Family history is a popular subject. Who wouldn’t, for example, want to know the stories of their ancestors, where they lived, what they did, the stories of family members gone past? TV programmes have also helped to fuel the popularity of looking into a family’s past, with some shocks along the way, as well as pleasant surprises.
Online genealogy courses are the perfect means by which to learning all the skills, abilities and gain the knowledge you need to delve deeply into your family’s past, finding ancestors not only in the UK but all over the world.
Why study for a genealogy qualification?
History can be confusing. The way records were made and kept a century ago is very different to how we keep them today. The language used, although English, can be confusing too. Did you know, for example, centuries ago that an ‘s’ was written as an ‘f’? If you didn’t know this, it could be difficult to decipher the information written before you and why your surname, for example, was written as ‘jones’!
Genealogy is an interesting topic, taking you back in time to when life could have been incredibly hard for your ancestors, as well as sprinkled with good fortune and great stories. Many people find it a long-term project and one that sees them pick up all kinds of skills. Some people go on to make a career out of it too, becoming a family historian and sleuth for other families.
Why study from home?
Think how busy your life is – work, family commitments, social times and hobbies… the list could go on and on. It can seem nigh on impossible to have one evening a week, or more, to attend a class at a local college. You may start with all the best intentions but, after a bad day at work, and when the weather is cold and evenings dark, you may not fancy going to college for your class. And so you miss a week, and then you miss another… and another.
But, if you study at home, it doesn’t matter if the weather is bad or good; it doesn’t matter if you have a good day at work or not because you can pick up your course materials as when you can, and like.
For example, you may work best of an evening, when the kids are in bed or at least settled and watching TV, or you may be someone who would read a chapter of your course material in a morning, before the rest of the house wakes.
You study an online genealogy course when you can and when you want and, even better, you can study at your own pace. You may grasp a concept quickly and move on or, you may struggle with a theory or an idea, and choose to research this a little more before you move on.
It really is down to you and we think this discipline of self-managing your own learning is an important skill for any student to learning, a transferable skill and discipline which is excellent for when you are working on another project or in the workplace.
It can also be cheaper. NCC Home Learning are able to provide home study at a fraction of the cost of courses at some colleges, without compromising on the quality of the materials and the tutor support packages.
Online courses have the same value and quality to them as one taught in a class thus, studying at home, in your own time and at your own pace has never looked so good.
What can a genealogy course teach you?
The Diploma in Genealogy looks at the difference between family history and genealogy, an important difference when studying this topic. It also looks at how to access certain record types, such a census material and what the information is telling you.
It also examines the information contained on certificates, and why this information is important. It also looks as the significance of missing information; these gaps can tell us just as much about families and history as words and photographs.
The diploma also examines whether genealogy is a hobby or a career move, examining some of the professional standards of practice expected.
How to apply
Applying for online courses with NCC Home Learning is simple and straightforward. In most cases, you will not need to have prior knowledge or understanding of a topic but always check the detail of the course for any requirements.
You will need around 5 hours of study time a week, as a minimum although this does depend on your course. Some students study bit-by-bit, completing a small of part of a module on a daily basis whilst other students set a morning or even a whole day aside to concentrate fully on a module.
You can opt to pay in one lump sum or you can enrol online with a small deposit, continuing to pay monthly over six months. There is a full tutor support package for 12 months although if you feel you need more, you can opt to buy more.