Friday, 4 May 2012

Pharos genealogy course - Scotland 1750-1850

Hi folks, my next Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd course, Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs, starts May 16th. Here's a wee bit of blurb as to what I'll be covering:

Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs

This is an intermediate level course in Scottish family history for those who are going back beyond 1850. You should have some experience with research in the Old Parochial Registers of the Church of Scotland and in using major websites for Scottish research. This course discusses sources that fill the gap when the OPRs are uninformative or missing; for example, records of parish and town administration, occupations, land transfer and taxation. Using these records involves several different locations. You will learn how to check online finding aids and how to find the most effective way to obtain records that may be online, in print, on CD or microfilm. This is the second course on Scottish research. If you have not taken Scottish Reserach Online please check its description.

Instructor: Chris Paton

  • Kirk Sessions records and parish poor
  • Burgh records and town poor
  • Occupations, taxation and early lists
  • Land transfer and the value of sasines
  • Land, inheritance and estates

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

STUDENTS SAID: "well structured chats with opportunities for questions as well"

Relevant Countries: Scotland

The course costs £45.99 and runs for 5 weeks. There's a weekly online chat covering key points in the lesson, and a dedicated forum where we can interact throughout. If you've solely looked at ScotlandsPeople or FamilySearch so far, this course can act as a major game changer for your research - a gateway to understanding just how different much of Scotland's genealogical resources really are to the rest of the UK, particularly with the land and inheritance based topics. And it's a lot of fun! Please note that it is advisable to have covered the first course (Scottish Research Online), but not essential - if you've made some headway already and are somewhat familiar with the key sites such as ScotlandsPeople, Ancestry, FindmyPast etc, you should be OK with the content - the course has very much been designed to go beyond these basics.

One of the most common questions? It's pronounced "sayzins" (sasines)...!!!!

To sign up please visit where you will also find information on many other great genealogical courses relevant to British and Irish research (as well as one on Caribbean research and another on Australian!)

Hopefully see you there!


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