Genealogy

Researching Your Family Tree

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Topics Covered
  • A consideration of the differences between primary, derived primary and secondary sources.
  • An understanding of the importance of knowing who made a document and why and how they were created. *A key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.
  • Lateral ways to approach research including the FAN/cluster technique and mind mapping.
  • Primary source databases including searching techniques to deal with name change or spelling differences; these include the use of wildcards.
  • An introduction to main source types including civil, church, census and military records to give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them.
  • Review the content of major international and selected local and specialised databases and consider ways to evaluate databases.
  • The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard including how to establish proof and how to evaluate evidence.
  • The use of DNA testing in genealogical research with a focus on autosomal (‘cousin-matching’) and Y-testing techniques.
  • An exploration of secondary and primary sources which provide historic and social context, considering their quality and how to find them.
  • The importance of providing evidence of the sources used in family history research and an exploration of the various systems of referencing in use.
  • A consideration of tools used to store, track and analyse genealogical data; various types of family trees and reports including paper based resources, software programs and online tools.
  • What are the best ways to begin writing a family history?
  • Ways to protect and preserve physical records and digital data.
  • have no experience with genealogy or family history research;
  • have some experience with genealogical research but want to develop your skills and knowledge further;
  • are a more experienced genealogical researcher but want to learn new searching, analytical or communication techniques or
  • find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.

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Rating 4.6 based on 3 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 4 hours per week
Starts Jan 21 (2 days ago)
Cost $99
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Instructor Tahitia McCabe
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Humanities Programming
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Good introduction to genealogical best practices such as how to track research and how to find sources.

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By the time I finished this well-presented course, I realised the story of their lives, what they did and how they lived would be much more interesting than dry numbers and facts on the page.

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I began this course thinking I only wanted to know how to find out my ancestors' names along with their dates and places of birth, marriage, and death.

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University of Strathclyde

Rating 4.6 based on 3 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 4 hours per week
Starts Jan 21 (2 days ago)
Cost $99
From University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn
Instructor Tahitia McCabe
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Humanities Programming
Tags History R