Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Scotland 1750 - 1850: Beyond the OPRs course

The next Scotland 1750 - 1850: Beyond the OPRs course, taught by yours truly through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, starts on January 17th - but there is still time to sign up!

Here's the description:

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 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.

The course costs £43.99 and runs for five weeks. As well as the weekly chat session I interact with students also via a dedicated forum. The lessons are sent out each Monday and the chat then likely to take place on the Saturday or Sunday following. What more fun could you possibly want?! :)

Hopefully see you there!

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