25th Anniversary Seminar

Saturday 7 September 2013

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Mark your calendar for Saturday 7 September and attend the BIFHS-USA seminar! BIFHS-USA is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Michael Gandy returns. There is no better way to observe the anniversary than to enjoy such an excellent speaker and his four presentations. There will also be door prizes or a silent auction along with vendors. The seminar will be at the Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, California 90602 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doors open for check-in at 8:30 a.m. (It will NOT conflict with Labor Day that is Monday 2 September.) 

About Michael Gandy

Michael Gandy is a renowned British genealogist who has spoken to our society at several previous seminars. His presentations are both informative and entertaining. He is a Fellow and former Chairman of the (UK) Society of Genealogists and has edited their magazine, The Genealogists? Magazine, for the last ten years. He is President of the London, Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society and of the Hillingdon (West Middlesex) FHS. He was founding Chairman of the Quaker FHS, Chairman of the Catholic FHS, Research Officer for the Huguenot Society both for 14 years and edited and wrote much of the first edition of My Ancestors were Jewish (from a British point of view). He also had a monthly column in the first 84 numbers of Practical Family History and compiled the Kent (1813-1837) and East Kent (1754-1812) marriage indexes. He has been tracing his ancestry since 1963 and has been a full time professional since 1992 specializing in London, nonconformists and the records at the (UK) National Archives. A number of articles by Michael have appeared in our journal over the years.

Seminar Itinerary

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Doors Open and Check-in

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Lecture One: How English Records Work:
 What There Is & What There Isn?t

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lecture Two: Short Cuts for Family Historians

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lecture Three: Records of the 17th and 18th Centuries

2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Door Prizes

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lecture Four: English Records for Irish Research

Seminar Presentations by Michael Gandy

How English Records Work: What There Is and What There Isn't
and Short Cuts for Family Historians

The two topics are similar to a part one and part two with a slightly different emphasis. Michael Gandy will provide hints and tips on how to use the major records resources that he will present including what short cuts NOT to take. He wrote that the programs are especially important for Americans who may assume that Britain is just like the United States or even worse is exactly like the way Hollywood presents it in the movies.

Records for the 17th and 18th Centuries

Details will be given for resources of the 17th and 18th centuries. Michael Gandy advised that there will be something new for everyone. Estate records and apprenticeships are only two of the many things that will be discussed.

English Records for Irish Research

This topic primarily deals with the 19th century and will present a number of big items some of which people usually have never considered.

Registration Fees

Early Registration that is postmarked by 10 August 2013:

 $50 for a BIFHS-USA Member
 $60 for a non-member of BIFHS-USA

Registration postmarked 11 August 2013 or later:

 $65 for a BIFHS-USA Member
 $75 for a non-member of BIFHS-USA


You may order lunch for an additional cost of $10.  Lunch orders must be received and paid for by 17 October 2011.  It will consist of a choice of turkey, roast beef, or ham sandwich and a choice of potato salad, macaroni salad, or cole slaw along with chips, dessert, and beverages.    

You may bring a brown-bag lunch if you do not want to purchase your lunch at the seminar.  A list of local restaurants will also be available at the seminar or may be requested prior to the seminar at president@bifhsusa.org

Seminar Location
Whittier Masonic Lodge
7604 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602

The Masonic Lodge is at the southeast corner of Mar Vista St. and Greenleaf Ave.

Parking is behind (east of) the lodge with additional parking across the street in the parking garage on the northeast corner of Greenleaf Ave. and Mar Vista St.


From I-605

1.    Exit at Whittier Blvd. (Exit 15), go east 2.1 miles.
Turn left onto Mar Vista Street, go 0.5 miles.
Cross Greenleaf Ave. The lodge is on the right.
Turn right into the parking lot behind the lodge.

From I-5

1.    Exit Carmenita Rd. (Exit 119), turning left, north, onto Carmenita Rd.
Travel north 6.0 miles, Carmenita Rd. will become Painter Ave.
3. Turn left, west, onto Mar Vista St., go 0.3 miles.
The lodge is to the left at the corner of Greenleaf Ave.
Turn left into the parking lot before you reach the corner.

Extra public parking is available at the northeast corner of Greenleaf Ave. and Mar Vista St., immediately across the street, Mar Vista St., from the Masonic Lodge.

1.    Traveling north on Greenleaf Ave.
Cross Mar Vista St.
Turn right into the Radisson Hotel parking, the first driveway entrance past Mar Vista St.
Immediately turn right again.
Enter the public parking garage.
The parking is free.

BIFHS-USA Bonus on Friday 6 September 2013

Make the seminar a two day event! Experienced BIFHS-USA researchers will be at the Los Angeles Family History Library on Friday and will provide genealogy suggestions, hints, and guidance. Bring your questions and family group sheets to the library. Someone will be there to help you until 4:00 p.m. The library is at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90025.

Questions? Contact president@bifhsusa.org

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