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Foundations of Family History Part 1 - Getting Started (030)


NEW for 2023!

Welcome to the start of your family history journey!

This is part one of a two-part introduction to genealogy research in England and Wales. It is designed for anyone who wants to get things right from the start. The course provides you with the tools and know-how to confidently find ancestors and record results in commonly used records.

There are many reasons why people begin investigating their family history. Some have had an interest since childhood, and perhaps even made a start when they were young. For others it is an important event in life, whether that be the happy event such as marriage or having a child, or the loss of a parent or grandparent, all of which can spark an interest in where you came from. Perhaps you have been inspired by TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?

Whatever your reason for getting started, this course will set you off on the right track. This course will guide you through the preliminary steps to make sure you are building your family tree with confidence and with an understanding of the records you are using.

Over the two-part Foundations of Family History course, we will introduce you to the key four sources to research in England and Wales:

- records of civil registration (birth marriage death certificates)
- the census records
- an introduction to parish registers (coming in Part 2)
- an introduction to wills and probate records (coming in Part 2)

and start you off with some good methods and techniques that you can continue to apply as you progress and increase your knowledge and expertise.

At the end of this course (Part 1) you will be able to:

- Collect together family papers and extract key genealogical information
- Interview relatives successfully
- Evaluate software options for recording your research
- Describe how to search the GRO BMD indexes and order certificates
- Discuss the differences in information collected in different census years
- Start to build your family tree with confidence

Click here to find out more about Foundations of Family History Part 2: Next Steps.

This Anytime course has been divided into five lessons. To give you an idea of timings, each lesson is roughly around the length of what we would cover in a week in one of our tutor-led courses. However, how quickly you progress through an Anytime course is up to you. If you have some free time, you will be able to work through the material more quickly, if you have a lot of other things going on, it may take you a little longer.

LAUNCH OFFER: We are offering students who buy Part 1 and Part 2 of this course as a single purchase a £10 voucher off their next Pharos Tutors course.

Lesson Headings:
  • - Gathering information and interviewing relatives
  • - Storing your family history research (including software options)
  • - Civil Registration (birth, marriage and death certificates)
  • - The census records
  • - Building your tree with confidence

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Relevant Countries: England, Wales

Course Length: Equivalent to 5 weeks
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Cost: £45.00

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