Family and Local History Dayschool: A Sense of Place

Ref: C3671661

Whilst building family trees we try to gather as much information about our ancestors’ lives as possible and very often local history helps us do that. Similarly Local Historians discover the heritage of their areas through people and families, how they influenced the community and the records they left behind them. Join us for the opportunity to link Family and Local History together by experiencing a wide variety of sources which can be found in archives, libraries, online and in repositories such as the Nidderdale Local History Museum. Although there is no need to have local or even Yorkshire interests examples will include locally linked case study material to demonstrate how pieces of the jigsaw come together to create a sense of place.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To develop Family and Local History research through experiencing a wide variety of sources including case study material. Guidance on websites will be included particularly to extend the content geographically.

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:

  • Target searches into basic family history sources such as Civil Registration and Census by places as well as people
  • Identify enumeration routes and follow up background information given in Trade Directories
  • Use maps to locate Parish Register holdings, identify Probate jurisdictions and roll locations back in time
  • List five digital newspaper sites and know how to locate surviving printed copies not online
  • Access the Research Guides on the National Archives' website and explain why using Discovery, their catalogue is good for locating geographically widespread material

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

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

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
  • An appropriate book and website list will be provided on the day.

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 and Local History Dayschool: A Sense of Place


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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