Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs genealogy course

I've just finished teaching the latest introductory Scottish genealogy course from Pharos Tutors (www.pharostutors.com), entitled Scottish Research Online, which very much looked at how to get the very best out of the most commonly used online Scots based genie resources, as well as to provide some useful context to many of the records available. There were 19 very enthusiastic students (very enthusiastic!) and a lot of good fun was had along the way! The next course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, which takes things a bit further, kicks off soon on November 5th for 5 weeks, priced £45.99.

Here is the course description:

Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs

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 (OPRs) 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 Research 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. If interested, and you wish to sign up, please visit http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302.

I produced the following video on YouTube last year to describe the course - please note that this year's course starts on November 5th, and NOT November 13th as stated in this vid! Here goes:

The video can also be accessed at http://youtu.be/fs6APm67x2Y

Hopefully I'll see a few of you there!


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

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