Samford IGHR–English Ancestors

I just completed my registration for Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Studies in June 2012!

This will be my third year at Samford. In my first year, I took Elizabeth Mills’ wonderful Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course (known as Course 4). My second year, I took Tom Jones’ Writing and Publishing for Genealogists (Course 5), another great course. This year, I’m taking Paul Milner’s Tracing Your English Ancestors.

I’m excited about taking this course–it takes me back to my history roots in English research. I originally thought that my English ancestors were two Cornish families of miners who emigrated to northeastern Pennsylvania in the mid-nineteenth century. More recently, I’ve discovered that I also have a line of early New England ancestors who left England in the seventeenth century (two on the Mayflower) and came to Pennsylvania before the American Revolution. In Pennsylvania they intermarried with my sturdy Pennsylvania Germans.

Quite early in my genealogy research, I worked on my Cornish ancestors. I’m looking forward to having a systematic introduction from Paul on what I should have done.