Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-06-28

Samford University genealogy students from five states and two foreign nations are studying their family ancestries during a three-week research course in England. The 16-member group is concentrating on genealogy resources in 15 counties in southeastern England.

Sponsored by the Samford Library through its annual Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the travel course began June 23 and will run through July 16. The students are residing in Daniel House, Samford's London study centre.

Genealogist Sherry Irvine, an expert in English, Scottish and Irish family history, and Samford library Director Jean Thomason are course leaders. Irvine has taught in Samford's genealogy program since 1996 and has written extensively on United Kingdom genealogy. Thomason has directed Samford's genealogy program since 1997.

The students hail from Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, Canada and Western Australia.


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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.