Power Course: New York Genealogy

Course Id: 2151-7
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 17      
Tuition: $39.99

Our new Power Courses are designed to give you an intense dose of learning on one topic. You'll have one week to go through about two hours worth of course materials. In the time it takes to watch a movie, you'll give your research skills a huge boost, and come away with new tools and techniques that you can use immediately to find more ancestors.

In this course, you'll learn all about how to find your New York ancestors. With four centuries of history and notably draconian privacy laws, New York can be a challenging place to research. But we can help you find your Empire State ancestors whether they settled in the Colonial days or just stopped through Ellis Island.

Note: Unlike other Family Tree University courses that begin on a set date, our power courses begin as soon as you register! You'll have immediate access for 7 days. For those 7 days, you'll be able to interact on the message boards, ask questions of the instructor, and read or view all course materials. All course materials are also available for download in the course, so you can keep a copy of everything in case you don't have time to go through everything during your 7 days of access.

Course Outline


  • Essential New York history
  • Details on vital records and immigration in the state
  • What ethnicity-based records your ancestor may have left
  • The best websites for New York research


  • A one-hour video presentation: New York Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your Empire State Ancestors
  • Four PDF guides to essential New York history and records:
    • New York Research Guide
    • Family Tree Sourcebook: New York Genealogy Guide
    • Buffalo City Genealogy Guide
    • New York City Genealogy Guide


  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in the First Steps series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you've never done genealogical research before.