Finding Your Female Ancestors - March 2024

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Find Your Female Ancestors

March 11, 2024 - April 11, 2024


Course Summary:

Researching female ancestors is one of the most challenging aspects of genealogy for many reasons, including name changes due to marriage and a lack of legal rights which kept women out of records.

To find your female ancestors, you’ll need to learn how to do research that takes that history and set of social conventions into account. What records did include women, and how can you research them when they when unmentioned in documents?

Join Gena Philibert-Ortega for this 4-week course and learn essential research techniques to find your female ancestors! You'll learn where to start, which records often mention women, the best methods for searching for women in newspaper and census records, and how to analyze records to uncover your female ancestors.

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

  • Familiar records and what they tell us about female ancestors
  • Unique sources for information on female ancestors
  • How to find maiden names
  • Tools for conducting better research
  • Getting the most from familiar websites
  • Places online and off to find records for female ancestors
  • What can be found online in non-genealogy websites
  • Strategies for researching special populations of female ancestors including African American women and Immigrants
  • Best practices for improving the way you research

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 in genealogy newsletters and magazines and of several books, including From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012).


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