Introduction to Family History Research

An all round introduction to the basics of genealogy (Family History) Research. What stories might your ancestors tell?
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This genealogy (family history) course covers tried and tested techniques that are proven to work for finding your ancestors; your genealogy

Based on English and Welsh records (parish registers and birth, marriage and death) the techniques covered within are applicable to family history research in any country

This course includes video, slides, articles, top tips, exercises, handouts, templates and further homework should you choose to undertake this. The course is structured into 7 sections: Start Here, Why Research Family History, How to Start, Recording Your Research, Databases and Indexes, Vital Records and a Summary. This course will take between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete.

If you are thinking of starting research into your family history, or have just started this is the course for you. Delivered by an experienced, qualified, professional genealogist, Robert Parker will share his secrets for finding your ancestors. 

What stories might your ancestors tell?

What are the requirements?

  • Prior knowledge of family history research is NOT required.
  • An interest in your ancestors, their stories and family history research.
  • You may have started your research and got stuck, or be unsure how to proceed. This knowledge of what you need to learn or what you don't know is useful, but not essential.
  • An interest in English or Welsh Family History Records. However the techniques taught in this course will be useful for any family history research, even if you don't have English or Welsh ancestors.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • appreciate why you are researching your family tree
  • understand the starting point for your research
  • realise the importance of record keeping
  • identify databases available for identifying potential ancestors, and how to use these effectively
  • distinguish the vital records available to help identify your ancestors
  • list 'what to do' and 'what not to do' in your family history research

Who is the target audience?

  • Those interested in their ancestors and their family history.
  • Those just starting their family history research.
  • Those who have just started their family history research
  • Those who wish to refresh their skills.
  • This course is probably NOT suitable for professional genealogists (Family historians) as it is an introduction course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here - Why am I taking this course, plus the course overview?

An introduction to this section.


Check out your tutors experience, knowledge and qualifications and know you are in safe hands.


Identify why you are taking this course and what you want to gain as a result.


An overview of the content of this course.


What we have covered in this section of the course.

Section 2: Why research Family History?

An introduction to this section.


Identify what helped you decide to research your family tree and why?


The records this course is based upon. 


Some basic principles to remember throughout your research.


Some worked examples of the basic principles to remember throughout your research.


What we have covered in this section of the course.

Section 3: How to start your family history research

An introduction to this section.


Where do you start with your family history research?


What key facts about you would be useful for family history research?


What do other family members know that could be useful for your research?


Always work from the 'Known' to the 'Unknown'


A worked example to help you appreciate the skills of working from the 'Known' to the 'Unknown'


What we have covered in this section of the course.


Start getting into good habits with your recording fas

Section 4: Recording

An introduction to this section.


Preparing a To Do list.


A worked example of how to record your sources


Some of the more common ways you could record your family history.


Abbreviations are used to simplify record keeping by individuals.


Create a Family Tree from your research as soon as possible.


What we have covered in this section of the course.

Section 5: Use online databases/indexes for locating family history information

An introduction to this section.


Where to find the General Register Office Indexes.


Key websites for Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) indexes.


Top Tips for using any on-line Family History Database / Index.


What we have covered in this section of the course.

Section 6: Vital Records

An introduction to this section.


Pre 1837 records; Parish Registers


Pre 1837 records; Parish Registers - example


Post 1837 Records - Civil Registration.


How to find Civil Registration certificates and Parish Registers.


What we have covered in this section of the course.

Section 7: Summary

An introduction to this section.


A recap on the content of this course to reinforce the learning.


Make a note of what to do and what not to do in your Family History research.


What we have covered in this section of the course.

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Instructor Biography

Mr Robert Parker, Professional Genealogist

I'm Robert Parker; I help others understand who they are, through researching their family history.

Robert Parker is an experienced and qualified professional genealogist. With a postgraduate qualification in genealogy and house history, Robert specialises in helping others learn. This is his passion, as much of what he has learned is self taught. Robert possesses a considerable knowledge of genealogy and the design and delivery of learning. He is endowed with commitment as well as a sense of humour.

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