GenealogyBreakthrough: Organize with Purpose

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GenealogyBreakthrough: Organize with Purpose

You Know More than You Think

After years of research, you probably have a trove of paper and digital files. But with all that material, it can be hard to find the right information—or remember what you’ve already learned about your family history. Maybe you’ve even printed out documents to support a conclusion, but then forgotten about both the paper and what you hoped it would prove!

Through this workshop, you’ll learn how to cut through all of that clutter by streamlining your research and organizing your files. By the end, you'll be able to clearly document your progress and create a research plan for the coming year.

In this four-week interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Sort and declutter your files, both physical and digital
  • Create a practical, filing system that’s perfect for YOUR research
  • Digitize records, photos, and more
  • Get the most out of your genealogy software
  • Analyze your findings to forge a new research plan
  • Stay organized in your future research
  • and much more!

DATE: January 23, 2023 - February 19, 2023

What the Workshop Includes

  • Hours of exclusive video instruction, broken up into six, go-at-your-own-pace lessons
  • 4 live Q&A sessions with expert instructors
  • Worksheets and exercises that will help you put what you’ve learned into practice
  • Discussion board where you can network with fellow researchers, ask questions of instructors, and learn from other students
  • Bonus downloads that will help you achieve your organization goals

How will I benefit from the workshop?

Save Money: You will learn how to organize and maintain your family records, both paper and digital. Bringing this process home will save you from paying for a subscription service to access your records.
Record Protection: Is your family tree stored on one website? You can learn how to migrate your records to your desktop and avoid the risk of a third-party site losing them to a data breach, company bankruptcy, or a change in terms of service.
Unlock More Research Flexibility: Don’t limit your research to one website because it can stifle your research potential. Learn how to take your paper research to the next level by saving and digitizing the right records to build your genealogy collection.
Make 2023 Your Best Research Year: Learn how to better analyze records you have and use what you discover to forge a path for your genealogy research journey.
Frequently Asked Questions:

Did you miss any live Q&A events by signing up now?
No, you did not miss any of the live Q&A segments.  There are four total, scheduled on Fridays. The first live Q&A is on January 27th at 2pm Eastern. If you register between now and Friday morning, you won't miss a thing!

What if you miss the first Live Q&A  session on Friday?
No problem! Each live Q&A session will be recorded. The video will be uploaded for you to watch at any time.

Will you be behind the rest of the students?
No, the classes in each part of the workshop are self-guided. You can go at your own pace and catch up over the weekend.


About the Instructors

Sunny Jane Morton is an award-winning writer who has advanced training in genealogy, history, and memoir-writing. She is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and Your DNA Guide; author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy and How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records; and a writing coach and course developer for Family Tree University.

A contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, Rick Crume has written for other genealogical journals in the United States, as well as Canada and Great Britain. Specializing in online research, genealogy software, DNA testing and British genealogy, he has spoken at genealogy conferences across North America and presented many webinars.

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published online and in print. Her books include Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and From the Family Kitchen (F+W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives.

Amanda Epperson, who completed her Ph.D. in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, is the eLearning Producer at Family Tree University. She is the author of The Family Tree Scottish Genealogy Guide.

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