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Genealogy - Researching Your Family Tree


36 days
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Dive into your family ancestry and learn how to create a family tree on this Genealogy - Researching Your Family Tree course at FutureLearn.


Learn how to find and analyse sources, discover different research strategies, and tackle genealogy databases and wildcards. You’ll learn about the importance of names and explore the challenges that name changes cause for genealogists.

Key facts:

You’ll be introduced to the main source types including civil, church, census and military records and learn how to use these different kinds of data.

You’ll learn how to balance genealogical data and historical context, delve into local and general histories, and use maps and photographs to bring your family history to life.

Throughout the Genealogy - Researching Your Family Tree course at FutureLearn, you’ll also follow one woman’s journey as she researches her family tree and learns about her past.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analysing documents
  • Effective searching techniques
  • Using major source types
  • Genealogical proof and DNA testing
  • Putting your research into context

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 days
    • 4 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in genealogy.

The course will be suitable if you:

  • have no experience with genealogy or family history research;
  • have some experience with genealogical research but want to develop your skills and knowledge further;
  • are a more experienced genealogical researcher but want to learn new searching, analytical or communication techniques or
  • find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 36 days.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 36 days.

Upgrade$104Upgrade this course and you will get:

  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • A print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible


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