One-Week Workshop: Master Best Genealogy Websites

bestgenwebsitesAs a 21st century family historian, it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that the majority of your genealogy research takes place online. All sorts of information, from digitized records to photos, from maps to important documents, can be found on the web. While there are a plethora of places you can spend your time cyber searching, there are some primary sites where your efforts are bound to be the most plentiful: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Mocavo, Evernote and Fold3.com to name a few. Sharpen your online search skills with this week-long workshop on mastering the Best Genealogy Websites.

All week long join Nancy Hendrickson, author of Discover Your Family History Online, who will be on hand to recommend the best sites, online collections and databases to achieve your genealogy objectives. Post your most problematic searches to the Discussion Board and she’ll lend advice on where and how to get the ancestor information you seek.


FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Five 60-minute ondemand webinars, one video course and two article downloads on best genealogy websites for one low price.
  • Get advice from expert Nancy Hendrickson on online searches, and share your quandaries with fellow participants.
  • Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into all videos throughout the week —you can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones you missed!
  • Make your own schedule: Because the classes are pre-recorded, you don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones you want—or choose between sessions you’re interested in.
  • Message board discussions: Ask questions and share ideas to apply the research strategies you learn.
  • Convenience: Log in anywhere you can connect to the internet, at whatever times work for you.

 

Tuition:

$129.99 ($95.99 w. Coupon Code WORKSHOP, valid until 12/9)

Suggested Additional textbooks:

Discover Your Family History Online by Nancy Hendrickson

Dates:

Dec. 13-20


The Master Best Genealogy Websites workshop features article downloads and videos that explain how to navigate and become a power user of your favorite genealogy websites. With those instructions and coaching from instructor Nancy Hendrickson, you’ll also get individualized advice on how to amp up your online genealogy searching. Nancy will be on hand throughout the week to answer your questions via the message boards. You’ll also share ideas and get feedback from your fellow attendees. This workshop is a great opportunity to get the guidance you need.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

101 Best Websites 2013 (Article Download)
Our 2013 roundup of the 101 Best Websites for genealogy offers rays of research hope with new sites plus perennial favorites sporting new features and records.

75 Best Free Websites to Trace US Ancestors (Article Download)
Part of our signature best websites series, these 75 superb state-focused genealogy websites help find your ancestors across the country.

Ancestry.com Search Secrets (OnDemand Webinar)
Sorting through the millions of records available on Ancestry.com can feel like searching for a grain of salt in a sand dune. But don’t let this challenge hinder your genealogy research. Whether you’re unearthing your roots in vital records, immigration records or censuses, let presenter Laura G. Prescott teach you tips and tricks for making the most out of your Ancestry.com searches.

Making the Most of FamilySearch.org (OnDemand Webinar)
It’s undeniable—FamilySearch.org is a fundamental figure in family research. And with its recent revamp, the site has added features including photos and interactive fan charts to its already rich repository of family records and searchable family trees. Let Family Tree Magazine’s resident genealogy technology expert, Rick Crume, help you navigate the new website in this hour-long webinar.

Making the Most of Mocavo (Video Course)
So you’re search engine savvy and great with genealogy—but have you mastered the world’s largest genealogy search engine? Bust through brick walls by becoming a Mocavo pro in this session.

Organize Your Research with Evernote (OnDemand Webinar)
When doing genealogy, do you often find your desk buried in Post-Its? Do your notebooks and folders stack up like leaning towers, or is your computer desktop scattered with Microsoft Word files of family research? If note organization is an issue for you, then the free online program Evernote is the answer. Not only can it assist in basic organization of your research, but you can also search for information by keyword. And no need to worry about losing important information—each note is synced to the Cloud, and can then be re-opened on any device! This hour-long OnDemand webinar will teach you all the tricks and tips for turbo-charging your note-taking.
Googling Your Genealogy (OnDemand Webinar)
Google is perhaps the most powerful weapon in the genealogist’s toolbox. Not only is it fast, vast and (mostly) free, but from Google Alerts to Google Reader to the Google News Archive, it plays host to a range of gizmos that will take your genealogy research to the next level. Presenter Lisa Louise Cooke literally wrote the book on Google for genealogy–it’s called The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox. Sign up today for this hour-long webinar and prepare to become a web wizard.
Making the Most of Fold3.com (OnDemand Webinar)
Learn what’s available and how to navigate this military record hub. Fold3.com can help you research military ancestors from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to 20th century wars. Some collections are even available for free, such as Civil War maps and photos, and the War of 1812 pension records. In this hour-long presentation David A. Fryxell will discuss what military records are available and teach you tricks for searching within Fold3’s collection. Bonus: Submit questions about your ancestor’s military service and David will demonstrate how to search for their records in the live presentation.
Excerpt from Discover Your Family History Online, Ch. 3: Using Search Engines
There are many internet search engines to choose from, and they are often designed to find and rank web pages in different ways. But for genealogy purposes, all search engines are used in a similar fashion. Learn all about it in this chapter excerpt.

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