How to Build Your Family Tree:

Piecing Together Your Past!

When I first began my family tree, I made lots of mistakes and went down some typical genealogical rabbit holes. In this online course I give you all the tools and information you need to make a complete and accurate family tree. With easy-to-follow lessons and expert guidance, you will learn how to use the big four online family trees—Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and FamilySearch—to discover your ancestry and piece together your family's past. By the end of this course, you will be able to: Use online family tree platforms effectively to research your ancestry Navigate and interpret historical records, such as census data and birth, marriage and death certificates Utilize DNA testing to trace your ancestry and identify potential relatives Organize and analyze your findings to build a comprehensive family tree Preserve and share your family history with future generations No matter how much you know about genealogy or how new you are to it, this course will help you reach your goals and feel confident in your ability to build your family tree. Sign up now and start piecing together the story of your family's past!

Learning Outcomes

easy steps to building your family tree

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Compelling Reasons to start your Family Tree

    • What you will need to know about your ancestors?

    • How to use this course

    • Ebook: The Essential Family Tree Detective: Step-by-Step Guide to Genealogy Research

    • Planning your Genealogy Research

  • 2

    Coaching Call to get your family tree started

    • How to book some time with me!

    • Book a coaching call with me

  • 3

    Live Group Calls: Zoom Tutorials

    • Live Group Calls

    • Live Group Calls

    • Live Group Calls

    • Live Group Calls

    • MasterClass 1: Genealogy Research Planning

    • MasterClass 2 - Part 1: Importance of Family Trees

    • MasterClass 2 - Part 2: Building out Family Trees Recording

    • MasterClass 3 - Part 1: Finding and analysing research records

    • MasterClass 3 - Part 2: Recording research results in PowerPoint

    • MasterClass 4: AI The Genealogy Research Assistant

  • 4

    Day 1: Introduction to Genealogy Basics

    • Getting Started: Identifying the importance of Genealogy

    • Record what you know: Gathering and Organising your information

    • Researching Online: Using Genealogy Websites and Databases

    • Researching Offline: Analysing Vital Records and Other Historical Documents

    • Solving Genealogy Puzzles: Breaking Down Brick Walls

    • Day 1: Creating a Family History Memory Box

  • 5

    Days 2-11: Essential Genealogy: Piecing together the Past

    • Day 2: Introduction to Genealogy Research

    • Day 3: Getting Organised: setting up your genealogy research

    • Day 4: Online Resources for genealogy research

    • Day 5: Tracing your Ancestry through Census records

    • Day 6: Using Vital Records for Genealogy research

    • Day 7: Exploring Military Records for Genealogy Research

  • 6

    Days 12-13: What are the popular family tree building tools?

    • Day 12: Would you like to build your tree privately?

    • Special video showcasing Ancestral Quest

    • Day 13: Would you like to build your tree publicly?

    • Introduction to Lessons in Building your Family Tree in the Big Four

  • 7

    Day 15: Discover Your Roots with FindMyPast?

    • Day 15: Create your family tree in FindMyPast

    • Day 15: Research and build your family tree in FindMyPast

    • Day 15: Filter your research in FindMyPast

    • Day 15: Add media to your family tree in FindMyPast

    • Day 15: Connect and share your family tree in FindMyPast

    • Bonus Lesson: Export your Family Tree from FindMyPast

  • 8

    Day 16: Discover Your Roots with Ancestry

    • Day 16: Research and build your family tree in Ancestry

    • Day 16: Create your family tree in Ancestry

    • Day 16: Filter your research in Ancestry

    • Day 16: Add media to your family tree on Ancestry

    • Day 16: Connect and share your family tree on Ancestry

    • Bonus Lesson: Downloading your tree from Ancestry

  • 9

    Day 17: Discover Your Roots with MyHeritage

    • Day 17: Create your family tree with MyHeritage

    • Day 17: Research and build your family tree with MyHeritage

    • Day 17: Filter your research with MyHeritage

    • Day 17: Add media to your family tree on MyHeritage

    • Day 17: Connect and share your family tree on MyHeritage

    • Bonus Lesson: How to download your family tree from My Heritage

  • 10

    Day 18: Discover Your Roots with FamilySearch

    • Day 18: Find and Search with FamilySearch

    • Day 18: Create your family tree in FamilySearch

    • Day 18: Build and Verify with Family Search

    • Day 18: Add Media with Family Search

    • Day 18: Connect with Family Search

  • 11

    Day 19-22: Expand your family tree with FindMyPast

    • Day 19: Military Records from Forces War Records

    • Day 20: Military Records from FMP

    • Day 21: Searching vital records in FMP

    • Day 22: Hints and download in FMP

  • 12

    Day 23-30: Deepen your Research with Genealogy AI Assistance

    • Introduction: Using Artificial Intelligence to help with Research

    • Day 23: Introduction to AI-Powered Chat GPT

    • Day 24: Organizing Research Records with Chat GPT

    • Day 25: Using Chat GPT for Research

    • Day 26: Analyzing Results and Refining Your Search with Chat GPT

    • Day 27: ChatGPT assists further research

    • Day 28: Chat GPT deeper research

    • Day 29: Using Chat GPT to Write Your Family History

    • Day 30: Quillbot refines your writing

    • Bonus Lesson: Quillbot - how to get it

  • 13

    Essential Genealogist Tips: Live Casts 2023

  • 14

    Extras: Live Cast Recordings 2022

    • Determine your Why!

    • How to start your family tree

    • Know where to look

    • How to record research

    • Dig for Details and the 1921 Census

  • 15

    Next Steps...

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

Learning Outcomes

Here's what you will be able to do at the end of the course.

  • Confidently create a family tree account in your chosen software eg Ancestry

  • Build your family tree from the ground up starting with yourself.

  • Expand your family tree to multiple generations back in time.

  • Locate vital records for each ancestor from the correct categories in the database.

  • Locate and analyse census records for each ancestor.

  • Find the right military records for your soldier ancestors.

  • Download transcripts and vital records from the database.

  • Upload media to your ancestor’s page in the tree eg. Photos

  • Use the Help Desk in the database effectively.

Discover Your Roots

A 30-Day Guide to Building Your Family Tree

Affordable Genealogy: Mastering Online Family Tree Platforms in 30 Days for New Genealogists

Learn how to use Artificial Intelligence tools for genealogy research assistance

Lessons with Chat GPT and Quillbot

Genealogical research can be a complex and time-consuming process, but with the help of advanced technology and tools like Chat GPT, it can become a lot easier and more efficient. In this course, we'll explore how Chat GPT can assist you in expanding your genealogy research skills, and what specific skills you can gain. Chat GPT is a large language model that has been trained on a vast amount of data, including historical records and genealogical information. As a result, it can provide you with valuable insights and guidance in your research.

Here are some ways Chat GPT can help you expand your genealogy research skills:

  • Interpret

    Finding and interpreting records: Chat GPT can assist you in finding and interpreting genealogical records, such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, census records, and more. It can guide you in searching for relevant records and provide you with tips on how to interpret the information contained in them.

  • Connect

    Identifying connections: Chat GPT can help you identify potential connections between ancestors and family members, based on the information you have. It can suggest possible relatives, locations, and events that may be relevant to your research.

  • Analyse

    Analyzing DNA test results: Chat GPT can assist you in analyzing DNA test results, such as those from companies like AncestryDNA or 23andMe. It can help you understand the significance of different DNA markers and how they relate to your family history.

  • Organise

    Organizing research: Chat GPT can help you organize your research and keep track of important information, such as sources, notes, and family trees. It can suggest tools and strategies for managing your research more efficiently.

  • New Skills

    Learning new skills: Chat GPT can also help you learn new genealogy research skills, such as how to use specific online databases, research methodologies, and more. It can provide you with tutorials, tips, and examples to help you improve your research skills and techniques.

  • Enhance

    By using Chat GPT as an assistant research tool, you can greatly enhance your genealogy research skills and improve your overall efficiency and accuracy.