Become an Power User (7/21/2014 - 8/15/2014)

Course Id: 2173-11
Course Start Date: 07-21-2014- Course End Date: 08-15-2014
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 9      
Tuition: $99.99
Description is like a KitchenAid mixer: you know it has the capacity to make pasta, grind meat and juice a grapefruit, but you mostly just use it to beat cake batter. You might conduct basic searches every day, but know little about the cool collections and databases available for browsing, exciting advanced search features, or the fun functions featured within family trees. This course is certain to expand your knowledge of the world’s largest online resource for family history, so sign up and dig in.


  • Essential and Advanced search strategies for
  • In-depth information on available records, including images, transcriptions, databases, catalogs and collections
  • Everything you need to know about family trees, such as how to create one, strategies for analyzing matches and making corrections, using trees of other members and adding additional content
  • How search, records and family trees can work in unison to make your research more efficient and effective
  • How to use with family tree

Course Outline

Lesson 1:  Search Strategies

A. Genealogy primer – understand genealogy basics before you go online

 I. Start with yourself and work backward

 II. Avoid name gathering and focus on the right data and the stories

 III. Don’t trust everything you see

B. Search basics 

 I. Records checklist

 II. Advanced search

 III. Collection priority

C. Filter by collection

 I. Collections explained

 II. Filters explained

D. Why searches fail

 I. Record errors

 II. Transcription errors

 III. The record may not exist

 IV. It’s not all online

E. Customize your homepage

F. Focused searches

 I. Within a collection

 II. Within a database

G. Tying it all together

 I. Wildcards

 II. Using different strategies for different results.

 III. Making corrections

H. Summary

 I. Quiz

Lesson 2:’s Online Records

A. Introduction

B. Ancestry Card Catalog

 I. Searching

 II. Browsing

 III. Filters

C. Special Collections

D. Titles by Geographic Area

 I. State resources

 II. Histories

E. Records

 I. Images

 II. Descriptions

 III. Sources and citations

 IV. Searching via browse

F. Quiz

Lesson 3: Family Trees

A. Creating your own

 I. Start typing

 II. Uploading a GEDCOM

B. Manage your tree

 I. Tree info

 II. Privacy settings

 III. Sharing

C. Hints: The Shaky Leaves

 I. Best strategies

 II. Analyze matches

 III. Make corrections

D. Adding content

 I. Search records

 II. Correcting a hint

 III. Accepting information

 IV. Adding photos

E. Links

F. Quiz

Lesson 4: Bringing it altogether

A. Collaborate

B. Member Connect

C. Message Boards

D. Ancestry World Archives Project

E. Your Profile and the Member Directory

F. The Learning Center

G. Research Guides and Forms

H. Shoebox

I. Mobile Devices

J. Quiz