As we continue to escape winter’s chill by hibernating indoors on these cold days, instead of binge-watching movies, consider ways to enhance your genealogy knowledge by attending a conference virtually. Sometimes we need a break from all that writing and research. The exciting thing about genealogy is how the practice has continued to evolve and grow while staying true to its roots. (pun intended.) Here are some upcoming learning opportunities.
If the thought of traveling and attending a conference is too overwhelming or expensive, the RootsTech Conference just might meet your needs. It is held in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 27 through March 2, 2019. You can learn more about the overall conference here. In addition you have the opportunity to watch live streaming for free or you can purchase a virtual pass and have access to a number of sessions at your convenience. With over 300+ sessions with some included in the live streaming or virtual pass options, it’s a great opportunity.
If you’re planning to travel to a conference, the National Genealogical Society will have their Journey to Discovery Conference in St. Charles, Missouri on May 8-11, 2019. A wide variety of topics are covering, including the best practices for genealogical research and citations. You can read more about this event here.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies is planning a conference in Washington, DC from August 21-24, 2019. They have not published details, but you can check here for hotel and basic information.
Check for conferences in your own area for local historical society and genealogical society events. I’ve been to both national and local conferences and each provides learning opportunities.
For those of you who prefer your learning from your armchair, here are a few more sites to check out. Some are free courses while others are fee based. I have not used them all…like with my stack of books to be read, there aren’t always as many hours in the day to watch everything.
Learning Center at FamilySearch
Cyndi’s List – extensive list of online courses and sites
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Family Tree University
Focusing on a specific topic such as DNA or citing sources or regional research allows you to build your knowledge and skills in a specific area. You can certainly dabble in a variety of topics, gleaning what you can from each session, broadening your knowledge. Whatever you decide in your educational approach, you will enhance your family history knowledge and it will be reflected in your family story. Happy Learning!
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With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.