Course curriculum

    1. Introduction and Your Instructor, Lisa Louise Cooke

    2. Course Access: July 26 - August 22, 2021

    3. What You'll Learn & Course Outline

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Introduction

    2. Search Goals

    3. Step #1: Formulate Your Search Plan

    4. Step #2: Build Your Search Query

    5. Step #2: Build Your Search Query (Cont'd)

    6. Step #3: Analyze Your Results

    7. Step #4: Improve on Your Results

    8. Step #5: Capitalize on Your Results

    9. Lesson 1 Quiz

    10. Skill-Building Exercise

    11. Discussion

    1. Introduction to YouTube

    2. The YouTube Platform

    3. Video Search

    4. Capitalize on Your Finds

    5. 5 Steps to a Successful YouTube Search

    6. Lesson 2 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise

    8. Discussion

    1. Introduction to Google Books

    2. Viewing Books

    3. Search Example for Google Books

    4. Google Books Advanced Search

    5. Tools for Digital Books

    6. Lesson 3 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise

    8. Discussion

    1. Introduction to Google Images

    2. Image Search

    3. Narrowing Your Search

    4. Permission

    5. Reverse Image Searching

    6. Reverse Image Search Using a URL

    7. Searching On the Go

    8. Lesson 4 Quiz

    9. Skill-Building Exercise

    10. Discussion

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About this course

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

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 four weeks, 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.


Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa (both available at her website She’s the author of five books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd Edition, and a podcast producer and instructor and columnist for Family Tree Magazine.

Lisa Louise Cooke