Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor: Sunny Morton

    2. Course Outline

    3. Course Access: October 10 - November 6, 2022

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Before we begin ...

    6. Contact Us

    1. Vital Records Research Basics

    2. Consider the Source

    3. Government Vital Records Overview

    4. Searching Major Genealogy Websites

    5. Searching Indexed Records at

    6. Searching Indexed Records at FamilySearch

    7. Vital Records - Collections at FamilySearch

    8. Searching for and Requesting Records

    9. Keys to Success

    10. Lesson 1 Quiz

    11. Skill-Building Exercises & Discussion

    1. Government Birth Records

    2. Finding Birth Records

    3. Amended and Delayed Birth Records

    4. Other Sources of Birth Records

    5. Keys to Success

    6. Lesson 2 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercises & Discussion

    1. Government Marriage Records

    2. Finding government marriage records

    3. Examining Government Marriage Records

    4. Other Marriage Records

    5. Keys to Success

    6. Lesson 3 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercises & Discussion Board

    1. Government Death Records

    2. Finding Government Death Records

    3. Analyzing Death Records

    4. Other Related Death Records

    5. Keys to Success

    6. Lesson 4 Quiz

    7. Skill-Building Exercises & Discussion Board

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About this course

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

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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