Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree
Dive into your family ancestry and learn how to create a family tree on this 6-week online genealogy course.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in genealogy.
The course will be suitable if you:
have no experience with genealogy or family history research
have some experience with genealogical research but want to develop your skills and knowledge further
are a more experienced genealogical researcher but want to learn new searching, analytical or communication techniques or
find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.
What topics will you cover?
A consideration of the differences between primary, derived primary and secondary sources.
An understanding of the importance of knowing who made a document and why and how they were created. *A key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.
Lateral ways to approach research including the FAN/cluster technique and mind mapping.
Primary source databases including searching techniques to deal with name change or spelling differences
these include the use of wildcards.
An introduction to main source types including civil, church, census and military records to give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them.
Review the content of major international and selected local and specialised databases and consider ways to evaluate databases.
The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard including how to establish proof and how to evaluate evidence.
The use of DNA testing in genealogical research with a focus on autosomal (‘cousin-matching’) and Y-testing techniques.
An exploration of secondary and primary sources which provide historic and social context, considering their quality and how to find them.
The importance of providing evidence of the sources used in family history research and an exploration of the various systems of referencing in use.
A consideration of tools used to store, track and analyse genealogical data
various types of family trees and reports including paper based resources, software programs and online tools.
What are the best ways to begin writing a family history?
Ways to protect and preserve physical records and digital data.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Design a research plan for tracing family history.
Apply key techniques used when searching for and analysing genealogical records.
Describe the differences between genealogical source types and why they may cause problems for the researcher.
Develop an awareness of the use of historic and social context in family history research.
Develop an understanding of the ways in which genealogical information can be recorded and communicated.