07 June 2007

UK: Genealogy courses increasing

From The Guardian newspaper (UK), comes a story about the growing number of genealogy courses - some for credit, some not.

The current national obsession with genealogy has been fuelled by websites devoted to family history and the popularity of television programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? Colleges have responded, and genealogy and family history courses are booming.

Mandy Bennett, community learning coordinator with Dudley borough council, has seen an explosion in the number of family history courses. The council offers non-accredited courses for parents and children, designed to lead adults on to accredited courses at college.

"We take people off to the archives and archivists work with them, showing them how to look up information," says Bennett. "It's an excellent way to get disengaged learners using IT."

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