Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Virtual BI and the traditional BI in Salt Lake City?

Traditional British Institute (BI)

Virtual British Institute (BI)

1 week with 20 hours in the classroom

1 week with 20 hours online

Choice of 4 courses

Choice of 1-4 courses

Class size limited to 30

Class size limited to 100

Network with other researchers who share your interests

Virtual networking with other researchers who share your interests

Future BIs will have recordings available to view or review     

Recordings available for 6-weeks to view and review

One-on-one consultation with your instructor

Ample research time at the library

Kickoff Social Sunday and a Banquet

How do I pay for BI?

You can pay PayPal or by check made payable to ISBGFH and mailed to our treasurer. Mail to: Barbara Scanlon, 5418 Westover Road, Kansas City, MO 64112. Please note what courses in order you are registering for. Checks need to be postmarked by September 30, 2021. To pay via Debit or Credit Card you do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal to register for BI.

Are there any additional fees or charges?

No, not if your are attending virtually. Your 20 hours of class time, live Q&A, and handout are all included in the fee.

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 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, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. There will be a $50 service charged for cancelling. Beginning October 1, 2021, no refunds will be issued. Registrations are not transferable to another person or for future events.

I am a beginner to genealogy, can 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.

I see you are offering 4 courses, how many can I register for?

You can register for all 4 courses since they will all be recorded including the Q&A, so whether you sign up for one or all four you have the option of attending the courses of your choice live, or by accessing the recordings. Two courses are offered each week and you will need to pick which you attend live, if any.

Are there any handouts or prerequisites? or 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 of 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. A virtual Meet & Greet for each class with the instructor is also planned.

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

You can contact us through the Contact Us section of this website or by emailing me directly at

What are the dates for British Institute 2022?

BI is traditionally held the 2nd full week of October, so we are planning BI 2022 for October 10-14 with the Kickoff Sunday Social the evening or 9 October 2022.

Location and Lodging

The British Institute is held annually when in person at The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. There is a block of rooms reserved for registered attendees, on a first come first serve basis. The classrooms are located in the hotel, as well as the reception held on Sunday evening. There is an indoor parking garage and restaurant at the hotel, which is just steps away from the Family History Library.


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