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Monday, December 02, 2019

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

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