Monday, September 29, 2014

Genealogy Intensive™ - A New Offering in Genealogy Education

Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee Create On-Line Collaborative Group Coaching Platform for Genealogy Skill Building

29 September 2014 – Chicago, IL. Hack Genealogy has created Genealogy Intensive™, a collaborative, results-driven, group coaching environment for effective genealogy education. In today’s article Genealogy Intensive™: Taking Your Genealogy Project From “Obsession” to “Reality” Hack Genealogy creator Thomas MacEntee outlines the concept and motivation behind this new offering.

“We've identified a need among genealogists when it comes to education. While webinars cover a variety of topics and provide solid information, most attendees file away the handout once the webinar is over and don’t take action when it comes to using the skills covered,” MacEntee notes. “With Genealogy Intensive™, participants work in a small group environment – online – and have actual assignments to put those new skills to use.”

Each Genealogy Intensive™ will follow a similar format:

  • Online Sessions via GoToMeeting: Meeting once a week for one (1) hour. Sessions will be recorded and you’ll always have access to the recordings. For Weeks #2 through #5, a “flipped lecture” format will be used: participants complete an assignment before the session and then the group will discuss the assignment and results.
  • Weekly Assignments: A series of work assignments relevant to the specific Genealogy Intensive™ topic. These assignments will not just inspire, but also help participants achieve their goals.
  • Closed Facebook Group: A closed online environment for Genealogy Intensive™ participants where assignments and feedback are shared and ideas/issues are discussed.
  • Personal Access to Coaches: Access to Coaches via Facebook and email as well as during the Online Sessions.
  • Project Tools: Basic templates and strategies for tracking projects.
  • Productivity Toolbox: Coaches will prepare a special toolkit filled with resources; during the six-weeks participants will add their own recommended tools and share their discoveries with the group.
  • Access to Archives: After the Genealogy Intensive™ is over, participants will continue to have access to the Online Session recordings, all handouts and assignments and the input/feedback on the Facebook Closed Group.

Participation is limited to 12 attendees and the cost to attend a Genealogy Intensive™ over a six week period is $129 per person. A special discounted price of $99 will be available during the early registration period.

The Write Stuff: Build Your Family History Writing Skills

Starting on Monday 13 October 2014 and running for six-weeks through Monday 17 November 2014, noted genealogy author Lisa A. Alzo will lead The Write Stuff with a focus on building family history writing skills.

  • Learn writing skills and techniques to produce a quality family history; build on the skills each week.
  • Focus on getting a working draft.
  • Receive constructive and helpful feedback.
  • Overcome fears and anxiety about writing.
  • Have fun!

Through on-line instructional sessions, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, attendees will have access to an instructor with more than 23 years of writing experience, who will teach key nonfiction writing techniques used to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations. Click here for more information and the course schedule.

Get More Information about Genealogy Intensive™

Visit today’s announcement about the Genealogy Intensive™ here and get the details about The Write Stuff here.

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