Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor: Sunny Morton

    2. What You'll Learn

    3. Course Access: July 25 - August 21, 2022

    4. Watch: Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Before we begin ...

    6. Contact Us

    1. Getting Started

    2. Benefits of Your Finds

    3. When and How to Use Cluster and Collateral Approaches

    4. DNA and Collateral Research

    5. Getting Started Discussion

    6. Quiz One

    1. Calculating Cousinhood

    2. Using a Census Record in Cluster Research

    3. Government Vital Records

    4. Church Records in Cluster Research

    5. Newspapers Announcements

    6. Additional Records

    7. Determining Kinship to DNA Matches

    8. Determining Kinship Discussion

    9. Quiz 2

    1. Using What You Find on Collateral Relatives

    2. What Boston’s Kids Say about Boston’s Residences

    3. Separating Close Relatives From the Surname Pack

    4. Using Collateral Research to Find African American Ancestors

    5. Reconstructing the Johnson Family

    6. Other possible scenarios

    7. Collateral Relatives Discussion

    8. Quiz 3

    1. Migration Groups and Other Clusters

    2. Narratives

    3. Other Types of Clusters

    4. Identifying Clusters

    5. Case Studies

    6. Think Big: Large Migration Groups and Clusters

    7. Use DNA to explore migratory clusters

    8. Other Cluster Group Discussion

    9. Quiz 4

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About this course

  • $99.99
  • 40 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content


Sunny Jane Morton is an award-winning writer who has advanced training in genealogy, history, and memoir-writing. She is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and Your DNA Guide; author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy and How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records; and a writing coach and course developer for Family Tree University.

Sunny Jane Morton


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