Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ongoing genealogical education and training...

Well, if you've been around genealogical circles for any significant period of time, you will find educational opportunities; lots, and lots of them.  Never before have we had so much!  That's good, and could be bad.  One could, if you had enough time, spend all of your free time - or time set aside for Genealogy - educating yourself.  Society meetings, Seminars, Webinars, Blogs, YouTube, online resources (Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc. etc).  Yes!  You could spend all your available time having someone else tell you how to do this.  Frankly, genealogy is big (BIG) business.

So how much of a good thing is too much??  If you are starting out, I would say about 25% of your
investment in yourself would be about the most you should be involved with.  Beginners need to have hands-on experience and successes.  But, shortly into this work, I draw the line at about 10% of your time.  You can easily use this percentage on keeping up with new tools and resources, as well as record sources.  Don't worry that you'll be missing something...doing the actual work will open these up to you.

Here are some online resources I use on a frequent basis:  

YouTube.  A universe of opportunity.  I don't miss anything from Ancestry, FamilySearch, BYU.

Webinars.  Legacy Family Tree webinars,

                  BYU webinars,         webinars/

Webinars are my primary source for ongoing education.  To a lessor degree I will attend local seminars (Societies, FamilySearch).  Starting this year, I plan on attending one major conference a year.  This year that was RootsTech 2016.

Beyond these, I carve out time to read Genealogical Journals.  The National Genealogical Society, and the New England Historic and Genealogical Society are the best.  The Utah Genealogical Association is good too.

Ancestry Academy.  I visit here on an infrequent basis.  Good stuff, some free.

Blogs?  No so much.  I like to visit them (there are zillions) when I'm looking for a specific topic.

Last, and by no means the least, The FamilySearch Wiki.  I use the Wiki mainly for specific topics, but there are many, many, resources from beginning to advanced topics.

So, remember...10 to 25%.  The actual work is much more important.

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