Posted by William Nunnelley on 2006-07-10

A dozen genealogy students from seven states are studying family ancestry in England and Ireland in Samford University's annual British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

The students are researching their family roots in major genealogical repositories in London, Dublin and Belfast during a three-week session that began June 29. While in London, they are based at Daniel House, Samford's London study centre.

Professional genealogist David Rencher of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Samford library director Jean Thomason are leading the group. Students are enrolled from Oregon, Georgia, North Carolina, Utah, Arizona, Delaware and Alabama.

The program is an offshoot of Samford's annual Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, which attracts several hundred genealogy students from around the nation to the campus each June.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.