Monday, January 14, 2019

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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

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