Tuesday 5 July 2016

Free online genealogy course (MOOC) starts 18 July

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogyThe University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is to re-run its free online Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree course from Monday 18 July.

The course has been created by the University's
Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies and is delivered by FutureLearn, a company owned by The Open University. It runs for six weeks.

Primarily designed for beginner to intermediate researchers, the course does not concentrate on any specific country's records and sources, so it can be useful to any researcher, no matter where their ancestors lived. The weekly 'lessons' cover effective searching techniques, the major source types and how to use them, Genealogical Proof, DNA testing, putting your research into context, and how to document and communicate research results. A weekly study commitment of four hours is recommended.

The presenters of the course, Tabita McCabe and Graham Holton, are tutors in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde. When this genealogy MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was first run earlier this year, it attracted 26,000 participants!