Friday, 26 June 2015

Pharos Tutors and Society of Genealogists announce new Advanced Certificate

From the Society of Genealogists (

The Society of Genealogists & Pharos Teaching & Tutoring today announced a new joint programme of education, the distance learning Certificate of Family History Skills and Strategies (Advanced).

The Society of Genealogists, in conjunction with Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd has been running its popular Intermediate distance learning programme since September 2010. The Advanced Certificate builds on this. It brings a two-year programme of assessed education online starting on 1 October 2015, consisting of taught modules and special stand-alone tutorial sessions. Pharos and the Society are working with the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) to enable students to reach the standards necessary for membership application should they wish to work as professional genealogists in the future.

Taught modules are:

Old Handwriting – An Introduction to Secretary Hand
Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians
Church & Community 1540 – 1800; Selected Records
Researching Online for Advanced Genealogists
An Introduction to Medieval Genealogy
Researching in Archives for Advanced Genealogists
Land and Legal Records
Advanced Reports and Methods

Each module is monitored by the Society to ensure excellent standards of content and teaching.

The Advanced Skills and Strategies Certificate course is open to those who have successfully completed the Intermediate programme and are now looking for advanced instruction and the chance to undertake a family history project under supervision and in an early time period.

Students who have not completed the Intermediate course may, alternatively, choose not have work assessed and may take any module as a stand-alone option. Courses taken individually without assessment cost less.

To find out more or sign up for this great learning opportunity, visit

Information abut the course and a link for bookings can also be found on the Society of Genealogists’ website at

Helen Osborn, Managing Director of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, said today

“We are very pleased to continue and build on our collaboration with the Society of Genealogists. We know that many of our students are interested in working in earlier and more advanced sources and towards a certificate that acknowledges their achievements. The Skills and Strategies Advanced course continues to meet those needs, offered by organizations and teachers with shared standards of excellence.”

Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society & tutor on the new programme, said today

“The Society of Genealogists is delighted join forces with Pharos to offer the highly regarded SoG courses and education programme to a wider audience than can attend the Society’s classes in London. The Skills and Strategies course will offer a practical opportunity for family historians to take their research further and to develop their own expertise and understanding of genealogical sources and techniques.

(With thanks to Else Churchill)


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