Hundreds of Free Genealogy Courses

Major revision Date(s):

  • 20 October 2013

For those wishing to learn ‘more’ on how to conduct Genealogical research, acquaint themselves with the basics, or just see ‘how things are done'; there are numerous sources of on-line training. Hopefully you will find these Free courses to be of value as you develop your skills, knowledge, and genealogical information.research

Introduction to Genealogy Course- a free online, interactive, genealogy class designed to teach you all the basics of genealogy! Family history lessons, optional homework assignments, and a forum for asking questions and getting feedback are all part of the fun and learning. Run by a professional genealogist.

The Family History Library Catalog Overview
Learn more about the catalog and how to access materials. Search the catalog of materials (including microfilm, microfiche, and publications) found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many items can be loaned to local Family History Centers around the world.

140+ Free Online Genealogy Research Courses

In just one year, the number of free FamilySearch courses has grown to over 140—and new courses are added monthly. Most recently, over 25 courses were added for Australia, England, Germany, and the U.S. Additional courses were added that focus on basic tools and techniques for anyone just getting started in family history research, as well as courses for intermediate and advanced researchers.

RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees

This free course, written and compiled by Julia M. Case, Myra Vanderpool Gormley, and Rhonda McClure, is a series of 24 wonderful lessons.  – Genealogy Classes

Beginning Genealogy

by Genealogy Research Associates

Internet Genealogy

by Online Pioneers

Tracing Immigrant Origins

by Genealogy Research Associates

Rootsweb Guide to Tracing Family Trees

Dozens of Guides covering a huge range of topics.

UK National Archives Podcast Series

Dozens of informative, family history related podcasts are available for free download and listening from the UK National Archives, ranging from beginner topics such as Tracing Scottish Ancestors and What Can You Learn from a DNA Test? to interest-specific talks such as Records of Bankruptcies in the National Archives and Sources for Tracing Agricultural Labourers.

U.S. National Archives – Know Your Records

The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops, covering topics such as census, military and immigration records. These “Know Your Records” videos are available on the National Archives YouTube Channel.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree offers anywhere from 2-5 free online webinars each month, with presentations from nationally known speakers including Megan Smolenyak, Maureen Taylor and many others. Topics range from genealogical case studies to DNA to using social networking tools such as Facebook and Google+ in your genealogy research. Archived webinars are available for 10 days if you can’t make the live event. After that point you can purchase the archived webinar on CD.

SCGS Jamboree Extension Series

Southern California Genealogical Society’s popular Jamboree Extension Series provides free family history and genealogy educational webinar (web-based seminar) sessions for genealogists around the world. The live webinars are free to everyone; archived recordings are also available to members of SCGS.

Brigham Young University

BYU offers numerous free online courses.  Please note I have abbreviated the BYU list of Free Offerings.

Family History/Genealogy – Introductory

FHGEN 70 — Introduction to Family History Research
FHGEN 75 — Writing Family History
FHGEN 80 — Helping Children Love Your Family History

Family History/Genealogy – Record Type

FHREC 71 — Family Records
FHREC 73 — Vital Records
FHREC 76 — Military Records

Family History/Genealogy – Regional and Ethnic

FHFRA 71 — France: Immigrant Origins
FHFRA 72 — France: Vital Records
FHFRA 73 — France: Reading French Handwriting
FHFRA 74 — France: Genealogical Organizations and Periodicals
FHFRA 75 — France: The Internet and French Genealogy
FHFRA 76 — French Research: Paris
FHFRA 77 — French Research: Alsace-Lorraine
FHGER 71 — Germany: Immigrant Origins
FHGER 72 — Germany: U.S. Sources and Surname Changes
FHGER 73 — Germany: Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps
FHGER 74 — Germany: Reading German Handwriting
FHGER 75 — Germany: Calendars and Feast Days
FHGER 76 — Germany: Vital Records
FHHUG 71 — Huguenot Research
FHSCA 73 — Scandinavia: Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps
FHSCA 74 — Scandinavia: Reading Gothic Script
FHSCA 75 — Scandinavia: Church Records and Feast Days
FHSCA 76 — Scandinavia: Census Records
FHSCA 77 — Scandinavia: Probate and Other Records

International Internet Genealogical Society University (IIGS)

General Instructions
  • Beginning Genealogy Lessons – 15 lessons designed to take the beginning genealogist through all the steps in order to complete a four generation pedigree with accompanying family group sheets.
  • Research on the Internet – One lesson that deals with using the World Wide Web for research and focuses on The USGenWeb project.
Australia & New Zealand
  • Research in Australia & New Zealand – A series of 15 lessons offered.
  • Ontario, Canada Research – Links to various Ontario resources and census indexes.
  • Researching German or German-American Families – A Frequently Asked Questions List of 31 questions to help you get started researching German, Austrian, Swiss, Alsatian and Eastern European German genealogy.
South Africa
  • Genealogy in South Africa – Links to resources in South Africa, a newsletter, query board and surname search.
United States
  • Beginning U.S. Research – 9 lessons showing where to start, how to use different library/archive resources, courthouse research, census records and Family History Center’s resources.
  • U. S. Land & Property Records – A self-paced series of lessons on the basics of land and property research.
  • U. S. Military Records – This lesson provides the information on U.S. military records and how to use the those records.
  • Genealogy Research in South Carolina – A series of 6 lessons designed for finding research facilities in Columbia, Charleston, Ethnic Research and specific South Carolina research on the web.
  • Research in The Lonestar State – Texas – A series of 5 lessons designed for searching records in Texas. A certificate of completion is offered for your website.
  • Genealogical Research in Virginia – 4 lessons designed to organize your research and track the ancestral lands in Virginia.
  • Tracing Mormon Pioneers - This lesson will provide tips for tracing Mormon Pioneer ancestry from Europe and South Africa to Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Lumbee and Southeastern American Indian Research - 4 lessons designed to give you an overview of the Lumbee Tribe, their culture and links to various Southeastern Tribal Websites.
  • Native American Research in Michigan – A series of 10 self-paced lessons.

JewishGen Learning Center

JewishGen is delighted to offer online interactive courses in Jewish genealogy, to help you organize your information and begin to trace your ancestral roots. Most courses will be eight sessions and in addition to the “lecture”, will contain optional reading material and helpful links to JewishGen’s resources, as well as other genealogical websites.

Researching Your Family Tree

Have you ever wondered about your great-grandparents?
Or have you wanted to work on your family history, but you had no idea how to get started? If you answered yes to these questions, this FREE interactive tutorial is for you.