Monday, January 23, 2012

Virtual Genealogy Education lecture links

Here are the is the handout with hyperlinks for the "Virtual Genealogy Education" lecture I gave at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Factors to consider when choosing genealogy education programs:

·         Your educational needs – individual topics or comprehensive courses
·         Your time and availability – access online programs from home
·         Quality of the program and reputation of instructors

Education Strategies
·         Learn about the Records
·         Learn about a Locality
·         Learn Techniques and Methodology

“Virtual” or Online Educational Options
There are many educational opportunities available online and accessible from your home. These include webinars, recorded presentations, tutorials, classes, courses, and certificate programs. Note: All of the websites listed in this handout are also posted on my blog (address above) if you would rather click on the URLs than type them into your browser.

These live seminars held on the internet and generally last 60 to 90 minutes. You download free software and log in at the appointed time to hear the presentation and see the slides. These webinars are hosted by a variety of organizations and many are free, but some have a charge. Some of the webinars are archived and available to view later.

GeneaWebinars Blog – contains information on a variety of webinars including a master calendar of upcoming events (click on the “calendar” tab)

Genealogy software companies hosting webinars:
            Legacy Family Tree             

Genealogy societies hosting webinars or virtual meetings:
Southern California Genealogy Society – Jamboree Extension Series
             Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region
             Utah Genealogical Association -- Virtual Chapter Meetings
             Illinois State Genealogical Society - New series of educational webinars. 
             Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania -

Commercial Companies hosting webinars:
Ancestry – Live and archived webinars
            FamilyTree University – Webinars for $49.95

Online Presentations
FamilySearch research courses and recorded lectures – over 300 available!
Favorites: “Inferential Genealogy” by Thomas W. Jones, “U.S. Courthouse Research” by Christine Rose, the handwriting series, and research principles topics.

New England Historic Genealogical Society – recorded presentations

National Archives - Know Your Records Programs

Online Tutorials
            Scottish Handwriting  
            English Handwriting   
            Immigrant Ancestors Project Script Tutorial

Study Groups
These study groups are similar to Special Interest Groups (SIGs) hosted by some genealogy societies and can be organized to study any genealogy topic. Some are formal like the ProGen Study Group, and others are more casual study groups.
            ProGen Study Group – for aspiring professional genealogists
            NGSQ Study Group – studying articles from the NGS Quarterly
                        Email Sheri Fenley for information
            Writer’s Group – reviewing the writing of group members

Formal Classes and Courses
National Genealogical Society Online Courses
Seven courses available including Family History Skills; Special Federal Census Schedules; Transcribing, Extracting and Abstracting Records; Working with Deeds; Religious Records; Social Security Sleuthing; and Civil War Research.

FamilyTree University – Online courses and virtual conference
Family Tree University is an online education program from the publishers of Family Tree Magazine. Courses are generally four weeks for $99 with new classes beginning monthly.

Pharos Tutors (Based in the UK) – Online courses in British records
These courses include advanced topics in English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish research 
 and can be taken individually or toward a certificate program.                   

National Institute for Genealogical Studies – Online courses and certificate program
Courses can be taken individually, in packages, or by certificate program. Certificates available in American, Australian, Canadian, English, German, Irish or Scottish records as well as Librarianship and General Methodology.

Boston University Center for Professional Education
Certificate in Genealogical Research – This fifteen week non-credit course is taught by excellent instructors who give feedback on the students’ work. The modules include: research foundations, problem solving techniques, technology, evidence evaluation and documentation, forensic genealogy, and professional Genealogy.

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