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DunnPB 98.jpg   Phillip Dunn, B.A. (British Local History), England AG® [edit | edit source]

Phillip is an Accredited Genealogist (AG®) in England, Scotland and Ireland research with nearly 40 years professional experience in genealogical research methodology and is an experienced missing persons locator/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, Ireland, U.S. and Canada, and is a specialist in especially London and 'Home' (surrounding) counties, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire, England's big cities, 'Brickwall' 17th Century emigration, the West Midland counties, military, Nonconformist, (esp. Roman Catholic, Huguenots, Germanic churches, etc) British subjects abroad,   maximizing users' experience in the FamilySearch search engine.

Recent and Current Wiki Projects[edit | edit source]

Latest contributions to the

  • 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 many major England cities and large townships
  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • Bachelors: British Local History, BYU (1983) 

          Minor: Public Relations & Organizational Communications/Pipe Organ Pedagogy

Credentials[edit | edit source]

Accredited Genealogist® in England: 1983-present  ICAPGEN

Accredited Genealogist® in Scotland: 2007-present  ICAPGEN
Accredited Genealogist® in Ireland, Jan 2019 - with ICAPGEN

Experience[edit | edit source]

  • 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. always including the name[s] of principal, and parents/spouse. Why recreate a whole record and all its data fields when images of the original document will be available online in the near future!]
  • 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:[edit | edit source]

  • 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 2010-2011, Sheridan, WY 2009
  • Generations Project (PBS) series (KBYU TV): March 14th segment, 2010 (British India)
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Jan 2013

Published[edit | edit source]

  • 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"
  • Author:  Guide to Ancestral Research In London (ISBN: 0-961260-7-4) 1987; revised 1995 & 2010

Classes Taught[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Tracing Huguenots in Great Britain
  • Tracing Irish in Presbyterian Church Records
  • 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[edit | edit source]

The Society of Genealogists, London

The Association of Professional Genealogists

The National Genealogical Society, Arlington, VA

Online Activity[edit | edit source]

Blogger: British Heritage Forum  

FamilySearch Wiki

Former:  Expert with "Expert Connect": 

Professional Development Activities[edit | edit source]

Professional Genealogical Research

Currently revising and updating my book, "Guide to Ancestral Research In London" (to be available Summer, 2020)

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!"'