2012 British Institute

Sponsored by the
International Society
British Genealogy and Family History

8 – 12 October 2012
Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City

Learn from experts

  • The British Institute, sponsored by ISBGFH, will offer four courses this year. Our instructors will be Judy Jones, AG�, CGSM, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS; John Kitzmiller II, B.S., M.S., FSA, FSG and David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
  • The Institute strives to further your education about the records and the locations that are important to your genealogical research. Classes are intentionally small in order for the participants to experience individual instruction.
  • All classes are held at the Radisson Hotel Downtown, 215 West South Temple, Salt Lake City Utah in the morning with research at the Family History Library in the afternoons. Instructors are available all afternoon.
  • On Sunday evening there will be an informal get-together to receive name tags and syllabus materials. On Monday evening, there will be a welcome dinner and the opportunity to meet and get to know the attendees and instructors. Dinner is included in the registration fee and meals are available for spouses and guests at an additional fee.
  • The registration fee for each course is $415 for ISBGFH members, $440 for nonmembers and $385 for Alumni of BI by 1 July 2012. After that date the fee is $495 for each category.

The following classes are offered in 2012:

  • Records and Strategies for Beginning English ResearchJudy Jones
    Join us as we learn about the records and strategies needed to begin research in England. This class will begin by teaching a strategy for 19th and 20th century research, then study the three basic records needed to find families in that time period. From there it will expand to those records needed to find supporting information, including maps, gazetteers, probate and reading handwriting.
  • From Simple to Complex: Applying Genealogy�s Standard of Proof to Your WorkTom Jones
    Genealogical statements and conclusions achieve credibility when they meet standards for proof. Participants will learn how to use widely accepted standards to measure their genealogical work�s accuracy and to assess the work of others.
  • British Military, Its Regiments and RecordsJohn Kitzmiller, II
    Why take this course?? The answer is many of the population were involved in these entities throughout time! There is a high probability that somewhere you have a military-connected ancestor. The British military course will cover a wide variety of records that will assist you in tracing your military ancestors. We will discuss the records of military personnel for the outlined time period which are centered (or held) at the regimental level. This means that one must know the regiment (pre-1881) to be able to trace an ancestor. Post-1881 is a bit different, in that there can be indices available that cover the time period as well as civil records which are critical as an additional locator record. Websites containing military records will also be discussed.
  • Advanced Methodology for Irish ResearchDavid Rencher
    This course was first introduced in 2011 and will again focus on the methodologies needed for successful Irish research. New record sources and strategies will be introduced for 2012 with a review of best practices. Learn how to frame your tough Irish genealogical problems, develop a sound strategy and sharpen your analytical skills with these advanced methods. You�ll also enjoy the richness of the Irish collection of the Family History Library and explore some of the lesser known records of this vast resource � a must stop before leaving for Ireland.


  • Judy A. Jones, AG�, CGSM
    Judy has been an employee of FamilySearch at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City for the past 14 years and is presently a Senior British Research Consultant there. She has been instrumental in the development of the England Jurisdictions, 1851 website at She is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and received a Certificate in Family History and Genealogy.
  • Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

    Tom has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. A trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he is a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator who specializes in complex genealogical problems and advanced genealogical education.
  • John Kitzmiller, II, FSG (England); FSA (Scot); AG�, Heraldist � Heraldry Society of Canada (2nd level) & Heraldry Society of London (2nd Level)
    Senior British Reference Consultant at FamilySearch; ICAPGen Commissioner (International Commission of Accredited Professional Genealogists); Medievalist, Heraldist; International Genealogical Lecturer; Genealogy Instructor; Course Director (including the Salt Lake Institute); Past Research Consultant for Burke’s Peerage (London); mentioned in Who’s Who in Genealogy & Heraldry, by Filby (1990). Past Project Manager for the Content Strategy Group and the Medieval Group. Adjunct Faculty (Genealogy and Geology) for Salt Lake Community College. Past Course Director for the Salt Lake Institute.
  • David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is an Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and a Certified GenealogistSM with the Board for Certification of Genealogists�. He is the past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Hotel Arrangements

  • Each person attending the British Institute is responsible for their own lodging accommodations. The Radisson Hotel is offering a special rate of $109.00 plus tax for single/double. Be sure to use group rate code British Institute. The hotel can be contacted at (801) 531-7500. For more details, see the hotel�s Web site:

Course Fees

  • ISBGFH Members – $415
  • Non-Members – $440
  • ISBGFH Alumni – $385
  • Registration after 1 July 2012 – $495


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