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Online, interactive courses in Jewish genealogy

Workbook Text-based Classes

These text-based workbooks cover basic genealogy topics.

  • Basic 1: Exploring the JewishGen Website
  • Basic 2: Search Strategies Using Google
  • Basic 3: Organizing Your Genealogical Research
  • Basic 4: Explore the Belarus SIG Website
  • Basic 6: Cite Your Sources

Personal Mentoring Program

Expert guided instruction to meet your research goals.

  • Fresh Start (U.S. Genealogy)
  • Researching Your Roots Using JewishGen
  • Brick Walls or Dead End
  • Independent Study
  • DNA I: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
  • DNA II: Analyzing your DNA Results-Making Matches
  • Research in Galicia - I
  • Research in Belarus
  • East Prussia and Baltic Nations
  • Writing Short Reports

Home Study Courses

Work on your Own — our popular courses created to meet specific genealogical objectives.

  • JewishGen Beginner US Research Guide
  • JewishGen Complex US Research Guide
  • Publishing and Packaging your Genealogy Research
  • The Jewish in Jewish Genealogy

Free JewishGen Educational Resources

JewishGen's website is loaded with information, tools, and other resources that can help you expand your skills and find the family history data you need.

Student Reviews!

  • Basic 1: Exploring JewishGen: I like the workbook format … it is a good match with my experiential learning style. It is well organized. The step-by-step exercises are an opportunity apply the process to my own research. Many thanks, Nancy. This has been a valuable learning experience, as always. (Evelyn)

  • Organize Your Data and Research Online: I thought the lessons were straight-forward and clear and you were there when I got stuck, You are teaching us how to use tools to find data that is often incomplete. (Marilyn)

  • Complex Research in the U.S.: Thank you Phyllis for all of your assistance and guidance…I have also learned a lot of new sources and methods for organization and documentation. (Barbara)

  • New York Genealogy: I thought the course was outstanding! This is my first online course and I like the format and the ability to interact with the instructor. Also, the text material is excellent and will be an extremely helpful resource for future research. (Louise)

  • Brick Walls: This class taught me the first steps in organizing my research. Nancy definitely provided resources that enlarged my range of research. It was absolutely a worthwhile experience. (Alyson)

  • Research your Roots Using JewishGen: I can't tell you how much I appreciate your guidance in helping me get the information into this format. It's hard at first but I really like how it forces me to be more diligent, precise and makes me document and organize. (Tracy)

  • Home Study Beginners: This has been most helpful in the organizing my research. (Marjorie)

  • Belarus Research: After running into some beginner's luck (or lack of), what this class left me was tools to research in a more effective way. In doing one of the assignments, I ran into a huge database, previously unknown to me, with which I was able to help over 50 families discover their roots. It was all right there, I just didn't know how to search. Thanks to Nancy we have 50 or so new genealogy enthusiasts. I can't wait to get started on the next course! (Lia)

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