Tuesday, February 17, 2015


RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff 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. 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. Enrollment is now open and class starts March 23, 2015! Sign up now!

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 and was created by the State Library of North Carolina and Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

RootsMOOC will benefit greatly from a critical mass of knowledgeable genealogists, librarians, and archivists. If you know of anyone else who might be interested in helping, forward this email to them!

You can also encourage your patrons to sign up themselves. Feel free to share the course URL on your library's web site, in your social media streams, or in your monthly newsletters.

Course details here.

RootsMOOC will run from March 23 to June 1

Enrollment is free and capped at 5,000 participants

Topics covered include:

* Getting started with genealogy research
* Digging into the U.S. Census
* Working with state and local resources
* Online sources and strategies

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