Find Your Immigrant Ancestors - October 2023

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Trace your immigrant ancestors from the U.S. to their homeland


October 30,2023 - November 26, 2023


Course Summary:

Many people become interested in genealogy because they want to learn more about where their family came from—specifically, to discover the identity of their immigrant ancestors.

Join Lisa A. Alzo and learn steps to identify and trace your immigrant ancestors from the U.S. to their homeland. We'll also cover how to identify the immigrant ancestors in your family tree using U.S. records, locate their hometown, and pinpoint when and where they left.

By mastering these research steps, you’ll be able to locate your immigrant ancestors and their homeland, no matter their origin.


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:

  • Brief review of immigration to the United States and how this may impact your research
  • Learn how historical geography, border changes, political considerations, and administrative jurisdictions influenced place name changes and where to find records
  • How ethnicity and religion can help you track your ancestor
  • Key US records and other sources that can help identify and locate your ancestral town/village
  • How social history and migration patterns can help you track your ancestor
  • What records in your ancestor’s homeland will help you further your research
  • How to access online and in US and foreign repositories
  • Tips for reaching and interpreting foreign records


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:

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a professional writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer. She is the author of nine books and hundreds of magazine articles. She is the author of 11 books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and hundreds of magazine articles.

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