I have waxed poetic about FutureLearn and its amazing free online classes in previous posts. I’ve learned a lot from their history and forensic science courses, and I really enjoyed the course “England in the Time of Richard III,” which proved to be very popular given the 2014 archaeological discovery of the last Plantagenet king buried under a Leicester parking lot.
In an e-mail update today, FutureLearn announced the addition of Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree to the spring schedule. The class is six weeks and begins on March 14, 2016. This course is sure to be a boon to beginning genealogists, as this no-cost class offers participants the opportunity to learn techniques from my University of Strathclyde graduate school professor Tahitia McCabe. Ms. McCabe is a fabulous instructor and educator, and the combination of reading, coursework, and online discussion boards will give participants a way to share their genealogical thoughts experiences. When you’re finished with the FutureLearn Genealogy class, you may wish to pursue online coursework in the genealogical program at the University of Strathclyde. The course looks daunting, but I can assure you it is a worthwhile experience to any researcher!
You may also want to enroll in Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923, which begins on March 14, 2016. The centennial of the Easter Rising is just a few months away, and if you’re researching your Irish ancestry, it is well worth your while to know the background of Ireland’s Independence movement.
See You At the Library!