This course follows on from the beginner's family history course from the previous term, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course by those with a little experience or those who wish to refresh their genealogical skills. Taking as a starting point the record collections looked at last term - the census, and life event (birth, marriage and death) records - we will progress to other resources such as:
- the records of places of worship (both established church and nonconformist)
- parish records other than registers, and monumental inscriptions
- trade directories, and business records
- records relating to poor relief, including workhouses
- using maps in historical research
- an introduction to old handwriting styles, and the opportunity to have a go at transcribing a short extract from an old document
- we will also continue our discussion of how we as historians can use the internet.
Alongside these topics, we will consolidate our research skills and continue to brainstorm genealogical problems, so that students are better equipped to overcome those dreaded 'brick walls' or dead ends in their research. We will also keep building on skills to create a picture of what life was really like for our ancestors in their time.
The tutor, Gill Rossini, has been teaching family history since 1988 and is highly experienced at guiding fellow researchers on their family history journey.