Researching your family tree - free online course

10 February 2020
Develop an understanding of genealogy – how to research your family tree and share the results – with a free online course from University of Strathclyde.

This free, six-week online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. Because the course doesn't concentrate on a specific country’s records it is of benefit wherever in the world you live.

What will I learn?

Participants consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. The course will also help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The study is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.

Topics include:

  • Primary, derived primary and secondary sources
  • The importance of knowing who created a document and why
  • An introduction to the main source types
  • Principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • How to start writing your family history


Tabitha McCabe: a genealogist and educator based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and Course Leader for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies (distance learning).

Graham Holton: Graham is the Principal Tutor on the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies by Distance Learning at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

How to enrol

The course starts on 9 March 2020. To register, click here.


Digital guide from the publishers of History Scotland:

Download here for just £4.99!