English Genealogy 201 (9/22/14 - 10/17/14)

Course Id: 2111-4
Course Start Date: 09-22-2014- Course End Date: 10-17-2014
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 24      
Tuition: $99.99
  • You want to find information on your English ancestors who lived in England
  • You’re unfamiliar with English genealogy resources outside of the United States
  • You want to take a family research trip to England but don’t know where you should go
We'll introduce you to the best websites for English records, as well as what repositories and libraries to explore in England. You'll find birth, marriage and death records, newspapers, parish records, cemetery records, national records, prison records and much more in this 4-week course.
English Genealogy 201 will even include tips for translating Old English, as well as understanding the origins and evolution of English surnames.
Can't wait to see you in class!
  • Where to look online for English records and what you can expect to find on sites such as FindMyPast.UK, British Origins and FREEBMD
  • What repositories and libraries to explore in England for on-site research
  • Where you can find birth records, death records, marriage records, English newspapers, parish records and more
  • How to track the evolution of English surnames
  • And much more!


This course assumes you understand the basic principles of genealogy and have done some research on your family history. If you are relatively new to English Genealogy, we recommend you start with our English Genealogy 101 course.

Course Outline


This course will take you deeper into English records and focus on how to use a variety of records to solve genealogical problems.

Lesson 1: Putting the Basics to Work -- Working Back from Census and Civil Registration Records

Use basic research methods to track your ancestors back to their 18th-century locales.

A. Review English 101 Basics
    1. Censuses
    2. Civil Registration
    3. Parish Registers
B. Integrating Evidence from Censuses and Civil Registration
C. Matching the Family in Parish Registers
D. Preparing for Parish Research
E. Keys for Success
F. Quiz

Lesson 2: Going Beyond Basics -- Digging Deeper in Church Records

Use parish records to understand your ancestor's place in the community.

A. Understanding Church Government
B. Parish Registers
    1. Baptisms
    2. Marriages (including Banns)
    3. Burials
C. Bishops's Transcripts
D. Parish Chest Records
    1. Poor Relief
    2. Settlement Examinations
    3. Church Wardens' Accounts
E. Non-Conformist Records
F. Workhouse Records
G. Keys for Success
H. Quiz

Lesson 3: Expanding your Search: Connecting People and Places

Where did they come from? Where did they go? Discover Records that tie your ancestor to a place.

A. Know the Geography
    1. Parish History (including Domesday Book)
    2. Victoria County Histories
    3. Finding and Using Maps
B. Directories
C. Wills and Probate Records
D. Land Tax Assessments
E. Loyalty Oath Records
F. Manorial and Court Records
G. Other Land Records
H. Keys for Success
I. Quiz

Lesson 4: Learning What You Need to Know to Dig Deeper

Discover online- and print-resources that will jump-start your self-learning journey.

A. County Record Offices
B. The National Archives and A2A
C. Family History Societies
D. The Society of Genealogists
E. Online Databases
F. Finding English Researchers
G. Keys for Success
H. Quiz