Unison: Working Lives - Starting a Family Tree

Ref: C3677029

Students will start recording family history and be introduced to standard terms and methods used by family historians. This foundation will then provide a basis for further learning into methods and sources with a focus on employment and work.

Additional information about this course

This course is for Unison members only

Course aim

To introduce the basics of recording and researching family history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is open to Unison members only

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

  • 1. describe the difference between Genealogy and Family History
  • 2. give reasons why researching family history can be a valuable activity
  • 3. draw a family tree using common symbols
  • 4. list the common sources of information used in family history research
  • 5. plan on what to do next and to progress your own research

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?

  • • Please bring a pen or pencil and paper or notepad

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
  • • Progress to an online follow on course e.g. ‘Researching Working Families History’ or WEA ? UNISON course e.g. Womens' Lives

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Unison: Working Lives - Starting a Family Tree

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.


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

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