Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday's Tip: FamilySearch Learning Center Has Over 480 Genealogy Instructional Videos

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Check out the genealogy instructional videos in the FamilySearch Learning Center.

On the FamilySearch home page (https://familysearch.org), the quickest way to get to the Learning Center is by clicking on the "Get Help" link at the top right of the page:

After clicking the "Get Help" link, the "Help and Learn" popup window opened, as shown above.  The instructional videos are in the "Learning Center Video Courses" link.

I clicked on the "Learning Center Video Courses" and the Learning Center page appeared (two screens below):

There are about 480 courses in this Learning Center at present (I obtained that number by adding the number of Beginner (119), Intermediate (309), and Advanced (50) courses).

There are major categories on the right-hand side of the page for RootsTech 2014 videos, for Featured Courses, for Most Popular Courses, for New Courses, and for Beginning Genealogy Courses.  The user can click on any one of the links provided for a specific course.  Each course listed notes the length of time for the video.

There are 21 Beginning Genealogy Courses that are five minutes each.

On the left-hand side of the screens above are Filters for Place, Skill Level, and Subject.  You can click any one of the filters and see a list of videos for that Filter.

One of the links in the "Place" filter list was for "Pennsylvania."  I clicked on that and saw the three courses specifically for Pennsylvania research:

Those look interesting.  I clicked on the link for the  "Pennsylvania Research: County Court and Probate Records" lesson and saw:

The screen above has a link to "View this lesson."  Under that frame are "Course Supplements" - in this case, "Give course feedback" and "Course Handout (pdf)."

If I click on the "View this lesson" link, the video player opens and I can watch the video (usually Powerpoint slides), and hear and see the presenter speak:

I can also click on the "Course Handout (pdf)" link and read the supporting material for the lesson:

I can save or print the handout using the icons in the little bar at the bottom right of the screen.

The FamilySearch Learning Center is the most complete and extensive set of online video educational lessons available.  If you want to advance your genealogical knowledge, using this site can be very helpful.

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