I am very excited to be starting the free online course “Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree” by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The course is available on I am by no means an expert in genealogy research and have been playing it by ear, but I do believe this course will teach me the fundamentals to aid me in my research.

The free online class just started, but if you missed it I am sure it will be offered again sometime in the future! Just go to the course page and sign up to be notified when the course will be offered again. In the meantime, I will try to be a great student and I will do my best to share what I have learned.


Here is more information about this free genealogy class:

This free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.

Learn how to find and store information on your family tree

We’ll get you to define what you want to research, and consider the best ways to go about finding and storing information on your family tree. A key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.

We’ll conclude by introducing the main types of tools genealogists use to communicate their research finds, including creating a family tree and look at how to write a meaningful family history.

Share your own genealogy finds with learners worldwide

Throughout the course, you’ll follow the story of Chris, as she uncovers her own family history, and you’ll be encouraged to share sources and ideas particular to your area of genealogical interest and geographic focus.

The course will not concentrate on a specific country’s records or how to source these, so it will be useful to anyone around the world.

Develop your genealogy skills

The knowledge you gain from this course may prompt you to explore family history research more deeply or consider a career as a professional genealogist.

You may even wish to take your learning further, with the University of Strathclyde’s online MSc in Genealogical Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.

This will be interesting! I will keep you all posted on what I have learned from this course.

Free Online Genealogy Course: Researching Your Family Tree

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