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Experiencing name issues

Both first and last names can be pronounced and spelt a variety of ways…none of which are incorrect, they are just different. However, these differences can cause havoc for genealogists …

What is an effective search?

An effective search is one that: Returns results on highly likely matches or on the correct individuals Doesn’t overwhelm you with too many results or underwhelm you with too little …

Different ways to approach research questions

This video presentation discusses a few different approaches to family history research which you may not have come across or considered using. We’ll be having a look at the FAN …

Creating and defining a research strategy

This video introduces the notion of approaching research in a systematic fashion and outlines how to create a research strategy. The importance of defining research questions is emphasised: who do …

How to analyse a research problem?

As we’ve said elsewhere, keep track of what you’ve found and what you haven’t found by taking notes or keeping a research log. Make a timeline of events – this …

What are transcriptions, abstracts and indexes?

The information from primary sources we use is often presented to us as transcriptions, abstracts and often can be searched through the use of indexes. Commercial bodies, volunteer organizations and …

What will we learn?

This week we’ll be getting you to define what it is you are actually searching for and we’ll consider the many challenges names can cause. After completing this week you …

Issues in using documentary evidence

This video will cover the depth of direct and indirect information documents can provide and consider the evaluation of data and clues within documents. We’ll also explore potential problems with …

The nature of documentary evidence

This video introduces the idea of basing research in documented data rather than hearsay. We cover what documentary evidence is, consider what primary and secondary sources are and find out …

Family history research basics

These are the basics of where to start with family history research that every beginner’s guide will tell you. However, it would be remiss of us to leave it out …

Graham Holton (Educator)

Graham is the Principal Tutor on the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies by Distance Learning. He also teaches on the University’s eight-week online course – Genetic genealogy: an …

What will we learn?

This course is taking a slightly different approach to teaching genealogical research to beginners in that we are not focusing on doing research while using records for a given area. …