Saturday 18 August 2012

Scottish Research Online course

The next Scottish Research Online course from Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, and taught by yours truly, will commence on September 26th 2012. Here's the official description:

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 analyse 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.

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"

Relevant Countries: Scotland

The course costs £45.99 and runs for five weeks. The weekly chat is run online (there's no need to download any weird software etc to do so!), and there is also a dedicated discussion forum for students to use throughout. To sign up visit

I look forward to seeing you there!

NB: Pharos runs many courses, and in the next few weeks there is also the following:
  • Ireland - A Practical Approach to Family History (Sherry Irvine, 5 weeks, £45.99)
  • Organizing Your Genealogy (Barbara Baker, 3 weeks, £33.99)
  • Researching Your Welsh Ancestors (Eilir Daniels, 5 weeks, £45.99)
  • The National Archives Catalogue - Finding People (Guy Crannum, 3 weeks, £33.99)

Full details at


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