Introduction to Family History Research
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Introduction to Family History Research

An all round introduction to the basics of genealogy (Family History) Research. What stories might your ancestors tell?
4.3 (6 ratings)
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Created by Mr Robert Parker
Last updated 11/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • 21 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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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.
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?

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
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 41 Lectures Collapse All 41 Lectures 03:02:17
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Start Here - Why am I taking this course, plus the course overview?
5 Lectures 05:17

An introduction to this section.

Preview 00:37

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

Preview 01:08

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

Why am I taking this course?
02:03

An overview of the content of this course.

Preview 00:36

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
00:53
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Why research Family History?
6 Lectures 13:15

An introduction to this section.

Preview 00:51

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

Preview 01:19

The records this course is based upon. 

Preview 00:51

Some basic principles to remember throughout your research.

Key principles for family history research
06:44

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

Key principles for family history research - worked examples
02:39

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
00:51
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How to start your family history research
8 Lectures 24:02

An introduction to this section.

Preview 01:06

Where do you start with your family history research?

The Starting Point
02:30

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

What to record
08:04

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

What others know
06:44

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

Known to unknown
00:33

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

'Known' to the 'Unknown' - worked example
02:14

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
01:46

Start getting into good habits with your recording fas

The Do's and Dont's of recording
01:04
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Recording
7 Lectures 15:11

An introduction to this section.

Preview 01:30

Preparing a To Do list.

What do I record?
03:26

A worked example of how to record your sources

Key: Always record
00:48

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

How do I record?
01:54

Abbreviations are used to simplify record keeping by individuals.

Common abbreviations
00:32

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

The Family Tree
05:15

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
01:45
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Use online databases/indexes for locating family history information
5 Lectures 15:25

An introduction to this section.

Preview 00:43

Where to find the General Register Office Indexes.

The General Register Office Indexes
01:47

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

BMDs
08:47

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

Top Tips for using online databases and indexes
02:52

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
01:16
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Vital Records
6 Lectures 18:21

An introduction to this section.

Preview 01:07

Pre 1837 records; Parish Registers

Pre 1837 Records
06:07

Pre 1837 records; Parish Registers - example

Pre 1837 records - example
00:25

Post 1837 Records - Civil Registration.

Post 1837 Records
01:19

How to find Civil Registration certificates and Parish Registers.

How to find these records
07:46

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
01:37
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Summary
4 Lectures 14:29

An introduction to this section.

Preview 00:39

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

Summary
06:24

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

What to do; what not to do
06:23

What we have covered in this section of the course.

Conclusions
01:03
About the Instructor
Mr Robert Parker
4.3 Average rating
6 Reviews
60 Students
1 Course
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.