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Free course delves into history

Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

Dianne Snowden, Lecturer for Introduction to Family History. Dianne Snowden, Lecturer for Introduction to Family History.

This summer, Australians have the opportunity to research their family history as part of a free online course from the University of Tasmania.

Introduction to Family History will introduce students to a range of online family history resources and research techniques, plus one month’s free access to Ancestry.com Library.

“Knowing about your past and where you came from can be important in understanding who you are today,” says Dr Dianne Snowden, lecturer for the course.

Dr Snowden is a professional historian, heritage consultant and genealogist, and has taught family history for over 25 years.

“The course will cover the basic principles of family history - starting with yourself - and working backwards,” Dr Snowden said.

“It’s not all about names and dates; the most exciting discoveries reside in the social context, the photos, the quirky anecdotes and interesting circumstances our ancestors lived through.

“With access to today’s online resources, and billions of historical documents and photos, you’ll be surprised what can be revealed.

“The holidays are the perfect time to connect with family and collect an oral history,” she said.

“If you are lucky enough to still have a living patriarch or matriarch in your family, take the time to sit with them and listen. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about their life and gain some context to what led to your own unique circumstances.”

To apply, or find out more about the Introduction to Family History free online course, visit: www.utas.edu.au/familyhistory

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