Newsworthy Genealogy - February 2024

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Find Your Ancestors with Historical U.S. Newspapers

February 26, 2024 - March 24, 2024

Course Summary:

Researching your family history is more than finding records to catalog milestones in your ancestors' lives. You want to uncover more information to fill the gaps between birth, marriage, and death. One of the best resources for fleshing out those details is the newspaper.

Newspapers contain a treasure trove of information that can tell you about your ancestors' lives. You can uncover vital record announcements, delinquent tax notices, obituaries, personal advertisements, and letters to the editor. The list goes on!

During this four-week course, you will be immersed in historical U.S. Newspapers. The course covers what types of newspapers exist and how to find them. You'll also discover what they can tell you about your ancestors and how newspaper articles can lead to finding additional records.

Course Workload:

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

What You’ll Learn

  • Types of Newspapers Available to Family Historians
  • Ethnic and Foreign Language Newspapers Published in the United States
  • Free and Fee based Newspaper Websites
  • How to Find Newspapers Online and in Repositories
  • Tips and Tricks to Finding Your Ancestor in the Newspaper
  • Best Practices to Navigate Popular Online Newspaper Websites
  • How to Search Digitized Newspapers
  • Newspaper Finding Aids
  • What You Can and Can’t Find Online
  • How to Use Newspapers with Genealogical Records to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story

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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