Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Scottish Research Online course starts soon!

The next Scottish Research Online course from Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, taught by yours truly, will commence on Wednesday March 13th 2013. Here's the official description:

Scottish Research Online (102)

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 analyse 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 the ScotlandsPeople website (cost is seven pounds).

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat.

STUDENTS SAID: "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

The course costs £45.99 and runs for five weeks. The weekly chat is run online (there's no need to download any weird software etc to do so!), and there is also a dedicated discussion forum for students to use throughout. To sign up visit http://pharostutors.com/coursesmainsd.php

I look forward to seeing you there!

NB: If you are at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event next week from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February, do pop along to the Pharos Tutors stand at tables 34 and 35 in the SoG Family History Show area on the ground floor to find out more about this and other great Pharos courses coming soon!


Pre-order my new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, through Pen and Sword (30 April 2013), or purchase early at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 in London. For my other genealogy books, please visit  http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.


  1. Hi Chris, can you give me any idea of what timeframe you normally hold your chats within this course? I live in NZ and am trying to figure out what time in NZ it would be. I work fulltime.
    Cheers from downunder in Auckland NZ, Heather

    1. Hi Gene, it usually depends on where all students come from, as I often get students from Oz, NZ and US at the same time! In most cases I tend to do 8pm UK time on a midweek day, occasionally I have run two separate chat sessions - it really depends on where everyone is. Chats are not compulsory though, and transcripts are made available if students cannot participate. Hope that helps!