Family History using the Internet

Ref: C2527617

You've done the family history research, now what are you going to do with all of that data? Writing a biography of an ancestor will help you to focus on one person and dig deeper into their life story. It will also allow you to get creative with your writing skills as you piece the story together to produce a factual account of one of your ancestors and their place in history.

Course aim

This course is for those who wish to consolidate their family history research into producing a written biography of one or more ancestors.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for students who already have the basics and wish to consolidate their research.

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

  • Access and navigate relevant family history websites and use them to search for ancestors.
  • Identify and use a variety of online and archive resources.
  • Develop research and analysis skills and look at wider research opportunities.
  • Use the context of the resources to discover more about the social history of ancestors.
  • Develop digital and creative writing skills.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All previous research, documents, photographs, etc.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Family History using the Internet


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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