Run out of your regular go-to’s for genealogy research? You are in luck because some free offerings are now available to get you out of your rut:
British History Online is a digital collection of Great Britain, Ireland and more that will be free through July. Currently I’m using it to research the Caribbean (West Indies) but colonial U.S. information is also available. I discovered one of my distant family members was interested in the East Indies in the 1500’s – who knew?! Check out this blog before you get started.
Legacy Family Tree Webinars is offering a free webinar from their extensive library each day in April. If you aren’t a member, now is a wonderful time to take a look at what they have to offer.
With libraries closed throughout the world, why not go to your local or state genealogy association’s home page and see if they are still offering meetings from the comfort of your own home. My local group has switched to using Go To Meetings for their weekly tech meetings. Yours may be using Zoom or Microsoft Office Teams. They’re easy to use and if you’re new here’s a few hints. For Zoom, you can click on the upper right of the screen and change the view of attendees from a bar across the top to a grid that will take up the entire screen (like the old Brady Bunch). Wondering why some people have a black square and no picture? They clicked the video button the bottom of their screen to disable their computer’s camera. The host (the person who sent the invitation link or password info) has the ability to let everyone speak or to mute and then unmute attendees. You can mute yourself on the same bottom bar if you like. Want to ask a question but not interrupt? Just click the message on the bottom bar and a side bar will appear. Type whatever you like and click enter. Your message will appear and the host will hopefully get around to answering it. When you’re done, just click the red “Leave Meeting” button and you’ve disconnected from the site.
Although this is not directly related to genealogy, it will most definitely help you if you don’t already have Microsoft Office. Check out this link for details, restricts do apply.
Hope you’re staying safe and finding family!