Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Strathclyde's free 6 week introduction to genealogy course

The University of Strathclyde's Genealogical Studies programme (www.strath.ac.uk/cll/cpd/genealogicalstudies/) is running a free six week long online course from March 14th 2015 entitled Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree.

This is a course for absolute beginners to genealogy, with no previous experience required. From the course description:

This free online course will help you develop an understanding of the basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion.

We’ll get you to define what you want to research, and consider the best ways to go about finding and storing information on your family tree. The key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.

We’ll conclude by introducing the main types of tools genealogists use to communicate their research finds, including creating a family tree and look at how to write a meaningful family history.

For further information and a short introductory video (with a few familiar Glasgow locations!), please visit https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy

(With thanks to Tahitia McCabe)


For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

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