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Building on a Solid Foundation - Genealogy methods and techniques (204)


Tutor: Karen Cummings


It is all too easy to jump straight into family history research without a thought for methods and techniques. In fact, the commercial websites encourage you to do so. However, how do you know that what you are building is robust and accurate? This course builds upon your knowledge of sources with a walk through good technique, recording of your research notes and some useful research tools, such as research logs, timelines, source analysis, places in context and building a weight of evidence, to help you to be confident in your family tree.

You will learn how to analyse your research so far, identifying gaps and appropriate next steps, and develop your research plan.

Along the way techniques are demonstrated with examples and problem solving will be showcased using a variety of case studies.

During this course you will have the opportunity to build on an example from your own family history research.

Lesson Headings:
  • * Five golden rules of genealogy
  • * Write it right: notes, sources and gaps
  • * Inside sources and search techniques
  • * Research tools and problem solving

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

Relevant Countries: Examples based on England and Wales records

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: 06 Sep 2021
Unassessed Cost: £45.99 Course Full
Assessed Cost: £61.00 Course Full

Start Date: 05 Jan 2022
Unassessed Cost: £45.99 Course Full
Assessed Cost: £61.00 Course Full

Start Date: 12 Sep 2022
Unassessed Cost: £45.99

Assessed Cost: £61.00

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