08 June 2016
Are you taking advantage of all the videos posted on YouTube related to genealogy and family history research?
For the most part, I often just stumble across videos of interest embedded in a blog post or similar that I am reading. Once watching the video, I will see what other videos were created by the same source – basically, I check out the “channel” in which the video was found. Think of these channels kind of like tv channels except instead of NBC, ABC, CBS, etc., you have NARA, LOC, LVA, Ancestry, etc.
Since these platforms can be overwhelming, this is where finding “channels” of interest is key!
Do know that on YouTube when you visit a new channel, a video will start up immediately, so you will possibly want to pause that video and/or have your sound off as you explore.
Let’s look at a few of the genealogy-related ones that I am aware of or searched out as I wrote this post:
Smithsonian (there are also separate channels for the various component museums)
Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist (British Family History)
As you can see there is a quite a bit of diversity in who/what has a channel – from national institutions like NARA to state-level ones like the Library of Virginia to individuals.
Something I like about videos is that I can listen to them in the background as I am doing other work (or fun). Then, if something catches my ear, I can pull up the viewer, rewind, and then actually “watch” a segment of interest.
If you know of family history-related YouTube channels that are must "check out" for our community, please post a comment!
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