Family History - Online Resources

Ref: C3672900

Our summer term will delve deeper into free and commercial websites to encourage investigation of source material as well as the research guidance they often include. We will also considering the strengths and weaknesses of data provision from one company to another. Some time will be included to focus on students brickwalls and roadblocks to develop problem solving strategies and enable other members of the group to share their research skills and experiences.

Course aim

To enable the extension of Family History Research by learning new skills, resources and developing genealogy website techniques. To support individual studies at all times with advice and guidance as needed including problem solving skills.

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:

  • 1. List four data-sets which appear in more than one family history website and detail at least two differences between the provision on each
  • 2. Analyse and provide a short written report on the research guides / knowledge bases available on three of the websites listed in the course information sheet
  • 3. Provide at least six bullet points of techniques for facilitating the identification of doubtful research along with ideas how the suspect evidence can be verified or dismissed
  • 4. Share with the group one piece of research undertaken during the term with a then and now comparison of lifestyles identifying cultural changes

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
  • A note book and folder with basic family tree information or digital equivalent.

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Family History - Online Resources


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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