Wednesday, October 19, 2011

British Institute 2011 Recap

British Institute 2011 was a great success. We had a great group of people who attended, a week of heavy-duty instruction and hours of research in the Family History Library, to say nothing of great instructors, Barbara Baker and David Rencher. We had a lot of first-timers this year and many of them say they’ll be back next year.

Next year we will have four courses and they will fill up quickly. More information about instructors and course information will be forth coming. We’ll announce on our blog when registration is open, as well as on our website and Facebook.

We had an opportunity to hear what is new with FamilySearch and learned a few tricks of the trade from Diane Loosle on the Wednesday evening. We’ve done this for the last three or four years and it is always worthwhile.

The FamilySearch Library also offered some unexpected entertainment. On our first afternoon in the library we discovered that they were filming an edition of the “Genealogy in 5 Minutes” segment. There were two parts to the episode…a young man having difficulty in reading old handwriting and a young man who finds what he is looking for. Several takes were done, but each time, the young man who found what he was looking for would jump up and say “I’ve found him.” While we were warned that they were filming, it wasn’t apparent that the young man who jumped up was part of the film. Several people applauded him when he announced he’d found whoever he had been searching! One would hope they’d leave in the applause!

Happy Hunting!

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