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Introduction to Genealogy – Family History

Introduction to Genealogy – Family History


This evening genealogy course will inform and familiarise participants on how to research their family history.

Discover what family documents, stories, photographs may assist in building a profile of the family and from what repositories and online sources information may be accessed.

Why study Genealogy at Griffith College?

This part-time evening course is held over a ten-week period. Participants will be made familiar with the method involved in genealogical research – systematically working back, generation by generation, from a dependable piece of information or document to the retrieval of a new relevant document – from the known to the unknown.

  • You will learn to place events in their context e.g. what were the living conditions of a particular area at a particular time? What were the occupations of the people that lived there?
  • Engage in the history of your locality and in the contextualising of the family/ancestors details as they emerge.
  • Participants will be made familiar with the method involved in genealogical research.
  • Learn how to interrogate documents or records: are they primary sources (original), derivatives, copies, or transcriptions.
  • Be taught how not to be dogmatic about spellings of such subjects as surnames, place names/townlands.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • February*
  • October*

*subject to sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for the course dates.


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