Researching and Writing Family Histories GNRL 9286

On Campus

Our Researching and Writing Family Histories course reviews the basics of family history research as well as the different approaches you can take to inform, inspire, and illuminate others with the stories you discover. Start by exploring the basics of both traditional and online research as well as the use of artifacts (photos, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, recipes, and personal effects) to uncover information. Then learn how to develop a research plan for a multi-generational family history. Consider the various ways your family's history can be presented – from reports and family trees to narratives and memoirs. Develop your writing skills as you learn how to report on your ancestors in a compelling way, and learn how to share those stories through social media, self-publishing, and formal publishing. This genealogy basics course is centred around English-language resources but is accessible to writers from a variety of backgrounds.


You will have the most success in this course if you are already proficient in written English before you start this course.

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There are no classes currently scheduled for this course; however, check back to see if we have developed additional schedules for this term.
Registration will open for the 2023–24 academic year (classes that take place between September 2023 and August 2024) after noon (12 p.m.) on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. If you would like to receive an email update for the upcoming academic year, complete our notification sign-up form.
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