Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday's Tips - Genea-Vlogging on YouTube

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Watch FREE videos on genealogy research on YouTube.

More genea-bloggers are making short (or longer) videos and posting them on YouTube.  Many of these genea-vloggers are taking advantage of the FREE and relatively easy-to-use video tools available on Google+ Hangouts On Air.  Hangouts On Air permit up to ten "panelists" in the video at one time, and they can be watched live on both Google+ and YouTube, and are then archived on YouTube for viewers to watch at their convenience.

I just made a screen shot of the search results on YouTube for the term "genealogy":

There were over 92,000 results listed!

YouTube lets you "subscribe" to any number of YouTube "channels" - the "Subscriptions" list appears in the left-hand column on the screen.

Some of the genea-vlogger YouTube channels using Google+ Hangouts On Air include:

1)  DearMYRTLE -- Pat Richley-Erickson was one of the first genea-vloggers to adopt Hangouts On Air to have discussions about genealogy, including on specific topics like the Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group videos that studied the Tom Jones book.  Pat also hosts a weekly Mondays With Myrt HOA that discusses genealogy news, panelists experiences, and viewer questions.  Most of Pat's videos are 90 to 180 minutes long.

2)  Russ Worthington has helped Pat, and several other vloggers, produce their Hangouts On Air and has started his own YouTube channel called Cousin Russ.  Russ has been doing relatively short (10 to 20 minute) videos on specific topics using Family Tree Maker 2014 and Ancestry.com, plus how to create Hangouts On Air.

3)  Tessa Keough hosts the Legacy Virtual User's Group on Google+ and has several other series of videos:

4)  Jen Baldwin has a channel for The NextGen Genealogy Network, specializing in youth and young genealogists.

5)  Kenneth R. Marks has a channel that discusses topics he writes about on his The Ancestor Hunt blog.

6)  Caroline Pointer's channel discusses Evernote and OneNote, conferences, and has some genealogy interviews:

7)  Jill Ball's channel has interviews and conference videos:

Other genealogy-oriented YouTube channels that I subscribe to include:

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems

*  The In-Depth Genealogist

*  Devin Ashby

*  Elyse Doerflinger

*  Ancestry.com

*  FamilySearch

*  GenealogyBank

*  RootsMagic TV

*  Legacy Family Tree Software

*  23andMe

I know that I'm not watching all of the YouTube channels available - what other genealogy-oriented channels should I be watching?

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/05/tuesdays-tips-genea-vlogging-on-youtube.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Unknown said...

Thanks to Cousin Russ and his FTM2014 videos, I am learning to use my software program to its best potential and I am grateful to him for spending the time recording them for us. I will check out the other sites you mention. There is so much out there to help us learn more about our various passions. Annick

Cousin Russ said...


Thanks for the shout out. I appreciate it. For me, it has become easier to BLOG and appears that my "readers" / followers like the ability to see how the software works in "real time".

Not to mention that my editor won't need too many more red pens for corrections.

Thanks again,


Caitie G said...

Mine! Except I haven't done a video this year yet.

GeniAus said...

Thanks for the mention, Randy. I'll be returning to GeniAus Hangouts o Air once my vacation is over.

Magda said...

Great post, Randy, about the vloggers. I also subscribe to the Barefoot Genealogist, aka Crista Cowan, on the you tube channel. I love her stuff.