Monday, November 9, 2015

Where To Find What

Over the weekend I attended a webinar hosted by the Southern California Genealogy Society. The webinar was given by Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List fame. It was a great webinar on building a digital research plan.  For those of you not familiar with SCGS, they periodically host free webinars that are chock full of useful information. If you would like more information, and a list of upcoming webinars, please click here. There aren't many left for 2015, but I am sure they will soon be posting their 2016 series. As I said before, attendance is free, but you need to register in advance. They typcially run for one hour followed by Q&A. You can submit questions and comments during the presentation. The best part (besides being free...) is that I attended from the comfort of my desk at home. Education that comes to you ... doesn't get much better than that!

One research tool Cyndi shared in her syllabus - and is freely available to anyone on her website - is a Records Coverage Table.  (You can see a larger version by clicking on the link in the previous sentence.)

For those of you who are beginning your research and are wondering where is the best place to find certain records - I think you will find this resource valuable. Cyndi also reminded all of us that she has a library full of research and other genealogy-based templates available on her website that you can access here. Although Cyndi uses Evernote for her research, all her templates can be copied into any other format you choose (OneNote, spreadsheet, Word doc, etc.).

The Internet is teeming with resources - a great many of them for FREE.  Don't be afraid to explore!

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