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.


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