Student Area & Forums

Current and Returning Students - Please log in below to access the Student Area, your account details and the Forums for your course(s).  If you are a returning student and do not yet have a Student Account, please Register for one.

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As well as providing courses, one of the aims of Pharos is to build a community of like-minded family historians. We hope that you will want to join in.

If you are new to Pharos you can get to know us and get help with your family history questions by taking part in our Open Forum. This is your chance to get help from professional genealogists. Students also use the Open Forum to exchange news and tips. This service is FREE and you are under no obligation to buy a course.

If you are a student you can stay in touch after your course ends using the Forum.

For everyone, there is our e-newsletter, the Pharos Bulletin. It brings you news, tips and announcements.


Download a .pdf help file to show you how to use our forums. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view this file. This is available as a free download).      

There are forums for everyone, visitors, students and those who have completed courses. All of them are free. Pharos Forums exist for you, to make you feel welcome and to offer help when you need it.  We want to help you find your ancestors.

If you are new to Pharos and would like to get to know us, please spend some time at the Open Forum, which is open to all. Registration is easy – just  open a Student Account.

Course Forums are actively moderated by our instructors and are built into how we deliver help and advice to students. Once a course comes to an end we encourage students to stay in touch and join in the Open Forum.

Course forums have limited access, offering the security of password protection, so that you know only your classmates can see what is posted.  If you need help you can email us now at

Pharos Bulletin – Our e-Newsletter

The Pharos Bulletin is an irregular newsletter which comes by email about 10 - 11 times a year.

It is concise and practical, bringing you information about new courses, special discounts (some only for Bulletin readers), research tips and genealogy news. If you are not already receiving this, you can sign up below: