2015 British Institute

Sponsored by the 
International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

21-25 September 2015
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Learn from experts
  • five days of instruction
  • research at the Family History Library with instructors available for guidance
  • one-on-one consultation with instructor
These four courses will be offered at the 2015 Institute:
Click on a course title to get a more detailed description of the content of that course
  • Researching Your English AncestorsElse Churchill and Alec Tritton (This course is FULL)
    This course is designed to explore the records necessary to successfully research English families. The instructors will discuss census returns, civil registration, newspapers, parish chest records, census substitutes, passenger lists, manorial records, genealogical reference works, electoral rolls, and probate records. The course also covers numerous resources for London ancestors, as well as solutions to seventeenth century research problems. This course is suited for researchers at any experience level.
  • Tracing Your Irish AncestorsFiona Fitzsimons
    This course will assist students of Irish family history in developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to research their ancestors. Each course module promotes a thorough knowledge of the sources and emphasizes the importance of a good research methodology. The course covers all major sources online and at the Family History Library, as well as the most significant collections available exclusively at Irish repositories. 
  • Everything You Need to Know about Scottish Genealogy ... and Then SomeBruce Durie
    Scotland has the best-preserved, most complete and most accessible sets of records on the planet. For the most part, these cannot be accessed through FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, but are available through Scottish online sites. Dr. Bruce Durie will demonstrate how to explore, understand, and use the wide range of record sources available online and in major repositories.
  • Elements of Genealogical Writing, Editing, and PublishingMelissa Johnson
    This course covers the principles of genealogical writing and the skills needed for genealogists to turn their research into well-written genealogical works. Students will learn to develop genealogies, pedigrees, lineages, and proof arguments that meet standards in the field. Topics covered also include editing and self-editing; writing and organization tools such as Scrivener, Microsoft Word, spreadsheets, and mind-maps; genealogical venues for publishing, including journals, magazines, newsletters, books, and e-books; and style and layout considerations for self-publishing, traditional publishing, and digital publishing.


  • Else Churchill
    Photo of Else ChurchillElse Churchill is the genealogist at the Society of Genealogists in London and a former member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives. With over 30 years experience as a genealogical teacher and researcher, Else has run workshops for family historians in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and Ireland. She writes a regular column for the U.K.’s Your Family Tree Magazine, contributes to various genealogical media in the U.K. and Australia, and edits genealogical reference works and distance learning materials. Else compiled the “Next Steps” articles for the Family History section of the BBC website and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Making History and Women’s Hour as well as the popular U.K. television shows Who Do You Think You Are? and Find My Past.
  • Alec Tritton
    Photo of Alec Tritton
    Alec Tritton has been a family historian for over 25 years, specializing in burial grounds, graveyards, grave robbery, and obscure nonconformist sects. A former chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies and the Guild of One-Name Studies, as well as vice-chairman of the Society of Genealogists, he has lectured extensively in England on various genealogical subjects. He has presented at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, at the Society of Genealogists centenary conference, and internationally in the U.S. As well as lecturing and writing articles for genealogical magazines, his passion is leading walking tours around London burial grounds.
  • Fiona Fitzsimons
    Photo of Fiona Fitzsimons
    Fiona Fitzsimons is a founder and director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Dublin Campus company specializing in historic research and digitization of records. She formerly tutored at Trinity College, and still contributes regular seminars at the Innovation Academy, a joint initiative of Trinity College, University College Dublin, and Queen’s University Belfast. She coordinated the Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Library of Ireland and developed a successful series of expert workshops with Trinity College and the National Library of Ireland. Fiona is a columnist for History Ireland and a regular contributor to Irish Lives Remembered. Research credits for media include Who Do You Think You Are? (U.K., Ireland, Canada, and Australia editions), Faces of America, and Finding Our Roots.
  • Bruce Durie, Ph.D., FSA Scot, FIGRS
    Photo of Bruce DurieBruce Durie is one of Scotland’s best known and respected genealogists. He was recently elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie; he is the only member from Scotland. He founded the postgraduate program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde, of which he was Course Director for six years. Now a Fellow at Strathclyde, he is developing a Masters and a doctoral programme in Genealogical Studies. He also teaches courses on genealogy, documents and heraldry at the University of Edinburgh.
    Bruce is perhaps best known for his BBC radio series, Digging Up Your Roots (eighth season in 2014), and A House with a Past. He has authored 30 books, including the best-selling Scottish Genealogy, now in its 3rd edition. He also engages in private genealogical work, co-organises ancestral tours along with his business partner Jamie (Lord Sempill), and co-manages the Scottish DNA Project with Alasdair MacDonald.
    He is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie. His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding an additional doctoral degree in history.
  • Melissa Johnson
    Photo of Melissa Johnson
    Melissa Johnson is a professional genealogist specializing in writing, editing, and publishing. She has written and edited numerous genealogical works, including family histories, biographies, narratives, and case studies. She is also experienced in book layout and design for self-publishing, e-publishing, and traditional publishing. Melissa has been the Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) since 2008, and is also the editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, a publication of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Her work has been published privately and in numerous journals and magazines.      
  Hotel Arrangements
  • Classes will be held at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here to see more details about lodging at the International British Institute group rate.
Course Fees
  • $395  —  ISBGFH member (1 November 2014 - 28 February 2015 only)
  • $430  — Early general registration (1 March 2015 - 15 August 2015)
  • $495 —  Registration after early registration ends (15 August)