Beginner's Tutorials & Lessons

You can find FREE beginner lessons, references and tutorials about how to do family history and tips on research on the Internet. Here are some good ones.

Family Search > Get Started in the Start Your Family History box.

They briefly explain six basic steps to do research. In addition, there are many 'How To' articles under the Research Helps tab. There are also lessons and navigation tips for their free software program PAF (Personal Ancestral File) at; click on PAF Lessons in the left hand column for 7 lessons.
Genealogy > Learning Center > Free Genealogy Classes

There are many different lessons under the following categories:
Beginning Genealogy
Internet Genealogy
Tracing Immigrant Origins
Researching with
Dear Myrtle DearMYRTLE > Lessons

There are dozens of excellent lessons under the following categories:
Beginning Genealogy Lessons
Finally Get Organized
Kid's Genealogy
Step By Step
Using LDS Family History Centers
Writing Your Personal History
ancestry > Learning Center

They offer videos by experts and a Quick-Step Guide providing all the key components for beginning your family history. Their learning center helps you reach into the past and make meaningful connections with your forbears.
family-history-center-genealogy Center for Family History and Genealogy

Click on Online Lessons in the right column for 8 (LDS-oriented) lessons. They also offer guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
roots-web RootsWeb Guides

RootsWeb Guides to Tracing Family Trees contain illustrated articles and valuable tips written by professional genealogists about: where to begin, types of records with links, and ethnic groups.

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