Family History For Families

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Delivered by Christine Miller of East Dunbartonshire Council at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), which took place 1-3 June 2009.

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Family History For Families

  1. 1. FAMILY HISTORY FOR FAMILIES Christine Miller East Dunbartonshire Council 3 rd June 2009
  2. 2. How it all Started <ul><li>Community projects with family history </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Community Learning & Development – Learning & Skills Team </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement with Family Learning </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>FIRST SESSION </li></ul><ul><li>November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Kirkintilloch High School </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered as part of a P7 transitional programme </li></ul><ul><li>One hour taster session </li></ul><ul><li>Group included 7 mothers with children </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>COURSE DEVELOPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Three week course for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Length of course was important </li></ul><ul><li>Content had to be structured to interest adults and children </li></ul><ul><li>Experience gained developing different types of family history courses was useful </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>PART 1 </li></ul><ul><li>What is Family History? </li></ul><ul><li>People are interested in the past and where they came from </li></ul><ul><li>Computers have made it much easier </li></ul><ul><li>Look at examples of certificates </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>PART 1 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who Am I?” questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at a basic family tree </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in blank forms </li></ul><ul><li>Surnames – how to find out about names </li></ul><ul><li>Naming patterns </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>PART 1 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>PART 1 </li></ul><ul><li>“ What did your ancestor do for a living?” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>PART 1 </li></ul><ul><li>How to store your information </li></ul><ul><li>Computer software </li></ul><ul><li>And finally……….your homework for next week! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>PART 2 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Show and Tell” </li></ul><ul><li>- what have you found? </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Information </li></ul><ul><li>- Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>- Census </li></ul><ul><li>- Old Parish Registers </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>PART 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ScotlandsPeople – key resource </li></ul><ul><li>Using the website </li></ul><ul><li>www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Training vouchers </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Completed </li></ul><ul><li>First course in January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Five mothers and daughters from Kirkintilloch & Twechar area </li></ul><ul><li>Some had attended the original taster session </li></ul><ul><li>Good Feedback </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Completed </li></ul><ul><li>Second session March 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Held in Kirkintilloch library </li></ul><ul><li>Four mothers and sons </li></ul><ul><li>Also included three women from local Women’s Aid project </li></ul><ul><li>Third session November 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Three mothers and daughters and four adults </li></ul><ul><li>Held in Lennoxtown Initiative </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>What Do Parents and Children Gain From This……. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop skills, new interests and parents can spend time with children on a shared activity </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>What Do We Gain From This?......... </li></ul><ul><li>New users – many parents who attend are not regular library users </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an interest in local history </li></ul><ul><li>New ScotlandsPeople users who buy library vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Forges the link between Family and Local History </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>FEEDBACK </li></ul><ul><li>“ Exciting” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Had good fun” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Absolutely loved this course – gave me a new hobby that I am looking forward to working on” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Too short” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This course is brilliant and far too short I really enjoyed it…” </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>What next? </li></ul><ul><li>Family History Programme for 2009/10 </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>What next? </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Age of children important </li></ul><ul><li>More challenging groups……. </li></ul>

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