Develop your genealogy skills and build a better genealogy toolbox with the 2019 Spring Virtual Genealogy Conference. Running from March 22 – March 24th, you’ll discover a plethora of tricks, tips and research strategies for improving your genealogy success. If you’re unsure about whether you should sign up, consider this: you can get all of the benefits of a live genealogy conference, but with no planes, no packing, and no waiting in line. You can stay at home and in your most comfortable clothes while still networking with like-minded family historians.
Still not convinced? Here are 5 things you’ll be able to do better after the virtual conference:
1. Research more efficiently
You’ll access multiple presentations that will help you discover new records with less effort and less frustration. Build better online search habits with 25 Online Searching Dos and Don’ts. Or, make documentation a lot easier with 5 Essential Elements of a Source Citation. Even if you have years of experience as a researcher, you’ll pick up some new skills to fill your genealogy toolbox from the 16 recorded presentations we’re offering.
2. Find more (reliable) records
Finding more records is vital to doing great research. Experts always recommend that you exhaust your search so that you can be sure you have accurate information. So what do you do when you have conflicting records? Finding and Evaluating Reliable Sources will help, along with several other presentations designed to help you get to the facts.
3. Put the pieces together
Being a genealogist is a lot like being a carpenter. Woodworkers gather the best tools and they cut (or buy) the wood to the right size, but before they have a finished project, they have to put it together. Likewise, you can fill your genealogy toolbox and gather all the documents, but your ancestor’s facts don’t become a story until you put the pieces together. Create a timeline or start a blog documenting what you’ve learned. We’ll have presentations covering topics like 5 Tricks to Start Your Family History Blog and the 5 Best Timeline Tricks for Family History that will help.
You’ll get plenty of motivation from the conference keynote with Sunny Morton. If you haven’t had a chance to see the preview yet, you should watch it here! Sunny Morton will be taking a more in-depth look at how the information you extract from an ancestor’s records can affect your own life in a profound way. See how she pulls the pieces together.
4. Solve your brick walls
Hitting that brick wall hard and repeatedly? Don’t give up! Find your way around that stubborn obstacle with presentations that include Problem-Solving with RootsMagic and Cluster Research. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, crowd-source your stumpers, and compare notes on the discussion boards all weekend long.
5. Make use your DNA results
No conference would be complete without plenty of useful tips for using your DNA. As testing explodes and you get more matches, you’ll want the tools to work with them. Learn the steps to Find Missing Parents with DNA, as well as how to use the DNA You Didn’t Inherit. You’ll also get some valuable tools to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to DNA testing.
There’s so much more to the conference that you won’t want to miss out on.