Family History Workshop

Ref: C2338167

This ever popular hobby can be a bit daunting at times. This course is for students with some experience of family history, whilst also catering for new starters. New sources and methods will be investigated to enable those with experience to extend and expand their research further and work with others on the journey. New students will be introduced to the basics and enabled to start their search both online and offline. Particular emphasis is placed on historical context.

Course aim

To go deeper and wider into sources and methods to enable students with some experience of family history to extend and expand their research. To enable beginners to start their search.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Locate and use with confidence a variety of written and online resources, relating information to a tree
  • Construct a family history and present the findings to others
  • Contribute to a class as part of a family tree network in encouraging and helpful ways
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the wider historical contexts behind a family history
  • Show understanding of how to organise and plan research and apply strategies in problem solving

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Laptops will be available at the centre to use during the session if required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Family History Workshop Course Outline

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Conditions

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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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