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YouTubeA couple of weeks before being ‘grounded because of my advanced age’,  I taught at two family history conferences and spoke at a third one. Since there are no more conferences for a while, for most of us, many want to know how we get the training and help we need to continue our family history?  The answer is “YouTube.”  I’m not talking about “YouTube TV,” which I personally think is awesome. I’m talking about regular “YouTube,”  where you have thousands of experts on all sorts of topics, waiting to help you  – for FREE.

How to most effectively use “YouTube” – 4 simple steps:

  1. Go to “YouTube” and create a free account – HINT: if you have Gmail you already have an account for “YouTube.”
  2. Do a search using terms such as the following: family history, genealogy, organizing family records, census research, german genealogy, and the list goes on.
  3. When you find a video you like – watch it.
  4. If you really like the presenter click the ‘subscribe’ button and you will be notified when that presenter uploads a new video.

You will get advertisements, however, if you find the ads too annoying, or you end up using “YouTube” often you may want to pay a small monthly fee and have the advertising removed.


  • You can get the content you want when you want it.
  • You can pause the presentation when you need to, and take any notes you need to take.
  • You can replay and watch a video until you feel like you have learned what you need.

There are many “YouTube” presenters, but my personal favorites are:

  • Ancestry
  • The Barefoot Genealogist – Christa Cowen from Ancestry
  • FamilySearch
  • American Ancestors – has a monthly webinar from the New England Historical Society.
  • Lisa Louise Cooke -Genealogy Gems
  • RootsMagic TV
  • BYU Family History Library
  • FindMyPast
  • Dear Myrtle
  • The National Archives UK – has webinars

My husband will also tell you that there are a couple of quilting channels that I subscribe to where I can watch tutorials, and, of course,  Bon Jovi and Def Leppard- but that is just to keep my life in balance.

While you are staying home, you might as well be learning. You’re Welcome!


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