Saturday, July 11, 2015
Beta Release of The Family History Guide: A valuable free resource
While I was a graduate student at the University of Utah, I worked on a structured, patterned, instructional program for teaching poetry to students. This was pre-personal computer days, so the who program was structured to work from branching, step-by-step instructions. Since that intensive experience in developing a way to to teach a difficult subject such as poetry, I have appreciated the power of a structured and branching learning program. In viewing The Family History Guide, I see one of the few attempts to apply structured learning techniques to teaching family history.
I understand that this program is still in the Beta stage and may change before the final version is released, but it already looks like a very professional approach to teaching family history. It is basically a front-end, organized way to view existing online resources. The linked resources include FamilySearch.org and its Partner Websites, Ancestry.com, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com.
This website is not an ad hoc attempt to remake the wheel. It is a finely tuned and valuable tool that leads both beginners and more advanced users to resources they otherwise would not have considered using. The links are valuable and well organized. This is definitely a website to watch. Let's hope that it lives up to its potential. The website has a Facebook page, The Family History Guide and a blog, The Family History Guide. Please take some time to explore this valuable resource.