Family History Manorial

Ref: C3670742

We will encourage investigation of source material through delving deeper into free and commercial websites whilst considering their strengths and weaknesses. In addition we will focus on problem solving techniques for current student projects targeting the elimination of brickwalls.

Course aim

To enable all course members to extend their Family History Research by learning new skills, sources and developing website techniques. To support individual studies at all times with advice and guidance as needed.

Who is the course for?

Anybody who has begun to research Family or Local History

What topics will this course cover

Course overview and introductions Recaping and reviewing previous course material Major free and commercial websites Strengths, weaknesses and operational characteristics in the above Strategy planning to help resolve research queries Website and general genealogical developments

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 categories by which a genealogical website can be evaluated as relevant for your family history research Identify two sources which are covered by three major Family History websites detailing the differences on each Demonstrate a problem solving strategy to include at least three research evaluation criteria Itemise one aspect of the term which has been or will be particularly useful for future 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 On a one to one oral or written basis as appropriate Informal marking of written or digitally presented project work

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

Where possible there will be regular live demonstration of websites. A note book and folder with basic family tree information or digital equivalent.

Reading and information sources

Ancestral Trails - Mark Herber; Scottish Geneaology - Bruce Drury Tracing Your Irish Ancestors - John Grenham; The Dictionery of Genealogy - Terrick Fitzhugh Family History Nuts and Bolts – Andrew Todd

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. Helping the viability of Libraries and Archives by visiting to use their resources or via remote contact.

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Family History Manorial Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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