In 2013 USA Today found that genealogy is America’s second most popular hobby, after gardening. This will come as no surprise to family history researchers around the world.
The University of Strathclyde and FutureLearn have announced a new online course called ‘Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree’, which is free and starts on 14 March.
The six-week course is led by Genealogist Tahitia McCabe, from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Tahitia McCabe said the course suited family history researchers from all geographies.
“Students will learn global methods for finding and storing family tree information and explore the potential of DNA testing,” she said.
“One of the key challenges of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.
“This course will help you add historical context to your family history and teach you the best way to record your research,” she said.
Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, the UK’s first online social learning provider, said the first run of the genealogy course was proving popular.
“With more than 22,000 enrolments so far, this course is evidence that people want to learn about their family history and heritage.
“I’m proud FutureLearn can offer a course that meets our learners needs and will let people explore and understand their family tree,” he said.
Sign up for the course at www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy
Notes to editors
Title of course: Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree
Duration: 6 weeks long and 4 hours per week course time
Knowledge level: No prior knowledge required
Start date: 14 March 2016.