Wednesday, July 21, 2021

2021 British Institute


2021 British Institute - Tailored to meet your needs

If you’ve ever attended our British Institute much of this will look familiar. If you attended the 2020 British Institute some of this will look familiar too. We’re going to be virtual again in 2021, but with 20-hours of class time with great instructors covering English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh research topics. Our 2-week format will allow you to choose up to two courses to attend as they are being presented, participating (via Zoom) in the camaraderie that you would expect from the British Institute. Additionally, you can access the recordings of the classes you did not attend for a reduced price. This is how it works:

  • 11-15 Oct. 2021 from 8 am to noon (MDT) attend Paul Milner or Chris Paton’s course
  • 18-22 Oct. 2021 from 8 am to noon (MDT) attend Dr. Bruce Durie or Darris Williams’ course

If you miss any portion of the course you can review the recording later to see what you missed.

If your notes don’t make sense later you can review the recording.

If you want to see a certain slide again you can view the recording.

 

With the positive feedback we received last year from our three-day British Institute tasters we decided a week-long BI would meet your needs for stay-at-home research topics as well as time to chat with old friends, plus make some new ones. During breaks the recording will stop, but the discussion and chatter can continue. A meet-and-greet with each instructor (via Zoom) will allow you to get to know those who share your research interests and ask some questions. Each course includes a robust syllabus, and of course it wouldn’t be BI if we didn’t have door prizes.

 

ISBGFH members qualify for a discount! Not a member? Join at International Society for British Genealogy and Family History - Join ISBGFH Your membership gets you a significant discount, plus our amazing British Connections quarterly newsletter that is filled with helpful resources.


Need more information? You can find it at International Society for British Genealogy and Family History - British Institute (isbgfh.com)


Ready to register? Early Bird pricing ends 31 July so visit our BI event page and register today at International Society for British Genealogy and Family History - British Institute (isbgfh.com)

 

Aside from Salt Lake City and the Family History Library, the only thing missing is you!

Sunday, July 11, 2021

British Military Research Virtual Institute


British Military Research

 Virtual Institute

Presented by Paul Nixon

November 23 & 24, 2021

 This 2 day virtual institute is being presented by British Army expert Paul Nixon. Paul is a very thorough researcher and knowledgeable presenter. He is very detailed and very engaging. 

Paul Nixon is a British military historian and author; the proud great-great-grandson of a Crimean War colour-sergeant, and the grateful grandson of a First World War veteran. Paul has a forensic knowledge of British Army regimental numbers and is the driving force behind the British Army Ancestors website at https://www.britisharmyancestors.co.uk/

This event will look at service between 1760 and 1945, with the main focus on the British Army between 1870 and 1945. 

Day 1 will begin with an overview of the topics to be covered and what survives online and offline. Two sessions will be dedicated to service at sea and service in the air, before we move on to the British Army.

Day 2 will focus entirely on service in the British Army: how the army evolved, how it was organized, how we can be smart in using surviving source material to inform us about soldiers’ services.

Case studies will be referenced throughout the two-day event.

Day 1

  • Overview – British military research – what survives and where to find it
  • Where to start
  • Where to look online and offline
  • What has been published
  • What is still to come
  • My ancestor served on the water
  • Service with the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines
  • Interpretation of service records
  • Further sources of information
  • My ancestor served in the air
  • Service with the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force
  • Interpretation of service records
  • Further sources of information
  • My ancestor served on the land
  • Service with the British Army; terms of service
  • Interpretation of service records
  • Further sources of information
  • Focus on muster rolls and pay lists

Day 2

  • The organisation of the regular British Army 1760-1945
  • The British Army to 1870
  • The Cardwell Reforms and the Localization Scheme
  • The British Army 1870-1881
  • The Childers Reforms and the British Army 1881-1920
  • The British Army 1920-1945
  • The component parts of the British Army
  • Regulars
  • The Militia, Special Reserve & Extra Reserve
  • The Volunteers and Terriers
  • Piecing together the jigsaw
  • Key documents
  • Using regimental and army numbers to aid research
  • Working out where soldiers served
  • The essential British Army reference library
  • Queen’s and King’s regulations
  • Chronicles, journals and war diaries
  • Annuals and year books
  • Autobiography and biography
  • Summary of the last two days, and close.
  •  

Registration for this Virtual Institute is now open! To register: 

https://www.isbgfh.com/Military-Research-Virtual-Institute/

 All presentations are being given live, but will be recorded. The recordings will be available to registrants for 30 days following the live event.  

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

British Connections Newest Edition is Available

The latest issue of British Connections, our quarterly publication is now available to ISBGFH members. We offer a very robust publication with 5 regular columnists who share their knowledge on England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British Army and DNA. In addition, we have four - six contributors for each issue to help us to provide premium educational resources for those of us researching our British Isles and Irish ancestors.  

In the latest issue, we continue to look at local resources for specific counties in each of the four countries our ancestors originated from. Our military expert looks at the Volunteer Dorset Regiment and our DNA expert helps us sort false matches. 

In addition, we learn about the lives of Canal and Railway Navvies, treasures found in attics, The Royal Philanthropic Society and researching M├ętis ancestors.

If you are not a member, please consider joining. For just $25 annually, you get the robust British Connections 4 times a year, access to the recordings of our Winter Webinar Series (14 presentations) and discounts on our virtual and in-person events. 

ISBGFH Winter Webinar Series Confirmed

 


The annual Winter Webinar Series is now confirmed and open for registrations. We have switched our platform to Zoom and increased our audience capacity so there should be lots of room for everyone to attend. 

The webinars are free at the time of the live presentations, with access to the recordings being a member benefit. Please feel free to share the series with members of your genealogy community if you think there are topics that might be of interest to them. 

All webinars take place at 11 am eastern. 

DATE

TOPIC

PRESENTER

REGISTRATION LINK

 

 

 

 

SEPT 11

 

VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORIES

CAROLINE GURNEY

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qn-qL_vORWqxt27beRTIgw

 

SEPT 25

 

NEW ENGLAND QUAKERS

ANNETTE BURKE LYTTLE

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rMUV-g-kSImBdFaQeDDd0A

 

OCT 9

 

MAKING THE MOST OF GENUKI

SUE McNELLY

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zUdrGR5wTayR9gAVdQXy8g

 

OCT 23

 

ROYAL AIR FORCE RESEARCH

CLARE WILSON

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JoHL-1GuQG6svxLgtQpSjw

 

NOV 6

 

CHURCH AND STATE RECORDS

CHRIS PATON 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x6bDPv1DQQqyJK-8XALYfQ

 

NOV 20

 

RESEARCHING ULSTER SCOTS ANCESTORS

WILLIAM ROULSTON

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qfU4aAPkTseTbSbJ9snGbA

 

DEC 4

 

MERCHANT AND CRAFT RECORDS

IRENE OBRIEN

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eyJ7CxqcRGuMqJlRlN71hQ

 

JAN 8

 

USING ESTATE PAPERS FOR GENEALOGY

MARGARET FOX

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qgb1gYvQSDiTGSL-TUn00Q

 

JAN 15

 

CANADIAN BORDER RECORDS

KATHRYN LAKE HOGAN

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_al86l29URQ-k3ZVlW3Sl7Q

 

JAN 29

 

IRISH WORKHOUSES

CLARE DOYLE

 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_al86l29URQ-k3ZVlW3Sl7Q

 

FEB 12

 

EMIGRATION FROM ISLE OF MAN

SUE MCNELLY

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vHwvrfXiTOSjFBRpGw1lMg

 

FEB 26

 

CANADIAN FUR TRADER ANCESTORS

CHRISTINE WOODCOCK

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E5G8W9cmTaekojHVmCR8tA

 

MAR 12

 

UNDERSTANDING OLD HANDWRITING

MARGARET FOX

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yA_gNQfhQGCw7AatSjIXIA

 

MAR 26

 

TITANIC: HONOUR AND GLORY

SEAN SZMALC

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6gYKnEKQTjaSyeOK-qQd_Q

 

 


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

LAST WEBINAR OF THE SEASON

 


The final webinar in the 2020-21 Winter Webinar series takes place on Saturday, April 17th at 11 am eastern. In this webinar, our British Military expert, Paul Nixon will share his knowledge with us and provide an overview of his two day Virtual Institute scheduled for November 23 & 24, 2021. 

Paul is the British Army expert for Findmypast. He is also our Military columnist for our quarterly newsletter, British Connections. 

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6495802955724976400

For more information on the Military Virtual Institute:

https://www.isbgfh.com/Military-Research-Virtual-Institute

Saturday, March 13, 2021

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR QUAKER VIRTUAL INSTITUTE

 

The spring virtual institute is just a month away. This year the learning is all about Quaker research. The learning takes place March 15 & 16, 2021


Profile of a Quaker – Finding a Friend in Colonial America

The profile of a Quaker (Friend) can be as distinctive as a fingerprint with their unique ethnic origin, belief system, marriage practices, and separate record structure. This session will teach you the profiling techniques you’ll need to spot a Quaker in colonial America. In fact, Ancestry believes that about half of the US population - with an ancestor living in or moving through the Mid-Atlantic region between 1680 and 1780 - had at least one Quaker ancestor! Finding a Quaker ancestor in your family tree may blow open multiple brick walls.

History of Quakerism – Testimonies and Beliefs

The Society of Friends (called Quakers) was inspired by George Fox in northern England during a chaotic period of the mid-1600s. The religion rejected many norms of the established Church of England. Its rejection of priests and sacraments and adoption of a theology of the ‘Inner Light’ threatened British society. Many Quakers were persecuted for their faith and as a result sought sanctuary in North America. This lecture highlights key historical events of the Friends, its leaders, and the evolution of their belief system. This background will equip you to find the records of your Quaker ancestors in Britain and North America.

Simply Amazing – US and Canadian Quaker Records Online

Quakers were one of the largest religions in colonial America. Learn the basics of their record keeping and meeting hierarchy. In addition to the traditional vital records - hatched, matched and dispatched - Friends kept meeting minutes for both men and women. This was radical for its time. Friends also collected some unique records, including travels between meetings (called Removals); and events of early religious persecution (called Sufferings). Discover how wonderfully rich Quaker records can be.

Ye Best Books for Quaker Research

Historically, Quakers often used handbills and books as a means to advance their religion. This lecture provides an essential overview of the available Quaker memorabilia. Key historical texts will be highlighted, along with other major works from both sides of the pond. An extensive bibliography of printed and digital Quaker texts is also provided.

Locating Quaker Records using the Family History Library Catalog and QuakerMeetings.com

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hundreds of resources for Quaker research, both in Britain and North America, many of which have been digitized. The website QuakerMeetings.com provides the best on-line resource for locating Friends meetings records in North America. Dig into the site to make sure you are mining the most out this amazing resource. Using QuakerMeetings.com in conjunction with the catalog of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City opens up a whole world of resources to further your research in both Britain and North America.

Exploring Quaker Records in Ireland and Britain

American Quakers most often trace their ancestors back to Ireland and the British Isles. There Friends records were collected similar to those in the States and Canada, with some important differences. Quaker records in Ireland were more centralized, and some surnames come with a detailed pedigree. Whereas those from England and Wales are collected within the Non-Conformist Records, and originally organized by county. Learn how to navigate both which are now available on FindMyPast.

Irish Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania – Uncovering an Ulster Family Story

Family traditions can create powerful imagery of a family long dead. The family becomes as full of life as any living relatives. Such is the effect of the Starr family of Pennsylvania on many of its distant descendants. There is ample evidence that five Starr brothers sailed to the Delaware River Valley before 1718 as Quakers from Ireland. However, locating historical records in post-Cromwellian Ireland is challenging at best. It is only by using Quaker records that this family’s origins, travels within Ireland, and their migration to the American colonies can be confirmed.

The Treasures of Onsite Research - In Ireland and the United Kingdom

Are you ready to locate original records overseas? This light-hearted tale will help you determine if your travels skills are ready for such an adventure. Also, explore other cost-effective options such as a genealogy tour group, or just stay home by hiring an agent! Having crossed the pond no less than six times, one picks up some tricks for carrying out primary research in Ireland and United Kingdom. So, sit back, soak up some new skills, and enjoy this travel guide to harvesting records on the other side of the pond.

Digging Deeper – Into Quaker Sufferings and Removals

Quakers created records which were unique to their faith. This session explores two in detail. ‘Sufferings’ were records of the religious persecution that Quakers experienced. These are critical in locating ancestors, since they were often the first census of active members. ‘Certificates of Removal’ documented their travels and served as a Quaker passport. Discover how to transform raw records into databases, so you can uncover previously unknown facts about your ancestor and their Quaker associates.

Course instructors are Steven W Morrison and Annette Burke Lyttle

Registration ends TODAY

To register: https://www.isbgfh.com/

Monday, March 08, 2021

QUAKER VIRTUAL INSTITUTE IS ONE WEEK AWAY

 


The spring virtual institute is just a month away. This year the learning is all about Quaker research. The learning takes place March 15 & 16, 2021

Profile of a Quaker – Finding a Friend in Colonial America

The profile of a Quaker (Friend) can be as distinctive as a fingerprint with their unique ethnic origin, belief system, marriage practices, and separate record structure. This session will teach you the profiling techniques you’ll need to spot a Quaker in colonial America. In fact, Ancestry believes that about half of the US population - with an ancestor living in or moving through the Mid-Atlantic region between 1680 and 1780 - had at least one Quaker ancestor! Finding a Quaker ancestor in your family tree may blow open multiple brick walls.

History of Quakerism – Testimonies and Beliefs

The Society of Friends (called Quakers) was inspired by George Fox in northern England during a chaotic period of the mid-1600s. The religion rejected many norms of the established Church of England. Its rejection of priests and sacraments and adoption of a theology of the ‘Inner Light’ threatened British society. Many Quakers were persecuted for their faith and as a result sought sanctuary in North America. This lecture highlights key historical events of the Friends, its leaders, and the evolution of their belief system. This background will equip you to find the records of your Quaker ancestors in Britain and North America.

Simply Amazing – US and Canadian Quaker Records Online

Quakers were one of the largest religions in colonial America. Learn the basics of their record keeping and meeting hierarchy. In addition to the traditional vital records - hatched, matched and dispatched - Friends kept meeting minutes for both men and women. This was radical for its time. Friends also collected some unique records, including travels between meetings (called Removals); and events of early religious persecution (called Sufferings). Discover how wonderfully rich Quaker records can be.

Ye Best Books for Quaker Research

Historically, Quakers often used handbills and books as a means to advance their religion. This lecture provides an essential overview of the available Quaker memorabilia. Key historical texts will be highlighted, along with other major works from both sides of the pond. An extensive bibliography of printed and digital Quaker texts is also provided.

Locating Quaker Records using the Family History Library Catalog and QuakerMeetings.com

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hundreds of resources for Quaker research, both in Britain and North America, many of which have been digitized. The website QuakerMeetings.com provides the best on-line resource for locating Friends meetings records in North America. Dig into the site to make sure you are mining the most out this amazing resource. Using QuakerMeetings.com in conjunction with the catalog of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City opens up a whole world of resources to further your research in both Britain and North America.

Exploring Quaker Records in Ireland and Britain

American Quakers most often trace their ancestors back to Ireland and the British Isles. There Friends records were collected similar to those in the States and Canada, with some important differences. Quaker records in Ireland were more centralized, and some surnames come with a detailed pedigree. Whereas those from England and Wales are collected within the Non-Conformist Records, and originally organized by county. Learn how to navigate both which are now available on FindMyPast.

Irish Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania – Uncovering an Ulster Family Story

Family traditions can create powerful imagery of a family long dead. The family becomes as full of life as any living relatives. Such is the effect of the Starr family of Pennsylvania on many of its distant descendants. There is ample evidence that five Starr brothers sailed to the Delaware River Valley before 1718 as Quakers from Ireland. However, locating historical records in post-Cromwellian Ireland is challenging at best. It is only by using Quaker records that this family’s origins, travels within Ireland, and their migration to the American colonies can be confirmed.

The Treasures of Onsite Research - In Ireland and the United Kingdom

Are you ready to locate original records overseas? This light-hearted tale will help you determine if your travels skills are ready for such an adventure. Also, explore other cost-effective options such as a genealogy tour group, or just stay home by hiring an agent! Having crossed the pond no less than six times, one picks up some tricks for carrying out primary research in Ireland and United Kingdom. So, sit back, soak up some new skills, and enjoy this travel guide to harvesting records on the other side of the pond.

Digging Deeper – Into Quaker Sufferings and Removals

Quakers created records which were unique to their faith. This session explores two in detail. ‘Sufferings’ were records of the religious persecution that Quakers experienced. These are critical in locating ancestors, since they were often the first census of active members. ‘Certificates of Removal’ documented their travels and served as a Quaker passport. Discover how to transform raw records into databases, so you can uncover previously unknown facts about your ancestor and their Quaker associates.

Course instructors are Steven W Morrison and Annette Burke Lyttle. 

To register: https://www.isbgfh.com/

Monday, February 22, 2021

QUAKER VIRTUAL INSTITUTE IS THREE WEEKS AWAY

 


The spring virtual institute is just a month away. This year the learning is all about Quaker research. The learning takes place March 15 & 16, 2021

Profile of a Quaker – Finding a Friend in Colonial America

The profile of a Quaker (Friend) can be as distinctive as a fingerprint with their unique ethnic origin, belief system, marriage practices, and separate record structure. This session will teach you the profiling techniques you’ll need to spot a Quaker in colonial America. In fact, Ancestry believes that about half of the US population - with an ancestor living in or moving through the Mid-Atlantic region between 1680 and 1780 - had at least one Quaker ancestor! Finding a Quaker ancestor in your family tree may blow open multiple brick walls.

History of Quakerism – Testimonies and Beliefs

The Society of Friends (called Quakers) was inspired by George Fox in northern England during a chaotic period of the mid-1600s. The religion rejected many norms of the established Church of England. Its rejection of priests and sacraments and adoption of a theology of the ‘Inner Light’ threatened British society. Many Quakers were persecuted for their faith and as a result sought sanctuary in North America. This lecture highlights key historical events of the Friends, its leaders, and the evolution of their belief system. This background will equip you to find the records of your Quaker ancestors in Britain and North America.

Simply Amazing – US and Canadian Quaker Records Online

Quakers were one of the largest religions in colonial America. Learn the basics of their record keeping and meeting hierarchy. In addition to the traditional vital records - hatched, matched and dispatched - Friends kept meeting minutes for both men and women. This was radical for its time. Friends also collected some unique records, including travels between meetings (called Removals); and events of early religious persecution (called Sufferings). Discover how wonderfully rich Quaker records can be.

Ye Best Books for Quaker Research

Historically, Quakers often used handbills and books as a means to advance their religion. This lecture provides an essential overview of the available Quaker memorabilia. Key historical texts will be highlighted, along with other major works from both sides of the pond. An extensive bibliography of printed and digital Quaker texts is also provided.

Locating Quaker Records using the Family History Library Catalog and QuakerMeetings.com

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hundreds of resources for Quaker research, both in Britain and North America, many of which have been digitized. The website QuakerMeetings.com provides the best on-line resource for locating Friends meetings records in North America. Dig into the site to make sure you are mining the most out this amazing resource. Using QuakerMeetings.com in conjunction with the catalog of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City opens up a whole world of resources to further your research in both Britain and North America.

Exploring Quaker Records in Ireland and Britain

American Quakers most often trace their ancestors back to Ireland and the British Isles. There Friends records were collected similar to those in the States and Canada, with some important differences. Quaker records in Ireland were more centralized, and some surnames come with a detailed pedigree. Whereas those from England and Wales are collected within the Non-Conformist Records, and originally organized by county. Learn how to navigate both which are now available on FindMyPast.

Irish Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania – Uncovering an Ulster Family Story

Family traditions can create powerful imagery of a family long dead. The family becomes as full of life as any living relatives. Such is the effect of the Starr family of Pennsylvania on many of its distant descendants. There is ample evidence that five Starr brothers sailed to the Delaware River Valley before 1718 as Quakers from Ireland. However, locating historical records in post-Cromwellian Ireland is challenging at best. It is only by using Quaker records that this family’s origins, travels within Ireland, and their migration to the American colonies can be confirmed.

The Treasures of Onsite Research - In Ireland and the United Kingdom

Are you ready to locate original records overseas? This light-hearted tale will help you determine if your travels skills are ready for such an adventure. Also, explore other cost-effective options such as a genealogy tour group, or just stay home by hiring an agent! Having crossed the pond no less than six times, one picks up some tricks for carrying out primary research in Ireland and United Kingdom. So, sit back, soak up some new skills, and enjoy this travel guide to harvesting records on the other side of the pond.

Digging Deeper – Into Quaker Sufferings and Removals

Quakers created records which were unique to their faith. This session explores two in detail. ‘Sufferings’ were records of the religious persecution that Quakers experienced. These are critical in locating ancestors, since they were often the first census of active members. ‘Certificates of Removal’ documented their travels and served as a Quaker passport. Discover how to transform raw records into databases, so you can uncover previously unknown facts about your ancestor and their Quaker associates.

Course instructors are Steven W Morrison and Annette Burke Lyttle.

To register: https://www.isbgfh.com/

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