Friday, 18 October 2019

Karen Cummings appointed Course Director of Pharos

From Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Cummings as Course Director of Pharos, taking over the role that Sherry Irvine held until her retirement a few years ago. Helen Osborn continues as Managing Director.

Karen is one of our longstanding tutors and has taught and written a number of Pharos courses over the last 5 years. She currently tutors:
  • Demystifying DNA for Family Historians
  • Professional Genealogist: Become One Become a Better One
  • Wills & Administrations, the riches of probate records

Karen started her career in the pharmaceutical industry and holds a PhD in scientific research. She gained her genealogy qualifications with the IHGS (Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies) and holds both the Higher Certificate and Diploma in Genealogy. She set up her genealogy research business, Professional Family History, in 2010. In addition to her work for Pharos Karen has also tutored and written course material for the IHGS and held the position of Examiner for the Diploma in Genealogy. Karen is a Member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archive), the accrediting body for genealogists in England and Wales, and has served on AGRA’s Council and Board of Assessors.

Karen is passionate about methodology in genealogy. She loves teaching tricks and tips to students to help them gain the most from their research.

Good luck Karen! For furtehr details on Pharos courses, visit the website at

* Don't forget also that my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs (originally written by Sherry!), starts on November 4th - for further details, and a short introductory bvideo, see To register for the course, visit

(With thanks to Helen Osborn)


Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

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