Posted by William Nunnelley on 1999-07-01

Genealogists from six states and Canada are researching family history in England as members of Samford University's annual British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Members of the group are studying ancestry at various facilities in London and at Exeter in Devon County on England's southwest coast. The group left July 1 and will return July 23.

Using Daniel House, Samford's London Study Centre, as a base, the group studies in such archives as Kensington and Guildhall libraries, the Museum of London, the Society of Genealogists and Family Record Centre in London and the West County Studies Library and Devon Record Office in Exeter.

Jean Thomason, Director of Samford's Harwell Goodwin Davis Library, leads the research tour.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.