Thursday, 10 October 2013

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records course starts November 13th. Here's the basic description:

Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs (302)

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"

NB: The first course, Scottish Research Online, very much allows you to make the best out of the resources that you will find online to start and initially progress your research. This course, Scotland 1750-1850, is when the really juicy stuff gets dealt with! Scotland is nothing without context - this course provides it in bucket loads, but also deals with records you will not encounter elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The first course is not essential if you have not done it, but it will be assumed that you are already familiar with the topics discussed there. To sign up, please visit The cost if £45.99, and the course lasts for 5 weeks.

Hopefully see you in the 'classroom' soon!


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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