Free Online Genealogy Courses
Fans of the British and American TV series ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ love to watch as celebrities discover the stories of long-forgotten ancestors. Sometimes a piece of family folklore is found to be true - or false! Often, tales emerge from the mists of time, of heroic feats, devastating failures or epic adventures. The actor's emotional connection to these ghostly characters is increased when they discover shared, inherited talents or traits, or learn about heartbreaks and tragedies that befell their forebears. Often we’re left wondering what mysteries our own family tree heritage holds and wish we could find out more. Sometimes it launches us on our own genealogical journey.
It’s one thing to sketch out your family tree and begin to gather anecdotes about what your forebears achieved, suffered or survived, it’s quite another to mine the rich seam of resources that are available to the dedicated genealogist. Depending on which country or countries your ancestors came from, the paper trail can be quite straightforward or very complicated! In this case, the best way to research your family history is to take a basic genealogy course. This will teach you how to make sense of some of the more confusing clues, and direct you to invaluable resources that may help you go further back in time than you ever imagined.
The beauty of taking a free online course with Alison is that you will emerge with a genealogy certification to add to the newfound information you have about your family’s roots. Who knows, you might also discover that you are connected to the great and famous. Whatever you discover, it will give you a new sense of your place in the world, along with a new clutch of stories to pass to the next generation.
Begin tracing your Irish family tree
An estimated 80 million people in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are descended from people who emigrated from the Emerald Isle. It’s little wonder there is such interest in Irish genealogy, and many of their stories are waiting to be uncovered. Our free basic genealogy course will help you navigate the mysterious maze that tracing your Irish ancestry so often involves and signposts you to the best genealogy tools to find the information you need. Best of all, they will help you find your Irish ancestors for free.
There are certain peculiarities pertaining to Irish history which render the expertise here invaluable to the genealogical sleuth. Without the insights of experts ‘on the ground’ it would be easy to believe your ancestor had simply disappeared. The course guides students on the best way to navigate vital resources such as Irish genealogy, civil records (including the 1901 and 1911 censuses) and historical church records available through the National Library of Ireland and many more. Our interesting and informative courses can be completed in about half a day and include an end of course assessment and the option to earn a certificate.