Last month FamilySearch announced that there are now more than 140 genealogical online training courses on FamilySearch.org. I have written somewhat about these, in the past, but thought given the large increase in courses that it was worth another mention. The courses span many geographies and there is material available for individuals at all stages of research, from those who are just getting started to those who have been researching for many years. The courses also include training classes offered by some of the foremost experts in the world. The Courthouse Research course is taught by Christine Rose, one of the most knowledgeable researchers in the United States on this subject. Some of the British classes are taught by Audrey Collins from The National Archives of the United Kingdom. There are many classes from the Midwest Genealogy Library. The core of the classes are from the professional genalogists who are research consultants at TheFamilySearch Family History Library. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week I will be attending the conference of the National Genealogical Society in Charleston, South Carolina. I will have the opportunity to be taught by some of the most experienced genealogists in the world on a wide variety of topics. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be able to attend the conference each year and I always take away new ideas and learning. This year should be particularly interesting since it is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the conference is in Charleston. For those whose jobs don’t take them to the NGS conference or who cannot travel to be there, the training on FamilySearch.org provides a wonderful resource. Many of the training classes online are taught by presenters at NGS. The subjects include a range of courses not offered at any of the genealogical conferences. Even better, all of the courses are free! The following are the current courses you can take online at FamilySearch: Australia Research ¢ Australia BDM Civil Registration Index ¢ New South Wales Early Church Records 1788-1886 ¢ Using the New South Wales Birth, Death, Marriage Index England Research ¢ England Beginning Research Series Lesson 1: Research Overview ¢ England Beginning Research Series Lesson 2: Census Records ¢ England Beginning Research Series Lesson 3: Civil Registration ¢ England Beginning Research Series Lesson 4: Church Records ¢ England Beginning Research Series Lesson 5: Find Your Ancestors ¢ England Beginning Research Series Materials ¢ Getting the Most from The National Archives Website ¢ Researching in the British Isles ¢What Is Britain? Germany Research ¢ German Town of Origin ¢ My Experiences in German Family Research Ireland Research ¢ Ireland Beginning Research Series ¢Church Records ¢Civil Registration ¢Immigration Part 1: Strategies ¢ Immigration Part 2: Famine and Post Famine Sources ¢ Immigration Part 3: Ulster and Scots Irish Sources Italy Research ¢Basic Italian Research New Zealand Research ¢ New Zealand Births, Deaths, and Marriages Online Poland Research ¢Introduction to Polish Research ¢Advanced Polish Research ¢Polish Displaced Persons Mexico Research ¢ Principios bÌÁsicos para la investigaciÌ_n genealÌ_gica en HispanoamÌ©rica (MÌ©xico) ¢ LecciÌ_n 1: Elementos fundamentales para la historia familiar ¢LecciÌ_n 2: Registros Parroquiales ¢LecciÌ_n 3: Registro Civil Reading Handwritten Records Series – Paleography (Handwriting) ¢ Dutch Lesson 1: The Dutch Alphabet ¢ Dutch Lesson 2: Dutch Words and Dates ¢ Dutch Lesson 3: Reading Dutch Records ¢ English Lesson 1: English Secretary Hand Letters ¢ English Lesson 2: Abbreviations, Dates, and Latin Words ¢ English Lesson 3: Reading Secretary Hand Documents ¢ French Lesson 1: The French Alphabet ¢ French Lesson 2: French Key Words and Phrases ¢ French Lesson 3: Reading French Records ¢ German Lesson 1: Kurrent Letters ¢ German Lesson 2: Making Words in Kurrent ¢ German Lesson 3: Reading Kurrent Documents ¢ Italian Lesson 1: The Italian Alphabet ¢ Italian Lesson 2: Italian Words and Phrases ¢ Italian Lesson 3: Reading Italian Records ¢ Latin Lesson: Key Words and Phrases in Latin Records ¢Polish Lesson 1: Polish Letters ¢ Polish Lesson 2: Polish Names, Dates, and Key Words ¢ Polish Lesson 3: Reading Polish Records ¢ Portuguese Lesson 1: Portuguese Letters ¢ Portuguese Lesson 2: Portuguese Dates, Words, and Names ¢ Portuguese Lesson 3: Reading Portuguese Documents ¢ Russian Lesson 1: The Russian Alphabet ¢ Russian Lesson 2: Russian Names, Dates, and Key Words ¢ Russian Lesson 3: Reading Russian Records ¢ Scandinavian Gothic Lesson 1: Gothic Letters ¢ Scandinavian Gothic Lesson 2: Names, Words, and Dates ¢ Scandinavian Gothic Lesson 3: Reading Scandinavian Records ¢Spanish Lesson 1: The Spanish Alphabet ¢ Spanish Lesson 2: Spanish Names, Dates, and Key Words ¢Spanish Lesson 3: Reading Spanish Records Research Principles and Tools ¢ Case Study Using English Records ¢Cemetery Art ¢Descendancy Research Series: Lesson 1 ¢Descendancy Research Series: Lesson 2 ¢Descendancy Research Series: Lesson 3 ¢ Finding Your Way: Locating and Using Maps in Your Research ¢ GenealogyBank.com ¢ Genealogy Boot Camp ¢ How to Find More at a Genealogy Library ¢ If I’d Only Known: Beginner Genealogy Mistakes ¢Inferential Genealogy ¢Managing Your Family Records on the Internet ¢Research Logs: Part 1 ¢Research Logs: Part 2 ¢Timelines_Lifelines ¢Thinking Creatively About Research Problems ¢Tips and Tactics from 50 Years of Research ¢ Where Should I Start? Beginning Research on Ancestry.com Russia Research ¢ Russian History, Geography, Records, and Resources: Part 1 ¢ Russian History, Geography, Records, and Resources: Part 2 United States of America Research ¢ African American Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress ¢ Basic U.S. Military Records with Tiff ¢ Beginning Census Research and Record Keeping ¢Beginning Genealogy ¢Cherokee Genealogy ¢ Howard Dodson: Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of New York Public Library ¢Civil War Genealogical Research ¢Colonial Immigration ¢Colonial Land ¢Congress and My Family History ¢County Histories and Your Family ¢ Finding Records of Your Ancestors 1870-Present ¢Finding the Slave Generation ¢ Heads of Household Only: Analysis of Pre-1850 Federal Census ¢Homestead Records ¢The Journey Takers ¢ The Library of Congress: Pursuing Your Family in the National Library ¢ Locating Ancestors on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes ¢Military Records: Civil War ¢ Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications ¢Military Records: Revolutionary War ¢ National Underground Railroad: Activities and Accomplishments ¢Newspaper Research ¢ Researching African-Native American Ancestors of Indian Territory ¢Revolutionary War Genealogy Research ¢ Roots West: African American History in the Trans Mississippi West ¢Sections, Ranges, and Townships ¢ See You on Sunday! Church Records in Genealogy ¢Some Underused Online Resources ¢State and Special Census ¢Take a Research Trip with Tiff! ¢Tiff’s Census Class ¢ Trails Back, Tracing Ancestors in Slavery through Census Probate and Land ¢U.S. Courthouse Research ¢Welcome to the World of Periodicals Accreditation, Certification, and Professional Presentations Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, August 17, 2010 ¢A Key to Success: Your Online Presence ¢ Choosing the Best Continuing Education Opportunities ¢ Expand Your Revenue: Produce and Sell Your Lectures in Video Format ¢Get Published in Magazines! ¢Niche Planning and Marketing ¢ Professional Management Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, September 2, 2009 ¢ Bull’s Eye! Planning and Delivering a Winning Marketing Campaign ¢ The Bachelor: Reconstructing a Solitary Life Using Obscure and Far-Flung Records ¢ Get Paid for Your Passion: Becoming a Professional Genealogist Board for Certification of Genealogists ¢BCG Certification Seminar ICAPGen The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists – 2011 Accreditation Mentoring Series ¢Mentoring Class: Introduction to ICAPGen ¢Mentoring Class: The ICAPGen Application ¢ Mentoring Class: Choosing a Four-Generation Project and Methodology ¢Mentoring Class: Research Binder ¢Mentoring Class: Working with Documents ¢Mentoring Class: Citing Sources ¢ Mentoring Class: History, Geography, and Timelines ¢Mentoring Class: Evidence Analysis Part I ¢Mentoring Class: Evidence Analysis Part II ¢Mentoring Class: Report Writing ¢Mentoring Class: Pedigree Analysis ¢Mentoring Class: Oral Review and Application CD ¢Mentoring Class: Written Exam and Oral Review ¢Mentoring Series Student Syllabus ¢ Accreditation Classes, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, January 11-15, 2010 ¢Research Planning ¢Evaluating and Solving Research Problems ¢ Oral Review: Purposes, Rubrics, and Results Research Courses ¢Australia Research ¢England Research ¢Germany Research ¢Ireland Research ¢Italy Research ¢New Zealand Research ¢Poland Research ¢ Principios bÌÁsicos para la investigaciÌ_n genealÌ_gica en HispanoamÌ©rica (MÌ©xico) ¢Reading Handwritten Records Series ¢Research Principles and Tools ¢Russia Research ¢United States of America Research Accreditation, Certification, and Professional Presentations ¢Association of Professional Genealogists ¢Board for Certification of Genealogists To take any of these courses go to FamilySearch.org, click on the ÏLearn link at the top of the page and then click on the ÏResearch Courses link on the bottom middle of the page.