Wednesday, February 11, 2015

No excuses

I am just amazed at the number of free webinars out there on every genealogical topic you can think of.  By now most people know about Legacy’s Webinars and FamilySearch’s Learning Center Videos but now many of the state genealogical societies are getting on the bandwagon and offering free webinars to the public.  You can also find tons of stuff on YouTube (just make sure you vet the presenter).  There is no reason nor excuse to not educate yourself.  The quality of your research will improve and you will see some of your brick walls tumble.  To give you an idea, here is a list of past webinars from the Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS).  Look at all of these top notch presenters!

  • Developing the Genealogy of a Community: A Case Study - Tim Pinnick
  • Packrat or Genealogist? Effective Methods for Organizing Your Family History Research - Lisa Alzo
  • What's a Palatine Anyway? - James M. Beidler
  • How to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure Its Future Survival - Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Using Search Engines & Databases to Find African American Families - Angela Y. Walton Raji
  • Staying Safe Using Social Media - Thomas MacEntee
  • Get the Most out of NEHGS…From Home! - Rhonda McClure
  • Introduction to - Jen Baldwin
  • ABCs of DNA: introduction to genetic genealogy - Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
  • Digital Public Library of America (DP.LA): an Introduction to the Basics - Greer Martin
  • Finding and Using Online Legal Resources - Michael Hait, CG
  • Google+ for Genealogists - Drew Smith
  • Using HeritageQuest databases with George G. Morgan - George G. Morgan
  • Using Google Earth for Genealogy - Lisa Louise Cook
  • Using Mocavo to Propel Your Research - Michael J. Leclerc
  • Hidden GALILEO Databases for Genealogy - Laura W. Carter
  • Hark! Those Tombstones Are Talking to Us - Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
  • Photography and Genealogy - Karen Molohon
  • Research at the Atlanta History Center - Sue VerHoef
  • Harnessing the Power of Indirect Evidence - Susan Sloan
  • Digital Cemeteries and Mobile Apps - Geoff Rasmussen
  • National Home for Disabled Soldier's Homes - Rick Sayre, CG
  • Family Search Wiki - Laura Carter
  • Evernote for Genealogists - Monica Hopkins
  • Discover Your Culinary Heritage - Maureen Taylor
  • Show Don't Tell: Creating Interactive Family Histories - Lisa Alzo
  • Blank or Prize: What You Need to Know about Georgia's Land Lotteries - Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
  • Finding your Georgia Military Ancestors - Pamela Coleman Nye
  • Using Our Nation's Library Online - Laura Prescott
  • Tax Digests and the Genealogist - Joanne Smalley
  • Using FamilySearch to Solve Genealogical Problems - James Ison, AG, CG
  • Exploring the Georgia Archives Virtual Vault - Kayla Barrett
  • eBooks for Genealogists - Pamela K. Sayre, CG, CGL
  • Using a Blog as Your Online Research Log - Drew Smith
  • The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships - Ugo Perego, PhD
  • Using MSWord to Write Articles or Your Family Story - Liz Snow, GGSQ editor
  • Finding and Using African American Newspapers - Tim Pinnick
  • Census Records 101 - Karen Molohon
  • Everything You Need to Know About Fold3 - Peter Drinkwater

The next webinar on the schedule for the GGS is on February 18th, Claws or Clues: Scratching for the Elusive Ancestor – C. Ann Staley.  This webinar is free to the public.  You don’t have to be a member of the GGS to watch it.

Here is the 2015 webinar schedule for the North Carolina Genealogical Society.
Here is the
2015 webinar schedule for the Florida Genealogical Society.
Here is the
2015 webinar schedule for the Illinois Genealogical Society.
Here is the
2015 webinar schedule for the Southern California Genealogical Society.
Here is the
2015 webinar schedule for the Wisconsin State Genealogy Society.

That should get you started.


Copyright © 2015 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Michele,

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    Have a great weekend!