Sunday, January 20, 2019


Our winter webinar series continues with two FREE webinars in February:

THURSDAY FEB 7th, 7 pm eastern
British Isles Research at the Family History Library

In this webinar, Claire Brisson-Banks will show us the wealth of records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, providing you with a deeper understanding of what you might uncover during your research time at the British Institute

SATURDAY FEB 16th, 11 am eastern
Using Work House Records for Genealogy Research

In this webinar, Sylvia Valentine will show us how this little used resource can assist us in learning more about our pauper ancestors.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Join us Saturday, January 19th at 11 am eastern for

An Overview of Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid 19th Century English Ancestors

In this webinar instructor Paul Blake will give us an overview of what will be presented during this week-long course at British Institute 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

British Institute Registration is OPEN

Registration Now Open!

2019 British Institute
14-18 October 2019

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History takes great pleasure in announcing the 2019 British Institute to be conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah from 14-18 October 2019 at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel.

Our popular British Institute offers a week of total immersion into British research topics. Held annually in the fall at Salt Lake City, Utah, British Institute courses are especially designed to help you develop your research skills in British and Irish records. With instructors there to guide you throughout the day, classes are held each morning followed by a full afternoon at the Family History Library, utilizing their outstanding British collections and applying the research techniques and analytical skills learned in your Institute class.

There will be four tracks of instruction by prominent genealogists focused on British Isles research:

The following courses are being offered:
  • Ireland Land, Property and Estate Records by David Rencher 
  • Tracing Your British and Irish Ancestors Using The National Archives by Audrey Collins
  • Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid-19th Century English Ancestors by Paul Blake and Maggie Loughran
  • Researching Scottish Ancestors by Christine Woodcock
Course Descriptions

Ireland Land, Property and Estate Records
David Rencher

The course description coming soon.

Tracing Your British and Irish Ancestors Using The National Archives
Audrey Collins

Although we will look at some key record series in detail, this is not the only aim of the course. It’s important to know what to expect from the main record sources, but you should also ask yourself ‘What records will provide the information I need?’ which may produce some surprising answers. Knowing a little about how and why records were created, and by whom, will help you understand their strengths and weaknesses, and enable you to use them effectively. You will learn some useful research skills to help you identify, locate and evaluate the various sources that will be useful in your research. At the end of the course you should feel confident in using many kinds of records, even those that may be new to you, and may not have been covered in the course. The National Archives and its web site contain a wealth of research advice and historical background material, as well as Discovery, which is much more than just a catalogue to its documentary holdings; it also contains some powerful tools for locating collections and specific records in more than 2,500 other archives.

Sources for Tracing Pre-Mid 19th Century English Ancestors
Paul Blake and Maggie Loughran

The England track will concentrate on tracing pre-19th century English ancestors and will be of special interest to those whose ancestors emigrated to North America prior to the commencement of English civil registration in 1837, or those who have already tracked their ancestors back to the early 1800s.

Paul and Maggie will focus on the actual records themselves, giving you an in-depth understanding of them. For each record category, we will be looking at examples of the original documents and guide you through how to interpet, locate and lasty, how to access them using the internet and other available recources.

Researching Scottish Ancestors
Christine Woodcock

In this course, we will look at a number of strategies and records available to assist you in researching your Scottish ancestor(s). Some of these include church, tax, poor law, criminal, asylum, newspapers, ships lists, colonization records, Canadian records, land records, estate records, maps, civil registration, and census records.
Early Registration  
2 Jan – 30 Apr 2019            
ISBGFH Member - $419;  Non member - $449

All courses include classroom sessions that will be held in the morning at the Plaza Hotel, allowing for research time at the Family History Library in the afternoon and evenings. For more information about courses, visit

Course registration includes a digital syllabus (print syllabus available for purchase), a Sunday evening social, and a ticket to the Monday evening banquet (guest tickets available for purchase). For lodging information, visit

If you are not a ISBGFH member and would like to join, click

Questions can be emailed to the Institute Director at:

Friday, December 07, 2018

January Webinars

Our Winter Webinar Series continues in the New Year with two webinars a month from January through April. 

Scheduled for January are: 

Thu, Jan 10, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

From Rubble and Ruin: Locating Famine Immigrant Families in Land & Tax Records

In this webinar, Donna Moughty will show us how to find famine immigrant families in the Land and Tax records.

To register:

Sat, Jan 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

An Overview of the English Course at British Institute 2019

In this webinar, English Course instructor Paul Blake will provide us with an overview of what will be presented during the week-long course on English Genealogy Research at British Institute 2019

To register:

These webinars are FREE at the time of airing. The Overview webinar will remain freely available on the Society's website, however, the recording of the Irish webinar will only be available in the members area of the Society's website.

Please note that confirmation of registration does not guarantee space at the live webinar. To ensure a "seat" please log on early. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Upcoming Webinars

Our winter webinar series continues. We have two webinars before the holiday season starts and then we will be taking a break to allow you to concentrate on family, friends, celebrating, or getting away from it all.

Here's the line up:

SATURDAY NOV 3 at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, British Institute instructor Audrey Collins will provide an overview of her course on the family history resources available at The National Archives in London.

SATURDAY DEC 1 at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, Genetic Genealogist Maurice Gleeson will show us how DNA can be used to solve adoption mysteries in our family tree.

THURSDAY JAN 10 at 7 pm eastern
FROM RUBBLE and RUIN: Locating Famine Immigrant Families in Land & Tax Records

In this webinar, Donna Moughty will show us how to find famine immigrant families in the Land and Tax records.

SATURDAY JAN 19 at 11 am eastern

In this webinar, English course instructor Paul Blake will provide an overview of the week long course he will be teaching along with Maggie Loughran at this year's British Institute

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: