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Attending a genealogy conference – big or small- is a great way to further your genealogy education.
But…. not everyone can attend a live event in person. Work, cost, and family obligations can send the genealogy researcher to seek educational opportunities online. These come in all forms – webinars, blog posts, videos, e-courses…..
[Think genealogy in your jammies!]
Find Your Next Genealogy Education Opportunity
Many genealogy educational opportunities can be found. Some are free and some are fee based.
Before you jump into the next course or even spend precious research time watching the latest genealogy video…..
Know What You Want To Know
When you create a research plan for finding your ancestor, the first thing you determine is “What do I want to know?”.
Do the same thing as you look for a genealogy educational opportunity.
Decide what aspect of genealogy you need to learn more about. Keep that information in mind as you start your search.
Let’s Get Started!
Note: The lists below are not meant to be comprehensive, but representative of the types of opportunities that can be found.
Blog posts are a great way to find genealogy information on a variety of topics. Some will be focused on a very specific niche while others are more general in their focus. Recommendations include:
- Are You My Cousin? – I’m a bit partial!
- Amy Johnson Crow – Helping Family Historians Make More Discoveries
- The FindMyPast Blog – Focuses on Irish and British genealogy, but also includes great information on American records and research strategies.
- The Occasional Genealogist – Do great genealogy despite the interruptions.
- A Genealogist in the Archives by Melissa Barker AKA The Archive Lady
- GeneaBloggers Tribe – A community of genealogy bloggers! Search their database.
- Legacy Tree Genealogists – Excellent posts by professional genealogists.
Online Webinars & Videos
- Live Streams of Sessions From Large Conferences – Many of the larger conferences are broadcasting select sessions live and/or offer them for replay after the event. Rootstech is one such example.
- Legacy Family Tree Webinars – An excellent source of both free webinars and subscription fee based webinar are available on a variety of genealogy topics.
- State Genealogical Societies – Check you local and state and genealogical societies. Many offer webinars to their members and general public on a variety of topics related to their area.
- Ancestry Academy – A variety of webinars including specific tutorials on how to make the most of Ancestry.com.
- The FamilySearch Learning Center
- National Genealogical Society – Offers a variety of genealogical educational opportunities.
- Facebook Lives – Be sure and follow your favorite genealogist on Facebook. [Here’s the AYMC link – shameless plug!]. Many are sharing Facebook Lives on various genealogy topics. If you can’t watch a Facebook Live live, they are usually available under the page’s “files” tab for replay.
Do you prefer to listen to your genealogy on the go? Podcasts are excellent for that long car ride or run. I listened to the Genealogy Gems podcasts when running my first half marathon!
- Genealogy Guys
- Extreme Genes – Be sure and listen to Episode 200 – You’ll find me! [Another shameless plug.]
- Genealogy Gems
Genealogy on YouTube
Free videos on a variety of genealogy topics! Use the search bar to find a video on your genealogy topic of interest.
- Family History Fanatics Videos focusing on genealogy, preservation and family history project are added each week. Are You My Cousin? is a contributor.
- FamilyTreeDNA – If you test with FamilyTreeDNA, their tutorials on interpreting your results are great.
- All of the large genealogy databases have their own YouTube channel providing genealogy education.
These are just a small sampling of the genealogy educational opportunities online. Check one out today!
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