Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Scottish Research Online course

It's nearly that time again! The next Scottish Research Online course kicks off on August 29th 2011, taught by yours truly. The course is 5 weeks long, and provides a basic introduction to some of the most important websites around for Scottish family history research. Here's the blurb from the Pharos Teaching and Tutorings Ltd website at

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, Family Search, 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.

STUDENTS SAID: "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"

By the way, keep an eye on the Pharos site also if you have Welsh ancestors. There's a new course starting up soon taught by new instructor Eilir Daniels - more news soon!

Hopefully see you at the first lesson!


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