Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2016 Genealogy Education Plans

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) What are your genealogy education plans for 2016?  Local society meetings or seminars?  Regional or national conferences?  Weeklong institutes?  Genealogy cruises?  Podcasts?  YouTube Videos?  Webinars or Hangouts On Air?  Magazines?  Websites?  Blogs?

2)  How much time do you invest in Genealogy Education?  Why do you do it?

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Here's mine:

1)  My 2016 genealogy education plan:

*  I will attend monthly program meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) and the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS).

*  I will attend the CVGS and SDGS all-day seminars.  I will attend the all-day Family History Fair in Escondido in March, and the All-day Family Discovery Day in Chula Vista in May.

*  I am scheduled to teach 3 sessions of Beginning Computer Genealogy at San Diego OASIS (adult education), host a monthly CVGS Research Group, will speak at the Family discovery Day, and make presentations to about 10 Southern California genealogical societies in 2016.

*  I will lead the monthly RootsMagic SIG for SDGS at the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley.

*  I will go to RootsTech 2016 in Salt Lake City in February.  I probably won't attend many classes.  I usually learn more from the syllabus materials and the Expo Hall than sitting in a class.

*  I will go to the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in June 2016 in Burbank, California.  I usually attend some classes here.

*  I doubt that we will go on a genealogy cruise this year (we've done it three of the last four years) due to my wife's mobility issues.  I haven't been to a weeklong institute, but I'd like to, but not this year.

*  I have a subscription to Family Tree Webinars and usually watch the presentations after the live event (mainly because the CVGS events are at the same time on Wednesdays).  

*  I watch the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) (I'm a member) webinars after the live event also.  I occasionally watch other webinars from other providers that are free or within my subscription package.

*  I participate in the Mondays With Myrt discussions using Google+ Hangouts On Air whenever I can;  when I miss one, I watch it on YouTube.  

*  I watch YouTube videos from a number of genealogy "channels" including Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, DearMYRTLE, Russ Worthington, Tessa Keough, etc.

*  I listen occasionally to podcasts from the Genealogy Guys, Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, and Fisher's Extreme Genes.

*  I have subscriptions to the National Genealogical Society (NGSQ and NGS Magazine), the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGR and American Ancestors Magazine), and Family Tree Magazine.

*  I read over 1500 genealogy blogs using the Feedly RSS news reader on a daily basis.

2)  I estimate that I spend about 30% of my genealogy time on genealogy education each year.  That is at least 2-3 hours a day almost every day.  I look at it as an investment - the opportunities are endless, it seems.  I can learn about new tasks, applications, record groups, DNA, etc. from experts in the field and apply the lessons to my own research.   

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Steph said...

Deleted my other post, as I wanted to edit it, but couldn't find an edit button. Mission Accomplished.

Donna Hansen Peterson said...

My response can be found at

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's my plan:

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Mine is located on

Anna Matthews said...

Here is my post:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here is my plan. The first item is complete as I just returned from SLIG.

Linda said...

Hey Randy, when do you sleep?

Hilary Gadsby said...

I have discussed some organisation plans on this post along with my first planned education webinar. I also watch Legacy webinars live or if I miss it on catch up. Lots of hangouts with DearMyrtle throughout the year.
I April I am attending the GOONS conference for the first time and WDYTYA Live both in Birmingham.
I am always on the lookout for hints and tips on how to do things better or more easily. I also like to share my own experiences with the aim of helping others.