Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsHello, and welcome to week two of the course, Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree. This week, we're going to be introducing the idea of creating a research plan and a strategy, which should help you decide how you-- what you want to accomplish and how to go about doing your research. And should keep to a minimum the time that you spend re-doing research. We'll look for ways to simplify research problems and questions, and look at how you can get the best out of your search strategies and the data that you already have. Most of us struggle with brick walls, those people in our family that we just can't find, so we'll look at some ways to try to go round these walls.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsAnd look at using people's neighbours or friends, possibly trying out a bit of DNA research, or maybe even using a mind map. Name changes can also contribute to people not being found, so we'll consider some issues around name spelling differences, pronunciation issues, people using nicknames, and how names can change over time. Some tips will be shared on how to search databases using wild cards and various other tools. And then we're going to get you to do an exercise where you consider how names can be pronounced and how this can affect the spelling of them. So we'd love for you to share names that are of interest to you personally.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsWe'll also explore how online genealogy databases actually work, and what you can do to get the very best out of using them. So we hope you enjoy the week.

Welcome to week 2

In week 2 you will begin to learn how to focus your research, about different ways to work around brick walls and how to consider naming issues.

This week we’ll be introducing the idea of creating a research strategy which should help you decide what you want to accomplish and keep to a minimum the issue of doing research over and over again. We’ll look for ways to simplify a research problem or question, show how you can create an effective search strategy and how you can get the best out of the data you already have.

We’ll then look at names: spelling differences, how spelling can change over time, think about the use of nicknames and consider ways to overcome these challenges. There will be an exercise where you consider how names can be pronounced differently and how that can affect their spelling. We’d love for you to share names that are of interest to you personally!

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Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

University of Strathclyde