Family History - People and Places

Ref: C3677598

Whilst building family trees we like to gather as much information about our ancestors’ lives as possible and very often local history helps us do that. Anyone studying a locality is bound to investigate the people and families who influence the area. In this course we’ll consider movement, migration and employment, the records they appear in and think how boundary changes are reflected in where they are kept. There will also be the opportunity to look more closely at where our families lived, their surroundings and the people who they may have met regularly. Elements of House history will be included along with the opportunity to update on the latest source and website developments. We can also refresh and catch-up with basic sources, briefly review recording and include additional optional events. Course members are welcome to share examples, ideas and problems.

Course aim

To extend and develop Family and Local History research through new sources, reviewing and refreshing any previously considered. As well as recording and extending knowledge of family and location a wider view of associated area will be encouraged.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • An interest to learn more about family and local history

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

  • Confirm whether there is a One Place Study, Local History, Family History or Civic Society that covers two of your areas of interest advise what's their current or most recent project
  • For a place of interest describe or illustrate an analysis of three adjacent pages in two census years charting or listing migration routes
  • List the main occupations and industries covered in the above exercise and report whether or not they are still in existance
  • Use a contemporary map to highlight the location of Churches in an area of personal interest, noting the denominations and where their records are deposited
  • Explain the symbolism in the Coat of Arms for a place or person with local or family connections with a picture or weblink

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?

  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Family History - People and Places

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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