Wednesday 24 April 2019


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
For more information or to register:

Sunday 14 April 2019


Edinburgh 2020 Tour is Ready to GO!

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.

Research includes:
  • 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.

Thursday 11 April 2019

Reminder - FREE Webinar Tonight

You have spent years working on  your family history, gathering information, documents, photos and perhaps even videos. Now let's look at how you can ensure your hard work will be stored and preserved beyond the time when you are no longer able to manage caring for it. 

Join me for a FREE webinar:

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7:30 pm eastern

In this webinar, we will learn about:
• What makes FOREVER different from other cloud storage companies
• The FOREVER guarantee (your lifetime plus 100 years)
• Setting your legacy/preservation settings - assigning an account manager, future generations getting access to your family history documents, photos and videos.
• Creating and Nesting Albums
• Sharing your research
• Creating collaborative albums

Saturday 6 April 2019

Seeking Interest in an Edinburgh Research Tour

When I sent out polls a few months ago asking about various regions for genealogy research tours, a few people said that they would be interested in a return to Edinburgh.

If you are interested, please let me know by adding your name to the email list. You can sign up at the top right-hand side of this page. If I get enough interest, I will organize a tour for 2020.

I need to have 12-16 people to make the tour work, so please feel free to share with others that you think might be interested.

Thursday 4 April 2019

Just TWO SPACES LEFT for Borders Research Tour

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 both towns.

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 the hotel.

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:


Tuesday 2 April 2019


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.

As with all Genealogy tours, these spaces will go on a first come, first served basis.
This is a one time only tour and will not be repeated in future years.

For more information or to register: