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RootsMOOC: An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History Research

The State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library teamed up with Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library for RootsMOOC, a massive open online course on starting genealogical research. The development of course materials was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The course was originally presented on the Canvas network and materials are still available online in the evaluation copy. The course videos from the Government and Heritage Library and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library are also available at the links below.


Introduction & Orientation

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Module 1: Getting Started with Genealogical Research

Module 2: Digging into the US Census

Module 3: Working with State and Local Resources

Module 4: Online Sources and Strategies


For these and other videos, see the playlists from the Government and Heritage Library and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Government and Heritage Library Family History playlist on YouTube

Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University RootsMOOC playlist on YouTube