Family History on the Internet

Ref: C2523038

For beginners or experienced researchers who want to use the Internet to trace their family tree and discover how their ancestors lived in times past.

Course aim

To assist learners in building up knowledge of their own family history using the Internet and some local archive material and resources.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Research methods and accessing archives. Locating internet resources including Civil Registration, Parish records, Census returns, Cemetery records, Printed sources, Schools and occupations, maps. Local History. Military History.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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. Increase IT confidence, develop keyboard skills and enforce methods of online safety. Identify and use a variety of online archive resources. Use the context of the resources to discover more about the social history of ancestors. Develop research and analysis skills and look at wider research opportunities.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given through observation in class and discussion of individual research project. Indvidual learning plans will record progress made in class.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Folder, notebook, pencil

Reading and information sources

Learners should collect together any documents they may have as a starting point for their research and use these as a basis on which to build their family tree. Family History magazines may be useful sources of information regarding historical context, new developments and sources for further research.

What could the course lead to?

Joining a local history society where research skills would be beneficial in researching their local area. Enrolling on a general history or local history course.

Download full course outline

Family History on the Internet Course Outline


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 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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