Research Skills Studio

Welcome to the Research Skills Studio course

Thank you for joining the Research Skills Studio 4-week course tutored by Dr Sophie Kay and hosted by Family Tree.

Contents menu

About the password

The Family History Research Skills Workbook

The Workbook worksheets

The Research Log

Week 1 recordings

Week 1 handout


Your Hub page

For the duration of the course, this web page will be your Hub.

It's here that we will add the recordings of the course webinars and the group discussions, the handouts, & other course material.

The course dates

We are very much looking forward to the start (course dates & times: 9, 16, 23 & 30 April 2024, 7.30-9pm UK time).

Each evening will comprise a live webinar presented by Sophie (lasting approximately 1 hour), followed by a 30-minute group discussion led by Sophie, in which students on the course can ask questions and share ideas. 

The password

  • The recordings, handouts, digital copy of the Family History Research Skills Workbook, research log, worksheets and any other course material are provided for students on the Research Skills Studio. As such they are password-protected.
  • In the welcome email from Zoom you will have been provided with the password to access your course material.
  • If you have not received this email, please contact us via email ([email protected]) and we will be happy to help.

The Family History Research Skills Workbook 

To download your digital copy of the Family History Research Skills Workbook please click here.

The Workbook worksheets

To download the worksheets that are referred to in the Family History Research Skills Workbook, please click this link:

The Research Log

In week 1 Sophie Kay will cover the value of using a research log. You can download Sophie's simple template here (using the password provided by email for all your other course materials).

Sophie also wrote an article in the April 2024 issue of Family Tree magazine about the value of using a research log for family history and provided a variety of examples. Her article may be downloaded from here.


Week 1 (9th April)

The webinar recording, week 1

The group discussion, week 1

Week 1 handout

Please download your handout for Week 1 here

Tip! If possible, download and print a copy of the handout in advance of the webinar on 9th April (or in advance of watching the recording) so that you can jot useful notes and work along with tasks through the session.


If you have any queries regarding the course please email [email protected].

[Note: The links and password are solely for your personal use. The hub page and video recordings will be available to you until 30 June 2024].