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The Online University at has two main areas of study: immigration research and Internet genealogy; there is also a short course on beginning genealogy. Within each area there are several courses, each with many lessons on specific topics. All of the lessons are free of charge.

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The Beginning Genealogy and Tracing Immigrant Origins courses are written by the professional genealogists at Genealogy Research Associates. Since immigration research is a complex topic and requires different types of documents for different time periods, you can choose to take a course for a specific era of U.S. history, such as post-Civil War, to get the precise help you need. Each lesson in this series also has a brief assignment, so you can test out what you've learned.

The Internet Genealogy courses offer a beginning and advanced course, both written by Online Pioneers editor Marthe Arends, and the course you're currently in, which is written by staff. All of the courses in this area are designed to get you up and running with the latest online genealogy tools, from personal home pages to chat rooms to online records.

New lessons in each of the main areas are put up approximately every 3 weeks, so make sure to check in for the latest!

Another expert resource that's available for free at is a collection of over 175 how-to articles written by noted researchers and lecturers in the field.

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