Genealogical Research for Librarians eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

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From:  March 1, 2021
To:  March 28, 2021
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
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Genealogy is a hot topic in libraries around the world. While people have always been interested in exploring their ancestors and family origins, the rise of sites like and the digitization of historical documents have put libraries of all types right in the center of many peoples' search for their roots.

In this eCourse, librarian and genealogy expert June L. Power prepares you with the expertise you need to serve the genealogically-oriented patrons in your community. You'll start with the basics and gain an understanding of how to use both free and proprietary resources, how to use public records, and how to serve communities of diverse national and ethnic backgrounds.


After participating in this eCourse, you will

  • Know the tools available for genealogical research and how to use them;
  • Understand the issues involved in genealogical research;
  • Be able to help others interpret genealogical resources; and
  • Gain an understanding of the differences in research methods for diverse ancestries

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on March 1, 2021. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor June Power will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Each week will consist of a short video and PowerPoint, readings, and an assignment/discussion board forum that allow students to practice incorporating each week’s theme into their genealogical research.

Week 1: Introduction and Types of Resources

  • What is genealogy?
  • How to start your research
  • Overview of basic genealogical resources
  • Tips and tricks

Week 2: Different Time Periods, Different Approaches

  • 20th century research
  • 19th century research
  • Colonial Period research

Week 3: Specialized Research

  • African American genealogy
  • Native American genealogy
  • Hispanic American genealogy
  • Jewish American genealogy
  • International genealogical research

Week 4: Conclusion and Implications for Libraries

  • Genealogical standards
  • Programming
  • Types of Researchers

June Power

June Power is the Access Services Reference Librarian for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, managing circulation, course reserves, document delivery services, and copyright management. She is the managing department head and has also assisted with archival and special collections work, and genealogy. She has presented at NCLA, the ILLiad Conference, the Ares Virtual Conference, the Azaela Coast Library Association Conference, and the Access Services Conference. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Access Services and has published a series of articles in that journal as well as several book chapters.

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