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:

Monday, May 07, 2018

A Day of Learning About English Research

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with the International Society for British Genealogy and FamilyHistory (ISBGFH) to conduct a four day program of researching family in the British Isles.  ISBGFH conducts the British Institute held annually in Salt Lake City to provide week-long education by well-known genealogists on the British Isles.  On 13-16 August 2018, the ISBGFH has arranged for several presenters to provide an overview of researching British Isles topics at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  

Day Four is on English Research with instructor Frank Southcott. Frank is the President of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

Frank's presentations will be:

Researching Your Family in England:  Census and National Registration

 A useful England census has been conducted every 10 years since 1841 and is accessible through 1911.  It is the primary resource to establish families in England during that period.  England also conducted a national registration in 1939 as an ancillary of WWII.  Both of these resources will be explored during this session.

Researching Your Family in England:  Civil Registration

Civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths commenced on 1 July 1837.  Explore the records and idiosyncrasies of the registration process in England and how to obtain the information for your family.

Researching Your Family in England:  Wills and Church Records

 Wills survive from early times.  Baptisms, marriages and burials survive in a great number of parishes from the mid-1500's.  This session will explore the available probate and church records and the wealth of information that can be derived.

 Researching English Family at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Many people are surprised at the vast collection of British Isles records available at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania library. Explore the records and resources available for British Isles family research at HSP with Daniel Rolph, PhD, Historian and Head of Reference Services.

The one day on English Research is just $99. Or you can attend all four days of the Mini Institute for just $299. 

To register for the talk or for the entire Mini Institute: