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Awaken Your Ancestors

The Awaken Your Ancestors Elementary Family History Correspondence Course is suitable for those who are new to family history, those who have already started but need guidance on how to do things properly and those who are looking for inspiration on how to break down that brick wall.

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The course consists of ten modules and will cover the following:

  1. Family Records
    Those bits of paper, war medals and newspapers filed away in the attic!
  2. GRO Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths
    The key to birth, marriage and death certificates.
  3. The Records of Civil Registration
    The certificates of births, marriages and deaths
  4. Census Returns
    Tracing family groups from 1841 to 1911 plus the 1939 National Identity Register records
  5. Search Process
    Using the GRO Certificates and census returns to construct a pedigree that extends into the 18th century.
  6. Parish Registers
    Records of baptisms, marriages and burials that were introduced during the reign of King Henry VIII.
  7. Formatting a drop-line pedigree
    How to correctly draw a family tree
  8. Search Process
    Searching the parish registers to extend a pedigree back into the 16th century. Module 8 also includes:
    Finding Aids
    Indexes, online sites, transcriptions and collections that aid research
  9. The Parish Chest
    A collection of records that document the lives of our ancestors in the parish.
  10. Consolidation
    Blend everything together to produce a pedigree back into the 18th century.

On completion of module 10 there is the option to sit the IHGS Elementary Level in Genealogy examination paper. Students may wish to sit the examination under exam conditions or may simply wish to complete the paper in the comfort of their own home. The Institute will hold examination days throughout the year and will also arrange for examination papers to be sent to a nominated invigilator or to a home address. The examination is optional and does not prohibit the student from progressing to the IHGS Intermediate and Advanced level correspondence courses. There is no fee for entry to the IHGS Elementary Level examination.