Saturday, July 16, 2005

Myrt is taking an Online Course for English Researchers

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here has just signed for a class at MyFamily.com (the parent company of Ancestry.com.) I want to learn more about how to do genealogical research in England, so I chose an eight-session course:

Aug 25th - English Research with Sherry Irvine, B.A., MSc., CGRS, FSA Scot

I have heard Sherry speak before, and know from her professional credentials that she is quite knowledgeable. I also reviewed her extensive course outline. The classes will be "delivered" to my email box twice weekly, and I will work at my own pace. Although there are chat room options, it isn't yet clear if this will be used for this class.

I thought I'd give you the inside scoop on how these classes work.

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GETTING READY FOR CLASS:
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1. It's Saturday at 11:30am Eastern US Daylight Time. I just registered. Within the hour, I should be receiving a "class invitation." MyFamily.com explained that certain e-mail filters might place this in a "spam" folder. To prevent that, I've added gentraining@myfamily.com and onlineclasses@myfamilyinc.com to my "allowed list."

2. I will need to use the latest version of Internet Explorer with Java scripts enabled. If you sign up, and you have a MAC, you'll need to use an older version to accomplish this.

3. I've made note of the comments "MyFamily.com has reduced the price of its online genealogy classes to $29.95 from $39.95. To facilitate the price reduction, there will be one change; students will still have access to select Ancestry.com collections, but only those that are relevant to the course. Details on which collections are available for each course will be listed on the course description page at the links provided." A brief check of the English Research course description explains I will have access during the 4-week term of the course to:

-- Ancestry.com's U.K. & Ireland Collection
-- Ancestry.com's U.S. Immigration Collection

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FOR FURTHER READING
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If you are registering for an online genealogy course see:
http://www.myfamily.com/isapi.dll?c=home&htx=onlinetraining&class

Currently scheduled courses include:
-- Beginning Genealogy Computer Class
-- Intermediate Genealogy Research Class
-- Family Tree Maker 2005 Class
-- Writing My Family History/Newsletter Class
-- Immigration and Naturalization Research Class
-- World Census Records Class
-- Genealogical Research on the Internet
-- Irish Research
-- English Research
-- Scottish Research
-- German Basic Genealogy Research Class
-- German Intermediate Research Class
-- Eastern Europe Basic Research Class
-- Eastern Europe Intermediate Research Class
-- Basic Slovak Genealogy Research Class
-- Slovak Intermediate Research Class
-- Scandinavian Research Class
-- Native American Research Class
-- Jewish Basic Research Class
-- Jewish Internet Research Class
-- Northeastern United States Research Class
-- United States Great Lakes Region Class

I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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