Pharos partners with:

Society of Genealogists
The Society of Genealogists

National Genealogical Society

National Genealogical Society

Guild of One-Name Studies
The Guild of One-Name Studies


The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives


Pharos has teamed up with the Society of Genealogists to bring a
new programme of assessed courses online
Now you can work towards a certi- ficate jointly awarded by Pharos and the Society. The programme consists of 5 courses from Pharos and 5 developed by the Society. 

Visit the Pharos Forum for FREE genealogy advice and help.

Did you know our teachers are also authors? You can now buy their books from a link on the Meet Our Instructors page.
Instructors Books.




Welcome to Pharos Teaching and Tutoring
Online Courses in Genealogy and Family History

At Pharos we are specialists in online learning. Our teachers are professional genealogists with many decades of teaching experience, founded by Helen Osborn and Sherry Irvine, two of the world's leading experts in teaching genealogy courses online.

Together we want to help you become a better genealogist. We can't promise that you will find all those elusive ancestors. That's up to you. But we can promise that one of our courses will equip you with the most up to date methods to expand your family tree.

With an online course in genealogy, it is not where you live that makes a difference, it's what you want to to learn!  All you need is an email account and an internet connection to learn with a Pharos course.  You study in your own time, but also have the assistance of a tutor and interaction with a group of other students.

If you are dithering about doing one of the courses, I would say don't dither, just DO. Pharos courses are simply excellent. All the courses and course Tutors I have experienced so far have been supportive, helpful and sensitive in understanding individual students' requirements. The most recent courses I have taken are: "The Victorian Household", "The Poor, the Parish and the Workhouse" and "The Enclosure maps and records for family historians". They are uniformly excellent and the aftercare is also good. I can't praise Pharos highly enough. And no - I wasn't asked or paid to say this. I simply want Pharos to succeed and write yet more outstanding courses. Thank you, Pharos, for filling a gap in the genealogical market.
(Liz R. Suffolk)

Take a Pharos course and discover:

  • More about the historical background to your ancestors' lives
  • How to search effectively, online and offline
  • Where to find the best free genealogy indexes and fully searchable resources
  • How to make the best use of your time
  • How to save money

Courses on English & Welsh genealogy, Irish genealogy and Scottish genealogy available.

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- July - (New Advanced Courses)
- June - (Becoming Professional)
- May - (WDYTYA Review)
- April - (WDYTYA Live)
- March - (Last Minute Offers)
- February - (Tracing Jewish Ancestors)
- January - (New Year Sale)

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- October (One Name Studies)
- September
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- July (FHSS Graduation)
- June (Parish Registers)
- May (Scotland Special)
- April (Spring Edition)
- March (WDYTYA Review)
- February (WDYTYA Live)

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- October (Maps & Surveys)
- August (Getting Social)
- June (Does Family History Matter?)
- March (Irish Blessings)
- February (WDYTYA? Live)