Course details

Scotland 1750-1850 - Beyond the Old Parish Registers (302)


Tutor: Chris Paton


This is an intermediate level course in Scottish family history for those who are going back beyond 1850, originally created by genealogist Sherry Irvine, and now taught and regularly updated by Scottish based genealogist Chris Paton. You should have some experience with research in the Old Parish Registers (OPRs) of the Church of Scotland and in using major websites for Scottish research. The course discusses sources that fill the gap when the OPRs are uninformative or missing; for example, records of parish and town administration, occupations, land transfer and taxation. Using these records involves several different locations, and you will learn how to check online finding aids and discover the most effective way to obtain records that may be available both online and offline.

This is the second course on Scottish research. If you have not taken Scottish Research Online please check its description.

Lesson Headings:
  • Kirk Sessions records and parish poor
  • Burgh records and town poor
  • Occupations, taxation and early lists
  • Land transfer and the value of sasines
  • Land, inheritance and estates

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

A short video introduction to the course by tutor Chris Paton is available HERE

STUDENTS SAID: well structured chats with opportunities for questions as well

Relevant Countries: Scotland

Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start Date: 01 Nov 2021
Cost: £49.99


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