Have you been interested in joining a Research Like a Pro Study Group, but worried about the time commitment? Perhaps the dates didn’t work for you or you were nervous about receiving peer feedback on your work. The Research Like a Pro e-Course has proven to be the perfect solution for researchers like you. The e-Course will give you the extra boost you might need in your research efforts. You’ll be able to work at your own pace and still receive valuable assistance along the way.
Nine Video Lessons
The Research Like a Pro e-Course includes access to nine lessons. In each video, we lead you through the key concepts using real life examples. You’ll get in-depth answers to your questions and gain a deeper understanding of the Research Like a Pro process.
1 – Pedigree analysis, objectives, and file organization: Learn how to analyze your family tree for possible research opportunities, then how to focus your research with an objective. Learn to create a file organization protocol.
2 – Reviewing previous research, timelines, and source citations: Gather previous research and create a timeline. Study the elements of a good source citation and learn to create your own.
3 – Analyzing source information: Learn how to analyze the sources you have found and extract all of the possible data from them.
4 – Location research: Study jurisdictions, boundary changes, and discover the importance of understanding “where” an event occurred.
5 – Research planning: Learn to make a focused plan that will guide you to the best sources that will answer your research question.
6 – Logging your research: Discover how to organize your research using a research log and source citations.
7 – Writing up your research: Learn the many ways you can share your research, how to write a simple proof summary, and discover the best option for any research scenario.
8 – Copyright, proofs, and publication: Learn about using copyrighted material in your report, writing proofs, and sharing your work.
9 – Productivity and education: Become more productive in your work and boost your genealogical knowledge with further educational opportunities.
Monthly Office Hours
Your registration includes monthly office hours sessions to ask questions and talk with Diana and Nicole live. Join the video chats live or watch the recording later. All are encouraged to submit their questions beforehand by email. Check the course sidebar for dates. You will also have access to previously recorded office hour sessions along with notes.
Would you like to meet with a small group of 4-6 people as you work through the Research Like a Pro online course? We have found that meeting together to discuss your project with other researchers adds accountability and helps you finish the course. This option is available to those interested after registration. You can fill out a form with your preferred times and frequency of meeting, then you’ll be assigned to a group that works together to set up their meetings.
How it Works
-After you register, you’ll be able to immediately access all of the materials on FamilyLocket.com
-We will email you with the theme for the month and a reminder about the assignment. These themes correspond with the lessons and chapters in the book.
-Diana and Nicole will answer questions in a live Office Hours session once a month that goes along with the monthly theme. These will be recorded if you can’t participate live.
-Send your questions to Diana at Diana@familylocket.com or Nicole@familylocket.com.
-Complete the assignments on your own time and share with the private Research Like a Pro Facebook group for feedback.
-Fill out a form if you would like to join a peer group for additional feedback and a chance to discuss your project with others in the course.
-After you purchase the course, you will be able to see the “My Courses” tab on the menu to access the e-Course material.
-Watch the videos whenever it fits with your schedule within 12 months. You may renew after 12 months for an additional $50 per year by purchasing the RLP eCourse Renewal.
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide Book
If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide, we encourage you to use the book during the course. Purchase a copy of the eBook or paperback at Amazon.
What if you have questions as you work through your own research project? You’ll have lifetime access to the private Research Like a Pro Facebook group where you can ask the community for help as well as submit your assignments for feedback.
You’ll also have 12 months of access to the monthly office hours sessions. You can join live or watch the recordings at your leisure. Submit your questions ahead of time and receive assistance in solving your tough research problems.
Finally, you’ll receive the new printable Research Like a Pro flowchart. See at a glance the research process with key tips on one convenient page.
Fees and Purchasing
You have access to Diana Elder, AG, and Nicole Dyer, and their one-on-one advice through the Facebook group and through monthly office hours. Even if you just watch the office hours recording each month, you will learn a lot from from the questions and answers. Twelve months of office hours sessions are included with the nine video lessons that you have access to watch on your own time. You will also have access to all the previous office hours recordings! We think you will find that our Research Like a Pro e-Course is a great value. Get updates on sales by joining our Family Locket weekly newsletter.
What is the Difference between the eCourse and Study Group?
The Research Like a Pro study group has the same online learning modules – video lessons, quizzes, etc., but has weekly scheduled group sessions with the other researchers in the group via Zoom. The study group also has deadlines for completing assignments and a feedback schedule for reading each others’ assignments and giving feedback. Participants in the study group work closely together and provide encouragement and motivation to complete assignments. Peer group leaders give personalized feedback on each assignment for study group members. The study group is held twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall. The spring group focuses on incorporating DNA evidence.
For more information go to the eCourse main page: Research Like a Pro eCourse.