I started research into my own ancestry in 1965 at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and visited Somerset House in London for the first time in 1967. I studied English genealogy under David Pratt at Brigham Young University while getting my BA and MA. I was Accredited in English research in 1971 by the Family History Library and since then have traced about 5000 English families for over 1350 clients using microfilmed, printed, computerized, and original records.
All eight of great-grandparents were born in England, from Cornwall in the southwest to Yorkshire in the north, and Gloucestershire on the west to Lincolnshire and Essex on the east, making me, as someone once put it, more English than the Queen. My research for clients has included the rest of the 40 English counties, where I have undertaken research in all major record repositories while visiting hundreds of parishes and villages. I have also resided in England with my family, where the children attended the village school while I carried out research; on weekends and holidays we experienced England as a family.
I am the only one who does your research. I do not employ or sub-contract it out to others. I follow the thread of the research from first to last. I do write to holders of indexes and special collections for their paid services as needed, for the research standard is to search the best record at each crucial stage of the research, not to limit the search to available records.
In addition to my research experience, I taught basic genealogy and English research at BYU 5 years full-time and 8 years part-time; wrote their Home Study course for English research used many years; was one of 12 co-founders but first president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, which now has nearly 2000 members world-wide; have organized and taught seminars on using the Family History Library for English research and have been guest speaker on English sources/methodology at seminars held by genealogical groups in the U.S. and Canada; have published self-help materials for those doing their own research including the innovative English Research on a Shoestring: a Catalogue of Searches in the Genealogical Records of England (out-of-print; an online, updated version is in the works).
Alan J Phipps
2005 Taylor Ave
Ogden, UT 84401-0930
Phone: 801 “ENGLAND” (801-364-5263)