Family History - A Professional Way

Ref: C2345422

The course focuses on creating a new family history from scratch. You will learn how a professional approaches the task including interviewing your 'client', posting a tree online, searching for sources and verifying all the facts necessary for success. You will include stories and photos, local history and learn how to create a detailed report at the end. You will construct a detailed, fully verified family history for someone else, with an analysis, making recommendation as to the next potential steps in the research. You will make new friends, gain new knowledge and come to appreciate, along with your 'client' just how vital ancestors have been in making you the people you are today.

Course aim

Aimed at family historians who wish to develop their skills further by constructing a family history for another person. The purpose is to create a family history from scratch, fully verified and sourced.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This is an advanced course for students with experience and skills in this subject

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

  • Create a fully verified family tree online from scratch.
  • Present your discoveries to your 'client' with confidence and respect.
  • Cooperate positively and creatively to a small genealogy network locally and beyond in inspiring and encouraging ways.
  • Include studies in local history, genealogy and social history in your approach to researching.
  • Access a wide variety of sources and resources (at least 3) in creating a detailed family history.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

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 - It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Family History - A Professional Way

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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