Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On-Line Webinars

There are a couple of webinars coming up in January which might be of interest to some of you.  One of them is

Saturday 31 Jan 2015 from 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Click here for more information and registration

and the other

Saturday 17 Jan 2105 from 11:00AM - 2:30PM (with a 30 minute break)
Click here for more information and registration

The price of the Scrivener webinar is $7.95 ($4.95 if you register early) and the research boot camp is $9.95 ($6.95 for early registration).  The price for both includes access to a recording of the webinar (so you can go back and view it as many times as you want) and handouts.  Both are sponsored/moderated by Thomas MacEntee and Lisa Alzo, two very well-respected genealogists.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Scrivener, it is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Priced under $50, this application seamlessly takes you from idea to outline to finished product. Whether you are a blogger, an aspiring author, or a genealogist looking to share your family history findings, Scrivener can help you plot, organize, and publish your writing.  I have been using it for about a year and have already registered for Lisa's webinar.

The research webinar will teach you how to research using more efficient methods as well as simple ways to track research, cite sources and analyze data before it gets added to your genealogy database software.
  • Learn how to use a research log that suits your research habits.
  • Understand the basics of source citations and become efficient at creating citations on the fly.
  • Maintain good research habits and adapt them when encountering new records sets.
  • Learn how to state a proof, evaluate evidence and reach a conclusion for each specific data points on records.
This is basically two webinars rolled into one - which is why it is 3 hours long.  

If you have never attended a webinar, you are in for a treat.  It's like going to a seminar, except you don't have to leave your house.  All that is required is a computer or tablet, internet access and your time.  It is a fabulous way to gain information, network, and learn more about a particular topic without any great expenditure of time or money.

Click here to read Thomas's entire Geneabloggers post, "Does Your Genealogy Need a Jumpstart?"  His post covers a number of other topics as well, including the link to a recording of an hour-long Q&A session (including a PDF handout) on German Geneaology hosted by Family Tree Tours featuring Kathy Wurth and Matthias Uthoff which any of you with German roots might find interesting.  It covers many aspects of German genealogy research as well as how to prepare for a research trip to Germany.  Also included is a $50.00 coupon for a Family Tree Tour.  You can access the recording for free.  Thomas's post also includes biographical information about Lisa and himself and links to more details about both of them and their credentials.

Make 2015 the year you do things differently and learn something new - attend a webinar!

--  submitted by Denise Doyon

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