Migration in the British Isles (314)


Tutor: Helen Osborn


Your ancestors moved about. Long before canals and railways some moved long distances, usually on foot. Most people moved within their own regions, seldom more than 20 miles in any direction. Seemingly unsolvable research problems may be resolved by studying causes and patterns of migration, both local and national, around the location where your genealogical trail stops. Around three themes - steam, disaster, people - this course introduces you to migration history, offers advice on expanding your knowledge and help with solving problems, the emphasis on those records that were likely to 'catch' migrants.

Lesson Headings:
  • Steam: The impact of industry and railways
  • Disaster: the impact of bad weather, famine, conflict, and economic depression
  • People: law makers, local officials, labourers, entrepreneurs and dreamers

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

STUDENTS SAID "it made me think outside the box to find that elusive ancestor."
"Many thanks for a most interesting and absorbing course. I've not only learned a lot about migration and population but also strategies for tackling further research, a lot of which can be applied to any aspect of genealogical research."

Relevant Countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Course Length: 3 weeks
Start Date: 24 Feb 2017
Unassessed Cost: £34.99 Course Full
Assessed Cost: £49.99 Course Full
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