Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish registers course

The follow up to the recent Scottish Research Online course, taught by yours truly and going where angels fear to tread, starts on May 13th.

Entitled Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs (Old Parish Registers, i.e. the Church of Scotland parish registers) the course takes a look at some of the most fascinating areas of Scottish genealogical research, from land records and inheritance to nonconformism and burgh records. Here is the official description:

Scotland 1750 - 1850 - Beyond the OPRs (302)

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 course costs just £49.99 and lasts 5 weeks. I post the first lesson out on the first day, Wednesday May 13th, and each Wednesday thereafter, with an online chat session held on each Tuesday evening after to discuss the contents. There is more on how the course works at A dedicated discussion forum is also available throughout - and it is a lot of fun!

To book, please visit Please note that whilst it is advisable to have done the previous course, it is not compulsory.

Hopefully I'll see a few of you there!


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