Institutes, conferences, webinars, certificate programs, online classes, online study groups, Google Hangouts, seminars, workshops, lectures, how-to books, podcasts—I am sure there are many more types of genealogical education out there.
I love learning new things but there comes a point when you are spending more time trying to attend the latest and greatest educational opportunities and less time doing actual research.
You need to formulate a focused educational plan that takes into consideration your level of expertise, what types of research you do, and specific gaps in your knowledge. No one can learn everything there is to know about everything so a shotgun approach to education isn’t going to work.
Here are some resources that will help you design a personalized educational plan:
- Genealogical Educational Plan by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL ($2.99)
- Your Own Education Plan: Choosing the Best Continuing Education Opportunities by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL (FREE)
- What’s Your 2015 Genealogy Education Plan by Lisa Alzo (FREE and still applicable)
- Studying Genealogy – A Personalized Approach by Angela Packer McGhie, CG (FREE for UGA members)
Sometimes the best education is simply diving into a new project and learning along the way. This will work for you if you have access to a good reference library and you have good general research skills.