Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Online British genealogy courses

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received by our friends at the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. Please address all inquiries to

Press Release
06 September 2008 – For Immediate Release

Pharos and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History announce new online courses

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) and Pharos Teaching and Tutoring, a British company, have teamed up to offer quality online courses to those researching their roots in the British Isles.

ISBGFH has presented the British Institute in Salt Lake City since 2001 and wants to expand its educational opportunities to those who cannot travel to the class room sessions each year, a factor that is increasingly important as fuel costs rise. Pharos has extensive experience with distance learning and offers a selection of programs in British and Irish research. One of the Pharos instructors, Sherry Irvine, taught for five years at the British Institute.

Under the new arrangement, courses are open to everyone, whether or not they are members of ISBGFH. Currently, three courses are available: US Immigration and Naturalization, taught by George G. Morgan; England, Scotland and Wales Online: Transfer Your Skills taught by Sherry Irvine; and, British Isles Research – Solving Problems, Planning Strategies taught by Sherry Irvine. These courses will be offered successively between October and next September.
Details on the contents of each course, length, cost, and how online learning works can be found on the website of each organization.


Gordon Gray, President of ISBGFH, said: “We are excited about our new partnership with Pharos and offering high quality online courses to people researching their ancestors in the British Isles. It creates the opportunity for people to take courses on their own schedule, at a reasonable cost, in small groups and with the guidance of well-known instructors.”

Sherry Irvine, Course Director for Pharos, said: “This is a good fit. It was stimulating and rewarding to teach at the British Institute and I now look forward to continuing educational efforts with ISBGFH. Online courses are the best way for genealogists to expand their research skills and records knowledge, not only because of flexibility but because the Web helps research in so many ways – history, geography, catalogues, records guidance as well as data.”

A complete listing of courses offered by Pharos can be found at

Additional information can also be obtained from ISBGFH via email to