1. Courses Coming in June

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    We have a BUMPER selection of courses on offer for you this June:

    Introduction to One-Name Studies

    Tutor: Julie Goucher
    Start date: 1st June 2021
    Course length: 5 weeks


    A one-name study is an exciting new journey into your surname’s past. Quite often started as the result of hitting a “brick wall”, a one-name study involves the collection of all the occurrences of a surname and biographical data about everybody who shares that surname. There are a variety of goals, study types and plans for the data. This course, written in association with the Guild of One-Name Studies, provides an introduction to one-name studies and is suitable for all genealogists who have developed an interest in learning more about their surname.

    You will learn about the history and study of surnames, which surnames are suitable for a study, what a one-name study consists of, and how to get started. We cover how to collect and analyse data from the core records, how to publicise your study and make sure your study is preserved for others in the future.

    You will also learn how the Guild of One-Name Studies guides and supports its members. Non Guild members signing up for the course will get FREE Guild Membership for the remainder of the financial year.

    Special blog only offer: use code BLOG10A to get 10% off the June 2021 course! Code expires 1st June 2021.

    Researching Your Welsh Ancestors

    Tutor: Eilir Daniels 
    Start date: 1st June 2021
    Course length: 5 weeks

    The course is aimed at those who have some basic knowledge of family history research in England and deals with those particular aspects of family history research in Wales which are different to that of England. For example, you will learn how linguistic, social and cultural factors shaped the day-to-day life of your ancestors and how they coloured the historical documents you will be consulting.

    STUDENTS SAID “I had hoped for some time that Pharos would run a Welsh Ancestors course and I have not been disappointed. The course was absolutely magical in its content and far exceeded my expectations. I hadn’t realised before, how complicated the Welsh history and culture was. It has certainly opened my eyes, has made me want to know more and made me realise why I may be experiencing some difficulties with my own Welsh research. Thank you Pharos and Eilir.”

    Lesson Headings:
    * Key differences between Welsh & English research
    * The Welsh language, place names and surnames
    * Nonconformity in Wales
    * Occupations, migration and emigration
    * Sources and records specific to Wales

    Your Military Ancestors

    Tutor: Simon Fowler 
    Start date: 7th June 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks

    Part of our Intermediate Certificate programme, there is only one place available on this course.

    So You Think You Know FamilySearch – A Guided Tour

    Tutor: Barbara Baker 
    Start date: 7th June 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks

    Discover what you don’t know about English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh resources at the FamilySearch website with the help of an experienced guide. The website provides access to many of the records, indexes and resources available at the Family History Library, which has one of the largest collections of published, microfilmed and digitised British and Irish records in the world. In recent years technological advances have made it possible for you to search and browse formerly inaccessible records, check geography and boundaries and obtain research advice anywhere, anytime. All this information is free to anyone with the knowledge and navigating skills to find it.

    This course guides you through the highways and byways of FamilySearch.org, offers tips about searching data and using the helps, and brings you to the point where you can say that you really know the FamilySearch website.

    Victorian Crime and Punishment – Courts, police and prisons

    Tutor: Antony Marr 
    Start date: 14th June 2021
    Course length: 5 weeks

    Demystifying DNA for Family Historians

    Tutor: Karen Cummings 
    Start date: 14th June 2021
    Course length: 5 weeks

    DNA testing

    DNA testing is becoming an increasingly popular tool in genealogical research and has the potential to solve mysteries and brick walls, where other records do not survive. The more its popularity rises and the number tested increases, the greater the chance of success. However, with so many tests available and so many companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start.

    This course starts at the beginning, providing you with the tools to understand and demystify DNA testing for use in your own research. You will be guided through what to consider before testing, the different types of DNA, who can test and which test is the most appropriate in different circumstances. You will learn about how DNA is passed down the generations and why this is important, what haplogroups are, and how much you really can rely on ethnicity estimates.

    You will work with examples of real data and have the opportunity to work through techniques with your own results (if appropriate). At the end of the course you will have a toolbox of techniques to interpret your DNA matches with increased confidence.

    The course is suitable both for absolute beginners and those who have taken a test and are beginning to decipher their results.

    Employment Records

    Tutor: Alec Tritton
    Start date: 7th June 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks

    Many documents uncovered during our research indicate an occupation, perhaps several in which our ancestor was employed. Many will have followed their father’s trade or occupation, and their children will have followed them. Others will have broken away, perhaps from the land and headed for the town to learn new skills and enter a different trade. Those more fortunate, at least financially or by birth may have been destined for one of the professions.Records of employment will vary from the scant to the copious; much depends on the occupation. This 5 week course examines what is likely to be found in official and unofficial sources and where and how the information can be used as further insights into the lives and times of our ancestors.

    Lesson Headings:
    * The Professions
    * Merchant Seamen and Coastguard
    * Government employees
    * Town folk
    * Country folk

    That’s all for this month, happy studying!