Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor: Lisa A. Alzo

    2. Course Access: February 13 - 19, 2023

    3. Workshop Objective

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Day 1 Goals and Objective

    2. Birth Certificates and Alternatives

    3. Death Records and Alternatives

    4. Discuss Your Day 1 Results: Birth and Death Dates

    1. Day 2 Goals and Objectives: Your Ancestor's Address

    2. Census Records

    3. Online Census Secrets

    4. City Directories Introduction

    5. City Directories Slide Presentation

    6. City Directories with Deborah Abbott, Ph.D.

    7. Common Problems and Solutions

    8. Discuss Your Day 2 Results: Ancestral Addresses

    1. Day 3 Objectives: Find an Immigration or Migration Date

    2. Online Passenger Lists

    3. Researching African-American Ancestors During the Great Migration to Northern Cities

    4. Discuss Your Day 3 Results: Migration Records

    1. Day 4 Objective: Military and Occupational Records

    2. Occupational Records Q&A with Gena Philibert-Ortega

    3. Working with Military Records

    4. Discuss Your Day 4 Results: Military Records

    1. Day 5 Objective: Newsworthy Ancestors

    2. Find Your Ancestors in Online Newspapers

    3. Discuss Your Day 5 Results: Newsworthy Ancestors

About this course

  • $129.99
  • 36 lessons
  • 5 hours of video content


Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a professional writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer. She is the author of 11 books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and hundreds of magazine articles.

Lisa A. Alzo


How Family Tree University Courses Work

  • Course

    Our courses consist of four or more written lessons that may also contain videos, slide shows, and other elements. There are self-directed quizzes and/or exercises to help you apply your knowledge. In addition, you'll have access to discussion boards where you can ask your instructor, questions about the materials during the course dates.

  • Instructor

    Instructor access for the duration of the week, so you can ask questions about what you've learned.

  • Access

    Our courses are designed to be easily accessible! Once you've registered for the course, you'll be able to log in on the start date to see all the lessons. Each lesson is available within your browser. You can work at your own pace.

  • Materials

    All the materials will be available for download, and you'll have access to the course materials online for about a year after the start date. After the course end date, it will go into read-only mode, so you'll still be able to reach the materials, but you'll no longer have access to the instructor or message boards.

  • What You'll Need

    Please ensure that you have internet access and that your browsers and computer system are fairly up-to-date. The course materials are designed to be compatible with most devices.