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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Researching Ancestors in British India

Did your ancestor fight in the Boer War? Work for the Railway in India? Work for the East India Company? If the answer to any of these questions then this is one day of virtual learning that you won't want to miss. Anglo-India research expert Emma Jolly will share her vast knowledge with us during a one day virtual institute on Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Emma's topics include: 



GETTING STARTED WITH ANGLO-INDIAN RESEARCH
RESEARCHING AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY AND OTHER ARCHIVES
ONLINE SOURCES

THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY

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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.


To register: https://isbgfh.wildapricot.org/

Monday, December 02, 2019

WELSH RESEARCH WEBINAR! FOR FREE!



Our winter webinar series continues this Saturday with a presentation on Pre-1858 Welsh Wills. This is a must view if you have Welsh ancestors. 



Presenter Eilir Ann Daniels has been studying family history for well over 30 years and, as the founder of the research service ‘Your Welsh Ancestors’, has been working as a professional researcher for ten of those years.

Eilir is a Full Member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives), and is a Pharos Tutors instructor, teaching its online Welsh genealogy course. She provides research services for private clients and solicitors, and carries out research for the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, as well as for programmes on S4C (the national Welsh language TV channel) and BBC Radio Cymru.

She is a native Welsh speaker, and her academic background – her degree focused on the development of Welsh and UK society after the Industrial Revolution – provides the basis for her genealogical work today.



RESEARCHING YOUR COMMONWEALTH ANCESTORS




Many of us with ancestors from the British Isles have discovered that they traveled to other parts of the British Commonwealth at some point in their lives. This may have been for work with the British India Company, as part of their military deployment to South Africa, or India. It may have been that they were transported as a penal sentence and ended up in Australia or Canada. They may have chosen to emigrate to any of these four countries in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families.

To enhance our British Institute experience, the ISBGFH is offering a Virtual Commonwealth Institute. While this won’t offer the research time that the BI does and while connecting virtually isn’t quite as gratifying as enjoying lunch with a research buddy, it does broaden the base in terms of people who are able to attend.

Many people want the learning experience but for a variety of reasons, aren’t able to travel to SLC. Attending a virtual institute allows them to take part in the learning, the opportunity to connect with other attendees and with our speakers, and to pace themselves so that the time away from family, work or other responsibilities is limited.

Virtual learning is the NOW big thing. It allows people to learn, to be comfortable, to save on travel, accommodation and meals. And it allows us, as a society, to broaden the learning resources we offer. We can invite speakers who are top in their field of research but who also aren’t able to travel – perhaps due to their very busy schedules. Virtual learning is a win-win-win. 

While the Institute launches the week of March 16-19, access to the learning is extended to April 30th to allow you to watch during waking hours in your time zone. It also allows  you to go back and re-watch the presentations since there is such a wealth of information provided that you will want to listen again and again.

For our first virtual institute, we have chosen commonwealth countries. This is just the beginning for us. DNA will be covered in the fall with Dr Maurice Gleeson

Our March institute consists of:


Canadian Research – Monday March 16, 2020. Kathryn Lake Hogan will present four talks:

1.    Researching Canadian Census Records, 1871-1921
2.    Selling Canada: Immigration Schemes, Ship Passenger Lists and Immigration Records
3.    How to Find Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations in Canada
4.    Researching Recent Family Members in Canada


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.





South African Research - Tuesday March 17th, 2020. Sue McNelly will present four talks:

·         SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH – GETTING STARTED
·         MY ANCESTOR WENT TO SOUTH AFRICA
·         WARS AND RECORDS THEY CREATED
·         ONLINE SOURCES FOR SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH


Sue McNelly 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 a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research and is the owner of KindredPast, a genealogy company focusing on research in South Africa, England, and the Isle of Man


British India Research – Wednesday March 18th ,2020. Emma Jolly will present four talks:

·         GETTING STARTED WITH ANGLO-INDIAN RESEARCH
·         RESEARCHING AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY AND OTHER ARCHIVES
·         ONLINE SOURCES
·         THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY



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.



Australian Research Thursday March 19th ,2020. Kerry Farmer will present four talks:

·         BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
·         IMMIGRATION
·         CONVICTS
·         NEWSPAPERS, DIRECTORIES AND ELECTORAL ROLLS



Kerry Farmer is a researcher, presenter and teacher in genealogical studies. She is on the Board of the Society of Australian Genealogists and convenor of their Education Committee. She is Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, developing their Australian Records courses. Kerry authored DNA for Genealogists (4th edn, 2017), Arrivals in Australia from 1788 (2015).

Each day, there will be four presentations. The presentations are all pre-recorded and will be released on a timed basis – just like an in-person conference. After each presentation, the speaker will be available LIVE in our closed Facebook group where she will answer your questions. There will be a short break and then the next presentation will start.

There will be a lunch break after the second session’s question period. Then the afternoon will begin with session three.

THURSDAY will begin in the late afternoon. This is so that our speaker, Kerry Farmer, who lives in Australia, can be available LIVE in the Facebook group to answer your questions.

You can register for individual days for $70 usd. That’s less than $20 for each session. Top-notch learning from top-notch experts.

You can register for as many days as you wish. One, two, three or all four. Pick the countries and topics that are of interest to you in your research. If you are interested in taking all four sessions, you can save $30 by registering for the four day institute

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Researching South African Ancestors Virtual Institute



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. 


Tuesday, March 17th is Researching South African AncestorsIn the last few years there has been an enormous increase in the amount of South African records being digitized and made available online. This has sparked a renewed interest in finding records of those who have ancestors with connections to South Africa. I was born in South Africa, a land that has been in my family’s blood since 1849, when my maternal third great grandfather left Scotland for the shores of the Cape Province. Other lines arrived in South Africa from Germany in 1878, Ireland in 1887, and the Isle of Man in 1888. Although my English great grandfather, a miner from County Durham, never settled permanently in South Africa, he spent many years working in the diamond mines at Kimberley, in the Cape, and ended up fighting in the Boer War. I am excited to be able to share my knowledge of South African records and to help those that are seeking their ancestors there.


Genealogist Sue McNelly will give four presentations: 


South African Research: Getting Started

This webinar will explore a brief history of South Africa and how historical events shaped the records that are now available. South Africa has experienced much change in the last few decades and we will look at historical maps and current maps to understand the changes in geographical boundaries and how that affects where records are kept. We will discuss genealogical sources that are available, focusing on major record types such as church records, estate files, cemetery records, settler records, and military records.

South African Research: My Ancestor went to South Africa

With a focus on ancestors who settled in South Africa, this webinar will discuss the various assisted emigration schemes which many took advantage of. We will take an in-depth look at the 1820 British settlers, British Settlers to Natal between 1824 and 1857, and German and Norwegian settlers. We will discuss the availability of passenger lists and where to find them. Other immigration records such as deeds of naturalization and immigrant registry files will be examined.

South African Research: Wars and the Records They Created

One of the most common questions that genealogists have is how to find military records, particularly for their ancestors who fought in the Anglo-Boer Wars. This webinar will discuss a brief history of the Boer War, who fought in it, and what records were created that might be searched. We will examine how newspapers may help in locating our ancestors that served in the military. The webinar will also explore South Africa’s role in World War I and II, and what records may be of use to the genealogist.

South African Research: Online Sources

This webinar will look at the available online sources for South African genealogical research. We will discuss the use of NAAIRS (National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System) and how it works in conjunction with FamilySearch to locate original images of records. We will examine the major South African record collections at various online repositories, including libraries and archives. We will study other sources for information on South African ancestors, including blogs and Facebook pages and will end with a look at resources for adding historical and social context to our research.


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. FamilySearch.org, and Ancestry.ca 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: https://isbgfh.wildapricot.org/




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

NEW! COMMONWEALTH VIRTUAL INSTITUTE






THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BRITISH GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY

 PRESENTS

COMMONWEALTH VIRTUAL INSTITUTE

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

THIS IS IT!!



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​
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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
RESEARCHING WELSH ANCESTORS
Megan Heyl
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5871157196999332619

You can find Megan Hunting Down History on her blog. 


Saturday December 7, 11 am eastern
PRE 1858 WELSH WILLS
Eilir Daniels 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6638431595233917963

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.