Family History Day School

Ref: C3671755

An ideal course for anyone who has started building their family tree and wants to confirm basic steps and recording techniques, both paper and computer based. We'll look at the main sources for research to get back to 1837 and which websites are best suited for this material. Then we'll learn about Parish Registers to take us further back in time, how they were compiled, where they are today and what can be found online. In addition we'll also have a look at probate records and see which of our ancestors left wills and how to get copies if so. There will be opportunities to ask questions and followup some avenues of personal research along they way.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To appreciate the significance of 1837 for family history research, understand how to record your family before moving further back in time through Parish Registers and other sources.

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:

  • List four major sources for family history research in chronological order with keys dates for each
  • Record efficiently and accurately both a family tree chart and information regarding individuals
  • Use at least four websites for Civil Registration and know where to look for census records along with the enumerators route
  • Explain the stages of Parish Register development, how to find their current locations, identify online collections and how they be very cost effective
  • Understand the key elements of probate records for family history, what's on and how to search the different websites as well as ordering copies

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
  • It would be useful if students had a notebook and perhaps a folder for handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A book and website list will be provided as part of the day school.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Join a local family history societies. Follow up the course content sharing findings with family and friends. Consider writing short articles for local and family history publications to motivate and encourage others.

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Family History Day School

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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