I am starting to create some new genealogy tutorial videos on a variety of subjects. It has been a while since my last creation. Since then some of our own internal library guidelines for creating such videos have changed. Our guideline now expects a limitation of about 5 minutes for the length of these videos.
This is not a problem and actually is a good thing. First, it allows me to really hone in to a key topic. Previously, I tried to cover all bases on a topic. If I were speaking about Newspaper Archive.com., I wanted to review each and every component of that databases. I accomplished that but it may have taken 30 minutes of recording tutorial to do that. So with a 5 minute target limitation, I can now pick one key component and create a 5 minute tutorial. I can then select another key component of the product and create still another tutorial. See the picture here. Many short videos are better than one long video!
Second, your time is valuable. If I can provide a solution to a problem or an insight to a resource to help you create a solution and I can do it in 5 minutes then that shows that your time is valued.
This is the new model under which I will be creating these tutorial genealogy videos.
The video on YouTube follows just below!
So ……. what is the first video that you can see right in this post going to cover?
Well, I wanted to be sure you know what digital data you can access at FamilySearch that was previously in microfilm format. Not only WHAT digital data but WHERE you can access the material. FamilySearch is now out of the microfilm lending business. But they are not leaving you high and dry for lack of data. Now your home computer can be a microfilm reader. But some data, while digitally converted, is not available to you at home because the data has certain restrictions on it that FamilySearch must honor. So where do you find this data?
Check out the tutorial and learn what digital data you can access from FamilySearch and where you can access it.
On the drawing board for me is to also modify the home page of this blog to create a new “page” where this material can reside. That way you can go right to that page to view all of the video tutorials I have created in one place.
I will still announce a “new video” via a blog post, but then I can move the video to a new page where you can find all of them together.
Check out the video above.
I would greatly appreciate any comments you have about it.
Just head on down to the “Leave a comment” link at the bottom of the post and create your comment there.
Enjoy the video.
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