The SoG and Pharos Tutors New Online Advanced Certificated Course

The Society of Genealogists, in conjunction with Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd has been running its popular Intermediate distance learning programme since September 2010.  The Advanced Certificate builds on this.  It brings a two-year programme of assessed education online starting on 1 October 2015, consisting of taught modules and special stand-alone tutorial sessions.  Pharos and the Society are working with the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) to enable students to reach the standards necessary for membership application should they wish to work as professional genealogists in the future.

Taught modules are:

  • Old Handwriting – An Introduction to Secretary Hand
  • Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians
  • Church & Community 1540 – 1800; Selected Records
  • Researching Online for Advanced Genealogists
  • An Introduction to Medieval Genealogy
  • Researching in Archives for Advanced Genealogists
  • Land and Legal Records
  • Advanced Reports and Methods


Each module is monitored by the Society to ensure excellent standards of content and teaching.

The Advanced Skills and Strategies Certificate course is open to those who have successfully completed the Intermediate programme and are now looking for advanced instruction and the chance to undertake a family history project under supervision and in an early time period.

Students who have not completed the Intermediate course may, alternatively, choose not have work assessed and may take any module as a stand-alone option. Courses taken individually without assessment cost less.


To find out more or sign up for this great learning opportunity, visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutors website


Helen Osborn, Managing Director of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, said today


“We are very pleased to continue and build on our collaboration with the Society of Genealogists. We know that many of our students are interested in working in earlier and more advanced sources and towards a certificate that acknowledges their achievements. The Skills and Strategies Advanced course continues to meet those needs, offered by organizations and teachers with shared standards of excellence.”



Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society & tutor on the new programme, said today


“The Society of Genealogists is delighted join forces with Pharos to offer the highly regarded SoG courses and education programme to a wider audience than can attend the Society’s classes in London. The Skills and Strategies course will offer a practical opportunity for family historians to take their research further and to develop their own expertise and understanding of genealogical sources and techniques.



Pharos Tutors:       Helen Osborn

Telephone:            01323 416882




Society of Genealogists:  Else Churchill

Telephone:                          020 7702 5488



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