Tracing your Family Roots: An Introduction - Evening

This course is suitable if you are new to family history or have little knowledge of how to trace your family roots. It will focus largely on using Scottish records but the techniques used can be applied to search records in other countries. It will look at civil registration of births, marriages, deaths, census records, parish registers, as well as covering other useful traditional and online resources which can be used to trace your ancestors. Learners should be confident  and  familiar with the Windows operating environment, file management, using emails and using the internet to gain maximum benefit from this course.

This course will be delivered on Tuesday evenings. 

  •  Tools and tips for tracing and recording your family history research
  • Using and accessing Scottish Birth, Marriage, Death, Old Parish Register and Census Return records and also how to access English, Welsh and Irish records
  • Digital resources and other archive resources

  • Learners should be confident and familiar with the Windows operating environment, file management, using emails and using the internet to gain maximum benefit from this course.

Course places are only secured after payment/funding has been arranged.

As per the College Tuition Fees and Refund Policy, tuition fees are non-refundable except under exceptional circumstances. Refunds will only be given if the course is cancelled or significantly altered by the College. Refer to our Tuition Fee and Withdrawal Procedure Information on the College website.

Student Paying Fees

Fees of less than £100 must be paid in full. Payment by instalment is available, provided the course fee is greater than £100. You can access a direct debit form here.

An initial 30% deposit is required in order to secure your place. Instalments can be paid via direct debit over the duration of the course, up to a maximum of a 4-month period. You will not be able to apply online if paying by direct debit, please contact Evening Admissions -

Employer Paying Fees

If your employer is paying for your tuition fees, an Employer Agreement Form or letter from your employer must be submitted prior to or upon enrolment. You can access the Employer Agreement Form here and this should be returned to Evening Admissions -

Important Information for all non UK nationals

The College has a requirement to complete a residency check on all non-UK nationals for tuition fee purposes. When you book and pay for your course online, please be aware that you will be contacted by a member of our Student Administration team and asked to provide documents i.e. a copy of your passport; proof of your settlement status and EU share code.

Following assessment of evidence, if you do not meet the criteria for ‘home fee status’, you will contacted and advised of any additional fee required.

If you require further information please contact

EU Nationals

If you are currently living in the UK then you should have already applied for the EU Settlement Scheme which will allow you to continue living in the UK. 

From 1st January 2021, if you are a national of a country outwith the UK it is most likely you will need a visa to study in the UK.  You can check if you require a visa by visiting the UK Government’s website here.  If you require a student visa, further information can be obtained at the following link.

For the latest information about EU nationals studying in the EU, you should visit the UK Government’s website.


Stirling Campus





Start date

23 January 2024

End date

05 March 2024

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