Online U.S. Jewish Genealogy Course

The next online Jewish Genealogy course focusing on the United States will begin on July 15th, 2010. The course will focus on U.S. immigrant ancestors and their immediate families. It includes 6 online text lessons which you can read/download at your own pace. For the complete syllabus, please click here (Note: this course does not include research beyond what is available in United States libraries, archives, and other local sources).

The course is essentially a personal mentoring program through our online FORUM. Students post an ancestral branch, set goals for their research, and work one on one with the instructor.

If you have already researched census, manifests and vital records and still do not have information on your immigrant ancestors, please consider the JewishGen Intermediate Course (Breaking Brick Walls in the U.S.). Once you have found names and dates and former shtetls for your immigrant ancestors, you might consider the Advanced course (Using jewishGen to FindYour Ancestral Roots).

Basic Requirements
Students must be comfortable browsing the Internet and downloading files. To best utilize this class, we suggest students have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, sample the websites and interact with the FORUM.

Tuition for Basic Genealogy is $80. Please click here to enroll. The course fee is waived if you qualify for the Value Added Services having made a $100 donation to JewishGen's General Fund within the past 12 months; you can then enroll at no additional charge (the system will recognize you and will not ask for a credit card).

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