Online Jewish Genealogy Class: How to Make a ShtetLinks Page

Posted By Phyllis Kramer

Have you seen the many wonderful Shtetlinks pages and wondered, "When will someone make one for my town?" Or have you collected genealogical material about your ancestral town and wanted to make a ShtetLinks page, but didn't know how? Now's your chance!

In this 6 week course you will learn how to create your own ShtetLinks page. Creating web pages is not difficult: If you have basic computer skills, you can create web pages.

We will use a free, downloadable, simple-to-use web page editor to create our pages. This editor runs on both PCs and Macs (OS X or later), so practically everyone will be able to use it. The course is self-paced, so you can read the lessons at your leisure; we have a bulletin board so you can post your questions and get answers from the instructor.


  1. You must have basic computer skills such as knowing how to click on hyperlinks, how to "copy and paste" text using a computer mouse, etc. If you are comfortable using a web browser like Internet Explorer or Safari, and with using word processing programs like Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, then you already have all the basic skills that you will need to make web pages.
  2. You will need to spend 2-4 hours each week to read the lessons and make your web pages. The class will have its own ShtetLinks website, where lessons will be posted and students can upload their new pages.
  3. You should have some idea about the town for which you want to make a ShtetLinks page. One of the first lessons will be to choose a shtetl for which you want to make a site (if you already have a ShtetLinks page and just want to learn how to improve it, that's OK too).
The course will begin October 15th. To enroll and pay online, click here and then “enroll link” and pay for the course online by credit card at our secure server or by check drawn on a U.S. Bank.

The $36 tuition for this course is specially reduced to encourage people to make web pages for the Shtetlinks project. Registration will close when the class is full.

If you have any questions, please email us by clicking here (the education administrator will be on holiday through october 4th, so please be patient if you have any questions)

Hope you can join us!

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