Full course description

Starts March 23, 2015

RootsMOOC is a friendly introduction to family history research in the United States using commonly available sources. The expert researchers at the State Library of North Carolina will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground and properly organized. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging.

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Topics covered include:

Module 1: Getting Started with Genealogy Research
Module 2: Digging into the U.S. Census
Module 3: Working with State and Local Resources
Module 4: Online Sources and Strategies

Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina

The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) of the State Library of North Carolina celebrates the study, understanding, and appreciation of North Carolina’s cultural heritage. The Genealogical Services section offers access to an extensive collection of published materials, including family histories, published abstracts, and county, state, and federal records, census data as well as county records housed in the State Archives of North Carolina. By offering in-person and remote research assistance, workshops, and other genealogy related events, the GHL helps thousands of people conduct their family research each year.

Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University

The mission of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University is to help our students, faculty, and staff succeed. We do this by providing unparalleled service in managing, delivering and teaching the use of scholarly content and information technology.