Scottish Course at British Institute 2019


Four years ago, I became the editor of British Connections, a quarterly newsletter for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH). The Society’s signature event is the week long British Institute. The British Institute takes place in the fall of each year, at the Salt Palace Hotel in Salt Lake City.

The British Institute offers four courses each year and consists of five mornings (20 hours) of learning about a specific track as well as five afternoons (15 hours) of dedicated research time at the Family History Library. As well, each student is provided a free twenty minute consultation with their instructor in order to get some guidance on their family history research.

Like other institutes, the British Institute offers focused, intense learning and small class sizes to maximize the learning for each student. I am delighted to be the instructor for the Scottish Course at British Institute 2019, being held October 14-18, 2019. During the week, we will be looking at:

  • Basic Scottish Research
  • Scottish Marriages
  • Scottish Naming Pattern
  • Legitimacy
  • Brick Wall Solutions
  • Resources in Scottish Libraries for Scottish Research
  • Resources in Scottish Archives for Genealogy Research (National, County, City and University archives)
  • Scottish Criminal, Asylum and Poor Law Records
  • Mapping Your Scottish Ancestors
  • The Highland and Lowland Clearances
  • Emigration to the Colonies – Forced, Assisted and Planned
  • Customs, Traditions and Superstitions
  • Planning a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland

Class size is limited to 30 students. Registration opens January 2019. Members get a significantly reduced registration. Here’s the link to the website:

I hope you can join me for a week of learning!




About Christine Woodcock

Scottish born, Canadian raised, Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger. She is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland ( and enjoys taking fellow Scots “home” to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.

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