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The FamilySearch Learning Center: Free Research Tutorial Videos

Toni Carrier
by Toni Carrier

Did you know that FamilySearch has a Learning Center that offers hours of free instructional videos presented by recognized experts, to help you sharpen your research skills? The Learning Center offers lessons on research strategies, researching in specific locations, using various record sets to ramp up your genealogy research, and more. Here, we list recommended tutorials you may find especially helpful.

Beginning Genealogy

Beginning Research Techniques G. David Dilts, AG® introduces you to basic principles of genealogy research.

Principles for Beginning Genealogy Dr. Tom Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA offers strategies for beginning your research, as well as hints for overcoming brick walls.

Getting Started in Genealogy Rhonda R. McClure provides an overview of forms and charts for genealogy and gives tips on recording the information you find in your research.

African American Genealogy

FS Slavery Research Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

Tracing Slaveholdings and Slavery in the Family Part 1 and Part 2 Instructor Pam L. Smith offers in-depth advice for researching enslaved ancestors.

Roots West: African American History in the Trans Mississippi West Dr. Quintard Taylor presents an overview of researching African American ancestors who lived the West.

Hispanic Research

Introduction to Hispanic Research Debbie Gurtler, AG® presents an introduction to Hispanic genealogy research, provides tips and language helps, and introduces you to important record sets for researching in Mexico, Latin America and Spain.

Research Problem Solving

FS Correlation Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

Using “Correlation” to Reveal Facts that No Record States InstructorThomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS describes this course as “Not the “I found it” approach to genealogical research, but the “piecing together” approach.”

Thinking Creatively About Research Problems Apryl Cox, AG® offers creative approaches to genealogical problem solving.

Rubik’s Cube Genealogy: A New Twist on Your Old Data Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL demonstrates how to put a new twist on three genealogy elements (Name, Time and Place) to discover unseen patterns in your family history.

Cemetery Research

FS Cemetery Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

Messages From the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor’s Tombstone Part 1 and Part 2 Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL shares wisdom for Cemetery Research.

Location-Specific Research 

FS Mid South Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

United States Research: Mid-South Region Marilyn Markham, AG®, CGsm, MLS presents an overview of records useful for researching in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

United States Midwest Beginning Research Series Jeff Blaylock, AG® presents eleven lessons on locating ancestors who lived inIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

United States Research: Mountain West States Marilyn Markham, AG®, CGsm, MLS offers tips for researching in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

United States Research: Pacific States Region Marilyn Markham, AG®, CGsm, MLS presents an overview of researching Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Census Records

U.S. Census Research, Techniques and Strategies Jason Harrison, CG® shares proven strategies for researching in US Census records. 

Probate Records

FS Probate Records Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

United States Probate Records Tim Bingaman, AG® explores types of probate records and how they can help you flesh out your family history.

Military Records

Identifying Civil War Ancestors in Your Family Tree The Online Genealogist David A. Lambert offers advice on finding records that document your Civil War ancestors.

Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications Presenter Jeffrey T. Blaylock introduces you to the rich detail available in military pension records, and offers advice on where to locate pension records.

Land and Property Records

FS Homestead Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

Homestead Records Roberta “Bobbi” King guides you through the process of using homestead records in your genealogical research.

Finding Your Way: Locating and Using Maps in Your Research Gary R. Toms shows you how to locate and use maps and plats in your research.

Court Records

FS Court Record Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

United States Court Records Tim Bingaman, AG® presents an overview of court records, a valuable and often overlooked record set.

Vital Records

United States Vital Records  and Finding Your Ancestors in Vital Records Joni L. Kesler, AG® offers advice on how to locate and use birth, death, marriage and other vital records.

Church Records

United States Church Records Joni L. Kesler, AG® offers an overview of types of church records, the information they contain, and how to locate church records for your ancestors. 

Newspaper Research

FS Newspapers Courses — FamilySearch.org

 

Newspaper Research: Finding the Sources, Finding the Facts Gary R. Toms shows you how to find and search historical newspapers.

Finding and Using Historic Newspapers, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 Billie Stone Fogarty, M. Ed. presents an in-depth look at historic newspaper research.

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