Family history is an extremely popular pastime with many people around the world, and there is a huge array of resources available for all levels of genealogist, from the complete bgeinner to the semi professional researcher. This course is especially designed to give the beginner a solid grounding to their research, but it is also ideal as a revision course for those with a little experience, those who have had a break from their research and need a refresher, and also for those who have had a "dabble" - perhaps on the internet - and whose research has ground to a halt or has hit a brick wall and they don't know how to circumvent it. No knowledge is assumed or expected. The course is informal and inclusive, and includes many practical exercises to keep you informed and interested. Topics covered on the course will include:
- Getting started: Where do I begin? What do I want to know?
- Organizing and planning your research
- Family history and the internet - uses and pitfalls, and how to research and network online safely
- We will examine some of the key record collections of particular use to beginner genealogists, such as civil registration and census returns, and assess their usefulness and how they can further our research
- There will be an optional visit to a major county record office, with an exclusive behind the scenes tour and an opportunity to handle and examine original resources
- We will also look at some basic resources that will help you put your ancestors in the context of the world in which they lived.
Other topics will be added according to the interests and requirements of the group.
You will also have the opportunity to benefit from the many years of experience of the tutor, Gill Rossini. No-one will be left to struggle alone!
All students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with. Everything else will be provided. Note taking is kept to a minimum with the use of excellent handouts which are regularly updated and improved.
It does not matter where your ancestors are from - whether local, British, or from other nations - this course will get you off to a flying start with your research!