Free Introductory Course to Genealogy

A pre-research course to introduce you to genealogy
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (156 ratings)
2,792 students
58min of on-demand video

The history of surnames, the history of genealogy, and some of the ground rules for doing your own research


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This course will prepare the way before you start researching your family history.  You will learn about the history and development of surnames, history of genealogy itself, why it has become so popular, and practical advice and tips on using the internet for searching your ancestors.  If you have been wondering whether to trace your own family, this course will give you an excellent grounding with which to start your searches.

Who this course is for:

  • People interested in starting their own research, but would like to know more first.


Professional Genealogist, Life Coach & Writer
Rosamunde Bott
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 230 Reviews
  • 3,042 Students
  • 5 Courses

I have several interests and career strands, and so I have, and will be, creating courses on three main subjects here on Udemy as follows:


I have been a professional genealogist since the early 1990s and have a First Class Honours  Degree in History & Literature, as well as a Diploma in Social History Research.  I am also an experienced educator with a Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificate.

I have an extensive knowledge of UK history.  I have had several articles published in various family history publications in the UK, and I also write and self publish historical fiction.  I am also a qualified teacher, and have taught Genealogy for Beginners as an evening class here in the UK.

Chronic Fatigue

I was diagnosed with CFS/ME in about 2001, and since then have spent a lot of time learning about this condition and finding out the best ways of managing and recovering from CFS.  I have got to a point where I fell well on most days, and I want to share the information that got me here through my CFS courses.


I have always wanted to write, and many times I have had to put it to one side in order to earn a living.  But I have managed over time to write several novels - usually historical, and usually multi-timeline - and they are now self-published on Amazon.  I am planning to create some writing courses here on Udemy in the future.


First-Class Honours Degree in History & Literature

Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificate

Diploma in Modern Social History Research

Certificate in Life Coaching


I was born in the Isle of Man, but spent most of my childhood in Oxfordshire, England until my family moved to London, where I spent my teens and twenties.  My father was an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and so I had a very interesting upbringing, including two trips to America when my father was touring there.

It was in London where my fascination with genealogy and history began, and I started tracing my family tree at some of the archives of London many years before the birth of the internet.

I also at this time began to write in my spare time, and around the same time started my Arts degree with the Open University where I studied History and Literature.  As part of one of my modules I had to carry out some historical research, and by the time I finished my degree, I decided to use my knowledge to become a professional genealogist.

Meanwhile, I had spent many years in various jobs (including being an actress, stage manager, box office clerk, dresser, secretary, learning support assistant, lecturer and life coach!) - and built up a lot of experience of all kinds of careers.  In 2001 I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it took me many years of trial and error to get myself into a space of recovery.  During that time I became self employed, running my genealogy service whilst also giving myself time to write my novels.  I now have several books published on Amazon (some with a family history theme), and plan to build far more in future.

I now live in Warwickshire and spend my time writing, doing genealogy, and writing courses!

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