Family Tree University Online Course Calendar and Details

See what genealogy courses are coming up!


See the calendar dates below to find out when we’re offering your favorite online genealogy courses. Course sessions usually run four weeks, starting on Monday and ending on the fourth Friday. Workshops, unless otherwise specified, run for a week. We also have plenty of independent study courses as well, which you can start as soon as you register.

Note: Schedule is subject to change based on instructor availability. New genealogy courses and workshops may be added in as they become available.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know what topics you’re interested in at familytreeuniversity@fwmedia.com.

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Upcoming Genealogy Courses

June Courses and Workshops

4th

The Genealogist’s Guide to German Language Documents

Genetic Genealogy 201: Cracking the Genetic Code

The Best Technology for Smart Genealogy

11th

What the Pros Know: Research Secrets of the Pros

Czech and Slovak Genealogy 101

Become an Ancestry.com Power User

18th

Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies

Virtual DNA Conference

25th

Google Earth for Genealogists

Mastering Family Tree Maker


Genealogy Courses You Can Start Anytime!

Get Started with Genealogy

If you’re just starting out with your genealogy search, or you want to refresh your knowledge, these genealogy courses will get you started. Learn how to find records of your ancestors, starting in your own home and in online databases, get search tools and organization tips, and more. And if you’ve done a DNA test recently, it’s vital to have a tree linked to the test so you and your matches can determine your relationships. Learn how to set up your online family trees.
Trace Your Roots: Find Your Family Tree
Trace Your Roots: Search Tricks to Find Your Ancestors
Online Family Trees

Genealogy Records

Vital records include birth, marriage and death records, and those, combined with census records and immigration records, are considered “the big five.” These genealogy courses will help you find and use the records in your family history.
Using Birth Records
Marriage and Divorce Records
Using Death Records
Using Census Records
Making the Most of Immigration Records
Make the Most of Probate Records
Mastering Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers

Research Strategies and Tools

From researching specific areas, eras and locations to using timelines to guide your research, these genealogy courses below will help you refine your search.
Using Y-DNA Testing in Your Genealogy Research
Doing Cemetery Research
Researching Colonial American Ancestors
Research Strategies to Beat Genealogy Brick Walls
Trace Your Female Ancestors
Genealogy and the Law
Using Timelines in Your Genealogy

Preservation and Organization Strategies

What do you do with all of your research? How do you preserve your family’s history in old photos and heirlooms? These online genealogy courses will help you put your research together.
Heirloom Rescue: How to Safely Archive, Store and Digitize Your Family’s Keepsakes
How to Restore Old Photos
Internet Privacy: Protecting Your Online Privacy


How It Works

Genealogy Courses Online

4-week courses

Time frames: You will have four weeks in which the course is active, meaning that you can interact with your instructor and other students on the discussion boards. After that, the course will become read-only for a year, in which you will continue to have access through your dashboard to the materials. You can download the materials to your desktop for your own use both online and offline.

Within each session, there is no set schedule. You can work at your own pace.

Workshops

Time frames: Most workshops last from 3 days to one week. During that time, the workshop is active, meaning that you can interact with your instructor and other students on the discussion boards. After that, the workshop will become read-only for a year* during which you will continue to have access through your dashboard to the materials. You can download the materials to your desktop for your own use both online and offline.

With most workshops, you can work at your own pace. However, some workshops contain scheduled elements, such as live webinars or Q&As. Please note the times and sign up in advance. All live webinars are recorded and made available for download and viewing within 2-3 business days after the event.

You can use the discussion boards to meet your fellow workshop attendees, participate in conversations and ask questions of your instructor. These can be found following the lesson materials for each module.

For further information about Family Tree University online genealogy courses and workshops, please scroll down or contact customer service at familytreeservice@fwmedia.com.

*There may be some exceptions to this, which will be clearly indicated.

 

Registration Information for Genealogy Courses and Workshops

In order to ensure equal access and maximum benefit to all Family Tree University students, the following policies will be strictly adhered to for all courses and workshops. Please read them carefully.

Class Schedules and Sizes

We strongly advise registering early to secure your place in the course of your choice. At the discretion of the director and instructor, we may postpone, cancel or combine courses that do not have at least 10 students enrolled by the start date.

While we will make every attempt to adhere to posted schedules, we reserve the right to adjust course or workshop dates, combine courses, or assign alternate instructors as necessary. All registered students will be notified of any changes or cancellations as soon as possible. If your course is canceled or rescheduled, you may request transfer to another course or a full refund (no administrative fees will be assessed on refunds for courses canceled by us).

Registration Cut-off Date

The registration cut-off date for each course happens once the course has started. Unless otherwise stated, the cutoff will be five (5) calendar days after the first day of the class. For one-week workshops, it is the day after the workshop has started. Any course that appears on the schedule is open for registration. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire any additional required reading materials by the course start date. Registrations received after the cutoff date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Payment

For immediate online registration, tuition is payable in full with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. The transaction will take place over a secure internet connection. Your personal information and credit card number will be encrypted so it cannot be read by anyone except the professional staff of Family Tree University. If you prefer, you may elect to register by phone by calling our customer service number. If you elect one of these options, you will be directed to complete the online form FOR YOUR RECORDS AND/OR MAILING PURPOSES ONLY. This information is not transmitted to us, and you will not be registered for your course until the form and payment are received. You may either mail the form with your credit card number, or you may call us with the course information and your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express number. Contact information for both options will be provided once you have completed the form.

Cancellations and Refunds

We’re absolutely confident that you will enjoy and benefit from your online course experience, and your paid registration guarantees a place for you. Because that place cannot be filled after the registration cut-off date, if circumstances do force you to withdraw, the following refund policies apply:

  • If you cancel before the start of the workshop, or if we cancel or reschedule a course, you are entitled to a full refund.
  • All materials are available from the start of the course and for a year after. Because of this, we cannot offer refunds after the start of the course. However, we’re happy to consider alternative arrangements, including transferring your registration to a different session.
  • We record live webinars and make them available within 2-3 business days after the event, so you will be able to obtain a copy of it to watch at your leisure, even if you must miss the live event.

In order to cancel or change your registration, you must notify us by email at familytreeservice@fwmedia.com. Refund calculations will be based on the date/time the email is received by us. Your email message must include: your full name, registered email address (if different from the address you are emailing us from), and the name and date of the course you wish to un-enroll. Failure to submit assignments or “attend” the course DOES NOT constitute an official cancellation. Notifying the instructor will also not result in a withdrawal. You must contact our customer service team using the email address above.

Refunds take 4-6 weeks to process, and will only be given via the same form of payment you used when registering.