Trace Your Roots: Search Tricks to Find Your Ancestors

Learn how to search for your family history and find your ancestors in vital records, censuses, immigration records, newspapers and land records.

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SKU: R7009

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In this course, students will learn how to find resources and documentation of their family history. Students will learn search tricks for turning up better results and learn an overview of the "Big 5" records, from census records to land records. Then, students will learn how to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to our family history and what to do with all the information you've found. 

Who will benefit: 

  • People interested in learning their family history
  • DNA testers who are interested in learning more about the ancestors they share DNA with
  • Anyone who has inherited a box of old photos, documents and heirlooms

What you'll get: 

  • Four lessons designed to guide you through 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
  • Expert instruction from Amy Johnson Crow 

This course builds upon the Trace Your Roots: Find Your Family Tree course. 

Course Outline

I. Where do I Search?

  • What is a source? 
  • Good search techniques

II. The Big 5 Records  

  • Census
  • Vital 
  • Immigration
  • Land Records
  • Newspapers
  • What type of info they contain
  • Why are these records so important?

III. Fact. vs. Fiction: How to research and prove (or disprove) a family story?

  • common tropes and myths
  • What is proof?
  • Thorough research

IV. Putting it Together

  • Scan it. Save it. Share it.
    • Scanning photos
    • Cloud storage
    • Naming conventions
  • Putting it all together

Estimated time per lesson: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R7009
Product Type Course
Author/Speaker/Editor Amy Johnson Crow
Skill Level Beginner
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