Power Course: Illinois Genealogy

Course Id: 2159-3
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 18      
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 couple of TV shows, you’ll boost your research and leave with new tips and tricks to help you find your ancestors.

In this particular course, you’ll learn all the specifics on how to go about digging for your ancestors in Illinois. Both newcomers to Illinois genealogy and seasoned veterans will discover helpful tools, sources and strategies to find their Land of Lincoln 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 Illinois history
  • Details on vital records and immigration records in Illinois
  • What ethnicity-based records your ancestors may have left behind
  • The best websites for finding your Illinois ancestors


  • A one-hour video crash course on Illinois genealogy records and research strategies
  • A quick-reference PDF guide explaining Illinois genealogy how-tos, fast facts, key websites and resources and a timeline of Illinois history
  • A in-depth PDF guide with a historical overview, record highlights, reference map with county boundaries, bibliography of Illinois 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 guide of Chicago that documents key websites, resources and research strategies


  • You’re just beginning to research your ancestors in Illinois
  • You’re facing a brick wall in your Illinois genealogy and need some tips and tricks for moving forward
  • You want to learn more about Midwest genealogy, including history of the area and the effect it has on your family research


  • This Power Course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in our First Steps series–Discover Your Family Tree–will provide a helpful foundation for genealogy beginners.