There is always something to learn in genealogy I find. That’s what makes it so interesting as it keeps the old grey cells active. If you’d like to learn more about genealogy research as a whole, or about a particular topic, I’ve put together a list of some resources. Here are some great free online genealogy courses.
Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree by Future Learn
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This is an excellent course and I would recommend anyone interested in genealogy, especially those at the beginner or intermediate level, to take it. I was reasonably experienced when I took it a few years ago and I’m glad I did. It improved my research techniques no end.
Future Learn courses usually have set start dates and run one or more times a year. The next start date for this course (at the time of writing) is 28 October 2019. If you miss this date or are not able to join at this time, I recommend registering with Future Learn here and signing up to the mailing list option so you’ll be informed of future dates.
Like most Future Learn courses, this genealogy one is tutor taught via videos and printed material. There is a discussion board where you can communicate with tutors and fellow students. There are no exams or essays to complete and the course can be done at your own pace. It lasts for six weeks and requires about 4 hours study a week.
Topics covered on the course include:
- Differences between primary, derived primary and secondary sources
- Importance of knowing who made a document and why
- Lateral approaches to researching
- International and local primary and secondary source databases
- The main genealogical source types including civil, church, census and military records
- Genealogical proof standard
- DNA testing for genealogy
- Importance of evidence in sourcing
- Overview of family tree tools; paper, software and online
- Protecting and preserving physical and digital records
The course is run by Strathclyde University in Scotland who are world leaders in genealogical study. It does not concentrate on a specific country’s records so it is useful to anyone around the world.
This genealogy course is completely free to join and you will have access to course materials and videos for its duration plus 14 days afterwards. You can upgrade by paying a fee which will give you access as long as the course remains on Future Learn. The upgrade also gives you a certificate of achievement. You can decide whether or not you want to do this after you have completed the course.
For more details and for enrollment go to the course page here.
You can find other Future Learn courses here.