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How to become a better family historian with online learning

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Do you love to learn more and more about your ancestors? To help you get started with your genealogical studies, we’ve rounded up some of the best online learning experiences (many of which are even free to access). Check out what’s on offer, to find out what’s best to help you move your family history research up a level…

There are many online tutorials, lectures and webinars available. These are very helpful for starting to learn about a new topic, and for opening your eyes to areas you may wish to study further on a course. 

Ancestry Academy

The Academy has a wide range of readily available videos covering specific national/topical research guides. Some of the Academy material is available to the public, some to Ancestry paid-up/premium users only.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

The free online Legacy Family Tree Webinars cover all sorts of useful family history topics - from newbie research, to DNA or guides to using genealogy giant website FamilySearch.

The National Archives

Find audio and video podcasts from lectures and webinars at The National Archives free online, covering a feast of topics, from Hearth Tax to shell-shock, DNA to the Victorian workhouse.

Dear Myrtle

Genealogy blogger and YouTuber, Pat Richley-Erickson (aka Dear Myrtle) regularly posts helpful family history learning content (eg to help you wrestle with organising your files, or tackling a brick wall).

FamilySearch Learning Centre

Explore the hundreds of free ‘online genealogy courses to help you discover your family history’, 37 of which are specific to the UK, with many others to take your research overseas.

Top tip

Check out your local family history society, museum and archives, for lectures and courses to help you learn about your ancestors.

Once you’ve had a go at teaching yourself, why not have fun getting the skills and knowledge you need by taking a family history course? Whether you want to learn online, in person, or on demand – there are courses to help you. Perhaps you’re just starting out in family history or you want to move up a level and even become a professional researcher – either way we can help you find the course to suit your pocket and learning level. 

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