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The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Announces Courses and Instructors for 2013 British Institute

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 3 April 2013—The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History announces the courses for the 13th annual British Institute, to be held 7–11 October in Salt Lake City at the Radisson Downtown, located two blocks from the Family History Library. Registration will open 9:00 a.m. Pacific daylight time on 8 April 2013 and class size is limited.

“The best kept secret is out for continuing education institutes!” said ISBGFH President Ann Lisa Pearson. “The British Institute is the place to be, providing students with a unique learning experience while working with their own research. Instructors will be available each afternoon to consult with students throughout the time of the Institute, applying classroom education and the opportunity to do more in-depth, on-site research in the records at the Family History Library.”

“The opportunity to be taught by the best teachers in the presence of the largest genealogy library was a dream come true!” said Paul Hawthorne, 2012 attendee.

Featuring top-notch educators and British resources

  • Award-winning genealogist: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Irish research expert: David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
  • From England: Maggie Loughran, Paul Blake, and Graham Walter
  • Personal research consultations
  • Access and instruction with British collections at the Family History Library
  • Morning educational program followed by afternoon research sessions in the library

The 2013 British Institute offers four tracks taught by expert genealogists:

From Simple to Complex: Applying Genealogy’s Standard of Acceptability to British Research – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS Through hands-on activities, lectures, and discussions, participants will learn how to use widely accepted standards to measure their genealogical work’s accuracy and to assess others’ genealogical conclusions. In the process they also will learn about genealogical research planning, its implementation, genealogical reasoning, and the preparation of credible genealogical products.

Irish Land Records and Fragmentary Evidence Correlation
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA This course is designed to address Irish genealogical research for both the landed and landless families in Ireland. When land records are meager, there are still methods to research the landless in the land records and the associated record fragments created from land use. Assembling this meager evidence provides the clearest picture possible for an Irish family in the 17th to 20th centuries.

Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-nineteenth Century English Ancestors
Maggie Loughran and Paul Blake
Concentrating on tracing pre-1850 English ancestors, this course will interest those whose ancestors emigrated to North America before English civil registration in 1837, or those who have traced their ancestors back to the early 1800s. For each record category, examples of original documents will be used to guide you through interpretation, locating, and lastly, how to access through the Internet, the Family History Library, and other available resources.

Using the Cloud for British Family History Research – Graham Walter, MBCS
This course will provide an introduction to “The Cloud” and how to use it to one’s research advantage. Learn how to choose the right combination of computing devices to enhance any family history research trip. The Cloud allows moving data seamlessly between devices and the ability to share with family and other researchers.

Registration Information

Online registration is available at the ISBGFH’s website:

If preferred, a mail-in registration form is provided. If you have any questions, please e-mail

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