Sunday 8 May 2016

Scotland 1750-1850 course starts May 17th!

My next online taught Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, commences on May 17th for a 5 week run, priced at £49.99. The course is designed to take you beyond the basic records of Scottish genealogy research as carried out online, and to delve into some of the rich areas where alternative records exist that can help to cover the period from the century just prior to civil registration and the commencement of the censuses. In short, it is designed to open up access to the records of Scotland in a way that can help to break many of those genealogical brick walls.

Here's the blurb!

Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs (302)

Tutor: Chris Paton

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.

Lesson Headings:
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
Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start Date: 17 May 2016
Cost: £49.99

To sign up please visit

I'll hopefully see a few of you there!


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