Power Course: Minnesota Genealogy

Course Id: 2170-1
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 99      
Tuition: $39.99

From the Twin Cities to the Canadian border, whether your ancestors bathed in one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, were French fur traders or members of the Sioux tribe, this is the course for you. Gravitate toward your Gopher State genealogy in this week-long power course and fill up your family tree.

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 skin a gopher, 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.

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


  • Brief history of the state, including immigration and details regarding ethnic groups
  • Unique repositories and top websites for Minnesota
  • Where to find vital, military, land and other records
  • A breakdown of Minnesota counties, including info on historical maps
  • Records and resources specific to Minneapolis/St. Paul


  • One-hour Minnesota Genealogy Crash Course video
  • PDF guide on Minnesota Genealogy explaining how-tos, fast facts, key websites and resources, and a timeline of state history
  • In-depth PDF Sourcebook with a historical overview, record highlights, reference map with county boundaries, bibliography of Minnesota 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 guide on finding your family in Minneapolis/St. Paul


  • 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.