Setting up a Family History Group

Ref: C3670577

To consider what is involved in creating, running and developing a community-based group for researching family history. It will look at management, funding, constituting and resourcing issues and the roles played by speakers, trips, courses, affiliations and recruitment and support of members.

Course aim

To consider what is involved in creating, running and developing a community-based group for researching family history. It will look at management, funding, constituting and resourcing issues and the roles played by speakers, trips, courses, affiliations and recruitment and support of members.

Who is the course for?

The day-school is designed for those already engaged in research and those looking for a friendly local group to start in. We will not be conducting genealogical research in this day but will look at what needs to be considered in launching a group.

What topics will this course cover

Aims, objectives and purposes What kind of group will you be? Who can and would join and why? Resources, funds and finance What will you do? Meetings, trips, speakers, courses How will you support members - where are boundaries to be drawn Practicalities - subs, where, when, etc. Any other business...

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:

You will know how to launch a family history group You will have an understanding of management and finance You will be able to consider boundaries, rules and purpose You will have considered recruitment and support of members You will have ideas for resources to use in your development

How will I know I'm making progress?

Assessment will not include examinations. Assessment will be done by observations of individual progress particularly relating to: • Participation in pairs and group work • Confidence in sharing stories and learning experiences • Confidence in planning and developing a small group • Finance, funding and resourcing matters.

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

Pen and paper. Enthusiasm for family history research with others.

Reading and information sources

No.

What could the course lead to?

Transferable skills will include: • Speaking and listening. • Numeracy in regards to dates and ages. • Basic historical knowledge and understanding. employability skills including finance and purpose, resourcing and research. • Ability to record facts and detail on paper. • Ability to read articles and books to inform and inspire understanding. • Willingness to make new friends and share learning.

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Setting up a Family History Group Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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