Sunday, September 25, 2016

Irish family research... 5 days to register for the first webinar in the winter webinar series!  Visit isbgfh.org

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Thursday, September 15, 2016



Our first webinar is just over two weeks away! If you have Irish ancestors, this is a webinar that you won't want to miss. 

The webinar will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital records, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented.

Our presenter for this webinar is Michael Brophy. To subscribe to the webinar, simply visit our website

Will we see YOU online?









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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ISBGFH Membership Winners

At the recent FGS conference in Springfield, ISBGFH hosted a sponsored lunch. As we do at all of our sponsored lunches, we held a draw for free memberships in the society. The winners from the FGS conference were:


Barbara Young Rosenstrauch from San Antonio, Texas and Rachael Mellen, M.A. from Peru, Illinois 


Barbara, ISBGFH President Frank Southcott and Rachael.

Congratulations to both winners and welcome to ISBGFH!










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British Connections Writers Are Stars!


Every year, Canadian blogger John D Reid runs a Genealogy Rock Star Award contest. This is a contest where genealogists who have proven to be popular as speakers, writers and bloggers are listed on a ballot and the world gets to vote for their favourites. 

The purpose of the awards is to assist Genealogy societies to know who might be popular as a speaker for their event, making it more successful. It also allows people to know whose blogs to tune in to, whose articles to read, books to buy and talks to attend. 


This year's winners included a number of genealogists who write for British Connections! Here's the line-up of our superstar writers:

The gold star for Ireland was awarded to our very own Dr Maurice Gleeson. Maurice writes a quarterly column on DNA for Genealogy. 

The Silver star for England/Scotland/Wales was awarded to Chris Paton. Chris recently wrote about researching in Belfast. 


The Bronze star for Australia/New Zealand was awarded to Helen V Smith. Helen's article on Workhouses and Poor Law Records for England and Wales is in the current issue of British Connections. 

And the Bronze star for Canada was awarded to yours truly, your editor! 

Congratulations to all of the winners, and all of our writers who make British Connections such a great resource for British Isles genealogy research. 


















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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Benefits of ISBGFH Membership

How far does $25 go in today's world?  That is the price of membership in the ISBGFH!  With our new 7 topic winter webinar series, membership saves you $70...  OK!  $45 if you want to get technical about paying the $25 up front.  Add in the value of the quarterly "British Connections" publication and your membership discount to attend the British Institute...  You tell me the value!  Visit isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=16 to join today!

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Registration For the Winter Webinar Series is OPEN!


We are really pleased to be able to offer you a learning opportunity that you can take advantage of right from the comfort of your own home. Our winter webinar series offers a great line up of presenters and topics to help you with your British Isles genealogy research. 

First up is Researching Your Irish Ancestors with presenter Michael Brophy. October 1, 2016 1 pm ET

The webinar begins with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy — the destruction of the Public Records Office in Dublin on 30 June 1922. As a result, the unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital records, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented.

To register:  http://www.isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=91

Cost: $20 for non ISBGFH members
          $10 for ISBGFH members

See you online!



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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 http://isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=56. 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 http://www.isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=76.

Questions can be emailed to the Institute Director at institute_director@isbgfh.org


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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 isbgfh.org

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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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