Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Forthcoming genealogy courses from Gill Blanchard

Details of two forthcoming genealogy courses to be taught by family historian Gill Blanchard:

The first is a six week course on 'Sharpening Your Research Skills' for the Diss branch of the Norfolk Family History Society. Starting Tuesday 4 September at 1.30 to 4.30pm at the Lopham's Village Hall. IP22 2LP. Follow on dates: 18 and 25 September, 2, 23 and 30 October. Cost to society members £30. Non members £60.

Sharpening Your Family History Research Skills - Unlocking Your Ancestry Six Week Family History Course
Starting Tuesday 4 September 2018 1.30 to 4.30pm. Continuing: 18 September, 25 September, 2 October, 23 October and 30 October
Lophams’ Village Hall, Church Road, North Lopham, Norfolk IP22 2LP

Hosted by the Diss Branch of the Norfolk Family History Society (NFHS)
£30 NFHS Members £60 Non Members

Tutor: Gill Blanchard. BA. MA. PGCE (Post. Grad. Cert. Ed)
Qualified Tutor and Professional Genealogist
Author of Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, Tracing Your House History and Writing Your Family History

To book contact Betty Morley, 01379 688354

1. Stepping Stones and Making the Most of What You’ve Got
2. Parish Registers, Nonconformist Records, Cemetery Records and Monumental Inscriptions
3. The Workhouse and its Records
4. The Parish Poor
5. Crime and Healthcare
6. Wills, Administrations and Inventories

The second is Gill's online Writing Your Family History E-Course Module 1 starting on 21 September. This is now 12 weeks long for £135.

This course guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life. The lessons focus on enabling students to choose the most suitable format for them, decide what to include and how, and find and add relevant context. Students receive personalised and in-depth feedback on their writing throughout the course.

Students will be encouraged to move beyond a basic ‘John begat William and Jane begat Mary’ chronicle; learn how to integrate relevant social and local history materials and to deal with repetitions, missing pieces and anomalies in their writing. The course lasts for twelve weeks and is comprised of five lessons. The first four lessons are posted online at fortnightly intervals, with an extra week after lessons four and five to allow additional time for reading, writing, critiquing and feedback.

Each lesson includes writing exercises, focussed guidance, useful tips, writing examples, links to useful resources and background reading. There will be regular live online discussions with the tutor and other students. A dedicated learning hub can be used at any time throughout the course to share work, ask questions and post news.

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