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Find Your Family - FamilySearch Training

Article Date: 
13 May, 2011 (All day)


Last month FamilySearch announced that there are now more than 140 genealogical online training courses on  I have written somewhat about these, in the past, but thought given the large increase in courses that it was worth another mention.

The courses span many geographies and there is material available for individuals at all stages of research, from those who are just getting started to those who have been researching for many years.  

The courses also include training classes offered by some of the foremost experts in the world.  The Courthouse Research course is taught by Christine Rose, one of the most knowledgeable researchers in the United States on this subject.  Some of the British classes are taught by Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the United Kingdom.  There are many classes from the Midwest Genealogy Library.  The core of the classes are from the professional genalogists who are research consultants at TheFamilySearch Family History Library.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week I will be attending the conference of the National Genealogical Society in Charleston, South Carolina.  I will have the opportunity to be taught by some of the most experienced genealogists in the world on  a wide variety of topics.  It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be able to attend the conference each year and I always take away new ideas and learning.  This year should be particularly interesting since it is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the conference is in Charleston.

For those whose jobs don’t take them to the NGS conference or who cannot travel to be there, the training on provides a wonderful resource.  Many of the training classes online are taught by presenters at NGS.  The subjects include a range of courses not offered at any of the genealogical conferences.  Even better, all of the courses are free!

The following  are the current courses you can take online at FamilySearch:

Australia Research

Australia BDM Civil Registration Index

New South Wales Early Church Records 1788-1886

Using the New South Wales Birth, Death, Marriage Index

England Research

England Beginning Research Series Lesson 1: Research Overview

England Beginning Research Series Lesson 2: Census Records

England Beginning Research Series Lesson 3: Civil Registration

England Beginning Research Series Lesson 4: Church Records

England Beginning Research Series Lesson 5: Find Your Ancestors

England Beginning Research Series Materials

Getting the Most from The National Archives Website

Researching in the British Isles

•What Is Britain?

Germany Research

German Town of Origin

My Experiences in German Family Research

Ireland Research

Ireland Beginning Research Series

•Church Records

•Civil Registration

•Immigration Part 1: Strategies

Immigration Part 2: Famine and Post Famine Sources

Immigration Part 3: Ulster and Scots Irish Sources

Italy Research

•Basic Italian Research

New Zealand Research

New Zealand Births, Deaths, and Marriages Online

Poland Research

•Introduction to Polish Research

•Advanced Polish Research

•Polish Displaced Persons

Mexico Research

Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México)

Lección 1: Elementos fundamentales para la historia familiar

•Lección 2: Registros Parroquiales

•Lección 3: Registro Civil          
Reading Handwritten Records Series - Paleography (Handwriting)

Dutch Lesson 1: The Dutch Alphabet

Dutch Lesson 2: Dutch Words and Dates 

Dutch Lesson 3: Reading Dutch Records

English Lesson 1: English Secretary Hand Letters

English Lesson 2: Abbreviations, Dates, and Latin Words

English Lesson 3: Reading Secretary Hand Documents 

French Lesson 1: The French Alphabet

French Lesson 2: French Key Words and Phrases

French Lesson 3: Reading French Records

German Lesson 1: Kurrent Letters

German Lesson 2: Making Words in Kurrent

German Lesson 3: Reading Kurrent Documents

Italian Lesson 1: The Italian Alphabet

Italian Lesson 2: Italian Words and Phrases

Italian Lesson 3: Reading Italian Records

Latin Lesson: Key Words and Phrases in Latin Records 

•Polish Lesson 1: Polish Letters 

Polish Lesson 2: Polish Names, Dates, and Key Words 

Polish Lesson 3: Reading Polish Records

Portuguese Lesson 1: Portuguese Letters

Portuguese Lesson 2: Portuguese Dates, Words, and Names

Portuguese Lesson 3: Reading Portuguese Documents

Russian Lesson 1: The Russian Alphabet

Russian Lesson 2: Russian Names, Dates, and Key Words

Russian Lesson 3: Reading Russian Records

Scandinavian Gothic Lesson 1: Gothic Letters

Scandinavian Gothic Lesson 2: Names, Words, and Dates

Scandinavian Gothic Lesson 3: Reading Scandinavian Records

•Spanish Lesson 1: The Spanish Alphabet

Spanish Lesson 2: Spanish Names, Dates, and Key Words

•Spanish Lesson 3: Reading Spanish Records

Research Principles and Tools

Case Study Using English Records

•Cemetery Art

•Descendancy Research Series: Lesson 1

•Descendancy Research Series: Lesson 2

•Descendancy Research Series: Lesson 3

Finding Your Way: Locating and Using Maps in Your Research

Genealogy Boot Camp

How to Find More at a Genealogy Library

If I’d Only Known: Beginner Genealogy Mistakes

•Inferential Genealogy

•Managing Your Family Records on the Internet

•Research Logs: Part 1

•Research Logs: Part 2


•Thinking Creatively About Research Problems

•Tips and Tactics from 50 Years of Research

Where Should I Start? Beginning Research on

Russia Research

Russian History, Geography, Records, and Resources: Part 1

Russian History, Geography, Records, and Resources: Part 2

United States of America Research

African American Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress

Basic U.S. Military Records with Tiff

Beginning Census Research and Record Keeping

•Beginning Genealogy

•Cherokee Genealogy

Howard Dodson: Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of New York Public Library

•Civil War Genealogical Research

•Colonial Immigration

•Colonial Land

•Congress and My Family History

•County Histories and Your Family

Finding Records of Your Ancestors 1870-Present

•Finding the Slave Generation

Heads of Household Only: Analysis of Pre-1850 Federal Census

•Homestead Records

•The Journey Takers

The Library of Congress: Pursuing Your Family in the National Library

Locating Ancestors on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

•Military Records: Civil War

Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications

•Military Records: Revolutionary War

National Underground Railroad: Activities and Accomplishments

•Newspaper Research

Researching African-Native American Ancestors of Indian Territory

•Revolutionary War Genealogy Research

Roots West: African American History in the Trans Mississippi West

•Sections, Ranges, and Townships

See You on Sunday! Church Records in Genealogy

•Some Underused Online Resources

•State and Special Census

•Take a Research Trip with Tiff!

•Tiff’s Census Class

Trails Back, Tracing Ancestors in Slavery through Census Probate and Land

•U.S. Courthouse Research

•Welcome to the World of Periodicals

Accreditation, Certification, and Professional Presentations

Association of Professional Genealogists

Professional Management Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, August 17, 2010

•A Key to Success: Your Online Presence

Choosing the Best Continuing Education Opportunities

Expand Your Revenue: Produce and Sell Your Lectures in Video Format

•Get Published in Magazines!

•Niche Planning and Marketing

Professional Management Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, September 2, 2009

Bull’s Eye! Planning and Delivering a Winning Marketing Campaign

The Bachelor: Reconstructing a Solitary Life Using Obscure and Far-Flung Records

Get Paid for Your Passion: Becoming a Professional Genealogist

Board for Certification of Genealogists

•BCG Certification Seminar

ICAPGen The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists - 2011 Accreditation Mentoring Series

•Mentoring Class: Introduction to ICAPGen

•Mentoring Class: The ICAPGen Application

Mentoring Class: Choosing a Four-Generation Project and Methodology

•Mentoring Class: Research Binder

•Mentoring Class: Working with Documents

•Mentoring Class: Citing Sources

Mentoring Class: History, Geography, and Timelines

•Mentoring Class: Evidence Analysis Part I

•Mentoring Class: Evidence Analysis Part II

•Mentoring Class: Report Writing

•Mentoring Class: Pedigree Analysis

•Mentoring Class: Oral Review and Application CD

•Mentoring Class: Written Exam and Oral Review

•Mentoring Series Student Syllabus

Accreditation Classes, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, January 11-15, 2010

•Research Planning

•Evaluating and Solving Research Problems

Oral Review: Purposes, Rubrics, and Results

Research Courses

•Australia Research

•England Research

•Germany Research

•Ireland Research

•Italy Research

•New Zealand Research

•Poland Research

Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México)

•Reading Handwritten Records Series

•Research Principles and Tools

•Russia Research

•United States of America Research

Accreditation, Certification, and Professional Presentations

•Association of Professional Genealogists

•Board for Certification of Genealogists

To take any of these courses go to, click on the “Learn” link at the top of the page and then click on the “Research Courses” link on the bottom middle of the page.