Online learning

RootsTech announces free online conference presentation schedule

Great news! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 6-8, 2014, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in person a sample of this year’s conference content. Click here to view the online broadcast schedule. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at Here is the link to download RootsTech syllabus materials. Get on it as soon as possible because, according to Amy Coffin in her blog, The We Tree Genealogy, these are available for a limited time.The syllabus material is already Note the times listed are in Mountain Time.


Watching live presentations from home is an easy, relaxing, and no-cost way to learn about genealogy and improve your research skills. The list of speakers this year includes several rock stars, such as Lisa Louise Cooke, Lisa Alzo, Josh Taylor, and Randy Whited.

So, pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a notebook, watch, and learn.

France, Online learning

Tuesday’s tip

Brigham Young University in Utah offers several free online genealogy courses, including one about France. While this course is not for credit, it is a great way to learn something new at no cost. To review the lessons, you must first enroll online. You will then work at your own speed and choose the time and place. When you have completed the course, you will have learned how to identify the place of origin of your ancestors, explained why you must analyze your information, and discussed some French emigration groups and sources to help you find your French ancestor’s place of origin.

A list of courses, including the French course, is available on BYU’s Independent Study web page.

Online learning

Webinars this week

Almost every week Legacy Family Tree offers free webinars (online seminars). The next two appear especially interesting.

Wednesday, January 22, 2 PM (Eastern): Irish Research 101: Learning the Research Process with Judith Eccles Wight.

Wednesday, January 29, 2 PM (Eastern): Ten Reasons Your Ancestor was in Canada with Kathryn Lake Hogan.

You must register to watch the live presentation. Or you may watch the archived version at your leisure without registering during the following six or seven days. A complete list of webinars, descriptions, and registration are available at Legacy Family Tree.