Talks, Courses & Workshops 

With 40 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, teacher (Cert Ed qualified) and speaker, I am pleased to offer my services teaching courses and workshops or giving talks. Details are below. I can also offer face time tutorials if you do not live locally to me in Northamptonshire. 

Talks 

Subjects available 
 
It starts with you ( recording a personal history) 
How to get started with your research 
Using Civil Registration, Census Returns and Parish Registers 
Getting to grips with the Familysearch website 
Brick Walls and how to get around them 

Courses 

Beginners 

6 Weeks, 1 x 2 Hour session per week. Max 6 people per session. Includes free light refreshments and handouts. You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet and have reasonable competence in using the Internet. All sessions incluce practical workshop time. 
 
Week 1 - Gathering information, talking to elderly relatives. The very beginning is you! A bit about personal histories. Standard formats for recording data. Tips on talking to elderly relatives. 
Week 2 - Using civil registration as a source. Primary and secondary sources. History of civil registration. Use of free websites to access civil registration indexes. What indexes and certificates tell us. 
Week 3 - Using census returns as a source. History, reliability and value of census returns, including the 1939 register. Use of free sites to access census returns. 
Week 4 - Using parish registers as a source. History and value of parish registers. Use of free website to access parish register databases online. 
Week 5 - Data storage, how to organise your new tree. Paper or computer? Online or offline? What is a gedcom? 
Week 6 - other sources and workshop. Where else can you find information about your ancestors? Help with your individual research 

Advanced 

6 Weeks, 1 x 2 hour session per week. Max 6 people per session. Includes free light refreshments and handouts. You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet and have reasonable competence in using the Internet. All sessions include practical workshop time. 
 
Week 1 - Armchair research – using the Internet for research 
Week 2 - How to get round the brick walls 
Week 3 - Wills and probate indexes as a source 
Week 4 - Irish, Scottish and foreign research 
Week 5 - Military, newspapers and other sources 
Week 6 - Group requested topics and final workshop 

Workshops 

Maximum 4 people per session. A two hour session where you can bring along your research for some individual guidance. 
 
Talks, courses and workshops are run by Katrina Friess. 
Katrina can be contacted at enquiries@picturemypast.co.uk 
Katrina has 40 years experience as a family history researcher, consultant, speaker and teacher (Cert Ed qualified) 
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