Sunday, 13 February 2011

Pharos: Scottish Research Online 5 week course

I've just spent an hour doing one of the regular weekly chats for the online Pharos course I teach, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, now in its fourth week. It's too late to sign up for this one, but the next Scottish Pharos course begins on March 7th!

Scottish Research Online

Scotland was first to have major records digitized and offer indexes and images online. It has also been a leader in placing resource information on the World Wide Web. This course describes the major sites, the types of information and data that they offer, the forms in which databases are presented and how to analyze results. You will learn to lay the foundations for searching a family, how to select best resources and what to do next either online or in libraries and archives.

Instructor: Chris Paton

•Scotlands People, FamilySearch, Ancestry, FreeCen: content, comparison, assessment
•Essential Maps and Gazetteers
•Civil Registration and Census Research Online
•Searching in Church of Scotland Registers Online
•Scottish Wills and Inventories Online
•Take It From Here

Note: it is recommended but not required that students in this course sign up for the basic search option, 30 units/seven days, at ScotlandsPeople (cost is six pounds)

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat s See How the Courses Work.

"I particularly liked the fact that the course didn't just focus on the well-known BMD resources available, but on a much wider range of websites, including many which give extremely useful background information on the geography and history of the localities where our ancestors lived."
"a very knowledgeable Instructor"

The course is priced at £43.99 and runs for five weeks. There is a lesson sent out weekly, a weekly chat to discuss the lesson and set exercises, and a dedicated chat forum throughout the duration for students and myself to interact. NB: this is the 'starter' course, with the 1750-1850 considered to be a follow on course - it will next run from October 17th.

For more information on these and other Pharos courses, visit

Professional genealogical problem solving and research
Researching Scottish Family History (New book)

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