Welcome to the Training section of The Family History Guide.

Training with The Family History Guide

You can set up your own training system for family history—one that is both powerful and flexible—based on the content that's available in The Family History Guide.

The Family History Guide is a leading family history learning, research, and training site. Visitors come from over 150 countries to access the free materials.

We want to increase the number of people worldwide who are involved in family history. A key element in this is effective training, so we are highly motivated to help you succeed. This section gives you the tools and resources to develop a highly effective family history training program, whether large or small.

The Training menu at the top of the screen is divided into these sections:

  • Presentations and Course Catalog : Explore these links to see what types of training are available.
  • Individuals, Families, Groups, and Consultants : Explore these links to see how to use the training materials with a selected audience.
  • Tracker and Tools : Explore these links for documents and videos to help you monitor and improve your training efforts.

Getting Others Involved in Family History

A large part of your success depends on how well you can involve others in family history, especially those who are hesitant. You have the opportunity to be a mentor, a coach, a role model to others who have potentially great experiences ahead of them. Giving them a successful start in genealogy can be life-changing—for them and for you.

Here are some resources that can help you catch the vision and have successful coaching and mentoring experiences with family history.

Setting Effective Training Goals

As you set training goals with your organization, consider the following questions:

  • Who is your audience? Know whether you will be training individuals, families, or groups.
  • What are their learning needs? Decide how to accommodate beginners, special-interest learners, youth, etc.
  • How often should courses be offered? Make sure your staff is ready to meet your training schedule.
  • What equipment or facilities are needed to deliver training? If upgrades or new items are needed, plan a workable, prioritized budget.
  • Use the answers to these questions as a beginning point for your training goals, and review them often.

What Freelance Trainers Ought to Know about Goal Setting