There are so many different education options available to genealogists and we each have our favorite way to learn. Whether it is a week-long genealogy institute, a genealogy conference, or an online genealogy course, what educational avenue has taught you the most, or best opened your eyes to something new? Readers have interestingly covered the two ends of the spectrum when nominating their favorites for the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards--the intensive learning experience of the genealogical institutes, and the free, easy accessibility of online webinars and podcasts.
The following five finalists for the 2013 About Genealogy Readers' Choice Awards represent the educational experiences most nominated by readers of About Genealogy. In alphabetical order:
CAFG Forensic Genealogy Institute
The Forensic Genealogy Institute, run by the Council for Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, offers twenty-plus hours of hands-on forensic instruction with real-world work examples, resources, sample forms and work materials.
Genealogy Gems Podcasts
Host Lisa Cooke shares research strategies and inspiration for anyone researching their family history. New podcasts are generally published on a weekly basis and are approximately 25 minutes long. GenealogyGems is several years old, so there are over 150 archived podcasts available to keep you busy.
Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR)
This week-long program held each June at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, is very popular with both intermediate and expert genealogists, with many courses filling up within hours of registration opening each year. IGHR features a faculty of outstanding, nationally known genealogy educators and is co-sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Readers nominating the free Legacy Family Tree webinars series had a lot of great things to say about the weekly webinar series, commenting on the "fantastic lineup of speakers" and the "diverse choices" it offers for online genealogical education. The live webinars are free, and can also be viewed online for free for a short time following the live event. Archived webinars are available for purchase.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
"Best teachers, best course topics, and best location--just around the corner from the FHL" said one of the readers who nominated SLIG for their favorite genealogy learning experience. This week-long genealogy institute, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is held in Salt Lake City each January.
Thank you for voting in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards! Be sure to come back to this page and use the "Current Results" link to see how your choices are doing, and visit my About Genealogy blog on March 27th to see the winners.
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