1. Courses Coming in January 2022

    As we approach the holiday season you may be looking for gift ideas. Why not buy a Pharos gift voucher for the family historian in your family?

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    We are coming to the end of our courses for 2021 now but we have another bumper selection for you in January, including two BRAND NEW courses:

    Introduction to Medieval Genealogy

    Tutor: Gillian Waters
    Start date: 5th January 2022
    Course length: 5 weeks (4 teaching weeks)


    This course outlines some of the ways that you can break into medieval genealogy. It will help you create the foundations for researching medieval records, describe the nature of medieval records, on-line locations and finding guides that can improve your chances of finding direct or probable relations. It will also help you understand the geographical and political landscapes of medieval England, including general histories and the key events which generated records.

    Topics covered include using medieval pedigrees, heralds visitations and how to prove (or disprove) the genealogies given by using inquisitions post mortem, feet of fines, chancery and other government records as well as taxation, church and military records.

    Lesson Headings:
    * Starting out on Medieval Research- identifying families to track
    * Planning the move to Medieval Records-getting to grips with medieval pedigrees
    * Records of the Landed Classes- the structure of medieval society and the meanings of terminology
    * Reading week- a chance to do some background research
    * Medieval Church records, Military records and Taxation

    This is one of the courses in our Advanced Certificate programme but can also be taken as a standalone course.

    Using Printed Sources in Family History

    Tutor: Simon Fowler
    Start date: 3rd January 2022
    Course length: 3 weeks


    The study of genealogy most often involves research using a variety of original historical documents, whether online copies or transcriptions, or copies or original documents in archives. You will often hear it said: make sure you look at the originals! We are so used to working in this way that it is easy to overlook the value and additional context that can be gained from printed sources.

    And you may think that your ancestors werent grand enough to be mentioned in a newspaper, let alone a directory or local history book. But stories from the lives of millions of our forebears have been captured in this way particularly in newspapers and magazines. There may be no other ways to discover them.

    This course looks at how to use printed material in your genealogical research. There will be a special focus on studying newspapers and magazines and also discuss biographical dictionaries, trade and street directories, record society transcripts and calendars.

    This course will provide background about the records how and why they were created as well as suggesting the best research methods to use online and in archives. There will be plenty of opportunities for students to explore the records for themselves.

    Apprenticeship Records

    Tutor: Stuart Raymond
    Start date: 5th January 2022
    Course length: 4 weeks

    Researching Online for Advanced Genealogists

    Tutor: TBC very soon!
    Start date: 5th January 2022
    Course length: 4 weeks

    The internet is now an essential research environment for family history: many indexes to genealogical records are now available only online, and the internet provides access to a wealth of information and contacts for family historians. This course examines the main types of internet resource which are useful in carrying out research in English and Welsh family history and aims to improve your search skills so that you can be more confident with your search results.

    Lesson Headings:
    * Resource Discovery
    * Genealogical Records Online
    * Online Pedigrees & Genealogical Contacts
    * Reference Resources for Family History

    Building on a Solid Foundation – Genealogy methods and techniques

    Tutor: Karen Cummings
    Start date: 5th January 2022
    Course length: 4 weeks
    COURSE FULL but taking bookings now for May 2022

    Employment Records

    Tutor: Alec Tritton
    Start date: 6th January 2022
    Course length: 5 weeks

    This is one of the courses in our Intermediate Certificate programme, but can also be taken in isolation.

    Records of employment can do two things; reveal important facts for furthering the genealogical information about a family and provide vivid details of the way your ancestors lived. Many documents uncovered during our research indicate an occupation, perhaps several in which our ancestor was employed. 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.

    Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe

    Tutor: Julie Goucher
    Start date: 17th January 2022
    Course length: 5 weeks

    Map of Europe


    Have you found ancestors that originated in Continental Europe? This course introduces you to the broad context of Europe, offers advice for tracking European ancestors, expands your knowledge and assists in problem solving.

    During the course we will explore the similarities and differences across Europe and encourage the consideration of some practical factors when conducting your research. There are a great many resources that can be used to assist your research. This course is about creating a solid foundation to research in continental Europe. We will look at defining Europe and what countries are in Europe (it is not always as obvious as you might think!) We look further at the European Empires and the impact on migration to and from the continent. We look too at the borderlines and unifications.The course explores the standard resources across Europe, key websites, reading material and much more, providing the building blocks for robust and solid foundation research in Europe.

    We will consider the reasons for migration, e.g. work opportunities, emigration schemes, persecution, internment and following military service, in the context of historical events. We will also look the culture that the migrants brought with them from their native land, keeping those links alive.

    Discovering more about your Agricultural Labouring Ancestors

    Tutor: Janet Few
    Start date: 25th January 2022
    Course length: 5 weeks

    This very popular course from Janet Few is booking fast! This course might have been called “Finding your Agricultural Labouring Ancestors” but few genealogists have any difficulty discovering Ag. Labs. on their family tree. They jump out from census returns, certificates and parish registers with unfailing regularity. Agricultural labourers are not all the same. The labourer on sheep farm in Northumberland led a very different life from someone who worked on an arable farm in Lincolnshire, or a fruit farm in Kent. This course helps to set Ag. Labs. in a broader context and suggests sources that will reveal more about the lives of those rural ancestors and the farms on which they worked. The focus is on British farming from 1700-1950.

    Lesson Headings:
    * Your Farming Ancestors and British Agriculture in Context
    * Finding the Farms
    * Discovering about the Farms and their Workers
    * Working the Land
    * Farming Hazards

    So You Think You Know FamilySearch – A Guided Tour

    Tutor: Barbara Baker
    Start date: 31st January 2022
    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. Barbara Baker has worked in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for more than 30 years and is an expert in FamilySearch resources.

    That’s all for this month, happy studying!

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