Power Course: Missouri Genealogy

Course Id: 2157-3
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 24      
Tuition: $39.99
Family Tree University Power Courses are designed to provide a concentrated dose of genealogy education on a single topic. Students have a week to go through approximately two hours of course material. In the time it takes to watch a Steven Spielberg movie, you’ll boost your research and leave with new tips and tricks to help you find your family.

In this particular course, you’ll learn all the specifics on how to go about digging for your ancestors in Missouri. Both newcomers to Missouri genealogy and seasoned veterans will discover helpful tools, sources and strategies to surface their Show Me State ancestors.

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 Missouri history, from the Louisiana Purchase to Bleeding Kansas
  • Missouri immigration and ethnicity-based records on groups such as Native Americans, German, Irish and English
  • Major sources for vital records, such as the Missouri Digital Heritage Collection
  • Key websites for finding your ancestors in Kansas City
  • Key websites for finding your ancestors in St. Louis


  • A one-hour video presentation on Missouri genealogy records and research strategies
  • A quick-reference PDF guide explaining Missouri genealogy how-tos, fast facts, key websites and resources and a timeline of Missouri history
  • A in-depth PDF guide with a historical overview, record highlights, reference map with county boundaries, bibliography of state resources and directory of archives, libraries and societies—plus a breakdown of what records are available in each county and where to get them
  • PDF city guides of Kansas City and St. Louis that documents key websites, resources and research strategies


  • Family historians who are doing research in Missouri for the first time
  • Genealogists with Missouri ancestors who need ideas to further their research or overcome Missouri brick walls
  • Anyone with two hours to spare who wants to learn skills they can apply immediately