Learn the skills and find the resources necessary to research, compile, prove and display your own family trees, or those of others. This course will enable you to learn about the basics of roots research, using genealogical source material available both online and from a variety of archived and published sources.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a good grounding in the skills & resources necessary to research, compile, prove & display their own family trees, or those of others.
- use various genealogical source material available both online and in a variety of archived & published sources;
- take a methodical approach to the searching of these resources & interpretation of the results, using use all the major resources for Scots genealogy
- be familiar with the various styles & methods of genealogy and the various methods of storing & displaying family trees
Introduction to Scottish Genealogy
- General introduction to Genealogy; storage of records, display etc. Surnames
- Census and Post-1855 statutory records; websites; charting, software
- Pre-1855 Parish records: Catholic records;
- Dates & calendars; Money; Measure
- Wills & testaments; Introduction to Paleography
- Land records: valuation rolls, retours, sasines, charters, maps
- Military; Newspapers; Photographs
- Heraldry; Clans and Families
- English and Irish records
- DNA and Genealogy; Final discussion on how to take it all further
It is highly desirable that students do as much groundwork on their immediate ancestors as possible before starting the course: births, marriages & deaths of parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents, where possible, including all relevant dates and locations. This work will have to be done in any event; early identification of 20th century ancestors will give students a head start and save much classroom time.
Apart from the above, no previous experience is necessary, although the course will make references to some online sources that are publicly available.
Each session will generally consist of three parts:
- An introduction to the relevant topic
- Identification of the appropriate search fora, including, if appropriate, demonstration of how to research topics online
- Discussion with students on their own genealogical research
Durie, B., 2012. Scottish Genealogy.3rd edtion, Stroud: The History Press.
Examples relevant to each topic will be provided as appropriate, as will list of sources specific to each stage.
If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email StudentSupport.COL@ed.ac.uk or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.