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Online Beginner to Intermediate level 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.

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.

Successful completion of class assessments will enable students to gain credits at level SCQF7.

Classes will be delivered throughout 2015/16 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, including England, Wales and Ireland. 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 5 October 2015 or Monday 18 January 2016 or Monday 18 April 2016

for 8 weeks

Fee: £155 (ILA eligible)


Using Technology in your Family History Research

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.

This class was previously titled 'Family History, the Internet and More' and has been renamed to reflect the growing number of online resources which are available to budding family historians.

The text for this class is 'Tracing your family history on the internet', C Paton, 2nd ed. 2014 (Pen and Sword Books). 

From Monday 18 January 2016 or Monday 13 April 2016

for 8 weeks

Fee: £155 (ILA eligible)


Family History Research: 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, an introduction to palaeography and genetic genealogy. 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 05 October 2015 or Monday 18 April 2016

for 8 weeks

Fee: £155 (ILA eligible)


The tutors for the 3 classes above are Marie Dougan and Judith Russell.


Genetic genealogy: an introduction

10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7)

This 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 10 credits at  level SCQF7,  2 assessments will need to be satisfactorily completed.

From Monday 05 October 2015 & Monday 18 January 2016

for 8 weeks

Fee: £155 (ILA eligible)

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

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


An Introduction to Heraldry

New for 2015-16

10 credit points (at Level SCQF 7)

Heraldry has been called “the floral border of history”. But apart from its intrinsic interest and visual appeal, heraldry is an important aspect of any genealogist’s work. Often, the only pedigrees and lineages available are not in birth, marriage, death and census records, but can be found in heraldic records and registers. This new online class aims to impart a working knowledge of the science and art of heraldry, to teach the skills needed to find and interpret coats of arms, and to construct a petition for arms.

By the end of the class, students will be able to: read and compose blazons; compose arms from a blazon; recognise and be able to discuss arms; find and discuss the arms of a stated person or body; understand national differences in heraldic practice; research and present a petition for arms.

The course will cover the following topics, amongst others:

1.         Introduction to heraldry

2.         a. the complete armorial achievement

            b. historic heraldry

3.         Blazoning in detail

4.         Common charges, with attitudes and attributes

5.         Ornaments  and additaments

6.         Inheritance and marshalling of arms

7.         Heraldic authorities and sources

8.         Public, civic and corporate heraldry

At each session, students will be given an optional short, action learning Assignment to be completed by the next session. For those interested in gaining credit, 2 assessments will need to be satisfactorily completed, which will be:

1. Practical Blazonry – credit candidates will blazon an illustrated heraldic achievement.

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2. A Petition for a Grant of Arms – credit candidates will construct a Petition in a suitable heraldic jurisdiction for a grant to: an individual; a municipality; a university, college, school or other educational body; a professional governing body; a private corporation, national organisation or charitable body; a church or other ecclesiastical body; or something else, by discussion and agreement.

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2. Heraldic Research– credit candidates will be required to undertake a study (guided or self-directed) in a specific heraldic subject chosen in consultation with the course tutor, and present this as a critical essay or review of the literature on that subject of 2000 - 3000 words, suitable for publication.

From Monday 5 October 2015 & Monday 18 April 2016

for 8 weeks

Fee: £155 (ILA eligible)

The tutor for this course is Dr Bruce Durie BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA

 

Contact Details

Online enrolment for 2015/16 is available from 21 August (for those paying the full class fee by credit/debit card) via the Online Shop.  For all other payments, please telephone our main enrolments line on 0141 548 2116.

New class in 2015-16