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What will we learn?

This final week of the course is an introduction to recording and organising research and the sources used.

Genealogists need to provide evidence that the statements and assertions they make are based on documents and other types of resources. We will explain the use of referencing in genealogical reports and charts and discuss various systems of referencing in use in the genealogical world.

Week 6 also introduces the main types of tools used by genealogists to store, track and analyse data along with an overview as to why such tools are useful. Paper based resources, genealogical software of various types and online tools will all be explored. We will explore what types of reports and charts are commonly used, different approaches to writing a family history and some specialist tools as well.

After completing this week you’ll begin to understand

  1. What different types of tools are available to help you record and organise your research and the sources used.
  2. What genealogical reports and charts exist and when they might be useful.
  3. Referencing, its importance and the various systems used for genealogy.
  4. Some different ways to share, organise and archive family data in the online and physical worlds.
  5. How to begin to create a clear and meaningful family history.

Study Groups

Choose the study group tab at the top of any step to access your study group for this course.

Your study group is a place to get to know your fellow learners a bit better, to support and encourage each other, and to discuss what you’re learning in depth with the same set of people during the course.

It’s also a place for collaboration. You can visit this group whenever you like, but for most weeks we will ask you to complete some research or searching tasks or to discuss an idea specifically within your study group. This is strictly optional for this course but doing the tasks and/or collaborating is a great way to really solidify your learning. So why not take this opportunity to say hello?

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Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

University of Strathclyde