How can I keep up with all that’s new in genealogy and family history?

I’ve started doing genealogy research again after being away for a few years. I’m finding keeping up with the new technology and on-line information a bit overwhelming. Any tips?  

Yes, two ‘first step’ tips:

  • join a local group – you’re bound to get lots of low pressure advice and hear the news -not only about what’s new, but what works. Ask if the group gives hands-on workshops using on-line sites or genealogy programmes or technology. If not, investigate classes at your local library or community centre.
  • follow at least a couple of on-line experts in your areas of interest. If you don’t have much time, the BCGS Editor recommends reading Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter regularly. (You can have his free newsletter delivered to your mailbox automatically.) Dick’s article’s feature news and reviews of almost all the new or updated genealogy and family history websites, and since he’s tech savvy, you’ll learn what he thinks about the latest gadgets and their possible research or writing uses.
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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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