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Friday, January 24, 2020

Researching SOUTH AFRICAN Ancestors



Join us for a FULL Day of learning about South African Research with Sue McNelly



Sue will give four presentations:
  • 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

Ready to Learn? Register
HERE

Saturday, January 18, 2020

FEBRUARY WEBINARS!



Our winter webinar series continues with:

Saturday February 1, 2020
11 am eastern

IT'S IN THE ARCHIVES! DIGGING DEEPER IN  ARCHIVED RECORDS
presented by Archive Lady, Melissa Barker


Genealogists use archives everyday to locate records about their ancestors. Are there records that you are not accessing because you don’t know they exist? Not all records are online, indexed or microfilmed. Digging deeper in the local and state archives to find unique and relatively unknown records just might be the next step in your genealogy research. This presentation is for all skill levels. The information contained in this presentation can be used worldwide.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5315921417486911245

Saturday February 29th 2020
11 am eastern
AN OVERVIEW OF THE IRISH COURSE AT BRITISH INSTITUTE 2020
presented by Chris Paton


Chris is the instructor for the IRISH course at this year's British Institute in Salt Lake City. 

"Originally from Northern Ireland, but with both Scottish and Irish roots, Chris Paton holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, and today works as a professional genealogist, running the Scotland's Greatest Story research service (www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk).  He lives in the Ayrshire town of Irvine in Scotland, and is married with two sons.

Chris will discuss:
Introduction: the Irish genealogical landscape
The Vital Records
Irish Land Records
Irish Occupations
Finding the Irish in British records. From 1801-1922
The Decade of Centenaries. From 1912-1923
Newspapers and Books

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1883956400082080269 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Researching CANADIAN Ancestors



Researching CANADIAN Ancestors
Join us for a FULL DAY of presentations to assist you as you research your Canadian Ancestors. Monday March 16, 2020


Canadian Research

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.

Ready to learn? Register HERE

Friday, January 03, 2020

UNIQUE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY



ISBGFH is offering a Unique Learning Opportunity for those researching 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, we are 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.

We have many members who 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 to our members. 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. For our members, for the society and for our instructors.

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 and if  there is a topic you would like us to offer an intense learning experience in, please let me know. Email me: webinars@isbgfh.org. (ps: 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
 

Friday, December 27, 2019

January Webinars


The ISBGFH is hosting two FREE webinars for January:


Saturday January 11, 2020
11 am eastern

RESEARCHING BRITISH ANCESTORS  IN 19th CENTURY MEXICO
presented by Evan Christensen


There were several known migrations of Britons to Mexico, but perhaps the most well-known are those Cornish miners that moved to the Mexican state of Hidalgo, who institutionalized football (soccer) in Mexico. Researching foreigners in Mexican records can present special challenges at times, especially if they were not Catholic, but there are a few tricks we have up our sleeves as genealogists which is what I’d like to cover in this talk. I’ll share a brief history as it pertains to British immigration to Mexico, review relevant record sets, and share helpful methodology for tracing this group of people (Britons) in Mexico.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6824271050888274701

Saturday January 18th, 2020
11 am eastern
GET ORGANIZED WITH RESEARCH LOGS
presented by Lisa Alzo


Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced genealogist, learn how create and maintain research plans and logs to maximize your research time and increase success. Through examples, learn how to set up and maintain easy-to- use research plans and logs you can access no matter where you are. This session will demonstrate key steps such as deciding on a format (Excel spreadsheet, Google Drive, AirTable, or Evernote), creating needed columns, entering information, and using and maintaining the database.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8670674330342984717


If you are unable to attend the webinars live, and you are a member of ISBGFH, the recordings will be available in our members area of the Society's website. Not a member? Not a problem! Simply join for $25/year and take advantage of the full series of webinars for 2019-2020 as well as to our quarterly newsletter and to receive discounts on our British Institute in SLC. https://isbgfh.org/

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