1. Courses Coming Soon

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    We have some great courses coming up in August and early September:

    Recording the Poor – From Parish to Workhouse and beyond

    Tutor: Simon Fowler 
    Start date: 9th August 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks
    * FULLY BOOKED but booking now for later dates *

    First Steps to a One-Place Study

    Tutor: Janet Few
    Start date: 25th August 2021
    Course length: 5 weeks

    * COURSE OF THE MONTH *

    One-place studies are a fascinating blend of local and family history. They are frequently undertaken by family historians wanting to create a context for their ancestors. Through a one-place study, you can investigate the friends, neighbours and associates with whom your family may have interacted and you can begin to understand the community in which they lived.

    This course is designed for those who are just starting on their one-place journey and for more experienced one-placers who would like guidance or inspiration, or who are seeking a more organised approach to their study. It will also be suitable for those who may not want to undertake a full-blown one-place study but who wish to investigate an ancestral area in more detail.

    Lesson Headings:

    • Choosing and Discovering your Place and its People
    • Data Collection 1 – Using more Common Sources (oral testimony, diaries and memoirs; photographs; vital records of birth, marriage and death; gravestones, newspapers, directories and gazetteers, censuses)
    • Data Collection 2 – Further Sources (tax lists, records of land ownership, records of education and occupation, records relating to the movement of people, records of local government)
    • Connecting and Analysing your Data
    • Putting your Findings in Context and Publicising your Study


    Partnership offer:
    Students on our First Steps to a One-Place Study course, who are not already members, may claim free membership of the Society for One-Place Studies for their first year (details in the lesson notes). Existing members of the Society can claim a discount on the Pharos One Place Studies course (see member benefits section of their website).

    Scottish Research Online

    Tutor: Chris Paton 
    Start date: 30th August 2021
    Course length: 5 weeks

    This course describes the major sites and record types that you will encounter in your research, and how to analyse the results. Most importantly it will inspire you to actively pursue your interest in Scottish genealogy and take it to the next level.

    Lesson Headings:

    • Understanding Scotlands People, FindmyPast, Family Search, Ancestry, and FreeCen
    • Essential Maps and Gazetteers
    • Civil Registration and Census Research
    • Searching in Church of Scotland Registers
    • Scottish Wills and Inventories
    • Take It From Here


    Wills and Administrations; the riches of probate records

    Tutor: Linda Newey
    Start date: 6th September 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks
    * FULLY BOOKED but booking now for later dates *

    Organizing Your Genealogy

    Tutor: Barbara Baker
    Start date: 6th September 2021
    Course length: 3 weeks

    As you research your family history, you collect information, charts, copies of records, notes, lists of sources searched, etc. Whether you are just starting your research or whether you have been at it a while, it is important to be organized and have a record keeping system. It should be easy to file and store information when you get it, and to find it long afterward. Good organisation and record keeping will help you assess what you have, what you have learned, and what you need to learn. This three-week course is designed to help you get organised, stay organised and be ready for research online and on location by developing good record-keeping habits.

    Local History- Uncovering the Places and Communities connected to your Ancestors

    Tutor: Claire Kennan
    Start date: 6th September 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks
    * FULLY BOOKED but booking now for later dates *

    Building on a Solid Foundation – Genealogy methods and techniques

    Tutor: Karen Cummings
    Start date: 6th September 2021
    Course length: 4 weeks
    * FULLY BOOKED but booking now for later dates *

    That’s all for this month, happy studying!