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.