Sunday, April 25, 2010

FamilyTree University

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Family Tree Magazine. Please address all inquiries through the new website listed below.


Class Now in Session at Family Tree University

Discounted tuition offered to students during “preview” term

Genealogists who want to improve their research skills—and make family history progress in the process—will find guidance on the new virtual “campus” of Family Tree University.

This genealogy education website, located at, features courses designed to help students learn about genealogy topics on a flexible schedule. Each course lasts four weeks, and students can log in any time of day or night during their course session to complete lessons and interact with instructors.

“Our goal is to make the experience convenient and enjoyable,” says Family Tree University publisher and editorial director Allison Stacy. “Students can interact with instructors and other students. The lessons are dynamic—some even include video. It’s not just reading a textbook.”

The first session of courses will begin in early May. In the meantime, students can try out Family Tree University through a special preview class offered at a discounted rate. Registration is now open for Google Tools for Genealogists, taught by Lisa Louise Cooke, which starts April 26. This preview course costs $74.99 (25% off), and includes a free download of the recorded webinar Googling Your Genealogy. To view details, download a syllabus and register, visit

Among the topics for the courses starting in May:

» Finding Ancestors in the US Census: Online and Offline Research Strategies, taught by Jana Sloan Broglin

» Land Records 101: Using Deeds, Plats, Patents and More, taught by Diana Smith

» US Vital Records: Researching Births, Marriages, Deaths and Divorces, taught by George G. Morgan

» Tracing Immigrants: How to Research Your Family’s American Arrivals, taught by Lisa A. Alzo

» Find Your German Roots: From America to Deutschland, taught by James M. Beidler

» Reverse Genealogy: Working Forward to Break Down Brick Walls, taught by Lisa Louise Cooke

In addition to four-week courses, Family Tree University also offers monthly live webinars. The program comes from the publishers of Family Tree Magazine, the leading how-to publication for family history hobbyists. “We’ve taken the friendly, accessible approach that genealogists like about the magazine and applied it to online education,” says Stacy. “Obviously, a printed magazine can’t include interactive learning elements, so this was a natural extension. Students get the best of both worlds.”

About Family Tree University

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do.

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