Continuing education is a very important aspect of being a professional genealogist, or becoming one. When this post appears a few days after my writing it, I will be knee-deep in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, where I will be presenting nine lectures in two courses and a tenth evening lecture.
On January 22, registration will begin for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University.
In May the National Genealogical Society conference will be held in Las Vegas. June will see IGHR and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, July brings the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the National Institute of Genealogical Research, and August has the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
In the meantime, dozens of webinars will be offered where genealogists can learn from the comfort of their living room. Other opportunities for distance learning include the certificate programs offered by the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, and the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course and other free and online courses.
For many genealogists, these opportunities and others are well-known.
Did you know that a number of prestigious universities around the United States now offer free non-credit online history courses taught by esteemed professors and historians?
Take a look at a few that have piqued my interest:
- “African American History: From Emancipation to the Present,” Jonathan Holloway
- “The American Revolution,” Joanne Freeman
- “The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877,” David W. Blight
- “European Civilization, 1648-1945,” John Merriman
- “Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts,” Keith E. Wrightson
- “France Since 1871,” John Merriman
- “Introduction to Family History Research”
- “Writing Family History”
- “Helping Children Love Your Family History”
- “Family Records”
- “Vital Records”
- “Military Records”
- “French Research”
- “Germany Research”
- “Huguenot Research”
- “Scandinavia Research”
OpenCourseWare, Utah State University
Open Courses @ Illinois Springfield (University of Illinois-Springfield)
- “The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed,” Matthew Holden, Jr. and Gwen Jordan
New York University
University of California-Berkeley (via Internet Archive)
There are a lot of other courses available online in addition to these. If you know of some that I have missed, please feel free to include a link in the comments below.