New Zealand Community Education Centres

Genealogy - An Introduction

Genealogy and discovering your family history has never been easier. But where to begin? This introductory course aims to give you the tools to research your family, using the internet as a starting point.


We’ll begin with “where” and “how” to start and examine the Genealogical Proof Standard and some of the practical elements, such as keeping organised and how much genealogy can cost.

We’ll then look in more depth at six types records: vital records (births, marriages and deaths), wills, censuses, newspapers, immigration and military. You'll discover what information they contain and where to find them. Then you can start researching, with your tutor on hand to help!

The course is aimed at beginners and will cover records from the English-speaking parts of the world. You need good computing and internet search skills. Bring a USB stick.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
• Identify the key concepts of the Genealogical Proof Standard
• Explain the difference between primary and secondary sources
• Explain how transcripts differ from sources, their pitfalls and why they are important
• Understand the potential costs involved
• Search for 6 types of records to compile your family's history
• Evaluate the records found and understand what pitfalls they may contain 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".

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