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British Institute FAQs

British Institute 2023 was in-person the week of October 9 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

October 11, 2023: Recordings are available for purchase and viewing through 12/31/2023.

How do I pay for BI?

You can pay by PayPal, debit or credit card on our website, or by check made payable to ISBGFH and mailed to our treasurer. Mail to: Barbara Scanlon, 5050 Main Street, Apt. 511, Kansas City, MO 64112. Please note which courses you are registering for (England, Scotland or Ireland) along with your payment. Note that PayPal will process other forms of payment, so if you are paying by debit or credit card, you do not need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal’s service to register for BI. 

Read more on British Institute pricing here.

If I purchase access to recordings, when will they be available for viewing?

Recordings will be available for viewing on the Monday following the completion of BI. There is a discount when purchasing more than one course recording. Hurry! All recordings will be available for viewing through the end of the calendar year (31 Dec 2023). See the British Institute Recording pricing here.

In-person BI FAQs (Start thinking about next year!):

What are the dates for British Institute 2023?

Meet ‘n Greet, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 October 2023 with classes running from 9 – 13 October 2023, 8 a.m. to noon (Mountain Daylight Time)

Are there any additional fees or charges?

If you are attending in person, the fee does not include travel to and from Salt Lake City, hotel stay, food or local transportation costs.

If only purchasing recordings and handout materials, there are no additional fees or charges. Your 20 hours of class time and handout are all included in the fee.

If I change my mind or something comes up, can I get a refund?

Cancellation policy – A refund will be issued upon written request / email request to the Institute Director before September 30, 2023 at 11:59pm Mountain Daylight Time. There will be a $50 service charged for cancelling. Beginning October 1, 2023, no refunds will be issued. Registrations are not transferable to another person or for future events.

I am a beginner to genealogy. May I attend?

Our instructors are accustomed to teaching to genealogists of all skill and experience levels, but these courses are geared toward the intermediate. We can recommend some basic free courses thru that can help prepare you for the British Institute. If you have questions, contact us through the Contact Us section of this website.

I see you are offering three classes. How many can I register for?

We are holding BI live in Salt Lake City, Utah the week of 9 – 13 October 2023. You may purchase class materials (recording and syllabus) for as many classes as you like, but you can attend only one in-person. Members receive a discount if they register for Early Bird pricing during the month of May.

Are there any handouts or prerequisites? What can I expect to receive?

A robust handout will be sent as a PDF for you to download and print prior to the start of BI. Any other prerequisites are based on instructor preferences, and details will be sent in advance of BI courses beginning.

Will we have access to class lists and contact information for the instructors?

Those who opt in will be included on a class list that will be available to others in the class. Your instructor will provide information on how to contact them.

If I have additional questions, who do I contact and how?

You can contact us through the Contact Us section of this website.

Location and Lodging

When in person, British Institute is held annually at The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, just steps away from the FamilySearch Library. There is a block of rooms reserved for registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive the hotel discount, please call Mr. Williams at (801) 606-2410 and state you are attending British Institute.

The classrooms and Sunday evening Meet ‘n Greet are located in the hotel, with the exception of the England course, which will be held at the FamilySearch Library. The hotel also has an indoor parking garage.

A BI Farewell luncheon will take place at the Plaza Hotel on Friday after the conclusion of courses. The Institute will wrap up here with presentation of course certificates, door prizes and more!