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Courses On Demand

Educational experiences by our experts, at your convenience

Whether you're just starting to explore your family history, or you're a seasoned researcher looking to gain new skills, American Ancestors offers a variety of online seminars in topics across the field of genealogy. Now, you can enjoy some of our most recent and popular courses at your convenience, including recorded lectures, handouts, activities, and more. Any course you purchase will be accessible through your American Ancestors account for the foreseeable future—course materials do not expire. Choose a course below and start learning today!

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On Demand: Building Your Genealogical Skills

Take your research skills to the next level! Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills, or learn best practices, this course will help you get the most out of your family history research.

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On Demand: Researching American Revolutionary War Patriots

Nearly 250 years ago, America declared its independence from the British Empire, changing the course of history. For those of us with American ancestry from that period, we want to know if—and how—our ancestor served the cause. This five-week online course will delve into the many primary and published records that exist to document your ancestors’ role in the American Revolution and their contributions to the cause for independence.

Available for purchase until:

July 31, 2024

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Verifying Your Jamestowne Lineage

Jamestowne was the first permanent English settlement in the New World and had already been growing and developing for 13 years by the time the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts. While verifying lineage to settlers from either location is no easy task, it can be much harder to know where to start when it comes to tracing your Jamestowne ancestors.

August 31, 2024

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Demystifying DNA: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy

Advances in DNA research have had huge implications for the field of genealogy. Yet, with the growing number of companies and options, it can be difficult to know what test is best for you and how to interpret your results. In this three-week online seminar, Senior Genealogist Melanie McComb will demystify the practice of using genetic testing to trace family roots.

January 31, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Writing & Publishing Your Family History

Now is the perfect time to write your family history! Think about the legacy you will be leaving if you write and publish your own family research: not only a legacy for current and future family members, but an important resource for current and future genealogical researchers. This 5-week course led by the writing and publishing experts at American Ancestors will provide you with a step-by-step approach to turning your raw data into an illustrated narrative, Register-style genealogy or Ahnentafel.

February 28, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Irish Land Records

Land records are a critical part of Irish family history research. As many public records were destroyed in 1922, land records become a bright spot in Irish genealogical research. They can provide information on multiple generations within a family, lend a greater understanding of your ancestors’ movements and economic status, and shed light on their daily lives. Discussing—but also moving beyond—Griffith’s Valuation, this online seminar delves more deeply into leveraging land records in your family history research.

March 31, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Ohio Family History Research

Throughout its history as a territory and state, Ohio has long been a destination for people migrating for new opportunities, from early fur traders and homesteaders to African Americans travelling in the Great Migration of the 20th century. This four-part online seminar will provide an overview of the records, resources, repositories, and strategies for exploring your Ohio roots. We will also discuss the historical context that shaped the records available for your Ohio ancestors.

March 31, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Basics of Early New England Research

As a group, 17th-century New Englanders are arguably one of the most studied groups on the planet, and thus descendants are blessed with a multitude of resources. In many cases, town vital records, church, colony, court, probate, land, military, and tax records not only have survived, but have been abstracted and published. And yet, early New England is not without its challenges and idiosyncrasies. This five-week course will discuss the settlement of and migrations within New England, how to locate and utilize original and published records, and strategies for breaking down brick walls.

March 31, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Researching Catholic Ancestors

If you have Catholic Ancestors, there is a wealth of information available when it comes to family history research. The Catholic Church keeps meticulous records of its congregants, and there are many records documenting baptisms, marriages, and more, which can help you trace your Catholic ancestors. These records can provide a window into their lives, help to establish family connections, and they can provide clues to help you track down hard-to-find vital records and more.

April 30, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center

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On Demand: Researching Scottish Ancestors

Scots have been migrating to and settling in America and Canada for centuries. Today, there are an estimated 25 million Americans of Scottish descent. Tracing your Scottish heritage is rewarding, but not without its challenges. This four-session online seminar will provide you with key historical context, strategies, and resources setting you on the right path to trace your ancestry back several generations in Scotland.

Available for purchase until:

April 30, 2025

The Brue Family Learning Center