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If you like to work on your own completely at your own pace, then Anytime courses provide the answer. Anytime courses have no formal start date, you can simply buy and start your course immediately.

There are no online chats scheduled with an anytime course and you are not in a class with other students.

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Beginners Guide to Creating and Researching Your Family Tree Part One (020)

This course is Part One of a planned two-course introduction to genealogy research in England and Wales, designed for students who have recently started, or are thinking about researching their family history. It aims to provide you with the basic tools and know-how to start the researching and recording process in commonly used records and to quickly progress using resources available online.

The course focuses on genealogical knowledge, getting your methods right from the start and technological know-how, a combination which makes family history research easy and enjoyable. It is not just about building a tree, it aims to inspire, guide and equip you to enter the world of genealogy with confidence and a clear direction. The course is suitable for all beginners who have either English or Welsh ancestry.

The course introduces free websites and resources and no website subscriptions are necessary, although students may find they do wish to sign up to a family history website in order to progress their tree at the end of the course.

  • Lesson One - Good Preparation, What Do You Already Know?
  • Lesson Two - Basic Records and Websites to get you Started
  • Lesson Three - Using the Census Online
  • Lesson Four - Birth and Baptism Records
  • Lesson Five - Marriage Records

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Relevant Countries: England & Wales

020 Beginners Guide to Creating and Researching Your Family Tree Part One (020)
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Course Length:
Equivalent to 5 weeks
Cost: £39.99



Beginners Guide to Creating and Researching Your Family Tree Part Two (021)

This course is Part Two of a two-course introduction to genealogy research in England and Wales, designed for students who have recently started, or are thinking about researching their family history. It aims to provide you with the basic tools and know-how to start the researching and recording process in commonly used records and to quickly progress using resources available online.

The course focuses on genealogical knowledge, getting your methods right from the start and technological know-how, a combination which makes family history research easy and enjoyable. It is not just about building a tree, it aims to inspire, guide and equip you to enter the world of genealogy with confidence and a clear direction. The course is suitable for all beginners who have either English or Welsh ancestry.

The course assumes that students have already worked their way through Part One (020).

  • Lesson One - Death and Burial Records
  • Lesson Two - Probate Records
  • Lesson Three - Introduction to Genealogy Software
  • Lesson Four - Problem Solving

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Relevant Countries: England, Wales

021 Beginners Guide to Creating and Researching Your Family Tree Part Two (021)
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Course Length:
Equivalent to 4 weeks
Cost: £29.99



Climbing Trees- How to get children interested in family history (110)

Leave a legacy. Keep the family's past alive. This is a big part of why genealogy is so fascinating. Family history is filled with stories about people you knew or, if you did not actually know them, you feel like you did because someone told the family stories to you.

This course provides practical activities, ideas, and guidance for passing along your knowledge and enthusiasm to children or grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 11. Many children enjoy history at school and you can foster or awaken interest by adding a personal, family perspective. The lessons look at ways to make your family stories interesting and relevant, not only with respect to the context of past times but with some help from favourite fictional stories. The course looks at a wide range of material designed to excite children about their history and enable you, with them, to produce creative and colourful projects to treasure. The practical nature of the 'make and do' project suggestions will get children involved, designing, doing and problem solving. The course explores and evaluates the wealth of on-line material about family history aimed at children, as well as ways to digitally present and share your children's projects in a simple and easy way. The course also shows you how working with your children on a family history project can help them with their learning skills in school. During the course you consider how different children learn in different ways and each activity will show which particular skills are being used so you can cater your activities to the interests of your children. All activities include a simple list of resources needed before you embark on a project.

This Anytime course is equivalent to 4 weeks of study.

  • Lesson One: Taking root, understanding the basics
  • Lesson Two: Climbing Trees at Home - Storytelling and online research
  • Lesson Three: Climbing Trees Further Afield: Make family history visits interesting
  • Lesson Four: Creating Branches: Using technology to create present and share your child's learning

Each lesson includes exercises and activities. There are no Chats with this course. See How Anytime Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID "I very much appreciated the guidance and inspiration for creating slideshows and the helpful direction throughout the course to so many useful websites for children."

Relevant Countries: England

110 Climbing Trees- How to get children interested in family history (110)
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Course Length:
Equivalent to 4 weeks
Cost: £22.99



Ireland - A Practical Approach to Family History (103)

Research into Irish Ancestors is considered particularly difficult, a generalization that is too readily accepted. There are challenges, but until you match knowledge of resources - online and off - to the circumstances of your ancestors you do not actually know how difficult your own search will be. The focus of this course is on records, the context of your own Irish research and creating practical strategies. If you want to know whether you really can find your Irish origins, take the first steps, and assess the possibility of taking your research back 200 years or more, then this course is what you need.

  • Lesson One - Then and Now: The Context of Your Search and Use of the Internet
  • Lesson Two - Civil Registration, Directories, Schools
  • Lesson Three - Land Valuations of the 1800s, Censuses and Lists
  • Lesson Four - Church Records and Probate
  • Lesson Five - In or Out of Work: Occupations and Poor Relief

Each lesson includes exercises and activities. There are no Chats with this course. See How Anytime Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID: The amount of information is incredibly good - I tried to dabble in Irish genealogy by myself and found it very difficult to work out. Now I know what I am doing.

Relevant Countries: Ireland

103 Ireland - A Practical Approach to Family History (103)
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Course Length:
5 Weeks
Cost: £45.99



Ireland- Further Steps in Family History (333)



Taking Irish research back beyond 1800 involves not only a careful review of all work done in the records described in Ireland: A Practical Approach to Family History, but a need to investigate Irish land records.

This course presents the major records of land ownership, land transfer, and taxation. It begins with a review of nineteenth century valuations and goes on to describe the purposes and contents of estate records, deeds, encumbered estate papers, and other sources. You will learn how to locate and access the records. Whether or not your ancestors were landlords, estate managers, tenants, renters or labourers there is something of value within land records. This course begins your investigation of an essential source for further research into your Irish ancestors.

  • Lesson One - Land at the Centre of Crisis and Change
  • Lesson Two - The Registry of Deeds
  • Lesson Three - The Protestant Ascendancy
  • Lesson Four - Settlement and Strife

Each lesson includes exercises and activities. There are no Chats with this course. See How Anytime Courses Work.

Relevant Countries: Ireland

333 Ireland- Further Steps in Family History (333)
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Course Length:
Equivalent to 4 weeks
Cost: £34.99



My British Isles Origins - When and How do I Cross the Pond? (931)

This 4 week course concentrates on the period from 1600 to 1830. It begins with advice on identifying your immigrant ancestor in America, supported with historical information on population movements before and after the Revolution. Sources most likely to offer clues about origins are explained and presented with research strategies.

The focus changes in the second lesson to your ancestors origins in the British Isles. The topics covered include: major migrations out; when, where from, where to; sources for searching within particular migrant groups; and, advice on searching for people who do not fit any patterns. There is also advice on how to make the best use of surname information and survey techniques. Lessons 3 and 4 look at records in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, discussed according to time period. The emphasis is on using Web resources and on helping you develop the skills to initiate searches after the course. You will try out online indexes, sites that lead you to sources, and finding aids that help you locate sources that may or may not be online. The course shows you how to identify and select the best records to search based on your problem, minimum information required for a search, and ease of access.

At the end of the course you will understand the challenges to be faced in "crossing the pond" and have had some practical experience such as locating places, searching online records and catalogues, and transcribing an early will.

  • Lesson One - Preparation is Essential
  • Lesson Two - Where and How do I Venture into British and Irish Records?
  • Lesson Three - Sources, Finding Aids and Tactics 1713 - 1830
  • Lesson Four - Seventeenth Century Challenges are Good for You

Each lesson includes exercises and activities. There are no Chats with this course. See How Anytime Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID: This course provided me with new tactics to try, a better way to approach 17th century genealogy, great course notes and bibliography. Most importantly, it made me aware of my ignorance about British history and geography!

Relevant Countries: USA, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland

931 My British Isles Origins - When and How do I Cross the Pond? (931)
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Course Length:
4 weeks
Cost: $50



Tracing Beneficiaries and Living Relatives - A Step by Step Guide (741)

When you have to administer an estate, the process can be more complicated and cost more if you also need to trace a missing beneficiary. Sometimes the value of the legacy or estate does not merit hiring a genealogist or a specialist probate genealogy firm to trace them.

This course, designed specifically for solicitors, executors and legal staff, but also relevant to anybody wishing to trace living relatives, takes you through the basics of finding named beneficiaries and proving family connections where there is no will. It will cover easy, low cost sources and methods, where to access records (both online and historical) and advice on building a family tree. You will be shown how to present your evidence and advised how best to make an approach to possible beneficiaries. The course concentrates on resources for locating people in England & Wales, although some advice for the rest of the UK will also be included. The course will not teach you how to be an "heir hunter" or give any instruction on how to administer unclaimed estates advertised by the Treasury, but it does show you some of the techniques that heir hunters use to locate people.

A basic understanding of family history research will help you but is by no means essential as all resources and procedures will be explained. Some websites and databases in the course are subscription only or will require a fee.

  • The Basics of Probate Research
  • Civil Registration Records
  • Electoral Registers, Wills and Credit Databases
  • Online Historical Resources
  • Practicalities and Pitfalls

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Relevant Countries: England & Wales

741 Tracing Beneficiaries and Living Relatives - A Step by Step Guide (741)
Starting Date
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Course Length:
5 weeks
Cost: £45.99



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