Course curriculum

    1. Introductions

    2. Course Outline

    3. Course Access: August 8 - September 4, 2022

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Contact Us

    6. Before we begin ...

    1. Why Do Land Records Matter in Genealogy

    2. What Land Records May Reveal

    3. Lesson 1 Quiz

    4. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    5. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. What Are Deeds?

    2. Types of Deeds

    3. Where to Find Originals

    4. Using Indexes and Abstracts to Find Deeds

    5. Finding Deeds Online

    6. Finding Deeds at FamilySearch

    7. Accessing Offline Deeds from a Distance

    8. Tracing a Chain of Property Ownership

    9. Lesson 2 Quiz

    10. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    11. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Handwriting

    2. How Deeds Are Structured

    3. Practice Reading Deeds

    4. Keeping Track: Deed Research Worksheets

    5. Review! Pull it All Together with This Video

    6. Lesson 3 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    8. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Introduction

    2. Using Property Maps

    3. Town Lots

    4. Public Land Survey System

    5. Practice Using the Rectangular Survey System

    6. Lesson 4 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    8. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

    1. Introduction to Metes and Bounds

    2. Reading a Metes and Bounds Deed

    3. Colonial Land Records

    4. Lesson 5 Quiz

    5. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    6. Keys to Success and Ask a Question

About this course

  • $99.99
  • 61 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

How Family Tree University Courses Work

  • Courses

    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.

  • 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.

Instructor(s)

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a professional writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer. She is the author of nine books and hundreds of magazine articles. 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

Instructor