extend your family tree


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!


Instructor Bio:

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published online and in print. Her books include Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and From the Family Kitchen (F+W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts, and researching women’s lives.

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