30 June 2015

So many FREE Webinars, so little time!

Webinars have been such a great technological boon to our family history community!

Now you don’t necessarily have to live (or be able to visit) where a neat program is taking place and with so many programs being archives, you can watch such programs when convenient to you.

I was reminded of this when last month the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was promoting its webinar program. My understanding is that live attendance is open to anyone and archived programs are only available to ISGS members.  The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) operates its webinar program similarly and additionally makes its webinars available for purchase as CDs.

I was curious about the ISGS program and so posted a question on the ISGS FB page and who should reply but Thomas MacEntee (a most wonderful and helpful colleague!) and he shared a link to a handout (Free Online Genealogy Education Resources) from his ALA Mid-Winter Conference presentation in Chicago in January targeted towards librarians so they could see the available free online resources like webinars.

Do note that the webinar section is not comprehensive (see note above about NCGS program) and it is a great place to get started. If you want to know whether any particular society or organization offers free webinars, I suggest that you visit their webpage or FB page and look for any announcements.

For any society which has a webinar program, typically the price of membership is a worthwhile investment as you then gain access to the entire catalog of archived programs.  Then, at the click of a mouse or tap on your cell phone, you can then listen to the taped programs as you sit in your jammies, jog your way around the neighborhood, travel by train to work or a fun destination, etc.

If you know of genealogically relevant FREE webinar program not listed in Thomas’ handout, please post a comment and let us know about it!  

In the meantime, happy webinar-ing!

2 July 2015 -- Another source for free live webinars (archives maintained for members), Georgia Genealogical Society

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