Monday, July 12, 2010

Family Tree University Special Offer

The following announcement was issued by Family Tree University:

Special Offer Extended - Save $13 on Upcoming Courses!

In honor of America's Independence Day, we're offering $13 off any FTU course - now extended through July 31. Use the coupon code 13COLONIES to get your discount!
These courses start July 19:
Finding Ancestors in the US Census: Online and Offline Research Strategies
The census contains a wealth of information for US genealogists and is the cornerstone of a sound family history. In the census you can learn about families, education, wealth and even how long a marriage lasted or the number of children a woman bore. We'll discuss the early censuses from 1790 through 1840, and censuses that list all household members, from 1850 through 1930.
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Tracing Immigrants: How to Research Your Family's American Arrivals
Many people get interested in genealogy because they want to learn more about where their family came from--specifically, to find out which ancestors came over from the "old country" and when. This course will teach you how to identify an immigrant ancestor in your family tree. You'll learn how to pinpoint when and where he or she left and locate records documenting his or her immigration. Each of the four lessons includes an assignment designed to help you progress in your research of an immigrant ancestor.
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Digital Photography Essentials: Techniques to Capture and Preserve Your Family History
Photography is an essential tool for genealogists--not only for capturing family memories now, but also for preserving old documents and heirlooms. This course will help you master the basics of using digital cameras, photo editing software and scanners in your genealogy work.
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Land Records 101: Using Deeds, Plats, Patents and More
When you're trying to pinpoint ancestral residences, determine wealth or even trace descendants, land records can often provide answers--once you get past unfamiliar terminology and survey systems. In this course, you will master the basics of US land records research, including what documents to look for (online and offline), how to "plat" land and how to make the most of these often-overlooked resources.
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Creating a Family History Book: Start-to-Finish Guidance for Assembling and Printing a Family Keepsake
You've worked hard to uncover your family's history, and you want to preserve your research in a form that will stand the test of time--a keepsake book that can be shared today as well as archived for future generations. If you've ever thought such a project was too overwhelming or that you had to complete you research before you could create your book, this simply isn't true. Family history books come in all flavors, from collections of family recipes to compilations of oral history interviews. This course will show you how to make the process manageable and enjoyable from start to finish.
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Find Your German Roots: From America to Deutschland
Genealogists with German roots have a wealth of resources and a wide support network to help them discover their past. Germans have been meticulous record-keepers throughout their long history -- beginning with the mostly tiny, independent German states that sprung up during the Middle Ages and continuing beyond their 1871 unification. To successfully trace your ancestors in the old country, you'll need an understanding of Germany's history, its records and your family's path to America.
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Research in Foreign Records: How to Find Your Family Across the Pond
After you've identified the immigrant in your family tree and pinpointed the place your family came from, you're ready to begin exploring resources in the country. The third course in our immigrant research series walks you through the steps to successfully cross the pond and find your family in foreign records.
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Google Earth for Genealogists: Plot Your Ancestors' Lives
Most of us never get to travel to all the places our ancestors lived, but you can follow in their footsteps--virtually. Google Earth, a free software program, lets you experience faraway locations from the comfort of your own home. In Google Earth for Genealogists, you'll tap into the program's robust features to bring depth and a new perspective to your family history research.
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Advanced Google for Genealogists: Techniques to Take Your Researchs to the Next Level
Attention, Google users: Want to get more out of the most popular search engine? In this course, you'll learn how to tame Google's seemingly endless search results to find the answers you need--including solutions to common genealogy search dilemmas, such as looking for names that double as familiar words (Ward, Shore) and bypassing results for famous people with your ancestral surname. You'll also take advantage of Google features and services that will help you research more efficiently.
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Published Genealogies: How to Use Others' Research to Grow Your Family Tree
People have been doing genealogy for centuries--and their efforts have produced a plethora of "pre-researched" family trees you can use as a springboard for your own research. From articles in genealogical society journals to entire books outlining specific lineages to searchable online databases of user-contributed family trees, this course shows you how and where to look for the work others have already done, allowing you to save time and add branches to your family tree.
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