More of us are sheltering in place, keeping physical social distancing a priority while trying to create normalcy for ourselves and our families. As family historians we can take advantage of this time to improve and grow with online learning.
Here are some reminders of where you can go to take a quick class, listen to a podcast or research some newly released records online.
Ancestry has provided two opportunities to learn.
If you have any K-12 students at home, there are free lesson plans written by teachers about history that you can access. I would say that you might find them interesting for yourself as they ask important questions that we can use in writing our family history. I checked out the Civil War document and here are just a couple of the questions from the Civil War Lesson Plan:
• What did the men and women left behind do? How did they help the war effort?
• What was life like for the veterans when they returned home? How did the community care for the wounded?
If you have your researcher hat on, Ancestry has partnered with U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to temporarily make records available online for free. They include such things as World War I and II Draft Cards, immigration records, naturalization and citizenship records and more.
Remember to check out the free videos from RootsTech.org. There are a number that are free to watch from RootsTech 2020.
The GenealogyGuys have a podcast that you will find informative.
Check out Lisa Louise Cook’s Genealogy Gems on YouTube.
You can view genealogy courses at sites such as FamilyTreeMagazine, National Genealogical Society, Ancestry and National Archives UK . You also could check out online university courses to see what courses are available.
Hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy during this uncertain time. Give yourself a mental break and do some family research and studies. Happy Learning!
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.