Free Online Genealogy Course by University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is offering free online Genealogy Course. This free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history.

In this free online course, you will develop an understanding of genealogy-how to research your family tree and communicate the results The course will start on January 16, 2017.

Course at a Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Genealogy
Institution: University of Strathclyde and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on January 16, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city. Its commitment to useful learning guides its research, learning and teaching – and the way it works with businesses and organisations.

About This Course

This free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. University will help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.

Wy Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the course, you’ll follow the story of Chris, as she uncovers her own family history, and you’ll be encouraged to share sources and ideas particular to your area of genealogical interest and geographic focus. The course will not concentrate on a specific country’s records or how to source these, so it will be useful to anyone around the world.


No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required. This course will be suitable if you:

  • Have no experience with genealogy or family history research;
  • Have some experience with genealogical research but want to develop your skills and knowledge further;
  • Are a more experienced genealogical researcher but want to learn new searching, analytical or communication techniques or
  • Find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.


Tahitia McCabe

She is a genealogist and educator based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and am Course Leader for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies (distance learning).

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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