Sunday, November 03, 2019

Researching Your Canadian Ancestors Virtual Conference

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History is pleased to be hosting a 4 day virtual conference for those researching their ancestors in Commonwealth Countries. 

The conference is being held MARCH 16-19, 2020 and each day is dedicated to researching in a different Commonwealth Country. 

Monday, March 16th is dedicated to Researching Your Canadian Ancestors and is being presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan,UE, PLCGS. 

Kathryn will focus on four topics for Canadian research: 

Researching Canadian Census Records, 1871-1921

Canadian census records hold valuable information for the family history researcher. Each census from 1851 through 1921 was unique in the questions asked and the instructions given to the enumerators. These records are the most accessible for researching your Canadian ancestors and are freely available on the Library and Archives Canada website.

Little known details about your ancestor and their family can be found in the Canadian census records. When did your ancestor immigrate to Canada? Where exactly did they live in Canada? What did your ancestor do for a living? Canadian census records can help you find information about your ancestor’s immigration, location, home, age and birthdate, occupation and wages, and even if they held life insurance.

This session will examine how and why the census was taken, the similarities and differences between the census records, and the questions asked by the enumerators when they appeared at your ancestor’s doorstep.

Selling Canada: Immigration Schemes, Ship Passenger Lists and Immigration Records

Even before Canada was a country, immigration schemes were used to attract settlers to leave their homes in the old country and begin a new life in a new land. Our ancestors from England, Wales and Scotland were actively recruited to immigrate to Canada, and immigration schemes were used to entice them to help settle the vast areas of Ontario and the western prairie provinces.

One of the biggest challenges with researching ship passengers lists to Canada has to do with the lack of comprehensive passenger lists of immigrants before 1865. From 1865 onwards, official records of immigration to Canada were passenger lists and border entry records. Discover where to find ship passenger lists and immigration records before and after 1865. Learn how Canada’s immigration policies affected your ancestors and why every family history researcher needs to research border entry records.

How to Find Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations in Canada

As great as the Library and Archives Canada website is for researching Canadian genealogy, the one type of record you won’t find there is vital registration records. Records of births, marriages and deaths in Canada are called civil registrations and are held at the provincial or territorial level. Microfilmed copies of civil registration records released into the public domain can be found at provincial archives., and have some indexed and/or digitized civil registrations available on their respective websites.

Each province has different laws about birth, marriage and death registrations, how and what information was collected, and when those records are released into the public domain. This session will discuss where to find the records and how to access them.

Researching Recent Family Members in Canada

Researching more recent family members in Canada can be a real headache. Long closure periods of records and privacy laws make finding information difficult. However, there are resources available for finding family in Canada if you know where to look. We’ll be looking at ways to find your family without DNA.

The first thing to use is the power of Google and how to leverage social media to your advantage. Then, discover how making use of directories, yearbooks, voter’s lists, court records and military records can help you find your relatives in the 20th century. Also, some little-known resources will be considered to assist you in finding your more recent family members in Canada.

Whether your ancestor lived in or was migrating through Canada, you will find Kathryn's talks informative, fun and stimulating. A full day of intense learning, all from the comfort of home for just $70usd. Register at:

Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors.

Kathryn is the host and presenter of the well-received weekly webinar series,
“Genealogy with a Canadian Twist.” Recognized for her knowledge of Canadian genealogy, Kathryn is a popular speaker and instructor at regional and national genealogical conferences and institutes throughout North America.

Friday, November 01, 2019





The ISBGFH is pleased to announce their Virtual Institute which will run from March 16-19, 2020. The theme for this Institute is Researching in Commonwealth Countries. Each day of the Institute will feature 4 presentations on a particular Commonwealth Country:

Monday March 16Canadian Research presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS. Kathryn is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors.

Tuesday March 17South African Research presented by Sue McNelly. Sue is a professional genealogist based in Phoenix, Arizona, with over 16 years of experience. Born in South Africa to her English father and South African mother, Sue’s roots are predominantly English with a little Scottish, Irish and of course South African, to add to the mix. Sue is the owner of KindredPast, a genealogy company focusing on research in South Africa, England, and the Isle of Man.

Wednesday March 18British India Research presented by Emma Jolly. Emma Jolly MA is a professional genealogist and writer. Based in London, Emma writes regularly for family history publications and is the author of four books. Emma's media work includes radio and television appearances, as well as research for British and Swedish television channels, independent production companies, and national newspapers. She also edits the monthly newsletter of the Society of Genealogists. Emma specializes in genealogy problem-solving, tracing living relatives (alongside DNA test analysis), London history, social history, women's history and the British in India.

Thursday March 19Australian Research presented by Kerry Farmer. Kerry Farmer is a researcher, presenter and teacher in genealogical studies. She is on the Board of the Society of Australian Genealogists and convener of their Education Committee. She is Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, developing their Australian Records courses.
**Please note that this will be a late afternoon/evening series given the time zone differences**

$70usd per day. $249usd for all 4 days.
Registration allows you access to recordings of the presentations
until April 30th 

Saturday, September 28, 2019


Today is the LAST day to register for this year's British Institute before the fees go way up. British Institute starts in just two weeks. This is your last chance to register for a week of intense learning combined with dedicated research time at the Family  History Library. 

Four courses:

Researching Scottish Ancestors – Christine Woodcock​
Don't miss out! Register HERE 

Monday, September 09, 2019

Webinars for Welsh Genealogy Research

Do you have Welsh ancestry? If so you won't want to miss these FREE webinars

Saturday Sept 21, 11 am eastern
Megan Heyl

You can find Megan Hunting Down History on her blog. 

Saturday December 7, 11 am eastern
Eilir Daniels

Eilir is a native speaking Welsh genealogist who runs Your Welsh Ancestors

The webinars are FREE at the time of presentation. Recordings are available for ISBGFH members. Not a member? It is only $25 to join and that not only gives you access to all of the season's webinar recordings, but also to our quarterly publication. 

Please note that confirmation of registration for the webinar does not guarantee you will get to watch. Spaces are limited, so be sure to log in so you are not disappointed. 

Friday, August 30, 2019


Have you registered yet for September's webinars? 

Using Manorial Records for Genealogy Research
Presented by Caroline Gurney
Saturday, Sept 7, 2020, at 11 am eastern (GMT-5)

Researching Your Glamorgan Ancestors
Presented by Megan Heyl
Saturday, Sept 21, 2020 at 11 am eastern

Remember that confirmation of registration does not guarantee that you will get to see the webinar. Be sure to log in early. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

FREE Webinar: Using Manorial Records for Genealogy Research



In this webinar, genealogist Caroline Gurney will share with us the genealogical gems that can be found in Manorial Records. The webinar is FREE to all at time of presentation. The recording is available to ISBGFH members. Not yet a member? Join for just $25

Ready to register for the webinar? Click this link:

Please note that confirmation of registration does not guarantee a "seat" at the webinar. FREE webinars fill very quickly. To ensure you get to watch the live presentation, please log in 20 minutes early on the day of the  webinar. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Planning for the British Institute

Less than two months before British Institute convenes! Here's what to expect:

Sunday, October 13th - An informal reception @ the Plaza hotel allows you an opportunity to meet your instructor, others in your class, and others attending the institute. You'll receive your registration packet, including your print syllabus (if you ordered one - deadline is September 25th). There will be nibbles in case you are one of those who just arrived. Remember that you can arrive early and possibly have the same discount rate for a few days before and after the institute. There's a free shuttle to and from the airport to the Plaza if you are arriving by air.

Monday, October 14th - Classes start, followed by research time at the library and a sit-down dinner in the evening. This is another opportunity to informally connect with the instructors and others in attendance.

Tuesday through Friday - Class in the morning and research time in the afternoon and evening. The Family History Library is open most days until 9 pm. Plan to take advantage of the many sights and sounds Salt Lake City has to offer as well.

A successful research plan should include:

·         Stretching your legs every hour (put your items in a locker if needed).
·         Staying hydrated - closed water bottles are allowed in the library. Vending machines are available in the library for beverages and snacks.
·         Eating regularly - restaurants, grocery and convenience stores are easily accessible from the Plaza. Your hotel room has a refrigerator and microwave.
·         Connecting with others with similar research goals. You'll learn more and have more fun!

If you would like to connect with others who have attended the British Institute let us know - we're here to help you have an enjoyable educational experience!

Not yet registered? Here's the link:

We look forward to hosting you in Salt Lake City in October!