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

Phillip is a genealogist with nearly 30 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, and is a specialist in especially London and 'Home' (surrounding) counties, Lancashire, England's big cities, the West Midlands counties, military, British subjects abroad, Nonconformists (i.e. Presbyterian, Roman Catholic & Huguenots),  Emigration, Probate research.


  • Bachelors: British Local History, BYU (1983) 

          Minor: Public Relations & Organizational Communications/Pipe Organ Pedagogy


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)


  • 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 Mustang? or a Lincoln?]
  • 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. Support them and consider the "widow's" needs
  • 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 1995-1997

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)


  • 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


The Society of Genealogists, London

The Association of Professional Genealogists

The National Genealogical Society, Arlington, VA

Online Activity

Blogger: British Heritage Forum  

FamilySearch Wiki

"Expert Connect": 

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 early Summer, 2010)

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!"'