Thursday, 21 January 2010

Pharos genealogy courses - get the kids involved!

Why not get the children involved in family history research?!

Hannah Baker, B.A. (Hons) History, PGCE, has joined the Pharos teaching team. With many years of teaching experience and a degree in Medieval History, Hannah brings a lot of experience to Pharos Tutors. Hannah will be teaching a brand new course, entitled Climbing Trees: How to get children interested in family history.

Most people with a love of family history know how exciting discovering the lives of their ancestors is. Bringing this to life for children is a great way to share it. The course explains how to get young minds past the pages of records and data, and into a living, breathing world of the past.

The course includes many cheap “make and do” activities and shows how to tie family history research into enhancing children’s scholastic skills. The course starts April 19, 2010 and lasts for four weeks.

Pharos Teaching & Tutoring started only 4 years ago with just five courses and three teachers and is pleased to announce that 2010 will see a programme of over 30 courses with even more in the process of development. There is something for everyone, with an expanded list of subjects and time periods. All Pharos courses are short, reasonably priced and designed to fit in with busy lifestyles. Full information is on the Pharos website

The following are the courses on offer for 2010 (so far!):

25 February – The National Archives Catalogue – Finding People – 3 weeks £32.99
8 March – Migration in the British Isles – 3 weeks £32.99
11 March – Developing and Writing Your Family History – 3 weeks £32.99
31 March – The Poor, the Parish and The Workhouse: Records in the 18th and 19th centuries – 5 weeks £42.99
6 April – Discover Your Devon Ancestors – 4 weeks £37.99
14 April – Scottish Research Online – 5 weeks £42.99 (taught by yours truly)
19 April – Climbing Trees: How to get children interested in family history – 4 weeks £37.99
13 May – 20th century Surveys for Family and Local History – 4 weeks £37.99
14 May – Organizing Your Genealogy – 3 weeks £32.99
18 May – Tying the knot: Marriage and its records – 3 weeks £32.99
23 June – Enclosure Maps and Records for Family Historians – 4 weeks £37.99
6 July – Scotland 1750 – 1850: Beyond the OPRs – 5 weeks £42.99
14 July – The Parish Chest: There was more to life than baptism, marriage and burial – 4 weeks £37.99
2 August – Professional Genealogist: Become One, Become a Better One – 4 weeks £37.99

As noted the next Scottish Online course from your truly starts in mid April - places are still available! Full details about the course, with some previous students' feedback, can be found at

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