Family History Using Computers

Ref: C3529418

The course will start with an introduction to using computers and the Internet and will go on to look at a number of invaluable sources available on the World Wide Web. It will go on to look at ways that e-mail can be of help in family history research. It will also cover how searching for information can be made easier and more effective and how other information can be accessed using a computer.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to introduce ways that computers can be of help in researching family history. Explore how the Internet has revolutionised the way research can be conducted and how it has opened up the area of tracing family histories.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • access some of the most useful web sites available on the internet for family historians.
  • identify and use a variety of sources of information available with the aid of a computer.
  • use e-mail to help communication and contact others regarding family history
  • make use of search techniques when using the internet
  • use computers to assist in further research and/or the recording of information.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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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Family History Using Computers

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  • 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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