Family History:Tracing Forwards from 1911

Ref: C3669798

Once family is found in the 1911 census it becomes easier to roll the tree backwards. Open records until then don’t always overlap and cross-reference so join us to highlight available sources and appreciate ways to bridge the gap.

Course aim

To enable all course members to extend their Family History Research by learning new skills, sources and developing website techniques. To focus on tracing forwards from the 1911 census.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Course overview and introductions Civil Registration Electoral Registers Modern Wills The 1939 Register A variety of free and commercial websites Strategy planning to endeavour to resolve research queries

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:

List a minimum of three types of records which are readily available for Tracing Forwards from the 1911 census Identify two of these sources on major websites and explain how you could discover more Demonstrate a problem solving strategy during this time period Itemise one aspect of the day which should be particularly useful for their research

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through group guidance, question and interactive answer discussions Via discussion, debate and guided co-ordinated commentary

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

A note book, perhaps a folder for handouts and writing equipment

Reading and information sources

Ancestral Trails, Mark Herber; Scottish Geneaology , Bruce Drury; Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, John Grenham; New Cousins – How to Trace Living Descendants of Your Ancestors, Karen Bali; Twentieth Century Research, Eve McLaughlin; Descendant Tracing, Tom Wood

What could the course lead to?

Further family history courses available through the WEA, Pharos Tutors, Institute of Heraldry and Genealogy; Degrees in Genealogical studies. Increased confidence in developing online research plans and in contacting document repositories. Supporting voluntary family and local history societies perhaps through membership, meetings or fairs, using their databases, contributing ideas and articles

Download full course outline

Family History:Tracing Forwards from 1911 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
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing