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On the third day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … an FTU
Independent Study CD.
Family Tree University Independent Study courses have all the materials from FTU online
classes, with the advantage that you can truly proceed at your own pace. The CDs cover
about 20 course topics, including Finding Your Ancestral Village (shown above), Google
Tools for Genealogists, Newspaper Research 101 and more.
From the Land
Records 101 course, for example, you’ll learn essential terms such as
Widow’s Examination: Required in many jurisdictions until the early 1900s.
A wife was entitled to “widow’s rights” or “dower rights” (typically one-third) of
her husband’s property—although she often could not directly control or sell it in
her own right. Before he could sell the property, she was required to sign an independent
statement that she was aware he was selling the property and she was therefore losing
her dower rights. If she did not sign, the property could not be sold.
You’ll also learn how to find and read deeds, land patents, bounty land warrants and
Independent Study CDs are available for about 20 course topics. You also can choose
a downloadable Independent Study course