Power Course: Pennsylvania Genealogy

Course Id: 2152-6
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 13      
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 Pennsylvania ancestors. They don't call Pennsylvania the Keystone State for nothing - it's an essential part in many genealogists' research. Because of Philadelphia's prominence as the No. 1 port of entry in the Colonial era, as many as one in four Americans have a Pennsylvania ancestor.

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


  • A one-hour video presentation: Pennsylvania Genealogy Crash Course: Find Your Keystone State Ancestors
  • Four PDF guides to essential Pennsylvania history and records:
    • Pennsylvania Research Guide
    • Family Tree Sourcebook: Pennsylvania Genealogy Guide
    • Philadelphia City Genealogy Guide
    • Pittsburgh 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.