BI 2022 will take place over 2 weeks with two classes running simultaneously in each week as follows:

Week 1: Meet 'n Greet - Sunday, 9 October 2022 
Classes 1 and 2 - Monday, 10 October - Friday, 14 October 2022

Week 2: Meet 'n Greet - Sunday, 16 October 2022
 Classes 3 and 4 - Monday, 17 October - Friday, 21 October 2022

Week 1: Class 1: Sourcing your English Ancestors with Else Churchill and Alec Tritton

Class Description:

Five days online tuition on English genealogical research focusing on the themes of the records of church and state; what did our ancestors do? Research problems and solutions, and review early administrative records. This course will be very focused on records and sources, identifying resources to use for English research and history. We will also offer breakout rooms to analyse and assess documents and practical hints, including techniques and tips on tracing that elusive English ancestor—especially when you are far from the original sources and archives.

Week 1: Class 2: Researching your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors with Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt

Class Description:

The course will explore strategies for researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, as many individuals may have either or both in their ancestry. The programme content covers the whole island of Ireland, not solely Ulster, and useful examples are drawn from numerous different counties to demonstrate the range of material and to illuminate the island-wide nature of the presentations.

A particular specialism of the Foundation, garnered from its 65 years of experience, is researching Scots-Irish ancestors. The Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish left Scotland, many in the seventeenth century, settled as part of various, successive waves of plantation in Ulster, stayed maybe one, two or several generations and then moved on to North America.

Week 2: Class 3: Tracing your Welsh Ancestors with Beryl Evans

Class Description:

The course will be suitable for beginners and those more advanced with a variety of topics covered throughout the week, from parish registers to estate records. Online resources will be a large part of the course, including how and where to access them and how to interpret the information you find. Primary sources will also be covered, and again we will discuss how to access them. Each topic will also have a reading list with links to any online resources to further investigate. An introduction to the Welsh language will also be covered using Welsh patronymics and place names.

Week 2: Class 4: Writing your Family History Step-by-Step with Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.

Class Description:

You can’t edit a blank page! The most difficult part of any writing project is getting started. This interactive course will walk you step-by-step through the process of writing a “can’t put down” family history. Students will learn key storytelling techniques for documenting their ancestors' lives, how to craft a compelling narrative from genealogy research and social history, and tips for overcoming writer’s block. A selection of tools and apps (available for free or via a free trial) to help with outlining, writing, and editing tasks will be reviewed during the course.

A series of short, focused writing assignments will allow students to start a writing project, with the goal of having at least a small segment (approximately 2500 words) of a rough draft by the end of the week. Students will have an opportunity to share their completed assignments for feedback from the instructor and fellow attendees during class sessions.

You may choose to attend LIVE or just receive the recordings. Each registered participant will receive access to the recordings and syllabus. Recordings will be available to access until 31 December 2022, but cannot be downloaded.

Meet the Instructors


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