BUDDING researchers keen to unravel their family history will have the chance to gain the skills they need in a series of free Family and Community History courses at Glyndr University.

Previous students on the three-day courses have uncovered tales of family murders, unknown adoptions and secret name changes.

Peter Bolton, history lecturer at Glyndr University, said the courses aim to teach people the skills they need to not only uncover the details of their family history but also put those discoveries into a social and historical context.

Previous courses have proved so popular Glyndr University is now drawing up a waiting list so it can plan the next series of courses for this year.

Mr Bolton said he was delighted at the interest in the courses which have been running since 2006.

“The courses are a stress-free introduction to family history and are open to everyone. We teach people that family history is more than just slotting names into a family tree. Equally important is an understanding of the times in which people lived,” he said.

He added that people interested in the course should contact Glyndr University as soon as possible so dates could be finalised.

Anyone interested in joining the courses should contact Nikki Johnson on 01978 293169 or e-mail n.johnson@ Glyndwr.ac.uk.