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BI 2023 England Course

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Once More unto the Breach: England Research at the FamilySearch Library

Join us as we explore the most effective ways to further your knowledge of family history research in England at the FamilySearch Library. We’ll quickly cover the basics and then dive deep into sources, resources, methods, and strategies. Expect hands-on sessions that allow attendees to learn while using Library resources. On Friday we’ll collaborate on research problems to solidify what has been taught during the week. Be prepared for an interactive and informative course!

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Your Instructors

Kori Robbins, AG®
Coordinator and Instructor

Kori Robbins, AG® has a BA in Family History/Genealogy from Brigham Young University and is accredited in research in England. She worked as a British Reference Consultant at the FamilySearch Library and then Staff Information Services Specialist until her first child was born. While raising children, she conducted part-time private research and volunteered at the FamilySearch Library. In 2019, she rejoined the British Isles Team at the FamilySearch Library as a British Isles Research Specialist. She and her husband, H.J., are the parents of six children.

Dan PoffenbergerAG®

Dan Poffenberger, AG® is a Senior British and Irish Research Specialist for FamilySearch at the FamilySearch Library.  He is accredited by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) in England research.  He has been a professional genealogist for 34 years specializing in England, Ireland, and United States research. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University in Political Science, with a minor in Family and Community History.  He and his wife Keirstin have been married for 35 years and have five children. Dan has presented at numerous conferences around the United States and internationally.

Course Description:

“Once More unto the Breach: England Research at the FamilySearch Library” will be very hands-on and interactive. Through the duration of this course, you’ll become very familiar with the FamilySearch Library and We’ll provide you with tools and resources you need to find out more about your English ancestors.

We will begin with an introduction to the FamilySearch Library and and building a good research foundation. We’ll then get into the basics of researching in England: jurisdictions, census records, and civil registration.

On Day 2, we’ll finish up the basics with Church of England baptisms, marriages, and burials, and then dive deeper into records created by the Church of England: parish chest and diocesan records. We’ll also explore records available for non-conformists—those who were not part of the Church of England.

On Day 3, we’ll focus on probate and court records, and how to read old handwriting.

On Day 4, we’ll cover immigration records and strategies, an overview of British military records, heraldry, and names lists.

We’ll wrap up our week with an emphasis on strategies for using the sources we’ve learned about in harmony with each other to help solve tough research problems and how you can use the resources at the FamilySearch Library and FamilySearch from home.

Pricing: Please see this page for British Institute pricing and discounts.

Other available courses:

Irish Law and Government Documents

Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond