genealogy education

We want to compile credible family histories – this is no time for guesswork. Ultimately it is incumbent upon each of us to improve our research and analysis skills by engaging in educational opportunities. We discuss both self-taught and instructor-led options, and that you may decide to hire a professional genealogists to solve a conundrum.



19:01:57 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:02:07 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I found a secret way to get in 🙂
19:02:32 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Hello Everyone! From Levittown, Pa
19:02:40 From Deb Andrew : Good evening.
19:02:54 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Hello Myrt
19:06:08 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : nothing
19:06:09 From Deb Andrew : Not to painful.
19:06:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : But do not both require some amount of accuracy
19:06:36 From Sue Taylor : how do you know it’s YOUR family history without verification?
19:07:01 From Kathleen Daetsch : You don’t want to put together family stories.
19:07:47 From Deb Andrew : The only real difference between the two should be one is paid and the other is not, but both should have the same standards.
19:08:12 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Yes!
19:08:37 From Betty-Lu Burton : Another difference would be a professional genealogist work should be more formal
19:09:35 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : lol
19:12:10 From Kathleen Daetsch : The original tree I put up on familysearch looks like someone came in with a wrecking ball. I guess they add any hint they get.
Mastering Genealogical Documentation
19:12:30 From Cousin Russ :
19:12:53 From Cousin Russ :Mastering Genealogical Documentation

19:13:16 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : thank you
19:14:23 From Kathleen Daetsch : I hate the fact that this information gets out to other sites as well
19:14:28 From Betty-Lu Burton : It may seem like my do over tree is a click type of tree. The thing is I am still working with low hanging fruit and research I am familiar with
19:15:11 From Sue Taylor : Love the graphic!
19:17:04 From Betty-Lu Burton : I wish I still had a clear and youthful mind to polish up the research I did 20 or more years ago
19:19:38 From Sue Taylor : Beyond Family Tree Webinars, there are society groups on Facebook and calendars that advertise many other webinars.
19:21:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : I will look up things in the wiki and post the article for a question in a facebook group
19:25:18 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Not me
19:25:22 From Deb Andrew : I have.

19:27:44 From Cousin Russ : FamilySearch Learning Center
19:27:46 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Yes

Free Online Genealogy Videos
19:29:01 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists :
19:29:11 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Vimeo has Genealogy videos you can watch
19:29:25 From Deb Andrew : YouTube is where I learned about the card catalog.
19:30:48 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Great
19:31:06 From Melissa Barker : Genealogy TV on YouTube is one of my new favorites.
19:31:29 From Betty-Lu Burton : You can type any topic on genealogy in youtube search box and get dozen of hits. You need to narrow down your topic otherwise you get too many hits
19:31:43 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Yes Melissa its has some good info
19:32:28 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : BYU has them also
19:32:40 From Deb Andrew : Yea for study groups!

19:41:28 From Cousin Russ : Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : [3 July 2019]).
19:42:17 From Betty-Lu Burton : Another thing you need to learn is if there is more than one locality with that name. In Arkansas there are several towns that are no longer in there county name sake because of boundary changes. For example Searcy (town) is in White County and not Searcy county
19:45:02 From Betty-Lu Burton : See what databases your library has subscriptions for. And take them for a test drive and look at their records at the library
19:45:04 From Sue Taylor : I played baseball today before starting work. Great fun.
19:45:13 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : I subscribed when it was half
19:46:11 From Cousin Russ : If you like the work we’re doing with our webinars, consider donating.
19:47:13 From Deb Andrew : Legacy’s Family Tree Webinars are a good place to learn about trusted sites and people who are instructors.
19:48:11 From Sue Taylor : they have submitted and been rigorously judged by a portfolio
Genealogy Standards 2nd edition
19:48:47 From Cousin Russ : Genealogy Standards, second edition (2019)
19:49:19 From Cousin Russ : BCG Application Guide (Free download)
19:50:15 From Deb Andrew : Case Studies
19:50:58 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : So we can read them?
19:51:11 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : thank you
19:52:18 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : No I haven’t I recently heard about it
19:54:05 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : This is good, I didn’t know where to look
19:57:26 From Cousin Russ :
19:57:41 From Kathy Richardson : I did
19:57:59 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : I took a 6 week night course
19:58:35 From Deb Andrew : BCG has free webinars at least once a month. I think they are the second Tuesday of the month.
20:01:05 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Paul had a DNA Webinar today at Legacy Family Tree
20:01:09 From Deb Andrew : Paul gave a great webinar today.
20:03:59 From Deb Andrew : Utah Genealogical Association webinar last night was on ” Defining Reasonable Exhaustive Research.”
20:04:06 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I’d like that Ontario and Quebec class
20:05:02 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : yes Deb it was good last night too.
20:08:11 From Cousin Russ :
20:09:16 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Good tip, Melissa
20:09:49 From Pam Helm : I take the staff at our archives Tim Horton TimBits. They love it

20:10:17 From Cousin Russ : International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists:
20:10:18 From Sue Taylor : Yay! I’m preparing to ICAPGen accreditation.

20:10:52 From Cousin Russ : Register of Qualified Genealogists
20:10:57 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : congrats Sue, good luck

20:10:52 From Cousin Russ : Association of Professional Genealogists

20:11:58 From Sue Taylor : For mentoring there’s also a Facebook group called Genealogy Squad, with Cyndi Ingle, Blaine Bettinger, Drew Smith (of the Genealogy Guys podcast)


20:13:13 From Cousin Russ :
20:13:32 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : thats a good one too

20:13:49 From Cousin Russ : Blaine Bettinger’s Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques Facebook Group:

20:14:42 From Cousin Russ : Katherine R. Willson’s Genealogy on Facebook listing of over 13,200+ groups and pages:

20:15:39 From Sue Taylor : She also started the Virtual Genealogical Association which is all webinars
20:16:46 From Maria Capaldi to All panelists : Wonderful information, Thank you
20:16:59 From Deb Andrew : I’m in a group for old photos, that lead to a private cemetery group, that lead to a book that mentions my 2x great grandmother is a little girl.
20:19:23 From Deb Andrew : Thanks

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