Meet the Instructors
Originally from Northern Ireland but with both Scottish and Irish roots, he holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. He is a published author of several books and a regular contributor to several genealogy magazines and his own Scottish GENES, and he lectures worldwide.
Darris began tracing his family history in 1983 while stationed in England with the United States Air Force. After his time in the military, he finished a degree in Family and Community History. He has worked at the Family History Library as the British Reference Consultant. He has worked with Worldwide Support and now works with Collection Management where priorities are acquiring and publishing digital records for FamilySearch. He has authored several publications and lectures worldwide.
A native of northern England, he is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with over 35 years experience, specializing in British Isles research. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. He speaks on a variety of topics worldwide including migration to North American and research methodology.
Bruce Durie is a Scottish genealogist, broadcaster and author. He started and ran the Professional Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He is the author of over 35 books, primarily on genealogical and historical subjects. He holds a doctoral degree in history and lectures at various conferences and institutes around the world.