Fearless Females: Educational Resource: Save 20% on Family Tree University’s Finding Female Ancestors Independent Study Course

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Family Tree University is offering a 20% discount on the online Finding Female Ancestors Independent Study course.

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Go to shopfamilytree to purchase the course. 

Enter Coupon Code WOMEN15 to receive the discount.

The discount is good  now through 1 April 2015.

Course Description


  • You want solid strategies for finding females in your family tree
  • You don’t know where to start when tracing maiden names
  • You need a specific solution to your special research problem
  • You want to understand more about the day-to-day life of your female ancestors
  • Marching down your maternal line is no simple task. From missing maiden names to mystifying marriage records, many soon find themselves stumped in their female genealogy. In this independent study course, lessons will help you develop a successful search strategy, recommend a wide range of record sets for rooting out females, and break down the power of what heirlooms such as diaries and old letters say about the ladies in your family line.


  • Developing a successful research strategy for rooting out women in your family tree
  • Tips for teasing out maiden names in a vast variety of record groups
  • Rooting out female ancestors in sources such as oral histories, family traditions, diaries, letters and more
  • Brick wall strategies for solving special research problems


This course assumes you understand the basic principles of genealogy and have done some research on your family history. If you’re a complete beginner, you should take the First Steps: Discover Your Family Tree course.

[Disclaimer: I work as a freelance paid instructor for Family Tree University]

Copyright 2015,  Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved


Join me for the Family Tree University Czech and Slovak Genealogy Crash Course 19 August 2014

If you have Czech or Slovak roots and don’t know where or how to begin your research, come join me for the Czech and Slovak Genealogy Crash Course on Tuesday, August, 19, 2014, hosted by Family Tree University. In this crash course I will share with you my tops and tricks for researching Czech and Slovak ancestors I’ve developed during my 25 years as a genealogist.

Below is the description for the course from the Family Tree University website. Hope you can take advantage of this opportunity to learn about Czech and Slovak Genealogy without leaving home!

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Czech and Slovak Genealogy Crash Course

Format: Live Webinar Click here to register.
You’ll Love This If:
  • You want to research Czech and Slovak ancestors but don’t know where to start
  • You want to learn about what websites and other resources are available for Czech and Slovak research
  • You want to trace your ancestors from the US back to Slovakia or the Czech Republic
Date: Tuesday, August 19
Starting Time: 7pm ET/ 6pm CT/ 5pm MT/ 4pm PT
Lisa A. Alzo
60 minutes
Family historians with Czech and Slovak roots share a similar assortment of brick walls, from surname issues to border changes and language troubles. Nearly 2.5 million Americans claim Czech or Slovak ancestry. If you count yourself among them, then this hour-long webinar is for you. Lisa A. Alzo, a specialist in Eastern European genealogy, will show you where to begin, which resources to consult and how to overcome the most common pitfalls and obstacles associated with tracing ancestors back to Central and Eastern Europe.  
What You’ll Learn:
  • How to start searching for your Czech and Slovak ancestors
  • How to understand complex language and naming patterns
  • How to get the most out of Czech and Slovak-related online resources
  • Where to find vital records, military records, land records and more
  • What local resources exist for conducting Czech and Slovak family research
About Your Presenter:
Eastern European genealogy specialist Lisa A. Alzo received the Association for Women in Slavic Studies 2002 Mary Zirin Prize for excellence in scholarship, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. Her books include Three Slovak Women (Gateway Press), Slovak Pittsburgh (Arcadia) and Cleveland Slovaks (with John T. Sabol, Arcadia). She’s written numerous articles for genealogy publications, including regular contributions to Family Tree Magazine, and blogs regularly at The Accidental Genealogist.

Copyright 2014, Lisa A. Alzo and Family Tree University
All Rights Reserved
[Disclaimer: I work as a freelance instructor for Family Tree University and will be paid an instructor’s fee for this webinar]

Hurry! Enter to Win a Family Tree University Virtual Conference Registration

Please see the press release below to enter to win a Family Tree University Virtual Conference Registration. Hurry! Registrations must be received by FTU by February 23 at 11:59 Eastern Time. Please direct all questions to familytreeuniversity@fwmedia.com

But, if by chance you forget to enter, you can still get a bargain on a Virtual Conference ticket: Family Tree University is giving all readers of this blog $40 off registration. Enter coupon code LALZO when registering.


Win a Family Tree University Virtual Conference Registration

Online learning program will give away one three-day pass for March 9-11 event in sweepstakes

CINCINNATI, February 15, 2012—Family Tree University’s Spring 2012 Virtual Conference will feature three days of online genealogy learning, with 15 downloadable video classes, live chats and discussions, daily contests and more. And one lucky genealogist will get to experience it all for free.

Enter the Virtual Conference Sweepstakes at http://www.familytreeuniversity.com/sweepstakes for a chance to win a free registration to the March 9-11 conference, a $199 value. You don’t have to travel across the country or even across town to participate: The conference takes place entirely online, with classes and discussions led by an all-star cast of genealogy instructors. Class topics include:

» Using Steve Morse’s One-Step Site to Get Ready for the 1940 Census with Thomas MacEntee

» Using Your iPad for Genealogy with Nancy Hendrickson

» 3 Cool Tools to Help With Your Newspaper Research with Lisa Louise Cooke

» What’s in a Civil War Pension File? with Diana Crisman Smith

» Online Resources for Polish Research with Lisa A. Alzo

» Using Guardianship Records in Genealogical Research with Marian Pierre-Louis

For more details and a full list of classes, visit http://www.familytreeuniversity.com/virtual-conference

Sweepstakes entries must be received by February 23 at 11:59 Eastern Time; the winner will be announced February 24.

Media contact:

Allison Dolan, (513) 531-2690 x11484


About Family Tree University

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the ShopFamilyTree.com online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do. In addition to the virtual conference, Family Tree University offers more than 30 online genealogy courses and monthly live webinars.

Disclosure Statement: I will be working for the FTU virtual conference as paid freelance instructor.


Searching for Czech & Slovak or Immigrant Ancestors? Save 20% on FTU Courses Starting 04/25/11

Want to learn more about your Czech & Slovak Roots? Trying to find an elusive immigrant ancestor? Let me help you learn the tips and tools to succeed.

New sessions of my Family Tree University courses “Discovering Your Czech & Slovak Roots” and “Immigration Master Class” will start on Monday, April 25, 2011. Sign up now with the code FTU0411 and save 20%.

Click here to read the course descriptions, see the outlines and to register.


Save 20% on my Family Tree University Course Starting March 28th

A new session of my Family Tree University course, Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots begins March 28th. Sign up now, using coupon code FTU0311 and save 20%. Also, as a bonus, anyone who registers for this class gets a free download of Family Tree Magazine’s “Organization Made Easy” webinar. Click here to register.


Still Time to Register for Family Tree University Immigration Master Class

There’s still time to register for the next session of my Immigration Master Class at Family Tree University. The course begins today–February 28th and runs for 8 weeks. In this course you’ll learn how to find immigrants, ancestral villages and foreign records. Click here for a detailed description and course outline, and to register.


New Session of Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots Begins 2/28

Join me for a new session of my online Family Tree University Course: Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots: Strategies for Searching Over Here and Over There. The course begins Monday, February 28, 2011.

Researchers with Czech or Slovak roots often battle certain brick walls—do surname issues, border changes and language troubles sound all too familiar to you? In this four-week course, I’ll show you tools and tricks for tracking down those hard-to-find ancestors from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Czechoslovakia.

Click here to view the course outline and to register.

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved