Discover Your Family History Record of Achievement

School of Humanities

From wills to palaeography, military records to poor laws - discover the wealth of original sources and material you can use to find out about how your ancestors lived

Start date

January 2022


6 weeks

Study mode

Distance Learning



Using original sources and records, you will be able to develop your research skills and find out more about your family or local history.  You will also explore the historical context in which your ancestors lived.  

You will learn about:

  • introduction and key records
  • church records
  • wills and testaments
  • old and new poor laws
  • military records
  • palaeography

The course is fully online, and you will have expert tutors who are professional archivists and experienced genealogists.

You will also have access to:

  • a range of exciting records, not just registers and census data
  • a discussion forum to exchange views and information

There is no formal assessment and you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University.

Professional accreditation

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All CAIS programmes are accredited by the UK Archives and Records Association and The Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia

UK Archives and Records Association Records and Information Management (RIM) Professionals Australasia
Questions? Need help?

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+44 (0)1382 385543