Family History; Female Connections

Ref: C3676788

Our course will look at a selection of sources that are particularly, though not exclusively relevant to extending knowledge of female lines. Students may wish to incorporate inanimate objects traditionally known as female as part of an optional project. We will lightly analyse marriages and interpretate them through associated mapping techniques. Surnames and female occupations will also be considered. Website hints and tips, optional events and personal research guidance included.

Course aim

To review and study sources for both family and local history whilst bearing in mind which give additional details for the female line. Updates on websites, their manipulation and general guidance included.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • It is assumed that some basic family history research will have already been started.

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

  • Illustrate on a map, preferably dating from around 1900 if possible, where ten pre-1837 marriages took place, indicating which were in the bride's parish, which the groom's and where no previous family connection is known
  • Confirm whether there are any female wills made before 1900 in your family tree, share the probate value with the group and any information on the domestic contents of the home
  • List details of female occupations within my family tree specifying the source records where this information was found before considering and commenting on the associated date periods
  • Report on a search in the Dictionary of National Biography for at least two personal female surnames as well as several other names which are in your family tree
  • Provide a short project piece on a female person, place or object including additional material specifically researched this term. Presentations can be oral, digital or by any other means and should include at least one original document image

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
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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?

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Family History; Female Connections

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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

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