Many online genealogy education opportunities can be found. Whether short videos or a full online class, everyone can further their genealogy education.
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How To Find Your Next Genealogy Education Opportunity

.Many online genealogy education opportunities can be found. Whether short videos or a full online class, everyone can further their genealogy education.

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.

[**If you are interested in finding a live event, read more here.]

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.

Many online genealogy education opportunities can be found. Whether short videos or a full online class, everyone can further their genealogy education.

Genealogy Blogs 

Blog posts are a great way to find genealogy information on a variety of topics. This is exactly how Are You My Cousin? got started!

Some will be focused on a very specific niche such as DNA and genetic genealogy while others are more general in their genealogy focus. Recommendations include:

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Online Genealogy Webinars & Videos

Now there has been an explosion of online webinars and YouTube videos since Covid.I think we all are now quite comfortable with the online format of webinars and presentations. I’ve noticed many genealogy societies have decided to go with the hybrid model. It’s a great way to recruit new members who would not normally be able to attend in person as well as bring in speakers they wouldn’t normally have. 

Make sure to take advantage of the many of these opportunities:

  • 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
  • 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.

Genealogy Podcasts

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 on YouTube

This one gets it’s own section! Free videos on a variety of genealogy topics! Use the search bar to find a video on your genealogy topic of interest.

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Even More Opportunities to Sharpen Your Genealogy Skills

There are even more types of genealogy educational opportunities to sharpen you research skills.

  • Genealogy Institutes such as SLIG and GRIP are multi-day intensives for genealogy research.
  • ProGen Study Groups – Excellent group for those wanting to go professional.

As you can see, a variety of opportunities exist for you to hone and sharpen your research skills. There is literally something for everyone.

Check one out today!

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  • Suzanne G McClendon

    Thank you for another great post!

    I love watching the genealogy YouTube videos and I think that I am subscribed to all of those that you have listed. The podcasts are great as well.

    I wish that I had more time during Rootstech to watch the presentations, but life happens. I am very grateful for the recordings that I can watch on-demand. Legacy Family Tree Webinars are great!

    Have a blessed day.

    • Paul Chiddicks

      As a regular columnist in family tree magazine, an avid blogger and a family tree plus member, I can’t emphasise enough how wonderful these study club meetings and webinars are. All levels of experience are catered for across a wide range of genealogical topics. I also enjoy listening to family history-based podcasts and I completely agree these are another great way of learning from others. It’s by sharing our experiences with each other that we all gain extra knowledge, plus it’s great to learn with others.

  • mary grether

    I dio enjoy watching you and reasing what you put on. I have subscribed on facebook, and you tube also on here as well. thanks for the tips & hints

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