Monday 13 February 2012

Forthcoming Scottish Research Online course

March sees a few Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd ( genealogy courses starting, not least of which is one from yours truly!

Scottish Research Online

Scotland was first to have major records digitised 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 How the Courses Work page 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"

Also still available in March:

My British Isles Origins - When and How do I Cross the Pond? 
Sherry Irvine, 5 weeks

Beginners Guide to Creating and Researching Your Family Tree
Hannah Baker, 3 weeks

Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians
Liz Carter, 5 weeks

World War Research 
Simon Fowler, 3 weeks

Developing and Writing Your Family History 
Brian Drescher, 3 weeks

Climbing Trees - How to get children interested in family history 
Hannah Baker, 4 weeks

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