If you are thinking about how to use some of the time at home that you now have with the advent of social distancing, consider starting that genealogy research you’ve always wanted to do.   1.

The following are three excellent resources for online classes (written and video) that you can access for free from your computer at home.  Just click on the links provided and go from there.  Between these three resources you can probably find a class for almost any level or topic of genealogy research.

Ancestry.com Academy  https://www.ancestry.com/academy/courses/recommended

Particularly helpful for general education about genealogy research skills, Ancestry Academy provides free, video classes, ranging from topics such as “Learn a New Skill in 5 Minutes” to “Tips and Tricks” to  hour long classes on topics like “Finding Your Female Ancestors”. You can search by areas of interest by using the “Find” box at the top of the page. You will need to join the Academy with an email but use is free after that.

Family Search Learning Center  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Classes_in_the_Learning_Center

Particularly helpful if you are doing genealogy research outside the United States, familysearch.org provides an extensive list of video classes.  There were over 2,000 options available when I last looked.  The classes cover every possible ethnic and geographic option for genealogy research, ranging from topics like “Reading Polish Handwritten Records” to “Finding Helpful Resources Post-1965”.  Languages for the videos includes English, Spanish, Russian and Korean.  You can sort the classes by language, presenter or title.  Actually, just about any topic you can think about is probably covered here!

American Ancestors Education https://www.americanancestors.org/Education/Learning-Resources/Read

Particularly helpful if you are researching in New England or Canada, the New England Historic Genealogical Society provides free, written subject guides on topics ranging from “Catholic Records in New England” to “African American Genealogy”.