Meet the 2022 British Institute Instructors

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

Else Churchill is the genealogist at the Society of Genealogists in London and leads on advocacy, outreach, and education. She has been a genealogist, a genealogical librarian, and an educator for 40 years. She also lectures regularly in the United Kingdom and overseas. Her family has roots in Germany and in 17th-century Herefordshire, but recent DNA investigations have thrown up some fascinating and surprising 20th-century stories.

Alec Tritton has been a family historian for over 35 years, specializing in burial grounds, graveyards, grave robbery, and obscure nonconformist sects.  He is currently a Vice President of the Guild of One-Name Studies and Chairman of the Halsted Trust. Formerly he was Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies, Chairman of the Guild of One-Name studies and Vice-Chairman of the Society of Genealogists (London). Alec has presented regularly at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, at the Society of Genealogists centenary conference, and internationally in the U.S. As well as lecturing and writing articles for genealogical magazines, his passion is leading walking tours around London burial grounds.

Class 2: Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors with Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt

Fintan Mullan is the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. Working with technology partners, Fintan was a pioneer in the creation of online resources for Irish research and has maintained the Foundation’s prominence in digital database developments for Irish genealogy. As Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation Fintan has managed the production of over 100 publications, including the popular Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors and has lectured extensively on Irish history and genealogy in the U.S. and in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation's many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation's work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the USA. Gillian has been with the Foundation since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Class 3: Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors with Beryl Evans

Author of Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians, Beryl Evans is Research Services Manager at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and has been researching Welsh family history for thirty years. She is a member of the executive committees of the Federation of Family History Societies and the Association of Family History Societies of Wales, and she is chairman of the Cardiganshire Family History Society. She has contributed to television and radio programs on family history and to magazines and journals in the field.




Class 4: Writing Your Family History Step-by-Step with Lisa Alzo

Creator of the Research Write Connect Academy, Lisa Alzo has been inspiring family history writers for over two decades. Lisa earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and is the author of 11 books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars. Lisa has published articles in many journals and magazine and is an internationally recognized lecturer. An avid genealogist for more than 30 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.




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