The International Society for British Genealogy
and Family History has been around a long time – longer than it
takes to say the full name. Many of us who have been involved for years
talk about “ISB” not
only for convenience, but because the nickname suggests what the organization
is—small, practical and friendly.ISB got started in 1979 due to the efforts of several people who saw
the need for an organization that would help genealogists tracing the
origins of their British Isle emigrant ancestors. Thus it is no surprise that
the members of ISB live all over North America and overseas.Back issues of the journal, now called British
, show
the efforts made to offer practical assistance and the best advice. There
are contributions from noted genealogists such as Paul Smart, Susan Lumas,
Stella Colwell, Rosemary Bigwood, Jean Cole and Iain Swinnerton. Topics
are varied and many of the articles are as helpful today as they were
when written.It is possible to track ISB’s efforts to reach
out to members. In the beginning when books published in the UK were
difficult to find, ISB sold books. First mention of e-mail appeared
in an issue of 1996 and it was not long before the organization had an
e-mail address, and eventually a website.The Society continues to evolve but it retains its original purpose.
ISB is here to help members overcome the challenges of researching British
Isles roots from a distance.

 Elected Officers Ann Wells, President (2011)
Sharon K. Boatwright, Vice President (2012)
Carol Elford, Secretary (2012)
Anna Lisa Pearson, Treasurer (2011)
Elected Trustees Roland (Rollie) Littlewood (2012)
Janice Prater (2011)
David Rencher (2012)
Anne Wuehler (2012)
Laurel Baty (2013)
Sandra Hewlett (2013)
Current terms of elected officers and trustees expire at the end of the indicated years
Other ISBGFH Positions Janice Prater, Editor, British Connections
Ann Wells, Director, British Institute
Gordon Gray, Immediate Past President
Thomas MacEntee, WebmasterOffice Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Office Manager
Office email:
[email protected]
Office postal address: PO Box 350459, Westminster CO 80035