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DunnPB 98.jpg   Phillip Dunn, B.A. (British Local History), AG®, APG and S.O.G.

Phillip is a genealogist with nearly 33 years professional experience in genealogical research procedures and is an experienced missing persons/heir-tracer, formerly for two major UK corporations and, more recently with a local law firm. The son of English parentage, he has lived, studied and lectured in the UK, U.S. and Canada, and is a specialist in especially London and 'Home' (surrounding) counties, Lancashire, England's big cities, 'Brickwall' 17th Century emigration, the West Midland counties, military, British subjects abroad, Nonconformists (i.e. Presbyterian, Roman Catholic & Huguenots),  Emigration, Probate research.

Recent and Current Wiki Projects

Latest contributions to the Wiki.FamilySearch.org:

  • Probate records - England (28 counties including London, Middlesex, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Essex, and many more)
  • Ireland Emigration
  • County Dublin, Ireland
  • County Mayo, Ireland
  • County Roscommon, Ireland
  • County Galway, Ireland
  • County Leitrim, Ireland
  • Manchester City "Parishes"
  • Middlesex Parish Histories
  • "Comprehensive [parish and chapels] Lists" for every major England city and large township
  • London [City of] Parish Histories
  • Cheshire Parishes links (oversight)
  • Lancashire Parishes links
  • Yorkshire Parishes links (oversight)
  • Parish/Chapel History pages for England
  • Tracing London and Big City Research in England from Abroad
  • A Checklist of Compiled Sources and Where to Find Them
  • And more

 

Education

  • Bachelors: British Local History, BYU (1983) 

          Minor: Public Relations & Organizational Communications/Pipe Organ Pedagogy

Credentials

Accredited Genealogist® in England: 1983-present  ICAPGEN, Salt Lake City, UT

Accredited Genealogist® in Scotland: 2007-present  ICAPGEN, Salt Lake City, UT 
Currently working towards AG® in Ireland, late 2010 - with ICAPGEN, Salt Lake City, UT

Notary Public (UT)

Experience

  • Sr. Research Consultant, British Research Unit, The Family History Library: 1998-present
  • Sr. Project Manager, Family Records Extraction 1993-1998 [England 1851, Canadian 1881 censuses, Ordinance Index, 1880 US census, Ellis Island Index projects [Key learnings: We'll produce far more Indexes faster by extracting/indexing only the critically necessary fields in each record type, i.e. Imaged originals far outweigh recreating a whole record and all its genealogical fields when images of the original document are/will be available online! Ford Mustangs or Lincoln Continentals?]
  • Family History Center Support Specialist over British Isles and (old) Commonwealth countries, N. Europe and South Pacific FHCs 1991- 1992 Key Learnings: FHCs are the key to disseminating genealogical data to the 'end rows' of the world. Consider the "little old lady's" needs by fully supporting the operation of each FHC
  • British Correspondence Specialist 1982-1991
  • Reference Consultant, British Reference Unit, Family History Library: 1979-1981
  • Reference Consultant, US/Canada: 1977-1979
  • Stake Extraction (Indexing) Director: England 1851 census indexing project 1995-1997
"James" Episode, The Generations Project (BYUTV)
Phillip Dunn, AG helps James discover the truth about his legendary Indian princess ancestor in the "James" episode of The Generations Project (BYUTV). Click the image to watch the episode.

Lecturer and Presenter at the following locations:

  • BYU Family History Conferences: 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, etc.
  • BYU Education Week: 1994-1997
  • FFHS Annual Conference on British Genealogy: 2005
  • BYU Computer Genealogy Conference: April, 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, "The London Workshop", Toronto, Ont. Chapt OGS: Nov 2008
  • Utah Valley University, Continuing Education, Genealogy Instructor: 2002-2010
  • Featured Lecturer, the St Augustine, FL Genealogical Society, British Gen Fair, Nov 2007
  • Family History Expos: Salt Lake City 2009, Mesa AZ 2010, Sheridan, WY 2009
  • Generations Project (PBS) series (KBYU TV): March 14th segment, 2010 (British India)

Published

  • Journal of the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A., 2009 " Tracing London and Big City Ancestors from Abroad"
  • Journal, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History - U.S.A., Summer 2010 "British Merchant Maritime Records"
  • Journal, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History - U.S.A., 2010; "A Checklist of Compiled Sources and WHere to Find Them"
  • Author:  Guide to Ancestral Research In London (ISBN: 0-961260-7-4) 1987; revised 1995 & 2010

Classes Taught

  • Tracing the British Abroad
  • Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England's Big Cities!
  • Solving Old-case & Hard-case Lancashire Ancestry
  • Finding 'Grace': Tracing English Nonconformist Ancestry
  • Legitimacy & Illegitimacy in England Genealogical Research
  • Lost In London: How to Quick-Find Those Elusive London Ancestors!
  • Backed Against the Wall! Methods in Brickwall England  Research
  • Research in a Snap! Cutting-Edge & Gateway Web Sites for British & Irish Ancestry
  • Researching the 'Big Black Hole': Methods for Tracing/Proving Pre-1837 English Ancestry
  • Using England's Lesser-Used Records to Trace Ancestry. Lecture I:  Poor-Law Records 1835-1925
  • Using England's Lesser-Used Records to Trace Ancestry. Lecture II:  Tracing the Poor Before 1834 in Parish Chest Records!
  • Using England's Lesser-Used Records to Trace Ancestry. Lecture III: Land Tax Assessments, Electoral Rolls, Directories,  Chancery, n' more

Associations

The Society of Genealogists, London

The Association of Professional Genealogists

The National Genealogical Society, Arlington, VA

Online Activity

Blogger: British Heritage Forum  

FamilySearch Wiki

Former:  Expert with "Expert Connect": Ancestry.com 

Professional Development Activities

Professional Genealogical Research

Currently compiling & writing book on "Big City Ancestral Research in England"

Currently revising and updating my book, "Guide to Ancestral Research In London" (to be available Summer, 2011)

Written and submitted two recent articles (as of this update) for publication in professional journals: "Merchant Maritime Records for British Ancestry" and, "A New Critical Look at 'Compiled Sources': A Modern Review and View of the Most Ignored 'Step' in "The Preliminary Search!"'