Beginners’ Family History Course
This online course comprises a series of six workshops for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.
Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills. Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations. This course also acts as a good refresher for those wanting to make sure they have covered all the bases.
There are six sessions: March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th and April 3rd & 17th. All run from 7pm – 9.30pm.
Pre-booking is required because full joining instructions will be emailed in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.
To be able to join in this workshop, you will need a computer device from which you can access your emails. This device also needs to have speakers and ideally a microphone and webcam. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software. This will be sent to you in advance. If you are unsure whether you can access Zoom, and would like technical help, please contact
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Chad is a highly experienced family historian, having been in and out of Record Offices since the 1970s. He has honed his understanding of family history at conferences in both the UK and the USA. Chad has a one-name study of his mother’s Failes family who arrived in England as the Fenlands were being drained in the late 17th century. He has also made some headway with his father’s Irish ancestry.
Chad has a particular interest in both probate and electoral records, and also has a deep understanding of records produced by family history societies, having worked professionally for the Federation of Family History Societies for eight years using his skills as a computer professional. He holds a BSc(Eng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College and a City and Guilds Certificate in High Education teaching.
A veteran family historian, Gillian has worked closely with the Federation of Family History Societies, Findmypast and The National Archives enabling her to build an impressive experience of archives and their accessibility. She is an experienced tutor of beginner family history courses and also runs workshops for more experienced researchers on family history websites and wills and probate, to name but a few.
Gillian has a degree in Business Studies and a City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has served regular five year terms as a trustee of Berkshire Family History Society since 2007 and chairs the society’s Computer Branch. She also facilitates discussion in an informal monthly natter group and helps researchers who require more technical assistance with their family history research as part of a ‘Tuesday evening team’.