Back in November 2014, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) offered a free online “Introduction to Family History” course, which was over the (southern hemisphere) Summer. This was a huge success, and it seems they are doing it again, as they have sent me the following message:
Hello Gould Genealogy, I thought your followers might be interested in a unit on family history from the University of Tasmania: www.utas.edu.au/familyhistory. Full scholarships are available for all Australian students. If you would like to share this on your page that would be fantastic!
However, rather than just share on our Facebook page, I thought I’d write a short blog post instead.
Using the same format as the earlier course, this fully-online course, is available for anyone in Australia, and you also get one months free access to Ancestry.com Library edition when you sign up for the course.
The course runs from 13 July 2015 to 16 October 2015, and does require approx. 4-5 hours of study a week. Applications need to be in by 6 July 2015.
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.
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of family history principles and planning
- Locate and use major family history repositories and records
- Critically evaluate sources for accuracy and reliability
- Identify and discuss genealogical problems and develop plans for solving them
- Present your genealogical work in a manner that is ethical, clearly written and referenced according to the unit guidelines