Saturday 6 May 2017

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 15th

My next 5 week long Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, to be taught online, starts on May 15th. Here's the course description:

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: 15 May 2017
Cost: £49.99

To sign up, please visit

For some further detail, here's a YouTube video explaining a bit more about the course:


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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