In my opinion, one of the biggest mistakes that many beginner and even intermediate genealogists make is to not educate themselves on how to do genealogy. It seems simple at first...go find records and record information on my ancestors, right? Right now, any experienced genealogist is probably laughing at that statement because doing family history research entails so very much more than just "finding facts" and even finding those facts can actually be a bit complicated. So how do you educate yourself without spending a fortune on online courses or books? Enter the free resources available online!
I am currently saving to pay for my wedding this fall, so this year, my genealogy budget has been cut to...well...to pretty much zero. That hasn't stopped me from still doing my research utilizing a fantastic number of free resources available online, and it especially has not stopped me from continuing to educate myself using free online materials. One of the best resources for educating yourself on various aspects of genealogy is FamilySearch.org.
If you click on the "Learn" button on the FmailySearch header, it will take you to their Learning Center and its voluminous library of educational videos. The videos and lessons are searchable by subject, location, level, even language! In the beginner section alone, there are 91 free videos. The intermediate level has nearly three hundred videos available! Their Learning Center also has links to their Research Wiki and Discussion Forums. If you poke around long enough, you will find almost everything you need to start educating yourself and improving your research skills. Also don't forget to check out the great printable research forms they have available.
If you are looking for other great free resources online, please come back in a few days and check out the "Resources" page here on the Digging Up Roots blog. I am working on developing a list of links to free (and some paid) resources available. You can also check out Cyndi's List for the comprehensive list of online genealogy resources.