Research Skills Studio: starts 9 April 2024


27 March 2024
Online family history skills course. Tutored by Dr Sophie Kay. A Family Tree UK genealogy webinar course. The Research Skills Studio is a 4 week online course tutored by Dr Sophie Kay
Join Dr Sophie Kay for a 4-week online course, featuring webinars, group discussions and a digital workbook. The course is aimed at family historians who wish to improve their search skills, to help them search in a more methodical manner with greater research success.

About the Research Skills Studio

Taking place from 9 to 30 April, the Research Skills Studio online genealogy course costs £109 (or just £69 for Family Tree subscribers or Family Tree Plus members).

Dr Sophie Kay is passionate about the genealogy methodology – and helping others to learn the skills needed to conduct their research in a more organised, thorough manner. Discover how to 'do' family history better. Master research skills to help you solve family history puzzles and smash your ancestor brick walls.

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Online family history course: BOOK NOW

Join us for Sophie’s four-week online family history Zoom course – the Research Skills Studio – starting 9 April 2024. The online course, tutored by Sophie and hosted by Family Tree, will comprise webinars, group discussions and a digital copy of our brand new family history workbook publication, Sophie’s Research Skills Workbook.

Searching in a methodical manner will help you make the most of your family history time. Equip yourself with the family history tactics you need to research in a more thorough manner, giving you greater insights to the past and the lives of your ancestors, and it will also provide you with a research approach that will maximise your chances of research success, even when you are tackling challenging family history problems.

  • Session 1 (Tuesday 9 Apr. 7.30-9pm): Search Superpowers
  • Session 2 (Tuesday 16 Apr. 7.30-9pm): Mapping Magic
  • Session 3 (Tuesday 23 Apr. 7.30-9pm): Evidence Expeditions
  • Session 4 (Tuesday 30 Apr. 7.30-9pm): Sibling Serendipity

All the sessions will be presented live and the video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of the live session. The recordings will remain available to you until 30 June 2024.

The Research Skills Workbook is also be available as a standalone printed publication priced £20 (£11.99 FT subscribers or members of Family Tree Plus), plus postage.

How to book your place

To book your place on the Research Skills Studio online family history course, please click here.

About the course tutor, Dr Sophie Kay

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From DNA to historical maps, from research methods to historical occupations, Dr. Sophie Kay is a professional genealogist and geneticist at Khronicle® ( who loves all manner of family history research challenges. She’s the Ancestry and Genealogy Expert for popular archaeology show, Time Team; the specialist DNA Tutor for the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies; and teaches courses in historical mapping techniques and research methodology at Pharos Tutors. She’s also a Member of AGRA, a UK organisation of professional genealogists. Sophie’s family history blog can be found at The Parchment Rustler (, where she shares tips, tricks and strategies for making the most of your ancestral research journey.