Firstly my thanks to Michael LeClerc on Mocavo for his blog post on TED talks which inspired me to also write about TED as a follow on from my previous post about online genealogy courses. I have been a fan of the TED Talks website for some time now, but as Michael so rightly pointed out there is plenty there of genealogical interest. Most family historians are people with enquiring minds so TED talks are likely to appeal.
Some of my favourites are as follows ….
Brewster Kahle, the founder of Archive.com, which is a free digital library of out of copyright books.
David Christian gives a 18 minute talk giving a complete history of the world !
Beil MacGregor traces 2500+ years of Middle Eastern history through a single object.
These are just a few of the thousands of talks on offer, free on TED. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design and covers a vast number of topics, put genealogy or history into the search engine and see what you find or you can simple take pot-luck and surprise yourself. The talks are generally about 20 minutes long so ideal to watch/listen to as you complete boring non-genealogy tasks !