Genealogy Tips: Listen to Genealogy 'How-to' Lectures

It's a great day for genealogy! Whether I am at home, walking on the track or in the car, I can listen to genealogy conference talks, webinars and lectures—keeping me up-to-date with the latest tools and techniques for researching my family history.


There are more and more genealogy-minded websites that are putting talks online, making it easy to listen to what the leading family history teachers, movers and shakers want us to know.

Here are just a few of the terrific webinars and lectures that are online:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

If it's Wednesday at 2 p.m. (Eastern), then there is another live webinar from Legacy Family Tree. If you miss the live lecture, the site has a deep archive of lectures on a wide variety of genealogy topics. You can not only listen but also watch the PowerPoint presentation as each lecturer gives their remarks. These are must-watch/listen events.

Extreme Genes: Family History Radio

I never miss this weekly "radio" show. Presented in a talk radio format, this free series is a must-listen event. Extreme Genes covers breaking news and interviews with genealogy newsmakers. This program takes the time to go in-depth on each featured topic. Miss a show? Just click on the free online archives to listen to any program, available 24/7.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast

One of the longest-running online genealogy talk shows, the Genealogy Guys Podcast have been reporting on interesting genealogy events and topics since 2005. Very convenient to listen to online or download to your device of choice, so that you can listen while doing your two miles on the treadmill or walking around the block. Informed, funny and interesting—these are programs you don't want to miss. Listen to them 24/7.

RootsTech 2014: Featured Lectures Online

If you missed a session of RootsTech 2014 or want to listen to it again, it is easy to do. Just click on the link, choose the session you want to watch and start listening.

Genealogy Boot Camp

Here's one of my favorites: Genealogy Boot Camp, an online lecture that focuses on the cutting-edge genealogy tools of the 21st century. Watch as I give you a step-by-step tour of the critical online resources for genealogists.

Plan ahead and keep current.

Take your iPad, smartphone or other device and head to the beach, the gym or your favorite easy chair, and prepare to be informed and taught about the best tips and techniques for climbing your family tree.