Individual modules

Knowing where to find help you encounter a problem with your research is not always easy.  This module looks at the different people or places our can contact:

  • Archives Offices
  • Groups and societies
  • Forums and websites
  • Magazines
  • Final Q&A session – your chance to ask those final questions.

This module looks at sources that can add to your understanding of your ancestors lives.  Sessions include:

  • Wills and probate indexes
  • Newspaper archives
  • Internet searching

This module looks at the basic records for civilians and military personnel during the two world wars, including:

  • Military sources
  • Medal index cards
  • War medals
  • Civilian war records

Parish Registers are the main records that can take your family history research back before the start of the census returns.  This module includes:

  • How they have changed through the centuries
  • What information they contain
  • Problems you may encounter
  • Where to find them, online and in the real world.


Census returns are one of the few documents that show a whole family.  This module also includes using the recently released 1939 Register index.

Sessions include:

  • Dates, missing years, future returns
  • What information they contain
  • Understanding some of the terms used.
  • Using free websites
  • 1939 Register and searching the index. (new)


Recording your findings is a very important part of any research.  This module covers:

  • Abbreviations used in Genealogy
  • Drawing a family tree
  • Research forms
  • Using Ancestry to create and share your family tree (optional)
  • Citing your sources

This module covers Civil Registraton in England and Wales (other UK countiies differ in many ways), which is the system we still use today to issue birth, marriage and death certificates.

Sessions include:

  • A brief history.
  • Certificates and Indexes.
  • Can you believe everything you are told?
  • How to use the FreeBDM website effectively.
  • Looking at other free BMD websites.
  • How to record your findings.


This module will cover the basics for getting started in family history research including:

  • Talking to relatives
  • The use of open and closed questions
  • Some of the pitfalls you are likely to face.
  • Different categories of documents - Primary and Secondary sources
  • Preserving your documents.