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  1. Talks, Courses and Events 2019

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    Looking forward to 2019 I realise I’m now booked up for quite a few talks and courses next year. Here are the talks and courses I’ll be offering, with some details below:


    The Open Day at Haverhill Library 2018, image courtesy of the Haverhill Family History Group


    Saturday 26th January 2019

    Haverhill Family History Group Open Day

    Haverhill Library

    This is an event I’ve supported for the last five years and I am delighted to have been asked back again next year as the resident “Ask the Expert”. It’s a popular event, run by the Haverhill Family History Group (part of the Suffolk Family History Society). If you want to know more about their work, have some family history questions or just want to say “hello”, do come along.


    Saturday 9th February 2019

    Tracing Essex Ancestors (half day course)

    Society of Genealogists (SoG), London. See below for more about SoG courses


    Monday 11th February 2019 (start)

    Wills & Administrations, the riches of probate records (4 week online course). COURSE FULL

    Pharos Teaching & Tutoring. See below for more about Pharos courses.


    Saturday 23rd March 2019

    The Professional Approach (day school)

    Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS), Canterbury. See below for more about IHGS courses.


    Saturday 6th April 2019

    Parish Registers and Parish Records for Family Historians (half day course)

    SoG, London


    Monday 6th May 2019 (start)

    Professional Genealogist: Become One Become a Better One (4 week online course)

    Pharos Teaching & Tutoring


    Monday 10th June 2019 (start)

    Demystifying DNA for Family Historians (4 week online course)

    Pharos Teaching & Tutoring


    Saturday 14th September 2019

    DNA: A beginner’s guide for family historians (day school)

    IHGS, Canterbury


    Saturday 9th November 2019

    Research techniques – how to be confident in your family tree (half day course)


    That’s enough to keep me out of mischief, particularly as several of these are brand new courses!


    The Society of Genealogists offer a wide variety of courses, talks and visits each year. The full programme for 2019 may be found HERE.

    The courses I will be running are all half day events and all will have elements of methodology included. Some feedback from previous students on my courses:

    “Karen is hugely knowledgeable. She covered lots of useful information with easy to understand descriptions and helpful examples.”

    “Very good – Karen’s reputation precedes her! [Most useful part]: Recording information as very useful for own research as well.”


    Pharos Teaching and Tutoring runs short online courses on a number of subjects. They are just as suitable for those just wanting to know more about one particular topic as they are for those interested in combining a number of courses in the formal certificate programmes. The “Family History Skills & Strategies” Certificate programmes are run in association with the SoG. More details HERE.

    Some feedback from previous students on my courses in response to “what did you most enjoy about the course?”:

    “The information Karen gave on the course gave me confidence to try and turn my hobby into a job.”

    “Associating with other like minded family historians, the opportunity to talk directly with someone as respected in the field as Karen and the immense amount of clear, practical new knowledge I gained.”


    The Institute for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) in Canterbury is most well-known for its Correspondence Course in Genealogy, leading to the Higher Certificate after approximately three years of study. I’m one of the Tutors for this course. Recent feedback on the course in general:

    “If you ever thought about it and weren’t sure – go for it! It’s taken me ages (years) but it is the most rewarding and informative bit of education I ever had. Fantastic educational opportunity.”

    There are also a number of day schools and weekend courses held at the IHGS in Canterbury, including the Professional Approach day and the DNA course, which is a new course for 2019, and some new shorter courses. An overview of offerings may be found HERE.



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