Retirement for beginners: meet the great Grandparents – discover your family history
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: FTR08
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Retirement gives us an opportunity for reflection and new pastimes. Researching family history can be a fascinating topic from both an academic and personal point of view. With the internet, it is now easier than ever to start the search and to gradually build up a picture and unearth the stories about who came before you - where and how they lived and what happened to them.
What will we cover?
We will check out a variety of sources for finding out more about your family history, from parish records and the National Archive, to amateur enthusiast websites and criminal records.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Start to research your family history
Start putting together some biographical material about your ancestors.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor is a semi-retired BBC producer with an interest in retirement pastimes in the modern world. For this session, there will be a guest speaker who has recently retired, only to become fascinated by, and knowledgeable about, her family history and the various ways of finding out more about it. This will be an active session in which we investigate online databases. We will also examine printed examples of records to see how these have changed over time and there will be opportunities for participants to discuss how to approach researching their own family histories.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Participants should have a think before the session about family forenames and surnames, regions of the country in which their ancestors lived and any family stories/photos they would like to share. Pen, paper, notebook.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
More retirement for beginner’s courses coming up.
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A "semi-retired" BBC producer, Jenny has been a fan of adult education since she did her A level English Literature at the Working Men's College. She went on to work as a BBC producer at the Open University, where she created television and radio programmes for adult learners. Jenny now works part-time in broadcasting and adult education. She is also on a mission to find satisfying ways of filling her leisure time without spending too much money. She volunteers on the Information Desk at Somerset House, has conducted garden tours at Polesden Lacey and acted as events usher for the Royal Society of Literature. Jenny has also walked dogs for The Cinnamon Trust, visited the elderly and performed with amateur dramatic societies, choirs and worked in a community cafe. She says: "I see retirement as a chance to try things out, go down interesting paths without quite the same pressure to prove ourselves. The post-war generations are the first to experience the possibilities of a really fruitful 'Third Age'. Our only dilemma is which options to choose".
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.