Monday, 3 August 2015

My next Scottish Research Online course starts September 2nd

An early notice of my next Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd course, Scottish Research Online, which commences on September 2nd for a 5 week run, and which is priced at £49.99. Here are the details:

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 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 (See our How the Courses Work guide at

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"

To sign up for the courses, please visit

COMMENT: Please note that the course starts on Wednesday September 2nd, and will likely be followed by the first online chat session the following Tuesday evening, but this will depend on the numbers doing the course, and where they may be based. If there are significant numbers I may run two chat sessions in different times, but again, that will depend on the numbers subscribing. If you cannot make a chat session, a transcript of the conversation will be made available shortly after, so you won't miss out, and there is a dedicated forum available throughout for questions you may have throughout the five week block, which I'll be more than happy to answer!

I look forward to hopefully seeing a few of you there!


For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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