Family History

Ref: C2339082

A day-school for students with no experience of family history but others are welcome. Sources and methods will be investigated to enable them to begin their research and work with others on the journey. A lot of content will be squeezed into a short day so be ready to learn much in one go. This aims to give you enough to begin and introduce you into working in an enthusiastic local family history group.

Course aim

Designed for students with no experience of family history research the course seeks to introduce sources and methods to enable them to begin their research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how to seek out basic civil registration and census records online to verify your research.
  • Surf the internet using several online sources for research.
  • Aware of local family history groups that this training will equip you to join should you wish.
  • Create a simple family tree as a pedigree.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring pen, pencil and paper or notebook and a willingness to share your discoveries with others in the class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Family History

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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