An introduction to researching your Family History - Older and Wiser project

Ref: C2339251

This short course will provide you with a volunteer 'buddy' who will start your family history for you then help you to record your memories onto the latest technology programme to produce a basic family history that will incorporate your memories, stories, and photos alongside official records and significant historical events. You will make new friends, be amazed at what can be done today, amaze others with your memories, stories and photographs and have a lot of fun as a bonus. All the volunteers have learned their skills over the last year or so and are active, keen and skilled amateur genealogists in their own right. The course is led by a professional historian and genealogist who is devoted to revealing the real histories of we ordinary folk while developing a method that provide a lot of fun on route.

Additional information about this course

Older and Wiser project course for people age 50 and over in Leicester. You will be asked to complete a Leicester Ageing Together registration form in addition to a WEA enrolment form.

Course aim

Want to know about your family roots but not able to use a computer or afford to pay for someone to do it for you? This course is for you!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Engage confidently with group members and feel more confident in getting to know new people
  • feel confident to use what I’ve learned outside of the course sessions
  • Appreciate what can be achieved by researching family history
  • Work as part of a team to gather, share, interpret and apply knowledge and information
  • Consider the lives and living of your own family in the wider context of social history

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 will be encouraged to seek out family photos and artefacts you want to include and to remember the stories you have stored in your heart of those dear to you both yesterday and today.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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An introduction to researching your Family History - Older and Wiser project


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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