Jenny Lanctot


About Jenny Lanctot

Jenny Lanctot is a paralegal, genealogist, and writer. In addition to her regular column Getting Started in IDG’s digital magazine Going In-Depth, she writes her personal blog Are My Roots Showing? and is a regular contributor to the FGS Voice blog. Her articles have appeared in the Florida State Genealogical Society newsletter Florida Lines and the Chattanooga Delta Genealogy Society quarterly Southern Roots & Shoots.


How Do I Know What I Don’t Know? (Part 4: Online Educational Options)

Continuing the conversation about genealogy education (from previous posts here, here, and here), there are many options available online. Here are a couple: Webinars The most common option for online genealogy education is the webinar. Several genealogical societies offer webinars on a wide range of topics. There are some that require prepayment; however, most of them are free – at […]


How Do I Know What I Don’t Know? (Part 3: Genealogy Institutes) 2

Genealogy Institutes (as mentioned in previous posts here and here) are more intense and focused than genealogy conferences and usually last a week or more. The way most institutes work is that you select your course of study and each preselected class you take relates to that course. For example, if you attend the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) […]


Book Review: Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes

The premise behind the “in 30 minutes” guides is that they provide a quick overview to afford the reader with a decent working knowledge of a specific topic within the roughly 30 minutes it takes to read the book. Shannon Combs-Bennett has knocked it out of the park with Genealogy Basics – emphasizing good research practices (including source citations) and […]


How Do I Know What I Don’t Know? (Part 2: Genealogy Conferences) 1

As I mentioned in the previous post genealogy conferences are relatively large compared to other educational options, usually last several days, and can be costly when you consider the admission fee and any travel and lodging expenses. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where a national conference is being held, or if you have a friend who […]


How Do I Know What I Don’t Know? (Part 1: Educational Opportunities) 1

For the genealogist who is just getting their feet wet, figuring out how to learn about new-to-you resources, methodologies, and research strategies can be daunting. There are local, regional, and national conferences, as well as annual genealogy institutes all over the country and more webinars than you can count. How do you know which fits your needs from a financial, […]


Walking Among the Dead: A Beginner's Guide

Walking Among the Dead: A Beginner’s Guide 4

A photograph of an ancestor’s grave marker gives that ancestor’s story an ending. It makes it complete. Without it, the story feels unfinished. Now that it’s spring in the United States, the weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and – like moths to a flame – genealogists are wandering around cemeteries across the country. Even if you’re […]