Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Online Ancestry Courses

There are a wealth of Internet resources available to genealogists. While some people take up genealogy simply as an interesting hobby, others want to study the topic in more depth. To satisfy this demand increasing numbers of educational establishments are running ancestry courses.

North Highland College UHI in Scotland is the latest to offer a course, and it seems unlikely to be the last in 2013. The college is in fact launching two new ancestry courses, the first offering an introduction to basic Scottish ancestry research and the second relating to ancestry tourism for businesses.

The latter course highlights the growing importance of ancestral tourism to Scotland's economy. The annual Homecoming initiatives which began in 2009 are a way to reach out to the millions of people around the world who have Scottish ancestors. Many of these people have already visited the land of their roots, and many more are sure to follow. This generates a lot of revenue for the Scottish economy each year.

But ancestral tourism also benefits countries all around the world. More and more people are combining holidays with family history research. As the popularity of genealogy continues to grow so too will the trend for ancestral tourism. Now all I need to do is find an ancestor who was from the Bahamas!

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