Power Course: Texas Genealogy

Course Id: 2162-5
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 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 Texas. Both newcomers to Texas genealogy and seasoned veterans will discover helpful tools, sources and strategies to find their Lone Star 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 Texas 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 Houston
  • The best websites for finding your Texas ancestors


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


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