- Researching Colonial American Ancestors

Course Id: 2182-1
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 21      
Tuition: $59.99

There are fifty nifty United States from which we can trace our heritage, but of those, only Thirteen Original Colonies pre-date American Independence. If your ancestors jumped ship for the New World, this crash course in Colonial American genealogy may be just the ticket.

This one-week course is designed to help you quickly jump-start your work on the class topic. The course materials take about two hours to complete. This course is self-led and does not contain any graded exercises, but an instructor is available to answer any questions you have via the Discussion Board. In the time it takes to watch a movie, you’ll give your research skills a huge boost, and come away with new tools and techniques that you can use immediately.

Note: Unlike other Family Tree University courses that begin on a set date, this course begins 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


  • How to understand colonial borders, using maps to trace migration paths
  • How to use statewide and regional compilations for colonial research
  • How to use genealogical periodicals to look for record extracts and research updates
  • How to use Google Books and the Internet Archive to find free published materials
  • How to find your colonial ancestors in church records, court records, passenger lists, probate records, land records and military records


  •  A 60-minute video on Top 25 Tips for Finding Your Colonial Ancestors. Learn essential strategies for tracking your family tree in the years before US independence.
  • A 30-minute video on Researching Revolutionary War Ancestors. Learn how to explore compiled materials on the Revolutionary War, from service and pension records to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • A 30-minute video on Massachusetts Genealogy Crash Course. Learn how to explore vital records and immigration in New England, as well as the best websites for Massachusetts research.
  •  A PDF article on Colonial Genealogy Guide. Learn to liberate your Colonial-era lineage with our primer on pre-Independence records and resources.
  • A 25% off coupon for Family Tree University’s English Genealogy 101 course (a $50 value)


  • Genealogists with immigrant ancestors
  • Anyone with two hours to spare who wants to learn skills they can apply immediately


  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in the First Steps series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you’ve never done genealogical research before.