Trace Your Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy

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Independent Study Summary:

Do you have a box of old family photos that you want to learn more about? Did you take a DNA test and now you are curious about finding out how those match up with all those family stories? Do you have a family story that you want to confirm and learn more about?

The answers to these questions are closer than you think!

Ready to uncover your family's story? Dive into our independent study course and discover how to research your family tree like a pro!

You'll learn how to dig through those boxes in the attic, uncover hidden gems, and determine the key questions you want answered about your family history. Get on the right track from the start and avoid the common obstacles and mistakes beginners often face.

You'll also uncover how to find valuable resources and documentation. Learn search tricks for more fruitful results, and explore the "Big 5" records, including census and land records.

Plus, discover how to separate fact from fiction in your family history and what to do with all the fascinating information you've uncovered.

What is an independent study?

Learn on your own schedule! Independent study courses allow you to learn whenever, wherever! Each course is self-directed, offering students the flexibility to speed up or slow down and work at their own pace


  • Approx. 8-10 hours to complete
  • 100% Online using our eLearning Platform
  • 7 lessons complete with skill-building exercises and quizzes

Who Should Take This Independent Study:

  • People who've recently found an interest in learning their family history
  • Those who want to find answers to questions they have about their ancestors
  • People who've taken DNA tests and want to know, "Now what?"

What's Included:

  • Seven lessons designed to guide you through the first steps of researching your family history
  • Downloadable materials so you can refer back to them - even after your session has ended
  • Strategies and resources to begin and refine your search for records
  • Access to the course and materials for 365 days after purchase
  • Expert instruction videos by Amy Johnson Crow 

Meet the Instructor

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Amy Johnson Crow is a certified genealogist who has spent the last two decades dedicated to advancing genealogy through extensive research efforts and promoting good genealogy practices. A regular speaker at the industry’s top events, including RootsTech, as well as state and regional events, Amy also has her master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Her specialization and interests are in Midwest and Mid-Atlantic research, along with military research. She loves helping people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors.

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