Certificate in Genealogy Basics Online Course

Learn the Fundamentals of Genealogy

Certificate in Genealogy Basics Online Course

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Learn Basic Principles and Practical Techniques for Exploring Genealogy

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover?

Certificate in Genealogy Basics Online Course will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites, which you can access while you're enrolled in the class. Along the way, you'll learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family's past. You'll develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You'll discover, in simple terms, where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive. Was it truth or goof? Where’s the proof? Find out why close counts not only in horseshoes, but also in hunting your heritage.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn the fundamentals of Genealogy
  • Comprehensive 12 module certificate
  • Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  • Written and developed by genealogy experts
  • Receive one-on-one online help & support
  • Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  • Study at your own pace with no rigid timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device.

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Other Children, Parents And Family Courses

Hoping to improve the lives of families? The range of children, parents and family courses available at Courses For Success will help you to strengthen familial bonds.

There are 12 units of study

Module 1: Where Do I Begin?

In our first lesson, you'll learn how to gather family information and organize your collection of materials. You will discover which sources provide the best information and explore standard collection methods and interview techniques. Your instructor will provide you with a PDF toolkit that includes all the forms you'll need to get started. Each lesson ends with a small crossword puzzle to help you remember important genealogy terms.

Module 2: What Do You Want to Learn?

Today you'll answer the question, What’s missing in my family tree? You'll organize your findings using research timelines, then determine which records will be the most helpful. You will also use different Internet search techniques including an online search of the Social Security Death Index.

Module 3: Vital Records (Birth, Death and Marriage)

In this lesson, you'll explore and analyze vital records such as Birth, Death, and Marriage. You will also learn how to request copies for your research and what to look for in those records. This lesson uses several easy-to-follow examples for finding vital records in databases on the Internet.

Module 4: Census Records

This is perhaps the most important of all our lessons. Today, you will learn the value of census records and discover that spelling really doesn't count! You will learn which census records are available, where to find them, and how to analyze them. This lesson uses three hands-on examples you can try for searching the complete 1880 US Census and the 1881 Census for Canada and Great Britain, without leaving your house or renting microfilm.

Module 5: Why Can't I Find My Ancestors?

In this lesson, you'll hear some of the reasons why you may not be able to find an elusive ancestor. Contrary to what you may think, they're not in a witness protection program! You'll explore the Soundex system and learn its value in solving some mysteries. You'll also learn how to analyze old handwriting.

Module 6: How Computers Search

Today, you'll learn how computers search, both on and off the Internet. Local and distant searches—when done properly—can answer many of your questions. You’ll also learn how to use the LDS Library Web site to find published information, saving you hours or days of research time.

Module 7: Potpourri

In this lesson, you'll explore writing styles, unusual resources, and the value of e-mail. You'll discover the value of mailing lists and learn how to subscribe, unsubscribe, and post messages. You’ll also learn how to search past archives for messages that might help fill in missing branches on your family tree.

Module 8: Military Records

Today you'll learn what resources are available for researching military records and where to find them. The example in this lesson walks you through a search of the US Civil War database and explains how valuable pension records can be in learning more about your ancestors.

Module 9: Land Records

Today, you’ll learn to research maps, deeds, and grants for genealogy. You will investigate abstracting deeds and do a search of the Bureau of Land Management Web site for Land Grants and Homesteading Patents.

Module 10: Immigration

This lesson explains how our ancestors immigrated. You will learn the immigration patterns to America and discover how to use naturalization and passport documents. Your class has an account already set up at the Ellis Island Web site for you to use. The assignment will walk you through a real example and eventually show you the actual ships manifest.

Module 11: Newspapers, Directories, Periodicals, and Wills

Today, you’ll learn about some of the exciting things that can come from researching newspapers, city directories, periodicals, and wills. You’ll also learn a great way to find collateral lines (cousins), and perhaps fill in some middle names or reveal new locations by sharing your work with others.

Module 12: Genealogy Tools, Sources, and Software Reviews

In our last lesson, we'll explore more genealogy tools, sources, and software. Your instructor has narrowed down the best genealogy software programs and will review each one. By using a software program, you can discover how easy it is to put it all together. The assignments for Genealogy Basics use easy-to follow-examples that walk you through real-time searching on many superb Web sites.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Customer Reviews


I have enjoyed this course very much. It was easy for me to fit into a busy lifestyle. My thanks to the instructor for "infecting me with Genealosis"! This course has helped me in my quest to learn more about my family and it's history! Will be looking for follow up classes.

I have learned a lot, both about genealogy and about my family, in the weeks we have been in this course. I have a long way to go, but the journey is the part I love. While it is great to document that these are MY ancestors, once I know that, I want to know so much more about them, and this class has shown me ways to find that information.

I really enjoyed taking this course. I learned a lot about researching my family that I didn't know. Through this course, I discovered ways to research that I hadn't even thought about before or that I hadn't heard of. Thanks for a job well done!!

I really liked this course. Website info is outstanding. I have been working on my family genealogy since 1971. I wish I had this course back then--and that there was an Internet then!

I thought the information and supplementary material was very informative. What a rush of adrenalin when I found my first ancestor with your guidance. All my ancestors have passed away without my knowing to ask any questions of their heritage so my task is quite difficult. I work full time now and have made sure to copy everything so the material will be available to me as I have more time to work on our genealogy. Thanks for all your guidance, and I look forward to taking additional internet courses.

The content and benefits of taking this course exceeded my expectations. I wanted a refresher course with a very great emphasis in online research information and sites to use as I am very weak in the online research area. This course did that, and more. I'm very pleased with this course.

This course has really hooked me on the task of finding my ancestors. I now have a much clearer idea of how to go about this job, particularly with regard to using the Internet.

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

About this Course

Learn Basic Principles and Practical Techniques for Exploring Genealogy

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover?

Certificate in Genealogy Basics Online Course will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites, which you can access while you're enrolled in the class. Along the way, you'll learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family's past. You'll develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You'll discover, in simple terms, where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive. Was it truth or goof? Where’s the proof? Find out why close counts not only in horseshoes, but also in hunting your heritage.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn the fundamentals of Genealogy
  • Comprehensive 12 module certificate
  • Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  • Written and developed by genealogy experts
  • Receive one-on-one online help & support
  • Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  • Study at your own pace with no rigid timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device.

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Other Children, Parents And Family Courses

Hoping to improve the lives of families? The range of children, parents and family courses available at Courses For Success will help you to strengthen familial bonds.

There are 12 units of study

Module 1: Where Do I Begin?

In our first lesson, you'll learn how to gather family information and organize your collection of materials. You will discover which sources provide the best information and explore standard collection methods and interview techniques. Your instructor will provide you with a PDF toolkit that includes all the forms you'll need to get started. Each lesson ends with a small crossword puzzle to help you remember important genealogy terms.

Module 2: What Do You Want to Learn?

Today you'll answer the question, What’s missing in my family tree? You'll organize your findings using research timelines, then determine which records will be the most helpful. You will also use different Internet search techniques including an online search of the Social Security Death Index.

Module 3: Vital Records (Birth, Death and Marriage)

In this lesson, you'll explore and analyze vital records such as Birth, Death, and Marriage. You will also learn how to request copies for your research and what to look for in those records. This lesson uses several easy-to-follow examples for finding vital records in databases on the Internet.

Module 4: Census Records

This is perhaps the most important of all our lessons. Today, you will learn the value of census records and discover that spelling really doesn't count! You will learn which census records are available, where to find them, and how to analyze them. This lesson uses three hands-on examples you can try for searching the complete 1880 US Census and the 1881 Census for Canada and Great Britain, without leaving your house or renting microfilm.

Module 5: Why Can't I Find My Ancestors?

In this lesson, you'll hear some of the reasons why you may not be able to find an elusive ancestor. Contrary to what you may think, they're not in a witness protection program! You'll explore the Soundex system and learn its value in solving some mysteries. You'll also learn how to analyze old handwriting.

Module 6: How Computers Search

Today, you'll learn how computers search, both on and off the Internet. Local and distant searches—when done properly—can answer many of your questions. You’ll also learn how to use the LDS Library Web site to find published information, saving you hours or days of research time.

Module 7: Potpourri

In this lesson, you'll explore writing styles, unusual resources, and the value of e-mail. You'll discover the value of mailing lists and learn how to subscribe, unsubscribe, and post messages. You’ll also learn how to search past archives for messages that might help fill in missing branches on your family tree.

Module 8: Military Records

Today you'll learn what resources are available for researching military records and where to find them. The example in this lesson walks you through a search of the US Civil War database and explains how valuable pension records can be in learning more about your ancestors.

Module 9: Land Records

Today, you’ll learn to research maps, deeds, and grants for genealogy. You will investigate abstracting deeds and do a search of the Bureau of Land Management Web site for Land Grants and Homesteading Patents.

Module 10: Immigration

This lesson explains how our ancestors immigrated. You will learn the immigration patterns to America and discover how to use naturalization and passport documents. Your class has an account already set up at the Ellis Island Web site for you to use. The assignment will walk you through a real example and eventually show you the actual ships manifest.

Module 11: Newspapers, Directories, Periodicals, and Wills

Today, you’ll learn about some of the exciting things that can come from researching newspapers, city directories, periodicals, and wills. You’ll also learn a great way to find collateral lines (cousins), and perhaps fill in some middle names or reveal new locations by sharing your work with others.

Module 12: Genealogy Tools, Sources, and Software Reviews

In our last lesson, we'll explore more genealogy tools, sources, and software. Your instructor has narrowed down the best genealogy software programs and will review each one. By using a software program, you can discover how easy it is to put it all together. The assignments for Genealogy Basics use easy-to follow-examples that walk you through real-time searching on many superb Web sites.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

I have enjoyed this course very much. It was easy for me to fit into a busy lifestyle. My thanks to the instructor for "infecting me with Genealosis"! This course has helped me in my quest to learn more about my family and it's history! Will be looking for follow up classes.

I have learned a lot, both about genealogy and about my family, in the weeks we have been in this course. I have a long way to go, but the journey is the part I love. While it is great to document that these are MY ancestors, once I know that, I want to know so much more about them, and this class has shown me ways to find that information.

I really enjoyed taking this course. I learned a lot about researching my family that I didn't know. Through this course, I discovered ways to research that I hadn't even thought about before or that I hadn't heard of. Thanks for a job well done!!

I really liked this course. Website info is outstanding. I have been working on my family genealogy since 1971. I wish I had this course back then--and that there was an Internet then!

I thought the information and supplementary material was very informative. What a rush of adrenalin when I found my first ancestor with your guidance. All my ancestors have passed away without my knowing to ask any questions of their heritage so my task is quite difficult. I work full time now and have made sure to copy everything so the material will be available to me as I have more time to work on our genealogy. Thanks for all your guidance, and I look forward to taking additional internet courses.

The content and benefits of taking this course exceeded my expectations. I wanted a refresher course with a very great emphasis in online research information and sites to use as I am very weak in the online research area. This course did that, and more. I'm very pleased with this course.

This course has really hooked me on the task of finding my ancestors. I now have a much clearer idea of how to go about this job, particularly with regard to using the Internet.

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007GEN
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6-8 Weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 24 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

Start Dates

This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 16 October
  • 13 November
  • 11 December
  • 15 January

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