Most genealogists aim to trace their roots back to the old country, and this combo of three Family Tree University courses will teach you how to do just that. You'll master the three critical steps to overseas research success: identifying your immigrant ancestor, pinpointing the town he came from and accessing records from his homeland.
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| Tracing Immigrants (CD) |
Many people get interested in genealogy because they want to learn more about where their family came from—specifically, to find out which ancestors came over from the "old country" and when. This course will teach you how to identify an immigrant ancestor in your family tree. You'll learn how to pinpoint when and where he or she left and locate records documenting his or her immigration. Each of the four lessons includes an assignment designed to help you progress in your research of an immigrant ancestor.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN How to gather immigration information about your immigrant ancestors through home sources and oral history interviews Which US sources to consult in tracing an immigrant ancestor, and what they can tell you Where to look for your ancestor's naturalization records and/or passenger list—online and offline How social history and migration patterns can help you track your ancestor
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE People who wish to learn where their family came from outside the United States Descendants of fairly recent immigrants—e.g., late 19th- and early 20th-century arrivals—who have just a few generations to trace in US sources Researchers who have traced a family line as far back in America as they can, and want to take their research to the next level
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class. Access to Ancestry.com and other subscription genealogy databases will help you get the most from this class. Many libraries offer free on-site access to these Websites. An audio recorder, video camera or some other device to capture oral history interviews is recommended but not required.
| Finding Your Ancestral Village (CD) |
Most genealogists hope to "cross the pond" as quickly as possible—but to do that, you need to know the name of the town or village where your ancestor lived. This course will teach you how identify your ancestor's place of origin, show you the key tools you need to do so and give you an overview of the factors that likely influenced an immigrant's decision to leave home. Each of the four lessons includes an assignment designed to help you progress in tracking the ancestral village of your immigrant ancestor.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN Key immigration time periods and the factors that influenced immigrants to leave their homelands Historical geography, how outside forces influenced place name changes, and terms you need to know How ethnicity and religion can help you track your ancestor Key tools for locating your ancestral town, such as atlases, gazetteers, maps and online resources
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE Genealogists with roots in Europe Students who have completed Tracing Immigrants: How to Research Your Family's American Arrivals and want to continue their studies Teachers looking to incorporate US immigration history into their curriculum
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES To succeed in this class, you should have already identified which ancestor immigrated. If you haven't yet determined the immigrant generation in your family, consider taking the previous course in this series, Tracing Immigrants. This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class.
| Research in Foreign Records (CD) |
After you've identified the immigrant in your family tree and pinpointed the place your family came from, you're ready to begin exploring resources in the country. The third course in our immigrant research series walks you through the steps to successfully cross the pond and find your family in foreign records.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN How to set yourself up for success and identify available records Ways to access records from countries all over the world—without traveling there Tips for writing to overseas archives and record offices, including sample letters Guidance for interpreting foreign language documents When to call in a professional Guidance for planning an overseas research trip
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE Genealogists with roots in Europe Researchers who want to learn how to find and access genealogical records from other countries Students who have completed the first two courses in this series, Tracing Immigrants and Finding Your Ancestral Village, and want to continue their studies
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES A foreign-language/English dictionary for the language of your ancestors' country is helpful, but not required. This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class.