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The Society provides two full-day (10am-4pm) Saturday courses each year, in April and October, at the Birmingham and Midland Institute. (See Programme.)

First Steps in Family History (April) is intended for absolute beginners. It concentrates on the availability and use of all the usual sources after 1837 (the beginning of registration of births deaths and marriages). In particular registration, surnames, wills, censuses, the IGI, and street and trade directories are dealt with.

Further Steps in Family History (October) is intended for those who have taken one or more lines back beyond 1837, and deals in greater depth with sources available in county and national archives for the period before 1837.

Both courses are free to members. Non-members pay a small admission fee which is refunded if they join the Society.

Evening Classes are arranged by several educational institutions throughout our three counties. They are usually ten session courses held during each of the Autumn and Spring terms. It is hoped that it will be possible publish, from Autumn 1998 onwards, a list of all such courses to be held in the region.

The University of Birmingham conducts a two-year part-time certificate in Family History.

The Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies runs full day and full week courses in various aspects of family history at its headquarters in Canterbury, and also provides a prestigious correspondence course leading to a range of qualifications, ranging from elementary to post-graduate level.

The Society of Genealogists provides a range of half-day, day, and evening courses, usually held in London.

Online sources include

Dr Ashton Emery's A-Z of British Genealogical Research

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