2008 British Institute Course Description

British Institute Course Descriptions 2008
British Institute Course Descriptions
ECCLESIASTICAL RECORDS IN BRITISH RESEARCH David M. McDonald, CGOverview: Church History and Background: From
the arrival of Augustine to the post-modern age, successful research
in Britain requires an awareness of church history and ecclesial bodies
of work in the UK. Henry VIII’s confiscation of the monasteries,
the work of the reforming Methodists, the Salvation Army and the proliferation
of agnostics/atheists all help to shape and impact genealogical research
.Anglican Records since 1558: Parish
registers; bastardy bonds; bishop’s transcripts; contents of the
parish check; finding a “peucliar”; finding the records —
on microfilm and on the ground.Probate Courts and their Pre-1858 Jurisdictions: Locating
indices and determining the appropriate ecclesiastical jurisdiction for
your parish; the calendar and paleography; “church Latin.” Non-conformist Records and
their whereabouts; denominational mergers and changes, and their effect
on research; geographical and regional patterns to non-conformity; ethnic
minorities and their religions including Roman Catholicism and Judaism;
19thCentury missionary work of the LDS church.Migration Patterns to North America:
Religious migrations to North America, including the Puritans and Pilgrims
to New England; Huguenots en route to America; Quakers under Penn to
the middle and southern colonies; Scots Presbyterians to Canada and the
mid-South; Welsh Methodists and their communitiesaround the Midwest.David M McDonald has more than
30 years’ experience in genealogical research, including extensive
work in the British Isles. He has lectured regionallyand nationally on
church history and records and other topics. David is a member of the
Society of Genealogists, London, and several local societies in the UK.
He edits the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter and
is former boardmember of APG. He currently serves on the Board of ISBGFH.
David is a Board-certified genealogist.IRISH RESEARCH – FINDING THE PLACE OF ORIGIN FOR
David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGASecond only to the immigrants from Germany,
many researchers are looking for the clues that will illuminate the
ancestral home of their Irish immigrant. This seminar will focus on
helping participants understand what pulled or pushed their ancestors
from Ireland and the historical context of the political and religious
issues of those times. Strategies and methods will be discussed and
practiced using the record sources available in North America and Ireland
to help solve those problems and to exhaust the set of available records.
Understanding the Context of the
Driving Forces of Emigration and Immigration:
the Problem Using Primary and Secondary Records, Understanding Search
versus Research, Where does the TrailLead?, Establishing the Connection,
and Framing the Problem for Overseas Research.
Identifying Immigrant Origins Using
North American Resources:
Strategies and Methods for Using
General Emigration Techniques for Neighborhood Research, Family and
Home Sources, Ship Passenger Lists, Oral Traditions, Orphans and
.Identifying Immigrant Origins Using
Ireland’s Resources:
Strategies and Methods for Using Probability
Analysis, Naming Patterns, Sorting Persons of the Same Name, Newspapers,
Tombstones, Poor Law Unions, Censusand Census Substitutes.
David E. Rencher, lecturer
and writer, is currently the Director of the Records and Information
Division for the Family and Church History Department of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. A professional
since1977, he is both an accredited and Board-certified genealogist
and a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and
the Utah Genealogical Association.

SCOTTISH RESEARCH BASICSBarbara Baker, AG Scotland is doing a tremendous job making their
records of genealogical value searchable online. But in order to have
success online, you need to do your homework. The preparations you will
need to make will be discussed to ensure success in Scottish research.
Discussions will be held on Scottish immigration to America and the history
of Scotland and the effect events had on record keeping and preservation.Do Your Homework— Research
begins at home; your ancestors in the context of their community and
time frame; U.S./Canadian sources to determine where your ancestors came
from; Scottish immigration to the American continent, by century; immigration
and emigration sources; the collection of the Family History Library.Scottish Resources— The major
records for Scotland; history and its effects on records; jurisdictions,
gazetters and maps; the ScotlandsPeople web site and the many free resources
available there; societies; archives andlibraries; other online resources.19th Century Scottish Records
Civil registration, census, school, Poor Law records, directories and
newspapers; what’s available on ScotlandPeople and FamilySearch.org
and at the Family History Library; research tips and techniques.18th Century and Earlier Scottish Records
Church of Scotland parish register, Kirk session records, nonconformist
church records; Scotland’s courts, probate records; land records;
research tips and techniques.Other Records, Research Trips
Military records; occupation records; tax records; other records. Thinking
of a trip to Scotland? Why a trip could be beneficial; records not yet
available online or at the library.Summarizing the week— what
has been learned and accomplished.Barbara Baker has a BA in Family
and Local History from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a
British Reference consultant at the Family History Library for over 20
years. She is accredited in English genealogy research. She is a professional
genealogist and lectures in the U.S. and Britain. USING FAMILYSEARCH TO FIND YOUR BRITISH ANCESTORSDiane C. Loosle, AG The Family Search course will be offered on Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at the Family History Library at no
charge to Institute registrants.
FamilySearch has developed a number of new tools and
resources to help in finding ancestors. Learn about and use the new tools
being released by FamilySearch. Follow case studies on how to use the FamilySearch tools
to find ancestors and collaborate with others.The focus of the course
will be on getting the most out of the tools provided by FamilySearch
to enhance British research methodologies.Some of these resources include:

Instructors in this course, led by Diane Loosle, AG, are experts on the tools
and the underlying resources and will be available for research assistance inthe
Family History Library.