Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Pharos course - Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs

I'm very excited to announce that from July this year I will be taking over the tuition of the Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course from Sherry Irvine at Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd. It's a great 5 week course and a natural follow on from the Scottish Research Online course which I also teach (and which I am in fact half way through currently teaching at the moment). The course is brilliantly written by Sherry and will be updated by myself in due course, as and when required. The following is a summary:

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.

The price of the course is £43.99 and it will last 5 weeks, commencing on July 6th 2010. To sign up, please visit

Looking forward to getting started - hope you can join me!

(For those unable to get onto the current Scottish Research Online course, I am hoping to run another course in October, so keep checking the Pharos site at www.pharostutors.com for further details!)

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