Google Earth for Genealogists - May 2024

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Pinpoint the starting location of your immigrant ancestors!

May 13, 2024 - June 9, 2024


Course Summary:

Travel in your ancestors' footsteps without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Google Earth, a free online program, is a great tool for genealogists. You can use it to pinpoint the starting location of your immigrant ancestors. Google Earth also lets you experience faraway locations, getting in as close as street level, so you can really see what your ancestor's hometown looks like.

Join Lisa Louis Cooke and tap into Google Earth's robust features to add depth and a new perspective to your family history research.

Course Workload:

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

What you will learn:

  • How to save, share and organize information in Google Earth and Google Earth Pro
  • How to overlay historical maps
  • How to use Google Earth street view to see what your ancestor's hometown looks like now - and may have looked like when they lived there
  • How to plot your ancestor’s homestead
  • How to create a virtual “family history tour” to share with others
  • and more!

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 yearInstructor and discussion board access will also end when the course concludes, so make sure you reach out and ask questions!

Instructor Bio:

Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa (both available at her website She’s the author of five books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd Edition, and a podcast producer and instructor and columnist for Family Tree Magazine.

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