Posted by William Nunnelley on 2002-07-11

Genealogy students from 10 states and Canada are researching family ancestry in England as part of Samford University's British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Genealogist Sherry Irvine, a specialist in English and Scottish family history, is study leader. The group of 15 students and Samford library director Jean Thomason left June 30 for the three-week session in London and York.

The students are using the Kensington Library, Family Record Centre, Guildhall Library, Kew Public record Office, British Newspaper Library and other resources in London and the City Archives, Minster Library, Central Library and Borthwick Institute in York.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.