When it comes to finding education and inspiration in the field of genealogy, it is hard to know where to start. The choices we have these days are impressive. Luckily, there’s always so much to learn.
To that end, I spend hours reading books and genealogical publications, especially the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). However, I would be naive not to look to online resources as well. I admit there are so many more websites than I will list below, but here are a few I’d like you to try. Best of all, they’re free!
- Handwriting and Script Tutorials at http://script.byu.edu/. There are early samples and helps to read English, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian.
- RootsWeb’s Guide to Family History at http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/, a subject-based site organized by respected genealogists Julia M. Case, Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG, and Rhonda McClure. Scroll down past the dancing skeleton to start at the section “Numerical Index to Guides.”
- The FamilySearch Learning Center at https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html. In the long text box on the left you can choose from different localities, subjects, and classes/tutorials at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
- Podcasts downloadable to your PC or IPod. There are genealogy-based ones, but don’t miss out on building your social history knowledge as well. Some of my historically-based favorites are “Stuff You Missed in History Class” by How Stuff Works.com and “HIST 1301″ by Professor Gretchen Ann Reilly. Use your search feature to find what you like.
- Cyndi’s List. If you haven’t heard of Cyndi, you’re in for a treat. Go to http://www.cyndislist.com/categories/ for links to other sites, educational articles, and more.
Know of any more? We’d love to learn from you. Tell us about your genealogical educational journey. When looking to my own genealogical researching future, I hold to the old axiom, “Information is Inspiration.”