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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello, and a warm welcome to week four of your course

Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsGenealogy: Researching Your Family Tree. This week we're going to be exploring, more fully, concepts around the idea of proof, and proof standards. We'll be discussing the importance of proof, and how each family, and individual relationship traced, must be justified by evidence. And so this will include thinking about the evaluation of sources, and considering which sources may be more reliable, and which you may want to put less trust in. So we'll be asking you to comment on specific cases that we'll present, concerning the questions about whether the proof presented is reliable, or not. Then we're going to move on to the topic of genetic genealogy, and the use of DNA testing in helping you develop your family tree.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsSo, we'll introduce this concept, and discuss the different types of tests that can be used, and how they can help with overcoming research brick walls, and with making connections with possibly unknown relatives. This is a relatively new area of genealogical research, and it's very fast-developing and moving. But it's an important tool. But we find that it's best used in conjunction with traditional genealogical research methods, and we'll be talking about this as well. So we hope you enjoy the week.

Welcome to Week 4

In this week, we’ll be considering more fully some points which were raised in Week 1 around the notion of ‘genealogical proof’ and proof standards.

The importance of proof and that each family and individual relationship traced must be justified by evidence will be explored and this will involve thinking about the evaluation of sources and considering which sources are high quality and which are less reliable.

The topic of genetics and genealogy and the use of DNA testing in helping you to develop your family tree will be introduced. We’ll cover different types of tests that can be done and how they can help with overcoming research brick walls and with making connections with unknown relations.

In the downloads section below, you will find the answers for the learning activities from Week 3.

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Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

University of Strathclyde

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