Researching and Writing Family Histories GNRL 9286

Online Option

Our Researching and Writing Family Histories course reviews the basics of family history research as well as the different approaches you can take to inform, inspire and illuminate others with the stories you discover. Start by exploring the basics of both traditional and online research as well as the use of artifacts (photos, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, recipes and personal effects) to uncover information. Then learn how to develop a research plan for a multi-generational family history. Consider the various ways your family's history can be presented – from reports and family trees to narratives and memoirs. Develop your writing skills as you learn how to report on your ancestors in a compelling way, and learn how to share those stories through social media, self-publishing and formal publishing. This genealogy basics course is centred around English-language resources but is accessible to writers from a variety of backgrounds.


Course Delivery Method:

This is normally an in-class course but will be offered temporarily online via Blackboard Learn/Collaborate while college buildings are closed.


You will have the most success in this course if you are already proficient in written English before you start this course.

Hours and Fees





Course Sections

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course; however, check back in case we develop additional schedules this fall and winter. If you would like to receive an email notification reminder when our spring term (May to August 2022) is released, complete our notification sign-up form.

Contact Information


Liberal Studies Department

Some courses require you to purchase a textbook. The cost of the textbook is not included in the course fee unless otherwise indicated. If there is a textbook assigned for this course, it will be listed on the bookstore website.