Course title:
Family History online : My Ancestor was …
Jacqueline Depelle
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Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Thu 09 Jun 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Thu 16 Jun 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Thu 23 Jun 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Thu 30 Jun 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Thu 07 Jul 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 5
Total number of classroom hours: 10
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 10
Thu 09 Jun 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 16 Jun 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 23 Jun 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 30 Jun 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 07 Jul 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£32.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
No just interest and enthusiasm is tracing people and places. All course information and materials will be made available via the learning platform associated with this course.
Course aim:
To ensure a clear understanding of methodology, key sources and recording systems for constructing a Family Tree before developing our research knowledge. Join us to consider individual lives and villages linked to location, employment and society.
Course description:
To ensure a clear understanding of the standard methodology, key sources and essential recording systems needed to construct a Family Tree before extending into additional sources. Join us to consider people, recent and distant in their hamlet, village or town. Who and What was your Ancestor? Did they have paid work, did they toil at home or did they live a life of leisure? Are there factors of location, employment and society that effected them or did the people effect the place? Let's consider what was going on around them, locally and nationally, perhaps internationally and look for supporting resources that will tell us more. From a skeleton tree or village history, add leaves and people, bring in lifestyles demonstrating every ancestor matters and each person has a place in local and family history.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Produce an ancestral tree with a minimum of four generations showing employment and location along with an individual's sourced timeline
2. Link at least one ancestor to an edition of The Society of Genealogist's book series "My Ancestor was ..." and a specialist repository
3. Name locations and individuals whose activities were key factors in the above
4. Test the group with a six item glossary quiz with a specific industry focus
5. Report on a Company or Village History that relates to an Ancestor and their employment
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

WEA Canvas online learning area

Whether your course is face to face or online, the WEA uses its online learning area, called Canvas, to support your learning. This includes using Canvas to think about and record your progress and to give your tutor and the WEA feedback on your course. Your tutor may put resources or activities on Canvas to use during or between lessons. If you want to understand more about our Canvas online learning platform please visit:

WEA online sessions/ courses- Zoom

If your course is online, you will join a virtual classroom using a weblink: the WEA uses a video-conferencing tool called Zoom. To use Zoom you will need a Laptop, Computer, Tablet or Smart phone which has speakers, a microphone and a video camera. For some courses, to submit work, we advise you to use a laptop or computer. For more information on Canvas and Zoom please visit

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