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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.

Not a member yet? 1 Year's Associate Membership with the Society of Genealogists is now included in our Stage 3 Skills Course when purchased at the non-member rate of £240. That's a whole 12 months of access to our online collections, exclusive guides and special member-only pricing on publications, courses and talks. Plus enjoy being part of a thriving genealogy community and access to a weekly 'ask the expert' family history helpline! Perfect for queries arising as you flex all the skills you'll learn in the Stage Three  course. Existing members can purchase at special members rate of £192. 

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
  • Palaeography workshop
  • The East India Company
  • The British in India
  • The British Library Oriental and India Office Collections
  • Practical Latin for genealogists
  • 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 which is subject to confirmation.

Time and Cost

Every Thursday evening 6 to 8pm, for 12 weeks from 28 September to 14 December 2023 on Zoom.  Each class is recorded and available to students for two weeks. Bookings on this course accepted until 11 October.

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, Susan Moore, John Titterton, Eilir Daniels, Caroline Adams, Gill Thomas

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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