Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsHello, and a warm welcome to week

Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsfive of your course, Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree. This week, we're going to be looking at context and resources which will help add life and further interest to your family tree. This will help build on the information that we looked at in week three and help you expand and provide more of a story around your family's line. So we'll include such things as maps and newspaper articles, as well as much more. So we're going to look at using books, such as local histories, which can really bring to life the story of a village or a city in which your family lived.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsAnd also consider the use of such things as regular history books, say on the life of a blacksmith or a soldier, which can really bring to life-- like, what was it like for my ancestor who worked in one of these occupations? Then we're going to move into considering how to find and evaluate these resources and share a couple of case studies with you, which should bring to life the notion of how to evaluate sources and give you the opportunity to need to think about how far you should go with adding context, as some of what you might find could be quite exaggerated or fanciful.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsSo we'll try to keep our focus on looking at very high-quality resources and encourage you to use these, and also to get you to think about how to choose which are the best sources for you to use. So there's some great resources out there that are freely available online, and we really want to encourage you to use these. So we hope you enjoy this week.

Welcome to Week 5

In this fifth week we’ll be looking at resources which will add context to your tree and help you enrich your family’s story.

These resources really build upon the information provided by the records we explored in week three and include such things as maps and newspaper articles.

We’ll also be exploring the use of books on local history which can suddenly bring to life a village or town and other secondary sources such as history books.

Then we’ll move onto considering how to find and evaluate these resources and share a few case studies with you. These should bring the process to life and then you’ll have the opportunity to discuss how far one should go with adding context as some of what you might find could be exaggerated or fanciful.

We’ll keep our focus on finding high quality resources to ensure you can decide which are the best sources to use. There are some really great resources freely available online and we are looking forward to sharing them with you.

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Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

University of Strathclyde