Tuesday, 11 March 2014

5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts on May 14th 2014, and runs for 5 weeks. The course is priced at £45.00. Here's the blurb!

Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs (Old Parish Registers)

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.

Instructor: Chris Paton
  • 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"

The following is a short video introduction I recorded for the last time the course started (Nov 19 2013), which gives a rough idea of what to expect:


(Accessible at YouTube via http://youtu.be/fs6APm67x2Y)

To register with the course, please visit http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302.

Hopefully see you there!


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, which commences May 14th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

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