Next Steps-Family History

Ref: C3671760

The world of Family History never seems to stand still so our course is ideal to help you keep up to date on the latest records to go online and any changes to access whether physical or digital. We also try to appreciate the factors affecting printed and archival material so that we can make good use of these resources to develop Local and Family History projects. Our three focus topics this term maybe instantly helpful or perhaps something that you’ll come back to in the future. There’s also time to support basic research, ask questions and seek help with problems whether it’s how to locate ancestors, which website to use or how to work the search fields. Likewise sharing of ideas and experiences motivates everyone to delve deeper. Optional visits and guest speakers are arranged and new course members are always welcome.

Course aim

To promote Family and Local History research through discovering new records, sharing discoveries and updating on access to sources. To access pre-1858 Wills, Inventories, Trade Directories and some Military records.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • List the probate jurisdictions for three places of interest and provide details of searching any online indexes
  • Transcribe an inventory (provided) and create a glossary for some of the archaic terms
  • Display the results of having commenced researching First World War using at least four different sources?
  • Provide evidence of using Trade Directories for six or more elements of historical research relating to a single location
  • Present a piece of current research to the group with then and now descriptions of the locations mentioned

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?

  • A notebook and folder would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • It is anticipated that course members will have already begun to look into their family's history

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Use the free family history resources at the venue. Volunteer at the venue and provide family history guidance.

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Next Steps-Family History


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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