The Celia Heritage Family History e-course

The Celia Heritage e-Course - Seven modules packed full of vital information for your research

This in-depth course is for people who are serious about their family history and wish to learn all they can about the records in order to learn even more about their ancestors and their lives.

Celia Heritage

In this e-course Celia Heritage guides you through the tips and pitfalls of tracing your family tree to ensure you develop a sound research technique. She takes a detailed look at the records and resources you will need for your research and shows you how to get the most from them. The course consists of approximately 63,000 words containing embedded images which are 'clickable' and enlarge to form examples which the student can then study alongside each module.

The course is aimed at both beginners and those people who have research experience but wish to enhance the knowledge, skill and understanding they already have.

I'm grateful to your course for filling in gaps in my knowledge of basics, confirming my amateurish hunches, showing me the error of my ways, and giving me completely new information. I was astonished to discover the etiquette of creating an ancestral chart - I've looked at so many but hadn't realized the importance of placing everyone correctly!

Student Debbie Burchell

Modules 1, 2, 3a, 3b and 4 include the following topics:

  • First steps in your research
  • General Register Office Records
  • Scottish and Irish Civil Registration Records
  • Census Records
  • Using GRO and census records in tandem
  • OS Maps
  • The pros and cons of which genealogy website to subscribe to
  • How to overcome brick walls
  • Building a methodical search technique
  • How to draw a family tree chart
  • Recording sources
  • Backing up your research

Modules 5a and 5b

  • History and Format of Parish Registers
  • Locating and Accessing Parish Registers Online and in the Record Office
  • FamilySearch and the IGI
  • Fleet Registers, Marriage Law and how they affect your research
  • Understanding register entries and an Introduction to Latin
  • Problems encountered in pre-1837 research and how to overcome them
  • Developing your research technique further
  • Related records
  • Parish Registers in Scotland and Ireland

Questions and Answers

Although the e-Course is not assessed, it incorporates questions (with answers) as well as separate exercises for the student to work through in order to ensure they have understood the points made. Students work at their own pace and have no deadlines to meet or essays to submit.

Dedicated Student Links Website

There is a great wealth of websites available to researchers but this great variety can be confusing for the beginner. One of the features that makes this course unique is its dedicated student links website, available only to e-course students. This provides easy access to, and information about, an extensive range of websites that will prove invaluable for both your initial research and then for more advanced research topics. Topics covered range from BMD and Census listings through to Parish Records, Map Resources, DNA, tracing living relatives and archival listings. It also has dedicated pages for Scottish and Irish Resources.

Although the course is designed as a "work alone" course there are optional top-up packages where students can book tutorial sessions or ask questions relating to the course by telephone or Skype while the course also includes the opportunity to email Celia if you have any specific queries related to the course. Finally, there is also the opportunity to chat about the course and any problems with Celia and other students via the Heritage Family History Student Facebook page.

Course Prices:

The course is available in the following combinations

Complete Course (Modules 1-5b): £299.00
Modules 1-4: £220.00
Modules 5a and 5b: £110.00
Module Choices

Top up packages

Up to two questions are included in the course price while, telephone or Skype one-to-one sessions for are available to students at discounted rates (see below) (Please note this rate is only available to e-Course students).

Up to 15 mins £16.00
Up to 30 mins £28.50
Number of minutes

Receipt of e-course

After you have paid for your e-course you will receive an email from me together with details of your student ID and links from which you will download your course.

You should receive this within 48 hours of payment. If you do not receive it within this period firstly please check your junk email box. If there is still no sign of it then please ring me on 01797 344376.