Genealogy Education is a key part of learning how to do family research in a way to help you learn the skills needed to find your ancestors and the clues they left behind. As I researched to see what educational opportunities there were for those who wish to enhanced their skills, I was amazed to see what was available. Some did have a fee, but quite a bit was FREE and available to do in our own homes. Here are some of the things I learned are available.
- Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills
- The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood
- Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills
- BCG Genealogical Standards Manuel
- The Handybook for Genealogists by Everton
- Books about your ancestor’s locale
- History books about the time period you are researching
- Conference on Family History & Genealogy
- Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)
- Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
- Boston University
- National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR)
- Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
- National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Side note: I took their Social Networking course and really enjoyed it; learned quite a bit!
- Family Tree University
- The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) - Canterbury, England
Casefile Clues by Michael John Neill
- Federation of Genealogical Societies
- National Genealogical Society
- International Black Genealogy Summit
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
- Blogs (GeneaBloggers)
- History Books & Websites
- TV Shows & Reruns (videos)
- Who Do You Think You Are?
- Finding Your Roots
- Faces of America
Volunteer & Mentoring
- As you help others, you learn about their locales
- Different resources (census, documents, etc)
- Teaching skills
- Library - what do they have to offer
- Be a Mentor to someone
- Find someone to Mentor YOU….
- English: Writing up your research papers or articles; consider a Creative Writing class
- Speech: Lectures and interviewing skills
- Science/Geography/Map skills: Learning about the Earth and what times were like when/where your ancestors’ lived; helping to plot cemetery locations
- History: Wars, Epidemics, Laws of the time, County/State histories of US, Immigration
- Business & Accounting: For those who are Professional Genealogists or taking clients, this will help you in the bookkeeping part and organization of your business; learning the tax laws for your area.
- Foreign Language: Helping to read foreign documents and Vital Records; writing a letter requesting information properly
- Religion courses: Taking a course in the dominant religion of your ancestry will give you insight in what research documents may be available and where to get them.
Skills to learn:
- Transcribe & Abstract
- Old Handwriting
- Research reports
- Analyzing what you find
- Networking (Social Media)