Saturday, 3 March 2012

Scottish Research Online course - still availability

My next Pharos Tutors course starts next Thursday, entitled Scottish Research Online. The course is 5 weeks long, and costs £45.99, and covers all the key basics to get you underway with your Scottish family history research, no matter where in the world you are! here's the full description:

Scotland was first to have major records digitized and offer indexes and images online. It has also been a leader in placing resource information on the World Wide Web. This course describes the major sites, the types of information and data that they offer, the forms in which databases are presented and how to analyze results. You will learn to lay the foundations for searching a family, how to select best resources and what to do next either online or in libraries and archives.

Instructor: Chris Paton
  • Scotlands People, Family Search, Ancestry, FreeCen: content, comparison, assessment
  • Essential Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration and Census Research Online
  • Searching in Church of Scotland Registers Online
  • Scottish Wills and Inventories Online
  • Take It From Here

Note: it is recommended but not required that students in this course sign up for the basic search option, 30 units/seven days, at ScotlandsPeople (cost is seven pounds)

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat s See How the Courses Work.

"I particularly liked the fact that the course didn't just focus on the well-known BMD resources available, but on a much wider range of websites, including many which give extremely useful background information on the geography and history of the localities where our ancestors lived."
"a very knowledgeable Instructor"

Relevant Countries: Scotland

PS: What it doesn't say is that we usually have some fun along the way also! Lessons are sent out at the beginning of each week, there is an interactive forum for use throughout by myself and students to discuss issues, and we also have an online chat once a week to go through key points etc.

I look forward to seeing you!



  1. Chris, how many hours per week commitment would the course be?

  2. I would say it could be studied in an evening, but you could easily look at in sections through the week - it's not too heavy, though a few wee tasks to do and sites to look up and explore. What you can't get done through the week can be pursued at your own leisure at a later time, as you'll have the notes to keep long after the course is finished. Hope that helps!