The University of Strathclyde's well-regarded Genealogy - Researching your Family Tree online course is to be held again from 3 July. Hosted by The Open University's Future Learn, the course is free, and requires a commitment from participants of four hours study a week over a six-week period.
It is considered suitable for beginners but will also be of help to more experienced genealogists who want to learn new searching, analytical and communication techniques. It covers basic genealogy techniques, finding and analysing sources, adding historical context and exploring the potential of DNA testing.
This is not an Irish genealogy course. In fact, it does not concentrate on any specific country’s records. Instead the course looks to help participants define what it is they want to research, to consider the best ways of finding and storing relevant information and to overcome the key challenges of finding the right person among a number of possible candidates.
The tutor is Tahitia McCabe, who is also the Course Leader for the University's MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.