There are quite a few different avenues of learning about genealogy including books, magazines, blogs, television shows, websites, conferences and podcasts. Since there is an almost endless universe of information available, it is important to spend your precious time wisely on the best sources. Podcasts are free to listen to and the better ones provide the listener with very high quality content.
This article covers some of the more popular podcasts available on the net, which are well worth your consideration. Keep in mind that they will push their sponsor’s products, but that is a small price to pay for top quality genealogy information. Podcasts are a great way to keep up-to-date on recent happenings in the genealogy world. If you are overlooking this avenue of learning, you are missing out on a very valuable educational resource
If you are not familiar with podcasts or how to listen to them, see my previous article Listening to Genealogy Podcasts Made Easy for a quick guide on how to listen to podcasts via your web browser.
The list below contains some of my favorites, each hand picked for the quality of information provided the listener. This list will get you started with some of the leading experts in the field of genealogy. Take advantage of listening to all the back issues, so you don’t miss out on anything.
Ancestry.com Webinars – Narrated by Crista Cowan, the “Barefoot Genealogist” who enjoys doing her genealogy research while barefoot. Covers a variety of subjects and sponsored by Ancestry.com.
Genealogy Gems – Hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke and specializes in quick productivity tips for the genealogist
The Genealogy Guys – Hosted by George Morgan and Drew Smith which has been in existence for more than 10 years and claims to be the longest-running, regularly produced genealogy podcast in the world.
The Genealogy Professional – Hosted by Marian Pierre-Louis. Interviews professionals in the field of genealogy.
Family Tree Magazine Podcast – Also hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke. Genealogy education from the publishers of America’s number one genealogy magazine.
You can hardly go wrong with any of the podcasts on this list, but feel free to experiment with others. Everyone has their own level of experience and may have different needs and wants.
These recorded shows are great to listen
to anytime you have some free time on your hands like when commuting back and
forth to work, working out or when you are just bored. Podcasts don’t require the same level of
concentration as reading, so they make a great option fill in that downtime that
would otherwise be wasted.
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