Monday, July 10, 2017

In Search of Your Glasgow Ancestors - Book Review

Maxwell, Ian. Tracing Your Glasgow Ancestors: A Guide for Local and Family Historians. Pen & Sword Publishing, South Yorkshire. ISBN 978 1 47386 721 5, 2016, 202 pgs.

This comprehensive guide to tracing your Glasgow ancestors is a must-have reference for anyone with Glaswegians in their family tree. Maxwell presents a history of Glasgow from medieval times. He discusses common Glaswegian surnames and talks about their origins. Maxwell provides a comprehensive history of the City and surrounds and spends time on each of the areas of the city - the Gorbals, Calton, Anderston and the like. Each of these areas is unique for the people who resided there, the work that was available and for its history. For example, few will have known that Gorbals once was a leper colony.

The resources available in Glasgow for genealogy research are some of the riches resources available. The information that can be gleaned from the very robust collections is almost beyond imagination. It truly is a case of your Glaswegian ancestors waiting on the shelves for you to come and find them. You can gain tremendous insight into the lives of your ancestors by consulting the records available in the City. This book provides a wealth of information about the records, where they can be found, the information they contain and how to access them.

The book can be purchased from Amazon:

ISBGFH makes no commission from any sales of this book. We received a free electronic copy for the purposes of review.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


An appeal has been launched to find living descendants of a Catherine Hayes Osborne, a Donegal woman. Osborne was one of six members of the first ever military code breaker teams. According to the Donegal County Museum, Osborne was attached to the intelligence branch of the British army's general staff. She is purported to have worked in the censor's office, decoding German wireless messages. Osborne was a member of the British Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during WWI.

More of the story can be found on the Irish News website at:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scottish Family History Research: Where and How the Find the Real Records

Scottish Family History Research:  Where and How the Find the Real Records

One of four excellent courses being offered at: 

ISBGFH British Institute 2017  -  September 18-22, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah
Early registration ends August 31st

Instructor: Dr Bruce Durie

Many Scottish records are the best preserved, most complete and most accessible available – but are not necessarily available digitally.  Bruce Durie, PhD,  QG, Fellow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, will explore the records and resources available in Scotland, and online.  The “uncommon” resources available for your family history research efforts. 

For more information, see ISBGFH’s website:

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

April Webinar - Researching Your Welsh Ancestors

Join us for the final webinar of our Winter Webinar series.
Presenter Darris Williams will assist us in researching our Welsh Ancestors. 
Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 eastern.

Webinar fees are $10 for ISBGFH members and $20 for non-members.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ulster Historical Foundation North American Tour

Irish Educational Experience
With the Ulster Historical Foundation
USA Lecture Tour, 03 – 22 March 2017

The ISBGFH supports genealogical education primarily through the British Institute and its webinar program.  In 2018, Fintan Mullan, Director, Ulster Historical Foundation, will present a weeklong program at the British Institute on researching in Ireland. He has also been a presenter for our Winter Webinar Series. 

Separately, the UHF is providing day programs listed below during the early part of March this year.  Discover Fintan and the UHF in preparation for his expanded program in Salt Lake City in 2018 by attending one of these presentations.  Dates and contact are outlined below.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!

Fuller contact details with additional information can be found at:

text ©2016, copyright International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

March Webinar

Join us for our March webinar: Finding your American Ancestors Using the Canadian Records
with presenter Kathryn Lake Hogan
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Although your ancestors may have ultimately settled in the United States, it was not uncommon for them to have spent time in Canada, especially after the American Revolutionary War. In this webinar, Canadian research specialist, Kathryn Lake Hogan will show you how you might be successful Finding your American Ancestors Using the Canadian Records

text ©2016, copyright International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

Saturday, January 14, 2017

February Webinar - They Came From Scotland

Our next webinar is They Came From Scotland

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 1:00 eastern

In this webinar, Christine Woodcock will look at the historical events that led to Scots leaving their homeland for the new world. She will share online and offline resources to assist you with researching your Scottish Immigrant Ancestor

There is a two-step process to register, the first is payment:

After the payment has been made, you will receive a follow-up email to register with GoToWebinar. 

We look forward to seeing you online!

text ©2016, copyright International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Join us for the January webinar being presented by Nick Barratt. Nick will share with us some of the genealogy gems that can be found in the National Archives in London. To pay for the webinar:

Remember that paying for the webinar is one step

The next step is to wait until you get the email that says: 

Thanks for signing up for the webinars. Below is the information to register with GoToWebinar. 

Please register for Genealogy Gems in the National Archives on Jan 10, 2017, 1:00 PM EST at: 

And then a link to register will be in this line. PLEASE take the time to register so that you will automatically get reminders about the webinar AND you will get the link to join the webinar on Jan 10th. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

As soon as you register with GoToWebinar - by clicking the link above and filling in the required fields, you will get another email with the link to click right before the webinar start time. 

The great thing about registering with GoToWebinar is that automatic reminders are built in. GTW will remind you one day before the webinar and again one hour before the webinar. Then all you need to do is grab a coffee, get comfy and click on the link to listen in. 

text ©2016, copyright International Society for British Genealogy and Family History