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Genealogy Learning Gap: What Topics Matter To You?

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For many of us, it can be overwhelming to try and stay on top of current educational topics in genealogy and to figure out where we need help. That’s why various forms of learning are popular with genealogists, including lectures at genealogy conferences, week-long institutes, webinars, and more.

What Is Your Genealogy Education Plan for 2015?

As we get nearer to the end of 2014, many of us are already focusing on 2015 and ways to improve our genealogy. Education is the key to getting the most out of the various genealogy resources available both online and by visiting archives and libraries.

Imagine you could simply “pick” from the genealogy tree of knowledge . . . what topic would you pick first? Evernote? Research logs? Research methodology? Think about the topics that matter to you, that could help improve your genealogy research and break through those brick walls.

Make a list and then make a commitment. Periodically “check in” – monthly is best – and re-evaluate your plan if necessary.

Tell Us Your Topics . . . And Get a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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For our upcoming Holiday Special Boot Camp (held in conjunction with Hack Genealogy), we’re looking for topics to feature during our 3 hour webinar. Let us know specific problems to solve or areas to cover including technology!

Visit and enter your topic along with your name and email. We’ll select the best topics for the webinar on Saturday 29 November (sign up here – it’s FREE) and on Monday 1 December, we’ll announce a winner selected at random from all the entries and send them a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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2 thoughts on “Genealogy Learning Gap: What Topics Matter To You?

  1. Please discuss Goal setting & Focusing. As I have worked with several society members lately I have noticed that they tend to ‘shotgun’ their research. They know the basics, sort of. We were review a census record for 1910 where the individual was enumerated, with family. They thought that was great and started to move on.
    I asked them to tell me what else the record revealed. Here was the breakdown!
    They saw places of birth for parents, but tended to ignored the rest. As I walked them thru each column they saw a different picture of their relative,(including a 2nd marriage). The ‘story’ just kept getting better, but several times I needed to bring them back to finishing the record in front of them, not moving to another, yet. The one lady, in particular, who has been researching for over 30 years, couldn’t believe what she had missed and became anxious to follow thru with the ‘new’ clues she found in just the 1910 census. The city directories that followed revealed even new more information.
    Is this an aspect that we teachers are not stressing in our classes? Or is focus only a short term thing for most. I showed her how I try to analyze each census entry and make a list of the questions it presents,answers it provides and a list possible databases for further research, or a field trip.
    Hope this is type of subject matter you had in mind, Thomas and Lisa. I so enjoy reading your blogs, comments and such, thank you!

  2. I am guilty of this….but, a seasoned genealogist did the same thing for me. It did make a huge difference. I never realized the information the census holds.

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