U.S. Courthouse Records: How To Find and Use Them Successfully - May 2024

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U.S. Courthouse Records: How To Find and Use Them Successfully

Courthouses are guardians of the most important (and sometimes the only) records of your ancestors’ lives. Chances are that your ancestors moved between counties, which means you'll need to examine the holdings of multiple courthouses before closing the door on researching them. Some find courthouses intimidating because of encountering legal language, busy clerks, and inconsistent records. Fear not! In this course, you'll gain the tools and confidence to overcome these obstacles.

DATE: May 28, 2024 - June 24, 2024


In this 4-week workshop you'll learn:

  • Different kinds of county governments and how to find the right historical county for your ancestors
  • What vital records you will find at the courthouse
  • What to look for in property and estate records, as well as an introduction to court records
  • How to find the records you want and what to do with them once you find them

Course Workload:

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


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!



Meet the Instructor

Sunny Jane Morton
Sunny Jane Morton is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Contributing Editor at YourDNAGuide.com, Editor of Ohio Genealogy News and a blogger for FamilySearch.org. She is author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records and Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy.



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