Family History Academy

Skill Building for Family Historians
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Our courses and workshops cover a range of topics, all designed to give you essential information and strategies to conduct your family history research in a logical and successful way.

GLOBAL                 EXPERIENCED

Our live virtual courses can be taken anywhere in the world, giving you a cross-cultural perspective and the opportunity to network with people from around the globe.

Our highly-respected and experienced presenters provide advanced learning opportunities to take your family history research skills to the next level.

Our upcoming courses

Tools & Strategies for Creative Problem Solving

This workshop, offered by Kimberly Powell, explores tools and methods for capturing and organizing information in order to clarify what’s relevant, correlate evidence, and enhance critical thinking. 

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(More to come in the next few months so stay tuned!)

Transcribing and Abstracting: Essential Skills for Genealogists

It is critical for professional genealogists to know how to both transcribe and abstract records. This course, presented by Mauri Pratt,  includes an interactive and hands-on focus on the standards and processes for creating transcriptions and abstracts, with reference to BCG and ICAPGen credentialing requirements.

Best Practices Study Group

We all aspire to utilize best practice in our genealogical research, working efficiently with fewer problems and mistakes. This monthly study group, coordinated by Annette Burke Lyttle, clarifies the essentials of best practice as you work through each step in the research process, building toward a sound genealogical conclusion and a written report of findings.  Each student chooses a project from his or her own research to work on during the course.

Getting the most out of, or Old Fulton NY Postcards, is a free, historic newspaper website that contains archives of over 1,000 New York newspapers, along with collections from other states and Canada. To get the best results from searching over 50 million pages requires adjustments to the way you would normally search in Google. Jeanette Sheliga introduces you to the best search practices for the site and follows up with advanced techniques.

Course Presenters

Family History Academy is privileged to have world leaders in the genealogy field offer courses and workshops on our platform. All are experienced researchers and teachers who enjoy sharing tips and strategies to help you build your genealogical skills and knowledge. 

If you are interested in joining our presentation team, please contact us. 

Coaxed out of retirement for his presentation on Making Genealogical Conclusions Readable and Understandable, Harold Henderson has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since 2012. He has lectured nationally and published more than 100 genealogy articles. 

Harold Henderson


Tom Jones is a genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher. He is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation.  He happily shares his expertise online and in person at genealogical conferences, institutes, seminars, and workshops locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Tom Jones


A biologist-turned-genealogist, Leah Larkin loves using DNA to solve family mysteries and teaching others to do the same.  She blogs at, runs several Facebook genealogy groups, and lectures internationally and online.  She also collaborates on new approaches for genetic genealogy, including the revolutionary "What Are the Odds?" tool at

Leah Larkin

DNA Geek

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national,  state and local levels. She is coordinator of the SLIG  Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course. Her articles have been published in NGS Magazine and the APG Quarterly, among others. Annette is editor of The Florida Genealogist.

Annette Burke Lyttle

Heritage Detective

Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist, author, and educator specializing in genealogical writing, pre-1850 family history, land records, DNA, and solving complex problems. She is past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a board member and on the Professional Development Committee. 

Kimberly Powell

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Mauri Pratt is both an Accredited Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogist® with over 15 years of genealogical research experience. Mauri has worked as a genealogy researcher and manager for  AncestryProGenealogists, owned her own research business, taught family history college courses online for BYU-Idaho, and currently works with Firebird Forensics Group as an investigative genetic genealogist.

Mauri Pratt

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Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport, New York, has been lecturing since 2011 and is the owner of Jeanette's Genealogy, providing genealogy presentations to societies, libraries and organisations. She is also the incoming owner and President of the Virtual Genealogical Association starting in January 2022. Please feel free to reach out to Jeanette if you have any questions:

Jeanette Sheliga

2022 Incoming President, VGA

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