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"I learned a great deal of new stuff about using websites I have been using for years, was pointed in directions I hadn’t thought of going and the whole thing was presented in a very friendly manner"

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Meet our Instructors


Karen Cummings
Karen Cummings


Paul Blake
Paul Blake


Guy Grannum
Guy Grannum


Brian Drescher
Brian Drescher


Alec Tritton
Alec Tritton


Sherry Irvine
Sherry Irvine


Gillian Waters
Gillian Waters


Barbara H. Baker
Barbara H. Baker


Chris Pomery
Chris Pomery


Hannah Baker
Hannah Baker


Gill Blanchard
Gill Blanchard


Simon Fowler
Simon Fowler


Stuart A. Raymond
Stuart A. Raymond


Eilir Daniels
Eilir Daniels


Karen Bali
Karen Bali


Else Churchill
Else Churchill


Celia Heritage
Celia Heritage


Chris Paton
Chris Paton


Malcolm Sadler
Malcolm Sadler


Helen Osborn
Helen Osborn


 

 

 

Course Descriptions


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

Written in association with findmypast.co.uk, this course will quickly and easily enable you to start building your family tree. In the first lesson, which is available as a FREE download with no obligation, you will discover and explore a range of basic family history records and your family tree will start to take shape. Lessons two and three continue to build knowledge and confidence when finding and using records guides you on how to organise and plan your research. The lessons consider current debates in genealogy and how to use technology and the internet effectively. The course focuses on genealogical knowledge and technological know -how, a combination which makes family history research easy and enjoyable. Experience accessing and using an on-line forum as well as taking part in a live web chat. This course 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.

Instructor: Hannah Baker

  • Lesson One - FREE - How to start your Family Tree
  • Lesson Two - Records to Build Your Tree
  • Lesson Three - Computer Packages and Reasearch Skills

One Live Web Chat in the final week See How the Courses Work.

DOWNLOAD the first lesson absolutely FREE from our Shop & Downloads area.

STUDENTS SAID: This is the first on-line course I have enrolled in, so it was all a bit of a learning curve. I liked the way the course was laid out and I liked the way that the tutor responded to the students comments.

Relevant Countries: England & Wales

020 Beginners Guide to Creating and Researching Your Family Tree (020)
Starting Date
01 Jan 2015
Course Length:
3 weeks with the first Lesson Free to download at any time
Cost: £21.99





17th Century Sources (382)

Students completing this course will gain a broad understanding of the problems encountered when researching in 17th century records. They will be able to locate indexes and finding aids, document copies and transcripts, and original records. In addition, they will appreciate the research value and practical application of the information found. The course gives significant emphasis to local and regional differences within records as well as to historical context. For genealogists the 17th century presents new challenges. These are not discouraging if anything, challenges add interest and enthusiasm to research. Historically it is a fascinating period, and genealogically some familiar records continue to be used so the research is not with entirely new material. Themes within the course include: the structure of a gentry dominated society, the records created by 17th century civil and ecclesiastical government, and the problems created by the "Commonwealth Gap". Sources for 17th century research are found in many formats, from original documents to print to microform to digital. This course presents 21st century techniques for finding ancestors in Stuart England and Wales and teaches record interpretation, analysis and planning.

Instructor: Stuart A. Raymond

  • Records of Birth, Marriage and Death: Registers, transcripts, visitations and more
  • Locating People Using 17th Century Lists
  • Church and Civil Court Records: including crime, disputes, land and probate
  • The Civil War and Commonwealth: Problems and possibilities for research

Each lesson includes exercise and activities and a minimum of 1 one hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

Relevant Countries: England & Wales

382 17th Century Sources (382)
Starting Date
09 Jan 2015
Course Length:
4 weeks

Unassessed Cost: £39.99

Assessed Cost: £53.99
Course Full
Course Full
Starting Date
05 Jan 2016
Course Length:
4 weeks

Unassessed Cost: £39.99

Assessed Cost: £53.99
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