Everyone likes “free”, right? And genealogists love to keep learning. Here are a few resources I have come across that provide both. They range from short videos to full multi-class college courses.
I especially recommend the genealogy “wikis”. Wikis are an under-utilized resource for genealogists, with detailed instruction on record groups, methodology, and the use of specific record collections. The content is created by experts who have extensive experience in a given locality or record group.
Only free, online offerings are included here, and some of them are free or available for limited windows, but if you stay on top of it you can build quite a curriculum for yourself! If you are aware of other resources, please let me know so I can add them to the list.
Courses and tutorials
- BYU Independent Study – Free family history courses – Register by entering an email address http://is.byu.edu/site/courses/free.cfm
- FamilySearch Learning Center – 100s of video courses https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html
- Genealogy.com classes from Genealogy Research Associates http://www.genealogy.com/articles/learn/
- YouTube – Search for “genealogy research” https://www.youtube.com/
- Rootstech videos https://rootstech.org/video/4050134760001
- ICAPGen mentoring online classes https://www.icapgen.org/course/mentoring-videos/
- Ancestry.com archived webinars http://www.ancestry.com/cs/us/videos
- Lisa Alzo webinars for genealogists http://www.lisaalzo.com/seminars/webinars-for-genealogists/
- Legacy Family Tree webinars – Free initially and for 7 days http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php
- GeneaWebinars – Calendar of events includes a variety of hosts http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/calendar.html
Other Online Learning
- Ancestry.com Learning Center – Videos, Research Guides, State Research Guides http://www.ancestry.com/cs/HelpAndAdviceUS
- FamilySearch Family History Research Wiki https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
- Ancestry.com Wiki http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
- Slideshare – Search for “Genealogy” http://www.slideshare.net