Tag Archives: Family History Library

British Institute and Salt Lake City….

Temple square sparkles

Temple square sparkles

It is now a week later and I have been back and busy getting myself caught up.  My week in Salt Lake City went well.  The Scottish Class I took at the British Institute was a good class to follow the English records from last year.  Now all I need is to learn Irish genealogical research but I have decided to do that on my own by reading and studying how to books:  http://www.isbgfh.org/

My teacher was Paul Milner and he was very good, knowledgeable.  He specializes in English and Scottish genealogical research. He also has a blog where he writes about sources: http://www.milnergenealogy.com/

Here are some photos of the Family History Library, British Isles floor B2.

British Isles Floor B2



 Thru the hotel window sunset in Salt Lake City

Thru the hotel window sunset in Salt Lake City



Genealogical Education: The British Institute courses 2014


2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. http://www.isbgfh.org/

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.  http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are

I started to build on my Boardman and McMurray/Jackson family lines on my mother’s side and I posted my findings on this blog.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip to Salt Lake City.  I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the family research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.  So I will be getting back to posting on this blog some time in November 2014 about my findings in Ontario and more.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.  https://familysearch.org/search  I do know of people who go there even more than six times.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

At the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Salt Lake City in 2010 Family Search announced that they would digitize their whole collection and it would take 100 years but they had created ways to improve digital transfer so they could do it in 10 years.  I was amazed.  Every time I go to their website it changes and gets better and better and sometimes more complicated.

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.

Two Families Merge – A Marriage

Courtship 1905

The story of the Boardmans and Browns starts with the marriage of my grandparents Robert Boardman and Ethel Adella Brown.

In the photo above, I think that the two individuals on the left are my grandfather Robert and my grandmother Ethel.  She is trying to avoid the photographer but I believe that is her in the white hat.  She was always very well dressed.  The man on the right in the hat might be one of my grandmother’s brothers.  It is hard to say.  The rest of the people in the photo are unknown.

Apparently they traveled down to St.Paul/Minneapolis to get married.  There are many Boardman’s living in that area of Minnesota per the census.  If there was a connection I don’t have that knowledge at this time.  Maybe Minnesota was like a “Gretna Green.”  This means that possibly the laws in Minnesota were less stringent than in Manitoba.

Marriage Certificate

This document looks like the Church record of the marriage of Ethel Brown to Robert Boardman on August 28, 1905 with a Samuel & Della Gibney as witnesses.  I do not know if the Gibney’s are members of our family or friends.  The marriage was recorded in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota.  The pastor was Arthur D. Stroud of the M.E. Church in White Bear, which is very close to St. Paul and Minneapolis. This marriage record was among my mother’s possessions.

I also checked the marriage license information to verify my grandparents marriage when at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Their official license was listed in these films:  Marriage License & Certificate for Robert Boardman of Ramsey Co., Minnesota, Filed Sept. 5, 1905. Marriages 1850-1916 Ramsey Co., Minnesota No. 5, 1901-1907,  Boardman, Robert to Ethel Adela Brown FHL# Index to Marriages FHL#1314523 pg. 44.  Marriage Certificate – Book 37, pg. 571, FHL#1314523.

I am sure that the adventure of traveling to St. Paul was exciting for this young couple.  Why they chose to go there is a mystery.