I will be the instructor for the Scottish course at this year's British Institute in Salt Lake City in October. If any of you are interested in attending the British Institute, either for my course or for one of the other three courses, and wished to stay a few days longer to continue your research in the FHL I would be happy to see if the hotel would be willing to extend the British Institute rate for a few extra days to allow that to happen. The rate is the cheapest anywhere in Salt Lake at just $98us per night (Salt Plaza Hotel).
If you are wondering what resources are available in terms of research at the FHL, this webinar might be helpful to you:
British Research at the Family History Library
For those not familiar with Institutes, these are week long courses. They provide in depth learning opportunities in the country/record set of interest in conjunction with hands on research. For the British Institute, the learning takes place in the morning and then the research is in the afternoon with most evenings extending until 9 pm. The FHL closes at 5 on Mondays, so the British Institute has their banquet that night. The FHL remains open until 9 for the rest of the week, allowing for extended research time.
Here is a look at what we will be covering in the Scottish course at this year's British Institute
Overview of the Scottish Course at British Institute 2019
The tour is scheduled for May 17-23, 2020. Arrival will be on the Sunday with check out on the following Saturday. This allows five full days of dedicated genealogy research. It also allows people unrestricted time after the tour to travel to the area of Scotland where their ancestors lived and to conduct local research there if they wish.
ScotlandsPeople/National Records of Scotland - 3 days
National Library of Scotland - full day
Scottish Genealogy Society - full day
As with all Genealogy Tours of Scotland, spaces will go on a first come, first served basis.
There are just TWO spaces left for the genealogy tour to the
Scottish borders. Dates are Sept 20-27, 2020. We will be stationed in Melrose
and will travel to Galashiels and Hawick for research.
This research trip is specific to the Borders region – the counties
of: Berwickshire, Peebleshire, Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire. It does NOT
include Dumfries and Galloway or the Solway Coast.
In addition to research opportunities there will be a trip
to some historic sites in the Borders. The itinerary for the week is:
SUNDAY SEPT 20 – Day of arrival. We will meet in the small
meeting room of the hotel at 6:30 pm
MONDAY SEPT 21 – Today the full group will be going to the
Borders Archives at the Heritage Hub in Hawick where we will receive an
overview of the collections held at the archives as well as a talk about Family
History. In addition, there will be the opportunity for five researchers to
take advantage of the ScotlandsPeople computers available in the building.
TUESDAY SEPT 22 – Today we will return to the Heritage Hub
in Hawick for another full day of research. Again, there will be the
opportunity for five researchers to take advantage of the ScotlandsPeople
computers available onsite.
WEDNESDAY SEPT 23 – Today we will travel to Galashiels for
research at the Borders Family History Society.
THURSDAY SEPT 24 – Today we will return to the Heritage Hub
in Hawick for our final full day of research.Anyone wishing to return to the Borders Family History Society instead
may do so.
FRIDAY SEPT 25 – Today the group will be split in half. Half
will remain in Melrose and can visit some historic sites (Abbotsford House,
Melrose and Dryburgh Abbeys, Trimontium Museum). The other half of the group
will be travelling to Moffat via Selkirk for a day of touring. We will stop in
SATURDAY SEPT 26 – Today the two groups will switch places
with yesterday’s Melrose group going to Selkirk and Moffat and the other group
remaining in Melrose.
SUNDAY SEPT 27 – The tour ends today when we check out of
This specialized trip is being offered on a one-time only
basis and will not be offered in future years. If you have roots in the
Scottish Borders and wish to join us:
AS WITH ALL OF THE GENEALOGY TOURS TO SCOTLAND, THESE
REMAINING SPACES WILL GO ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS
There is just ONE space left for the Orkney genealogy and history tour in May 2020. Dates are May 24-31.
The tour will be based in Kirkwall and will allow for three full days of research at the Orkney Library, Orkney Archives and Orkney Family History Society.
There will be the opportunity to tour the historic sites on mainland Orkney including the neolithic sites (Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and Skara Brae), The Italian Chapel and Churchill Barriers. There will also be an opportunity to do some sightseeing in both Kirkwall and Stromness.