By March, however, many of us are hanging wrinkled shirts on the treadmill and guiltily avoiding the gym.
Online classes best fit my own lifestyle, and plenty of options exist. From beginner tutorials to specialized courses, you can learn any time of day or night, with or without structured deadlines. There’s no commute if you’ve got internet access at home, and you don’t even have to wear business casual. Here’s a sampling of cyberclasses:
• Family Tree Magazine’s own Family Tree University offers a user-friendly series of one-hour webinars ($49.99) and—coming soon—classes that include four to six lessons each ($99.99, with discounts for taking multiple classes). Coursework includes quizzes and exercises that are reviewed by an instructor who provides additional guidance as needed. Students get a multimedia learning experience and a digital “packet” of articles and other reading. Topics include finding immigrant ancestors, using Google tools, finding living relatives and more.
Genealogy boot camp
Genealogy classes are the family history equivalents to boot camp—attendees are immersed in classes, resources and networking opportunities. The Southern California Genealogical Society’s annual Jamboree is famous for being fun and educational. “We marry the bricks-and-mortar with the high-tech,” explains event co-chair Paula Hinckel. “It’s a good mix of the kinds of things people want to learn.”
Team in training
Going with the pros
Eyes on the Prize
From the March 2010 Family Tree Magazine