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Free Online Genealogy Education

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Whether you are brand new to genealogy, or have been researching your family for over 20 years, there is always room to learn something new. These FREE online genealogy classes, tutorials, podcasts and webinars offer something for everyone.

1. FamilySearch Learning Center

Hundreds of free online genealogy classes are now available at FamilySearch.org - covering topics ranging from beginning genealogy research in several different countries, to reading handwritten records (multiple languages to choose from). There are even options for those of us who have been doing this for a while, from the wonderful "Inferential Genealogy" class by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL to "Polish Displaced Persons" with Ceil Wendt Jensen MA, CG. These new classes are self-paced and entirely free to everyone. Most include a video lesson. Some also include a course outline or handout.

2. BYU Independent Study - Free Online Courses

Ten free online genealogy courses from Brigham Young University include Introduction to Family History Research, Military Records, and classes in French, German, Hugenot and Scandinavian research.

3. UK National Archives Podcast Series

Dozens of informative, family history related podcasts are available for free download and listening from the UK National Archives, ranging from beginner topics such as Tracing Scottish Ancestors and What Can You Learn from a DNA Test? to interest-specific talks such as Records of Bankruptcies in the National Archives and Sources for Tracing Agricultural Labourers.

4. U.S. National Archives - Know Your Records

The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy "how to" workshops, covering topics such as census, military and immigration records. These "Know Your Records" videos are available on the National Archives YouTube Channel for free viewing, with hopefully more to come.

5. Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree offers anywhere from 2-5 free online webinars each month, with presentations from nationally known speakers including Megan Smolenyak, Maureen Taylor and many others. Topics range from genealogical case studies to DNA to using social networking tools such as Facebook and Google+ in your genealogy research. Archived webinars are available for 10 days if you can't make the live event. After that point you can purchase the archived webinar on CD.

6. SCGS Jamboree Extension Series

Southern California Genealogical Society's popular Jamboree Extension Series provides free family history and genealogy educational webinar (web-based seminar) sessions for genealogists around the world. The live webinars are free to everyone; archived recordings are also available to members of SCGS.

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