Become an Power User Online Course

Are you making use of all the resources on offer at If you’d like to expand your knowledge of the world’s largest online resource for family history and really start making strides in your genealogy research, it pays to learn every aspect of the website, whether it’s searching the collections, building your tree, or testing your DNA. By the end of this 4-week course, you'll be familiar with every nook and cranny. You'll be able to apply the tips, tools, and resources has to offer to build your family history.

Course starts October 15, 2018

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This online course contains four lessons delivered through video and written formats, along with quizzes and exercises so you can practice what you learn. You’ll have plenty of chances to ask questions within each lesson and get feedback from your instructor, Gena Philibert-Ortega.

You’ll love this course if:

  • You’ve subscribed to and want to use it to its fullest capabilities
  • You got a DNA test from and you want to explore your family history more thoroughly
  • You want new tips and ideas for turning up more records

”Great class with lots of helpful tips and useful information. Highly recommended for someone who wants to get more out of” - PH

In Become an Power User, you’ll learn:

  • How to set up and use an online tree
  • How to use the site’s many collections and records to find more information about your ancestors
  • Tips and tricks for incorporating AncestryDNA into your family history research
  • How to use the site’s many resources for problem-solving
  • Strategies for using hints, adding sources and people, and so much more

About Your Instructor

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).

How it Works

Our 4-week courses don’t require you to log on at a certain time of day to access the materials. From the course start date, you’ll be able to log in to view and download your lessons and start interacting on the discussion boards. Your instructor will check in a few times per week to answer all of the questions and provide feedback.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Online Family Tree

By the end of this lesson, you’ll have a thorough grounding in building and navigating through online trees, how to protect your information, and how to add facts and sources to your ancestors.

Lesson 2: Searching’s Online Records

In this lesson, you’ll learn about’s records and collections, as well as how to find the exact records you’re seeking. You’ll get tips for using hints to find new records as well as what to do when a transcript is wrong.

Lesson 3: DNA

AncestryDNA is rapidly expanding and they’ve added plenty of tools to your research toolbox. Learn about testing with in this lesson, and how to use the various tools, including the ethnicity estimates, matches and circles, to work with your online tree.

Lesson 4: Using to Solve Research Problems

In this lesson, you’ll see how you can use the tools and resources on to break down brick walls, find offline records, using’s community, and other tools.

Supplement the lessons with the Unofficial Guide to and The Unofficial Workbook.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R8322
Product Type Course
Author/Speaker/Editor Gena Philibert-Ortega
Runtime 4 weeks
Skill Level Beginner
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