Our Online Family History Course is now available as Individual Modules or a Full Package.

This eight module course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience who want to learn new skills, and allows you to research your own family history during the course.

The course, taken at your own pace, is an excellent tool to help you research your own family history, learn research skills and discover how to effectively use the FREE websites available for research in England and Wales.

Each module contains activities, with personalised feedback, which will enable you to use the relevant skills and resources you need to research your own family history.

You will receive valuable feedback and support from an experience and qualified tutor and genealogist, and will have regular email contact with the tutor so you can ask any relevant questions.

Module One is being offered FREE of charge so you can be sure that this course is suitable for you.

 Module 1: Getting started on the right track

  • How to get started.
  • Some of the pitfalls you are likely to face.
  • Different categories of documents
  • Preserving your documents.

Module 2: Civil Records (births, marriages and deaths)

  • Birth, Marriages and Deaths – a brief history
  • Birth, Marriages and Deaths – certificates and Indexes.
  • Can you believe everything you are told?
  • How to use the FreeBMD website effectively
  • How to record your findings

Module 3: Recording Your Findings

  • Abbreviations used in Genealogy
  • Drawing a family tree
  • Research forms
  • Using Ancestry to create and share your family tree (optional)
  • Citing your sources

Module 4: Census returns

  • Dates, missing years, future returns
  • What information they contain
  • Understanding some of the terms used.
  • Using free websites
  • 1939 Register and searching the index

Module 5: Parish Registers (baptisms, marriages and burials)

  • How they have changed through the centuries
  • What information they contain
  • Problems you may encounter
  • Where to find them, online and in the real world.

Module 6: War records

  • Military sources
  • Medal index cards
  • War medals
  • Civilian war records

Module 7: Other Sources of Information

  • Wills and probate indexes
  • Newspaper archives
  • Internet searching

Module 8: Where to find help

  • Archives Offices
  • Groups and societies
  • Forums and websites
  • Magazines
  • Final Q&A session – your chance to ask those final questions.

The course is designed so you can research your own family history at the same time as learning the research skills at your own pace.

“brilliant, easy to follow and the help I received from you was 100%,”

“Your online course was brilliant, easy to follow and the help I received from you was 100%, in the past when asking questions about family history to other “experienced people” I received “and’s, if’s and but’s” without a clear answer, yours were direct answers to my questions, how refreshing when compared to others.“

B.C. Lincolnshire