Power Course: Michigan Genealogy

Course Id: 2160-2
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 22      
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 less time than it would take to watch James Cameron’s epic Titanic, you’ll boost your research and leave with new tips and tricks to help you find your ancestors. This course is self-led and does not contain any graded exercises, but instructors are available to answer any and every question you may post on the Discussion Board.

In this particular course, you’ll learn all the specifics on how to go about digging for your ancestors in Michigan. Both newcomers to Michigan genealogy and seasoned veterans will discover helpful tools, sources and strategies to find their Great Lakes state ancestors. 
Note: Unlike other 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 Michigan history
  • Details on the records available and where you can find them
  • What ethnicity-based records your ancestors may have left behind
  • How to trace your roots in Detroit
  • The best websites for finding your Michigan ancestors


  • A one-hour Michigan Genealogy Crash Course video
  • A Michigan Genealogy Guide PDF guide explaining how-tos, fast facts, key websites and resources, and a timeline of Michigan history
  • A in-depth PDF Sourcebook with a historical overview, record highlights, reference map with county boundaries, bibliography of Michigan 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 Detroit that documents key websites, resources and research strategies


  • Those just beginning to research their Michigan ancestry
  • Those looking for tips and tricks to break their Michigan genealogy brick walls
  • Those wanting to learn more about Great Lakes 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.