If you’re looking to learn more about genealogy, then the Internet is a great place to be. There are a plethora of genealogy groups broadcasting webinars on a variety of subjects and all for free!
What’s a webinar? It’s a web seminar, a presentation broadcast over the Internet. The webinar interface also allows for a question and answer session at the end. These webinars allow speakers to share their knowledge with people all over the world, and no one has to travel.
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) has their Jamboree Extension Webinar Series throughout the year. They are held twice a month, on the first Saturday and third Wednesday. Last year, they also broadcast from live sessions at their Jamboree genealogy conference in June.
The Illinois State Genealogical Society has one webinar each month. Most of the topics are about general genealogical methodology and apply to all genealogy research.
The Utah Genealogical Association Virtual Chapter (UGA) also meets online in webinar format once a month. This year, they have switched to GoToWebinar, like most of the other genealogy webinars already use.
All of these societies allow anyone to attend the webinars live, but only members can view the recordings later. Some other societies have broadcast webinars, including the Georgia Genealogical Society, the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA), and of course, UJGS.
Legacy Family Tree has been hosting a webinar series for a few years and has just revamped it with a new web site. Their webinars are free to attend live and to view for seven days following the broadcast. The rest can be purchased on CD or watched online by purchasing their new monthly or yearly memberships.
Another place to check is GeneaWebinars. Created by Dear Myrtle, who hosts Mondays with Myrt webinars (they’re listed on her site), individuals who broadcast on their own and societies can post their scheduled webinars to make them easier to find. Myrt has recently switched to using Google Hangouts On Air, which can be viewed using Google+ or YouTube.
And don’t forget to watch the videos of the keynote presentations and some of the sessions from RootsTech 2013. (This site will automatically playing the videos when it loads.)
Most genealogy webinars last about an hour, but some have been known to go on for longer, especially while taking questions from the attendees.
So take a look at what’s coming up and you might find some great information on the Internet. What do you want to learn today to help you with your genealogy research?