Family History Workshop

Ref: C2342541

Designed for those already on the family history journey, the class welcomes beginners too. The sessions are highly interactive where students are encouraged to work together in resolving the many challenges that genealogy and history more generally throw up. You are encouraged to believe in yourself as your family's expert and to share it with others in affirming ways. There will be a trip to a local historical place organised. If you are looking to make new friends and enjoy learning with others you will find it supplied here.

Course aim

This course aims to encourage a hunger for social context in researching your family history. We will share within and beyond the class what we know about genealogy but also consider the local situation as it affected their lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It is helpful to have access to one of the subscription genealogy websites but you will be encouraged to use many free sites too. Practicing what you learn at home is important so an internet WiFi connection is also helpful.

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

  • Construct an accurate family tree highlighting your pedigree fully verified with accurate names, dates, places and occupations.
  • Contribute positively to a local family history network group in helpful and encouraging ways.
  • You will know how to access a wide range of sources and resources ( at least 3) to help you on your genealogical journey.
  • Briefly describe how to use records such Parish Registers and those found in the Parish Chest.
  • Read documents as evidence using basic palaeographical skills

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Family History Workshop

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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