Exploring German Genealogy - March 2024

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Trace your ancestors back to their village of origin!

March 18, 2024 - April 14, 2024


Join Stephen Wendt and learn how to trace your German ancestors from the United States back to their village of origin!

Are you new to researching German ancestors? We've got you covered! The course opens with a crash course in the basic of German political and religious history, the geography of German, and German language

From there, you'll learn about the German migration to the American Colonies, best research practices, how to find your ancestors' village of origin, and how to analyze German records! 


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:

  • A background on German history, geography, language, and names
  • The patterns of German migration to the American colonies
  • Strategies for identifying your ancestor’s village of origin in Germany
  • How to conduct research using German records
  • The basics of doing in-person research at the Family History Library and in Germany itself
  • Information on how research German-speaking ancestors who came from outside of modern-day Germany

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!


About the Instructor:

Stephen Wendt, MLIS, of Tree Tidings Genealogy, is a professional genealogist, instructor and writer. Stephen assists global clients with their diverse genealogical research needs. A specialist in Prussian/German and Scottish genealogy, he regularly speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the international, state and at the local level. 

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