People hoping to find out more about their family history have a great opportunity to improve their skills as the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow is offering a free online course in genealogy.
The course lasts for six weeks and participants are advised to spend at least four hours per week on their studies.
It is a great way to spend a couple of evenings a week gaining some vital knowledge and techniques in researching your family history.
The course is being run by futurelearn.com. They offer a huge number of free online courses on countless subjects. In March, they are also doing a free course in Irish history that focuses on the lives of ordinary people during the years of conflict between 1912 and 1923. It is a fascinating study for anyone interested in learning more about the history of Ireland.
Here is the course description of the course from the futurelearn website.
This free online course will help you develop an understanding of the 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 internet has made it so much easier now for people to research their family history. There are millions of records available online, and free courses such as this one means that everyone has the chance to find out more about their heritage.