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Introduction to the course - what you will learn in this course, and why we study genealogy.
An introduction to the course, including what you'll be able to do by the end of the course, and some information about me, my qualifications and experience.
Your reasons and goals for ancestry research.
A few things to do before getting into the online research. Here we will discuss trees and charting, speaking to your family, and old photographs.
Finding out what your present family already knows.
A checklist of points to remember when talking to your family.
The use of photographs in genealogy.
A tour through some of my own family photographs, and how they have helped or motivated my own research.
How to draw up simple charts to display your progress.
Create your own charts, using what you have learned so far.
Getting organised before you start.
Make sure you have carried out these tasks before going on to Section 3.
In this section, we will have a look at Civil Registration - what it is, how to search the indexes, how to order certificates - and what's in them.
A quick look at how and why names may often be spelled differently.
A brief history of Civil Registration
Here, you will watch my screen as I search for birth registrations in the Civil Registration indexes on Ancestry.co.uk. If you like, you can open up a separate browser and follow me to get a good idea of what I'm doing - or search for one of your own ancestors.
Watch me searching for my maternal grandparents' marriage.
A quick look at some of the details it is useful to find before carrying out a marriage search.
Watch me search for my great-grandparents' marriage.
Get started with your own Civil Registration research.
Watch me go through the process of ordering a certificate at the GRO.
Here, I show you all the details you should expect to find in a birth, marriage or death certificate.
In this section, we will be looking at the 1939 Register and the census records back from 1911 to 1841.
A little background knowledge of the census, which will help you with your understanding of this record.
A brief introduction to this register.
Watch me carry out a brief search on the Register.
This lengthy video will follow me as I search for one of my ancestors from the 1911 census back through each census. It will show you what information is in each census, and some search tips to look out for.
Some tips on carrying out your own research on the census. There will be a check-list to follow.
A check-list to follow when carrying out your own census searches.
Watch me search for my grandfather - and how I solve all the problems I come across.
In this section, you will learn all about one of the most important sources used in genealogy - the parish registers. We will look at the history of the registers, how they have changed over time and the best ways of searching and using them.
Here I take you through a brief history of the parish registers, with important dates for you to remember.
Watch me search for the baptism of my great-Grandfather.
An overview of the IGI.
Watch me search for my great-grandfather on the IGI at FamilySearch.org
Here I show you a few samples of parish register entries to prepare you for what to expect.
Watch me search for all the children of a couple in order to find a marriage. And spot the deliberate mistake! (When I mention 'mother' at 7:02, I, of course, mean 'wife')
Here, I show you another way of searching the parish registers, which can be useful from time to time.
Now it's your turn - but first, a few words of advice (also in file form below).
A few tips of my own for trying to break through some common brick walls.
A Summary of the course, and some ideas for your next steps.
Some further sources to extend your searches.

In this course, you will learn how to get started with tracing your UK ancestors. The course mainly focuses on England and Wales, but there will also be a brief section on the differences between Scottish and Irish records, and where to find them. Each section covers a different type of research or resource, and you will be able to start building your family tree while you are proceeding through the course.

This course is for anyone who would like to learn how to trace their UK ancestry but does not have an idea of how or where to start. This course will instruct you in how to begin, starting with asking your own family and studying old photographs, through to the most important online sources, including civil registration records, census records, and parish registers.

The course will use instructional videos, and also screen flows where you will be able to watch as I carry out my research, showing you the necessary procedures and how to deal professionally with any problems that occur.

If you have ever wondered about who your ancestors were, and how you can begin to find out, then this course is for you.

Requirements

  • A computer with internet access.
  • Some experience in using search engines would be useful.
Introduction to the course - what you will learn in this course, and why we study genealogy.
An introduction to the course, including what you'll be able to do by the end of the course, and some information about me, my qualifications and experience.
Your reasons and goals for ancestry research.
A few things to do before getting into the online research. Here we will discuss trees and charting, speaking to your family, and old photographs.
Finding out what your present family already knows.
A checklist of points to remember when talking to your family.
The use of photographs in genealogy.
A tour through some of my own family photographs, and how they have helped or motivated my own research.
How to draw up simple charts to display your progress.
Create your own charts, using what you have learned so far.
Getting organised before you start.
Make sure you have carried out these tasks before going on to Section 3.
In this section, we will have a look at Civil Registration - what it is, how to search the indexes, how to order certificates - and what's in them.
A quick look at how and why names may often be spelled differently.
A brief history of Civil Registration
Here, you will watch my screen as I search for birth registrations in the Civil Registration indexes on Ancestry.co.uk. If you like, you can open up a separate browser and follow me to get a good idea of what I'm doing - or search for one of your own ancestors.
Watch me searching for my maternal grandparents' marriage.
A quick look at some of the details it is useful to find before carrying out a marriage search.
Watch me search for my great-grandparents' marriage.
Get started with your own Civil Registration research.
Watch me go through the process of ordering a certificate at the GRO.
Here, I show you all the details you should expect to find in a birth, marriage or death certificate.
In this section, we will be looking at the 1939 Register and the census records back from 1911 to 1841.
A little background knowledge of the census, which will help you with your understanding of this record.
A brief introduction to this register.
Watch me carry out a brief search on the Register.
This lengthy video will follow me as I search for one of my ancestors from the 1911 census back through each census. It will show you what information is in each census, and some search tips to look out for.
Some tips on carrying out your own research on the census. There will be a check-list to follow.
A check-list to follow when carrying out your own census searches.
Watch me search for my grandfather - and how I solve all the problems I come across.
In this section, you will learn all about one of the most important sources used in genealogy - the parish registers. We will look at the history of the registers, how they have changed over time and the best ways of searching and using them.
Here I take you through a brief history of the parish registers, with important dates for you to remember.
Watch me search for the baptism of my great-Grandfather.
An overview of the IGI.
Watch me search for my great-grandfather on the IGI at FamilySearch.org
Here I show you a few samples of parish register entries to prepare you for what to expect.
Watch me search for all the children of a couple in order to find a marriage. And spot the deliberate mistake! (When I mention 'mother' at 7:02, I, of course, mean 'wife')
Here, I show you another way of searching the parish registers, which can be useful from time to time.
Now it's your turn - but first, a few words of advice (also in file form below).
A few tips of my own for trying to break through some common brick walls.
A Summary of the course, and some ideas for your next steps.
Some further sources to extend your searches.

About the instructors

Rosamunde Bott

Professional Genealogist & Writer
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I have been a professional genealogist in the United Kingdom for over 20 years.  I have a First Class Honours Degree in History/Literature, and a Diploma in Social History Research.  I am also a self-published novelist, writing mainly within the historical or historical flashback genre, which usually also include an element of mystery or fantasy.

 

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