The University of Tasmania are offering a free (yes, I said FREE) family history course over summer, known as their “Spring School”.

The description of their course states that …

“Introduction to Family History is designed for people interested in their own family histories or genealogy in general. You will learn how to research family history accurately and efficiently using the growing range of online family history resources. You may be surprised at what you discover and what you can share with family and friends.”

It is a fully-online course, so anyone, anywhere was take part, and you even get free access to Library edition when you sign up for the course.

The course runs from December 2014 to February 2015, and does require approx. 4-5 hours of study a week. Spring School 2014, starts on December 8th, and applications need to be completed by December 16th, 2014.

The key to good research is getting a good foundation, and courses are a great way to learn about important records, skills, and methods early on in your research. So if you are a family history beginner and you can squeeze in a few hours of study into your week, what are you waiting for? You should do this course. And if you are an experienced researcher, it has been said numerous times that often going back and reviewing the basics is a good thing, so I have no doubt that you’d find this course useful too.

For more about this family history course, and to sign up you can find all the details here.