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Stage 3 Family History Skills Evening Course


The Society of Genealogists' successful family history skills course continues with a third set of evening classes to further develop your research and genealogy knowledge.  Our team of professional genealogists present a carefully designed curriculum to take your family history knowledge and skills to the next level.

You have mastered all the basic skills needed to research family histories. You have even managed to break down some brick walls. Now you would like to take your knowledge and skills a bit further. The Society of Genealogists’ Stage 3 evening skills course does just that.  You will learn about the information that lies in the less well-known documents and you will get a chance to put your skills to use in practical exercises.

Away from the pressures of life for two hours, you can focus on how to find your ancestors and flesh out your family’s history. You will spend time with other people in the class that share your interests and are as keen as you are to learn new skills. Most of us enjoy meeting and learning from expert genealogists and we find others’ ancestry as fascinating as our own.

Who should attend the Stage 3 series of classes?

Stage 3 is designed for those who have attended Stage 2, or with experience of genealogical research and the basic records.

What will the course cover?

  • Researching before parish records
  • 17th century records
  • Church court records
  • Chancery and Equity courts
  • Manorial records and customs
  • Records of land and property ownership
  • Private muniment collections
  • Mortgages
  • Medieval charters
  • The East India Company
  • The British in India
  • The British Library Oriental and India Office Collections
  • Practical Latin
  • Introduction to heraldry
  • Compiling pedigree charts
  • Citing sources
  • Record keeping
  • Adoption
  • Intestacy and probate
  • Tracing missing persons
  • Careers in genealogy

Click on Show Sessions link above for the full programme, or download the course leaflet

Time and Cost

Every Thursday evening 6 to 8pm, for 12 weeks from 15 September to 01 December 2022 on Zoom.  Each class is recorded and available to students for two weeks. Bookings on this course accepted until 29 September.

Full cost £240.00, but as a member benefit, members pay £192.00. To find out more about membership benefits, visit our membership page.

Tutors: Else Churchill, Ian Waller, Alec Tritton, Caroline Gurney, John Titterton, Les Mitchinson, Antony Marr

New to Zoom and would like to attend an online talk but not sure how? Do contact us if you would like to arrange a free taster session.


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