Saturday, 18 August 2018

Researching Families in the British Isles

This past week, I was in Philadelphia at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The week was a joint project of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. This was "mini" institute of sorts, with each day being dedicated to a full day of talks on a particular subject. In many ways it was a taste of the British Institute that is offered every fall in Salt Lake City but arranged to give people on the east coast a chance for some intense learning opportunities. 

The four days were dedicated to four separate topics:

DNA and Genealogy presented by genetic genealogist Maurice Gleeson

Researching Scottish Ancestors by Christine Woodcock

Researching Irish Ancestors by Maurice Gleeson

Researching English Ancestors by Frank Southcott. Frank's day was shared with the HSP who shared the rich resources they have on hand for researching British Isles ancestors. 

The week was well attended and people enjoyed the opportunity to engage in some in depth learning about researching their ancestors from Ireland, Scotland, England as well as understanding the uses for DNA in tandem with their genealogical research. 

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