Thursday, August 11, 2016

Winter Webinar Series Starts SOON

This fall, the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History is starting something NEW. We are hosting a series of webinars. One each month from October until April. The speakers are experts in their respective fields and will represent a wide range of topics for those of you who are researching your British Isles ancestors. 

The line up is:

October 1 - Researching Your Irish Ancestors with Michael Brophy
November 12 - Using DNA for Genealogy Research with Dr Maurice Gleeson
December 10 - Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors with Fintan Mullan 
January 14 - The Genealogy Gems in the National Archives (London) with Nick Barratt
February 4 - Tips for Researching Your Scots Immigrant Ancestor with Christine Woodcock
March 4 - Finding Your American Ancestors Using Canadian Records with Kathryn Lake Hogan
April 8 - Researching Your Welsh Ancestors with Darris Williams

Registration opens in a couple of weeks on the ISBGFH website. Until then, we hope you will SAVE THE DATES! and plan to join us online to learn more about researching your British Isles Ancestors. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2016 British Institute

Registration continues for the 2016 British Institute which will be held 10–14 October 2016 at the Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn from experts!

Courses being offered include:

“Crossing the Pond: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor in
Their Homeland”

Coordinated by Eric Stroschein

“English Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond”
(only a few spots left)
Coordinated by Paul Milner

“Irish Law and Government Documents”
Coordinated by David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

“Welsh Family and Community History”
Coordinated by Darris Williams, AG

All courses include classroom sessions held in the mornings at the Plaza Hotel and research in the afternoons at the Family History Library. For more information about courses, visit Course registration includes a digital syllabus (print syllabus available for purchase), a Sunday evening social, and a ticket to the Monday evening banquet (guest tickets available for purchase). Lodging information can be found at

Questions can be emailed to the Institute Director at

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 British Institute

The 16th annual British Institute will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from 10 through 14 October 2016.  Course topics include England, Ireland, Wales and an in-depth look at discovering records to find ancestors in their homeland.  Further information and registration can be found at

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British Isles Genealogical Research Webinars

The ISBGFH is planning to announce its up-coming monthly webinar series on researching family in the British Isles.  Topics will include England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales research among others and will be presented by well-known international experts in their respective countries.  Information should be available soon!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Seats Remain in Only Two Institute Courses

Two courses being offered in the upcoming British Institute, 21-25 September 2015, are now full. Participants wanting to be placed on a waiting list for Researching Your English Ancestors or Tracing Your Irish Ancestors should contact the Institute Director.   Limited seating remains in the following two courses:

Everything you Need to Know about Scottish Genealogy ... and Then Some
Bruce Durie, PhD, FSA Scot, FIGRS

Scotland has the best-preserved, most complete, and most accessible sets of records on the planet. For the most part, these cannot be accessed through FamilySearch or, but are available through Scottish online sites.  Dr. Bruce Durie will demonstrate how to explore, understand, and use the wide range of record sources available online and in major repositories.

Dr. Durie is one of Scotland’s best known and respected genealogists. He was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award and is the only member of the Académie Internationale de Généalogie from Scotland. He founded the postgraduate program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde, of which he was Course Director for six years. Now a Fellow at Strathclyde, he is developing a Masters and a doctoral programme in Genealogical Studies. He also teaches courses on genealogy, documents and heraldry at the University of Edinburgh.

Durie is perhaps best known for his BBC radio series, Digging Up Your Roots (eighth season in 2014), and A House with a Past. He has authored 30 books, engages in private genealogical work, co-organises ancestral tours, and co-manages the Scottish DNA Project.  He is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie. His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding an additional doctoral degree in history.

Elements of Genealogical Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Melissa Johnson, CG

This course covers the principles of genealogical writing and the skills needed for genealogists to turn their research into well-written genealogical works. Students will learn to develop genealogies, pedigrees, lineages, and proof arguments that meet standards in the field.  Topics covered also include editing and self-editing; writing and organization tools such as Scrivener, Microsoft Word, spreadsheets, and mind-maps; genealogical venues for publishing; and style and layout considerations.

Melissa Johnson is a professional genealogist specializing in writing, editing, and publishing. She has written and edited numerous genealogical works, including family histories, biographies, narratives, and case studies.  She is also experienced in book layout and design for self-publishing, e-publishing, and traditional publishing. 

Melissa has been the Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) since 2008, and is also the editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, a publication of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Her work has been published privately and in numerous journals and magazines.      

To register for one of these courses, please access the information and registration form located on the ISBGFH 2015 British Institute page.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Institute Instructor receives Fulbright Award

Already recognized as one of Scotland's leading genealogists, Dr. Bruce Durie, instructor for the upcoming 2015 British Institute, has been granted the prestigious Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award.  He will be researching Lowland Scots migration to the Carolinas, and teaching classes on Scottish Genealogy, Culture and History at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Dr. Durie is Honorary Fellow in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies within the Centre for Lifelong Learning; Shennachie (Genealogists and Historian) to COSCA (The Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) and an International Trustee, as well as being the International Board Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), according to the announcement from the Fulbright Commission.

In September, he will be teaching Everything You Need to Know about Scottish Genealogy . . . and Then Some at the British Institute.  His full bio may be viewed at ISBGFH.  The press release may be viewed on Dick Eastman's blog of May 22nd.   Limited seats are still available in his course.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

British Institute 2015 Features Instructors from British Isles

The 2015 British Institute will be held 21-25 September 2015 at the Salt Lake Place Hotel, conveniently located in the center of historic downtown Salt Lake City and next door to the Family History Library (FHL).

This year's Institute features four renowned genealogists from the British Isles -- Else Churchill and Alec Tritton from England, Fiona Fitzsimons from Ireland, and Bruce Durie from Scotland.  They will be joined by board-certified genealogist Melissa Johnson, who specializes in writing and publishing.

The amazing course line-up includes:
  • Researching Your English Ancestors with Else Churchill and Alec Tritton 
  • Tracing Your Irish Ancestors with Fiona Fitzsimons 
  • Everything you Need to Know about Scottish Genealogy . . . and Then Some with Bruce Durie
  • Elements of Genealogical Writing, Editing, and Publishing with Melissa Johnson
Complete instructor biographies and course outlines may be found here.

Participants registering prior to August 15th receive a $65 discount over the regular registration fee of $495.  Registration, lodging, and other information may be found at

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Appoints Christine Woodcock as Editor

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) has appointed Christine Woodcock of Brantford, Ontario, as editor of its quarterly publication, British Connections. Since 2000, British Connections has provided researchers with articles covering numerous British Isles research topics, including methodology, source material, case studies, book reviews, queries, and historical information applicable to British Isles researchers.

Christine presently serves as editor of several publications, including two newsletters for the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS): the Hamilton Branch OGS, quarterly newsletter of the Hamilton (Wentworth County) Branch of OGS; and the Scottish SIG Newsletter, a publication of the OGS Scottish special interest group. She also previously edited BRANTches, the newsletter of the Brant County Branch of OGS. Christine is also editor of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Newsletter and the family newsletter Crawford Connections. She serves as Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland, and also edits the organization’s newsletter.

Woodcock will be responsible for maintaining the quality content of British Connections and working with authors and columnists. She will work with ISBGFH Trustee Leslie Tomlinson, who serves as the layout editor for British Connections. “We look forward to working with Christine, and are enthusiastic about her vision for the publication,” said ISBGFH President Ann Lisa Pearson.

“I look forward to expanding the reach of British Connections, as well as retaining authors from around the world,” noted Christine Woodcock. Christine is particularly looking forward to expanding ISBGFH’s reach into Canada, and recruiting authors from the U.S., Canada and U.K. If you are interested in writing for British Connections, please contact Christine at For more information on British Connections and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, visit

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