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Learning about where you and your family came from can be an incredible journey of discovery. Finding out about your ancestry and lineage tells you more about yourself than you may have first realised. Though knowing how to trace your family tree can be difficult and then once you find more and more information it can be hard to know what is important and what is not. The Genealogy Diploma Course is your guide on the journey; teaching you where and how to find relevant information in your search and what to do with it to keep you organised and help you find out even more.

What You’ll Learn from the Genealogy Diploma Course

Made up of 11 manageable modules (detailed below), the Genealogy Diploma Course takes you step-by-step, with examples and case studies to help you understand each topic, learning activities to put what you have learnt to use, and assessment tasks to solidify understanding, all while you build your own family tree along the way.

  1. Your Surname
  2. Recording your Sources
  3. Researching your Family Tree
  4. Computers and Genealogy
  5. Births, Marriages, Deaths
  6. Census Records
  7. Other Records
  8. Royals and Nobles
  9. Connecting the Sources
  10. Presenting your Family Tree
  11. From Family Tree to Genealogy
  • Includes charts to easily record your family tree

Your Surname

Surnames are important to each and every one of us before we start researching family trees. Understanding the background to surnames will establish a good overview of genealogy.

Recording your Sources

Recording your research is vital because while it might not seem important when you first start researching your family, the larger your family tree grows the less likely you are to remember where all your information came from.

Researching your Family Tree

When you are interested in finding out more about your family tree, starting with the basics will get you ready to learn more and extend your family tree much further than you might have thought possible.

There are some charts supplied with this course, which you can use to record your family tree information. There are pedigree charts for recording either five or seven generations, a family group sheet and a source checklist.

Computers and Genealogy

The ease of access to vast amounts of genealogy records and historical information is possible because of the use of computers, laptops, tablets, storage devices, the internet, emails, social media and software.

Births, Marriages, Deaths

Birth, Christening, Marriage, Death and Burial records are very important to genealogists because everyone who ever lived was born, many of them got married and most of the people who ever lived have already died.

Census Records

Most countries conduct a regular census, generally about once every ten years and the older censuses which have been released for public consumption can tell you a lot about your ancestors.

Other Records

The process of accumulating family information continues until eventually the trail dries up or it might take you to various little known sources of documentation, perhaps relating to small religious orders or now outdated trades and professions.

Royals and Nobles

Your search might even take you on a journey where you find your ancestors recorded in the Doomsday Book, which commenced records in 1086 or back even further to Charlemagne and obscure medieval records.

Connecting the Sources

By the time you are this far into the course we have discussed a lot of different records that are useful in genealogy and in this section we explore ways that you can paint a clearer picture by using them all together.

Presenting your Family Tree

In this section your creativity will be used to present your family tree to others, whether that is only your immediate family or you would like to share the information you have found with even more people.

From Family Tree to Genealogy

Be warned! By the time you complete this course you will have caught the genealogy bug and you may never be able to stop.

Who Would Enjoy the Course?

Who we are and where we’ve come from are such broad questions that, while they may be answered by a certain amount introspection, just as much can be answered outwardly by learning about our ancestry and the stories of those who came before us. This course is for anyone who is interested in learning more about their family and themselves or those have watched programmes, such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘Long Lost Family’ and wanted to find more out about their own family history. Who knows what you will discover…

Frequently Asked Questions

The Genealogy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

  • Module 1: Your Surname
  • Module 2: Recording your Sources
  • Module 3: Researching your Family Tree
  • Module 4: Computers and Genealogy
  • Module 5: Births, Marriages, Deaths
  • Module 6: Census Records
  • Module 7: Other Records
  • Module 8: Royals and Nobles
  • Module 9: Connecting the Sources
  • Module 10: Presenting your Family Tree
  • Module 11: From Family Tree to Genealogy

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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