Researching Your Family History - The journey continues

Ref: C3528508

A follow up family history course to the ‘Getting Started’ and ‘Next Steps’ courses. This course is designed to develop further the research begun on previous WEA courses. It can also provide new students, who already have experience of researching their family history, with the skills and information required to extend their research. So what were your ancestors up to before 1837?

Course aim

1. To foster the desire to research family history. 2. To enable students to use genealogical documents to obtain relevant information and record it in a meaningful way. 3. To encourage students to use primary evidence in their research.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Some prior experience of researching family history or attendance on the previous two courses is desirable.

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

  • 1. Explain how parish registers can be used to further research, especially before 1837.
  • 2. Explain what information might be found in the Parish Chest.
  • 3. Use a number of different sources to put together a family tree.
  • 4. Use internet sources to locate migrants.
  • 5. Discuss the term 'non-conformist'.

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

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

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.)
  • Notebook and pencil.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Some prior experience of researching family history or attendance on the previous two courses is desirable.

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/

Download full course outline

Researching Your Family History - The journey continues 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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