Julia Mosman presented a program February 25 on opportunities to learn about English and Welsh research through webinars, online classes, and the FamilySearch wiki. Julia provided an overview of Legacy Family Tree Webinars, FamilySearch online classes, Ancestry Academy, and the FamilySearch wiki.
Brought to you by the developers of Legacy Family Tree genealogy software, Legacy Family Tree Webinars offers a large collection of webinars by well-known genealogists. Genealogists can sign up free to watch live webinar broadcasts–usually two each week. The webinars are recorded, and Legacy makes the recordings available free for about a week after the broadcast. After the free period, the recordings are available to subscribers. At press time, annual subscriptions are available for $49.95, and monthly subscriptions are available for $9.95 per month. English and Welsh webinars in Legacy Family Tree Webinars Library include:
- Kirsty Gray, England and Wales–Rummaging in the Parish Chests (2016).
- Jen Baldwin, Getting to Know Findmypast–Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy (2016)
- Kirsty Gray, Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales (2015)
- Claire V. Brisson-Banks, The Quest for your English Ancestors (2012).
Upcoming English webinars are
- Kirsty Gray, Tracing Your West Country Ancestors (2 August 2017)
- Brian Donovan, British and Irish Research: the Differences (15 November 2017).
The second group of classes Julia highlighted are the videos and other resources in the FamilySearch Learning Center–more than 20 for England and Wales, including the England Beginning Research Series, Church of England Church Records, England Estate Duty I, II, III, England Nonconformist Church Records, England Online Websites, and more.
The third resource is AncestryAcademy, from Ancestry.com. English videos available there include Exploring Your English Roots on Ancestry and Marriage Mills and Gretna Green.
Another resource is the FamilySearch wiki. The wiki contains more than 85,000 articles on genealogy records, countries, and research strategies. The “England Genealogy” article provides general country information about England, resources for getting started, research tools, links to English records online at FamilySearch, a clickable map linking to articles on English and Welsh counties, and links to wiki articles on record types, background resources (gazetteers, history), ethnic resources (Jewish records), and local resources (archives and libraries, societies, and Family History Centers).
Thank you, Julia, for a great program!