11 July 2011
In just one year, the number of free FamilySearch courses has grown to over 140—and new courses are added monthly. Besides FamilySearch sponsored courses, you will also find courses sponsored by the
, Afro-American Historical and Ge Midwest Ge nealogy Center nealogical Society, Library of Congress, select esteemed ge nealogists, and many other entities and individuals.
FamilySearch uses viewing software that splits the viewing screen (sort of like the picture-in-picture features on some televisions) so the user can watch the video of the presenter while also seeing the PowerPoint presentation. Most courses are 30 minutes in length. You can also fast forward through the presentation or presentation slides or stop and pick up later where you left off—a luxury you don’t get in the live presentation.
“Maybe you enjoy the thrill of deciphering or reading old records in other languages. FamilySearch also has free courses to help ge
nealogy students understand key words and terms of older foreign alphabets and handwriting, including Gothic,” added Turpin. The intent behind all of these courses is to give people the keys they need to successfully find their elusive ancestors in historic records. “Sometimes they just need a new sleuthing skill or resource. These ge nealogy courses are perfect for those personal development needs,” concluded Turpin.
Whatever your motivation or objective, bookmark and make regular visits to the growing catalog of free courses at FamilySearch.org.
And if you or someone you know currently teaches a class that would be of value to the ge
nealogy community and wants to share it, find out how online at FamilySearch’s genealogy classes online.
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Posted by Diane L Richard at Monday, July 11, 2011