Friday, January 9, 2015

More Free Webinars!!

I know, I know ... you guys are getting sick of hearing about webinars.  But this is the time of the year when the annual schedules are posted.  And really, who doesn't like free education?  When Linda Mecchi started D.I.R.T. as a way to bring together our Seabrook genealogists, I suggested we create a blog to communicate with you about all the really great resources out there. I see my job as blog editor as making sure I relate as much useful information to all of you as possible. Genealogy is expanding exponentially and there are more of us each day joining the ranks of the enthused, enthralled and engaged family historians.  And I am only scratching the surface.  There are many, many more free, or nominally priced, education resources out there.  

The Southern California Genealogical Society and Family History Library (SCGS) recently announced its 2015 webinar series.  Since 2011, SCGS has offered twice-monthly webinars for genealogists and family historians around the globe.

The goal of the Webinar Series is to fulfill an important element of the Society’s Mission Statement: The Southern California Genealogical Society exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

Here are a few details:

Cost?:  Free

Where?:  Online.

When?:  First Saturday (1pm Eastern) and Third Wednesday (9pm Eastern) of each month

How do you sign up?:  Go to the SCGS website page with the Extension Series information, or just click here.  You'll see a list of all the upcoming webinars and links to register. Click on the links to register for the live webcasts you want to attend. Fill out the registration information and you’re all set. You’ll get a confirmation email and will also get reminders before the webinar, as well as a link to a handout for every presentation.  Easy Peasy!

On the day of the program, click the link that you received in those emails and you’ll be taken to GoToWebinar for your session. You can watch the webinars on your laptop or desktop, on your tablet or even your smartphone. If you don't have an internet connection, you can even dial in by phone and listen to the presentation. Pretty Cool!  They can't make it much easier or more convenient than that!

Here is a short list of some of the webinars being offered:

  • Preservation of Photographs and the Importance of a Good Scan
  • Six Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet
  • Get the Scoop on Your Family History With Newspapers
  • Incorporating Social History Into Your Genealogical Research
  • Around Brick Walls Sideways:  Using Collateral Lines to Further Your Genealogical Research
  • German Research On Line
  • Ten Steps to Better Genealogy

and fifteen more - twenty-two opportunities to learn something new about genealogy, improve your skills and grow your family tree.  These webinars are presented by some of the best and brightest stars in the genealogical constellation - folks who have been-there-and-done-that, and are willing to share their knowledge and experience with all of us.

So make 2015 the year you go out there and learn something new!

-- submitted by Denise Doyon

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