Paul Milner at British Institute 2018 ¬©Megan Heyl, 2018 

For research in England and Wales there is much overlap in the types of records used, with idiosyncratic differences depending upon the locality. For the 2020 Virtual British Institute the presentations chosen  for the English and Welsh tracks will support one another (not overlap) and you are encouraged to register for both days. 

Or end with – you may want to consider registering for both days.

English Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond 
Paul Milner

On Tuesday, October 13th.

1. Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for England and Wales Research

Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in England and Wales. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved

2. Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website

Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context. 

3. English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret

Learn how to access, use and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.

4. Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest

The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. This lecture focusses on records created by the parish in its civil capacity. They cover all levels of society within the parish. Learn how to access what has survived for your area for they will solve many brick walls.

This is a day long event which will be followed by a live question and answer session.


Paul Milner, a native of northern England is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught week long English and Scottish research tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the British Institute. Paul is the 2018 UGA Fellow Award recipient. He is the author of six publications:

        • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest (UnlockThePast, 2015)
        • Discover English Census Records (UnlockThePast, 2014) 
        • Discover English Parish Records (UnlockThePast, 2014)
        • Genealogy at a Glance: England Research (Genealogical Publishing Co, 2011)

plus co-author with Linda Jonas of:

  • A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2000)
  • A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage (Betterway Books, 2002).

Paul has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 35 years. Paul is currently the book review editor for the BIGWILL newsletter and retired review editor of the FGS FORUM. He is the past-president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL), and a past board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at


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