Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Upcoming Webinars

Our winter webinar series continues. We have two webinars before the holiday season starts and then we will be taking a break to allow you to concentrate on family, friends, celebrating, or getting away from it all.

Here's the line up:

SATURDAY NOV 3 at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, British Institute instructor Audrey Collins will provide an overview of her course on the family history resources available at The National Archives in London.

SATURDAY DEC 1 at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, Genetic Genealogist Maurice Gleeson will show us how DNA can be used to solve adoption mysteries in our family tree.

THURSDAY JAN 10 at 7 pm eastern
FROM RUBBLE and RUIN: Locating Famine Immigrant Families in Land & Tax Records

In this webinar, Donna Moughty will show us how to find famine immigrant families in the Land and Tax records.

SATURDAY JAN 19 at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, English course instructor Paul Blake will provide an overview of the week long course he will be teaching along with Maggie Loughran at this year's British Institute

Friday, September 21, 2018

October Webinars - for FREE!

Join us for two webinars this month as we continue to bring  you quality educational opportunities. These webinars are FREE at the time of presentation. Recordings are available as a member benefit and only available to ISBGFH members. 

The Home Archivist
Thursday October 4th at 8 pm eastern

In this webinar, Archive Lady, Melissa Barker will help us to learn how to be our own home archivist and preserve our documents, photos and heirlooms.

Catholic Heritage Collection on Findmypast
Saturday October 13th at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, Brian Donovan will show us the rich genealogical resources that can be found in Findmypast's Catholic Heritage Collection
To register:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


John Grenham
Irish Genealogy Online

Due to a conflict of scheduling (on my end) the webinar has been re-scheduled to Saturday, September 29th at 11 am eastern. 

Many thanks to Mr Grenham for his gracious understanding and flexibility. 

Here is the link to register:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


All of our webinars for the 2018-2019 season are FREE! If you are a member of ISBGFH, you can watch the recording in the members only area of the website. Non members must watch the live presentation, or join ISBGFH. 
Here are the webinars for the remainder of this calendar year:
Sept 5 - 7 pm Eastern Diseases Disasters and Distress
In this webinar, Lisa Alzo will discuss how diseases, disasters, and distress may have impacted your family’s history.
Sept 15 - 11 am Eastern - Irish Genealogy Online 
In this webinar, John Grenham will share with us the online resources that are available for anyone researching their Irish Ancestors.

Oct 4 - 7 pm Eastern - The Home Archivist
In this webinar, Archive Lady, Melissa Barker will help us to learn how to be our own home archivist and preserve our documents, photos and heirlooms.
Oct 13 - 11 am Eastern Catholic Heritage Collection on Findmypast
In this webinar, Brian Donovan will show us the rich genealogical resources that can be found in Findmypast's Catholic Heritage Collection.
Nov webinar is still being confirmed and a separate email will be forthcoming. The presentation will be an overview by one of the British Institute 2019 Instructors about what their course will entail. Stay tuned!

Dec 1 - 11 am Eastern Solving Adoption Mysteries in Your Family Tree Through DNA
In this webinar, Genetic Genealogist Maurice Gleeson will show us how DNA can be used to solve adoption mysteries in our family tree.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Researching Families in the British Isles

Tuesday and Wednesday were full days of learning about our Scottish and Irish ancestors.

Christine Woodcock helped us get started with our Scottish research, provided online resources for us, told us about the wealth of records available in the libraries, archives and family history societies in Scotland and then helped us to understand some of the historic events that led to our Scottish ancestors leave their homeland for America.

On Wednesday, Maurice Gleeson helped us trace our ancestors back to Ireland, explained church and civil registration records, talked about census and census substitute records and then shared some of the less common records for Irish research. 

This has been a wonderful week of learning, connecting and sharing. We look forward to more learning opportunities from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

Monday, August 13, 2018

Day One of Researching Families in the British Isles - Philadelphia

Today was the start of the mini Institute, held in conjunction with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Today's instructor was Maurice Gleeson who spent the day assisting us learn more about using DNA in conjunction with our genealogy research. 

The morning talks were on DNA Testing for Genealogy followed by Y-DNA and Surname Projects. The afternoon was dedicated to Autosomal DNA and using it for genealogy. 

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond

Do you have or suspect that you have Scottish ancestors? 

Paul Milner, the course coordinator for the British Institute's Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond course says: "Students who come to the class with no known Scottish ancestors have returned a year later to tell me they have both identified and documented their Scottish ancestors."

Some of the topics to be covered:

  • Scottish Emigration to North America
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration
  • Making Sense of the Census
  • Church Records for B/M/D
  • Burghs and Their Records
  • Inheritance
  • Researching in the British Military

Join Paul and learn more about Scottish research. Register here: