Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Scottish Research Online course starts March 4th

My next Scottish Research Online course, taught through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (, starts on March 4th 2015. The course is five weeks long, costs £49.99 and is taught entirely online. The following is a quick summary of what to expect.

Scottish Research Online

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.

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"

And here's a wee video setting the scene:

To book a place on the course, please visit

Hopefully see you there!


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  1. I would like to join your course from Australia. How does the online chat operate with different time zones?

  2. The course regularly gets students from as far afield as Australia and the western US, so I tend to do the chats at 8 or 9 pm in the UK, allowing Oz students to join in the morning and US students mid-day. The chats are not compulsory to attend, however, and transcripts of the conversations are supplied shortly after each session to students. For those that can't attend, there is also a dedicated discussion forum accessible throughout the course, and I am also just an email away for specific queries!