Whether you are brand new to family history, or have been researching your ancestors for many years, you're sure to learn something new in our online courses.
Family History Daily has been educating family history hobbyists since 2013 and our courses offer the same in-depth help and unique insights you've come to expect from our articles - but in a convenient, online learning environment. Our courses cover dozens of topics to help you find your ancestors online.
Lessons are nonacademic and are built for family historians who want to improve their online research skills in an informal manner. They are self-paced and self-directed so there are no time limits or required attendance times.
Discover the 'secrets' of Ancestry.com with the Unofficial Ancestry Crash Course or take our Genealogy Research Course and explore Google for genealogy, dozens of free resources and research sites, overseas records, brick wall solutions, DNA and more.
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Course registration is currently closed until Fall 2018 while we make improvements - including updated lessons, new materials and a cleaner design.
To find out when courses open again please enter your email in the box below and we will add you to our course information emails and send you a notice and special offer this Fall.
Current students continue to have access throughout the summer. Please log in at the top of this page.
Registration for courses will open again in Fall 2018. Enter your email and we will let you know when our updated course system is live.
How do the courses work? Family History Daily courses are self-paced and self-directed and all lessons are online. They are designed to help you improve your skills as a family historian by introducing you to more advanced research techniques and expanding your understanding of available resources and tools. You'll learn via easy-to-read text-based lessons, hands-on activities, discussions and self-administered quizzes.
Who are these courses for? We have designed our courses so that everyone can learn from them, no matter how long you have been researching. Most of the lessons are at an intermediate level with beginner content where appropriate. The Genealogy Journey has an entire section just for beginners. The courses are for hobbyists and were not created to teach professional level research skills or methodology.
How long do the courses take to complete? The Genealogy Journey course is a total of 65 lessons, and the Ancestry Crash Course is 21 lessons. Each lesson will teach you a valuable new skill or introduce you to new resources. Working through these lessons can take as little as an hour, or as long as several days. This depends on how you use the lessons and your current research goals. You will have access to these courses forever so you can take as long as you need to work through them.
Do I have to take part in discussions? Discussions are included in The Genealogy Journey but are not a required component of the course. You can choose to take part in them, or not, as you see fit.
Are the courses private? Yes, only those registered for the courses can access the materials and take part in activities and discussions.
What countries are covered in the courses? The courses were designed so that most of the materials are applicable to research anywhere in the world. They are not location specific. We have, however, also included free research sites and resources by location in The Genealogy Journey. Countries covered include the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and others. Some additional help is provided for research topics with specialized databases available to them as well - such as African American, Native American and Jewish research.
Is there any course support? Yes! You can contact support at any time for help with the materials or technical assistance. You will find instructions in the course.
Is there a course certificate? No, because this is a nonacademic course it does not provide a certificate or certification and cannot prepare you for professional genealogical certification. The courses are offered for hobbyists interested in improving their research skills so that they can build a better family tree.
Are prices in US dollars? Yes, prices shown are in US dollars but you may register from anywhere in the world.
Are there additional costs? The price for courses is a one-time fee, no additional charges will ever be made to your credit card and you will have access to the materials forever. No additional paid materials are needed for The Genealogy Journey course either since all research websites, resources and tools referenced in the course are free to use. The DNA lessons do require that you have access to DNA test data, but this this optional. The Ancestry Crash Course requires that you have access to that site. Free trials and free collections are available, however, so you may take the course even without a subscription. We explain how in the course.
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