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Genealogy qualifications online courses

Are you interested in a programme of genealogy study to improve your family history research skills? Are you thinking of becoming a Professional Genealogist and want to get a good foundation in genealogy to support your work?

Pharos offers two certificate programmes in English and Welsh research, developed and taught jointly by Pharos and the Society of Genealogists, called Family History Skills and Strategies (FHSS).  

There are two levels, both of which include a number of Tutor-led courses, assessment and feedback: the FHSS Intermediate Certificate programme and the FHSS Advanced Certificate programme.

The Advanced Certificate programme is only open to those who have successfully completed the Intermediate Certificate programme with an overall pass mark of greater than 70%. The FHSS Advanced Certificate is recognised by AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) as part of their membership application processes.

Family History Skills and Strategies (FHSS) offers a broad range of topics, small classes, excellent teaching, and an opportunity for genealogists to improve their research skills.  

All our certificate programme courses can also be taken in isolation, with assessed and non-assessed options available.

Read more about each programme by clicking on the links below.


Intermediate Certificate Courses Advanced Certificate Courses



Intermediate Certificate Courses

17th Century Sources (382)

Course Length: 4 weeks


Start Date: 26 Oct 2022
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 18 Jan 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 25 Oct 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Nonconformity - Its Records and History 1600 - 1950 (280)

Course Length: 4 weeks


Start Date: 27 Oct 2022
Unassessed Cost: £52.00 Course Full Assessed Cost: £70.00 Course Full

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Tutor: Alec Tritton


Your Military Ancestors (224)

Course Length: 4 Weeks


Start Date: 31 Oct 2022
Unassessed Cost: £52.00 Course Full Assessed Cost: £70.00 Course Full
Start Date: 05 Jun 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 06 Nov 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Tutor: Simon Fowler


Apprenticeship Records (281)

Course Length: 4 weeks


Start Date: 09 Jan 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 05 Jun 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Tutor: Richard Holt


Building on a Solid Foundation - Genealogy methods and techniques (204)

Course Length: 4 weeks


Start Date: 09 Jan 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00 Course Full Assessed Cost: £70.00 Course Full
Start Date: 01 May 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 11 Sep 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Employment Records (380)

Course Length: 5 weeks


Start Date: 19 Jan 2023
Unassessed Cost: £58.00
Assessed Cost: £76.00

Start Date: 15 Jun 2023
Unassessed Cost: £58.00
Assessed Cost: £76.00


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Tutor: Alec Tritton


Victorian Crime and Punishment - Courts, police and prisons (308)

Course Length: 5 weeks


Start Date: 22 Feb 2023
Unassessed Cost: £58.00
Assessed Cost: £76.00

Start Date: 11 Sep 2023
Unassessed Cost: £58.00
Assessed Cost: £76.00


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Tutor: Dave Annal


Wills and Administrations; the riches of probate records (205)

Course Length: 4 Weeks


Start Date: 27 Feb 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 04 Sep 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Tutor: Linda Newey


Before the Modern Census - Name-rich sources from 1690 to 1837 (381)

Course Length: 4 weeks


Start Date: 07 Mar 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 25 Jul 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Recording the Poor - From Parish to Workhouse and beyond (203)

Course Length: 4 Weeks


Start Date: 17 Apr 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00

Start Date: 24 Jul 2023
Unassessed Cost: £52.00
Assessed Cost: £70.00


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Tutor: Simon Fowler





Advanced Certificate Courses

Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians (401)


Tutor: Caroline Adams
Course Length: 5 weeks
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Start Date: 31 Oct 2022
Unassessed Cost: £73.00

Assessed Cost: £91.00

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Old Handwriting for Family Historians (417)


Tutor: Susan Moore
Course Length: 4 weeks
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Start Date:   2023
Cost: £70.00
Start Date Available Soon
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Deeds and Disputes (502)


Tutor: Susan Moore
Course Length: 6 weeks (5 lessons)
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Start Date:   2023
Unassessed Cost: £74.00 Start Date Available Soon
Assessed Cost: £92.00 Start Date Available Soon
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Researching in Archives for Advanced Genealogists (481)


Tutor: Simon Fowler
Course Length: 4 weeks
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Start Date:   2023
Unassessed Cost: £70.00 Start Date Available Soon
Assessed Cost: £88.00 Start Date Available Soon
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Researching Online for Advanced Genealogists (480)


Tutor:
Course Length: 4 weeks
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Start Date: 09 Jan 2023
Unassessed Cost: £70.00

Assessed Cost: £88.00

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Introduction to Medieval Genealogy (501)


Tutor: Gillian Waters
Course Length: 5 weeks (4 lessons)
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Start Date: 09 Jan 2023
Unassessed Cost: £71.00

Assessed Cost: £89.00

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Advanced Methods and Reports (482)


Tutor: Karen Cummings
Course Length: 4 weeks
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Start Date: 27 Feb 2023
Unassessed Cost: £70.00

Assessed Cost: £88.00

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Church and Community, Selected records 1540 - 1800 (485)


Tutor: Emma Jolly
Course Length: 4 Weeks
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Start Date: 17 Apr 2023
Unassessed Cost: £70.00

Assessed Cost: £88.00

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