The course offerings aren’t free, but Pharos can get you off and running whether you’re researching your own line or hoping to start a genealogical research / speaking business on the side:
Note: I’ve got my eye on this upcoming British military research class (starts 20 January 2009):
Military Men and Women: Records of Britain's Armed Forces 1750 - 1920
Just about everyone with British or Irish roots can find a soldier or sailor in the family tree. If you have sailors, soldiers or airmen in your family tree and want to find out more about them, then this course is for you. We will look at the increasing number of resources available online on both The National Archives as well as on commercial websites and those maintained by enthusiasts. The course will also look at researching the original records at Kew and look at resources available at regimental museums, through LDS family history centres and national archives and museums across the Commonwealth. At the heart of the course are the service records for the three services which provide vital genealogical facts and a wealth of helpful detail that can take your research back into the 18th century and reveal the life of your ancestors in the army or navy 200 years ago. The lessons cover what records exist, how to combine records to best effect, what can be achieved on the Internet and what must be done at Kew or elsewhere.
Instructor: Simon Fowler
• An introduction to TNA online resources (data, exhibitions and guides)
• Background to record keeping in the Navy Army and Royal Air Force
• Working with catalogues, TNA, FamilySearch and others
• Viewing documents online and using online clues
• If you can't get to TNA and more useful websites
Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.
Relevant Countries: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada