Sunday, January 8, 2017

Improving Your Genealogy Skills Semester II

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Now that the holidays are behind us it's time to look ahead and schedule some genealogy training. What would you like to learn more about this year?  Maybe it's finally understanding DNA or getting serious about writing that family history you keep putting off.  Perhaps you're stuck on a few lines and need some fresh ideas.  Whatever you hope to learn, there are wonderful webinars that you can view in the comfort of your own home.  Let's start with the free ones first!

Legacy Family Trees 2017 offerings are now available and you can register for multiple webinars at once. It pays to register so you can get the syllabus.  If something comes up and you can't attend, no worries!  The tape is available for the first week for free. The Board for Certification of Genealogists offers monthly webinars on the Legacy site, too, so don't miss those offerings

Like to participate as you learn?  Then become a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and take part in their upcoming discussions held via Go To Meeting.  You are expected to be engaged either through your microphone or via chat.  You can use your computer, tablet or phone to attend.  Two sessions are available for each topic - one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  In January, "Writing as You Go with Elissa Scalise Powell and Running a Successful APG Chapter with Lois Mackin" will be offered. February brings "Creating Genealogy Classes and Workshops with Lois Mackin."  The meetings are free but you must be a member of APG to attend. Visit APG for more details.

The National Genealogical Society Conference will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina May 10-13. Early Bird registration is now open via the NGS site.  Don't delay - the price to attend rises closer to the event.

Don't want to travel far but love in person camaraderie and collaboration with other passionate genealogists?  Then check out your local societies, libraries and archives for their offerings.  In the Tampa Bay, Florida area, Thomas MacEntree recently held an interactive webinar through the Tampa public library and Lisa Marie Cook will be offering workshops at the Largo library in February.  

Rather work on your own?  Then purchase a workbook and pace yourself.  Mastering Genealogical Proofs by Tom Jones is available via Kindle or Paperback on Amazon.  Also on Amazon is Blaine Bettinger's Genetic Genealogy in Practice.  If you're an NGS member, check out the site for a discount on both.

It never ceases to amaze me that I learn something new from every class I take.  Additionally, I learn a bunch from reading and writing blogs.  A few days ago, I was the guest blogger for AncestorCloud so check out Using S.M.A.R.T.'s to Crystallize Your Genealogy Goals.  Happy Hunting!


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