Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Diploma in Family History: pre-Xmas 10% discount

The next Diploma in Family History course will get underway in February 2016 and there's a worthwhile 10% discount on offer for those who enrol in the next week or so for either the classroom-based or the online option.

The Diploma course, which is designed and taught by renowned genealogist John Grenham MAGI and accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM), takes place on Thursdays, 6:30pm–9:30pm, over ten weeks from 11 February 2016. It aims to assist students to develop the skills necessary to use the genealogical resources available, whether those resources are online or held in libraries and archives.

John told Irish Genealogy News that the course concentrates very heavily on the Internet. "I like to show how the records got online and the quirks and peculiarities they have, and then provide some hands-on practice with a series of treasure hunts. Apart from anything else, three hours is too long for anyone to listen to me talk. And the best way to learn is always by doing."

The classes are held in the City Colleges building on South George's Street, Dublin 2. They're live-streamed and remain available via the City Colleges website until two months after the course ends. The main difference between the 'classroom' and 'online' student experiences is that there is no direct feedback for the online participants.

You can find detailed class-by-class topics on the City Colleges website, along with course fees.

To take advantage of the discount offer, you'll need to enrol by Friday 18 December. You can enrol by phoning (from Ireland) 1850 25 27 40 or (from outside Ireland) +353 1 416 0034; by applying online and paying a deposit; or by emailing for an application form and returning it by the deadline.