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Online Scottish Genealogy Classes

In line with the University’s Strategic Vision of incorporating and using technology in all areas of work, we are delighted to offer online versions of our successful classroom based genealogy classes. By doing this we are offering further flexibility of choice for students. You can study from your own home wherever that may be and at whatever time you choose. These classes will also put you in an online community of budding genealogists which will allow you to share resources and further your own research.

Given the subject matter covered in the classes, it is hoped this diversity will enrich your learning experience.

We are following the model used in our highly successful ‘Blaze: online creative writing classes’ and as such the classes will be delivered through MyPlace, the University’s virtual learning environment. This is a user-friendly platform and all you need is a broadband internet connection. It is suggested that before undertaking any of these classes that you are familiar with Windows operating systems, file management and use of the internet.

Classes will be delivered throughout 2014/15 as follows:


Family History Research: from the Beginning

10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7)

In this class, you will discover sources useful for tracing your own family history. This will include indexes, original records and a range of online sources. Although we will focus on Scottish records, we will illustrate how these strategies can be used to search for records in other countries. Using case histories, we will provide you with ideas and strategies to help you to use these sources to produce a genealogical record of your family. We will use a range of technologies available through Myplace to share and discuss how we can apply strategies to build your family history.

The text for this class is ‘Discover Your Scottish Ancestry: Internet and Traditional Resources’, G Holton and J Winch, 2nd Revised ed. 2009, (Edinburgh University Press).

From Monday 6 October 2014 or Monday 12 January 2015 or Monday 13 April 2015

for 8 weeks

Fee: £145 (ILA eligible)


Family History the Internet and More

10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7)

This class will explore the vast range of online sources which can be utilised to research your family history. It will therefore be necessary for you to have a subscription to an online service, and a discussion of what is available through a variety of service providers will be held at the beginning of the class. This will help to assist you in making some decisions about the most appropriate service for your own needs. Although we will focus on Scottish records, we will illustrate how these strategies can be used to search for records in other countries. We will discuss a range of strategies to assist you in making the most effective use of online resources. The class will also introduce you to a range of genealogy software. We will discuss a range of sources beyond those for births, marriages and censuses and will also explore ongoing developments in technologies which are of relevance to genealogists. The tools available in Myplace will be used to share and discuss many of these ideas.

From Monday 19 January 2015 or Monday 13 April 2015

for 8 weeks

Fee: £145 (ILA eligible)


Genealogy: Beyond the Basics

10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7)

This class will focus on sources beyond birth, marriage, death and census records. The records used will be relevant in the main to Scottish based research, although some aspects will be of relevance to those undertaking research in other countries. This will include wills, testaments, inventories, valuation rolls, poor law records, and court documentation. There will also be work on the interpretation of old documents and an introduction to palaeography. Students should be familiar with basic records.

The text for this class is ‘Scottish Genealogy’, Bruce Durie. 3rd ed. 2012, (The History Press).

From Monday 06 October 2014 or Monday 13 April 2015

for 8 weeks

Fee: £145 (ILA eligible)


The tutors for these classes are Marie Dougan and Judith Russell.

*NEW* Genetic Genealogy class

Genetic genealogy: an introduction

10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7)

This new online class aims to impart a working knowledge of the scientific and technological aspects of genetic genealogy and teach the skills needed to interpret DNA test results for genealogy.

The course will cover the following topics, amongst others

• understanding DNA for genetic genealogy
• Y-chromosome, mtDNA, and atDNA tests
• analysing test results
• future of genetic genealogy

For those interested in gaining accreditation, there is an option to gain 10 credits at SCQF level 7 on the satisfactory completion of 2 assessments.

From Monday 06 October 2014

for 8 weeks

Fee: £145 (ILA eligible)

If you require further information please contact Graham S Holton (g.s.holton@strath.ac.uk).

Class supported by

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The tutors for this class are Graham Holton and Alasdair Macdonald.


Contact Details

Online enrolment for 2014/15 is available from Saturday 16 August (for those paying the full class fee by credit/debit card) via the Online Shop

For further information about Online Scottish Genealogy classes, please contact Lisa Donaldson on (0141) 548 4147 or by email: lisa.donaldson@strath.ac.uk