Arlington, VA â€“ 8 August, 2006. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is very pleased to announce that Paul Milner is joining the NGS Britain and Ireland Forum as co-leader.Â Paul will join Sheila Benedict, CG, in leading the Britain and Ireland Forum, an NGS members-only Forum established to assist members with their research in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Paul Milner is a native of northern England – having grown up about 30 miles south of the Scottish border on the west coast, in what was then Cumberland, now Cumbria. He did undergraduate work as a mining engineer in Cornwall, in the extreme southwest of England before coming to the US to do a Masters Degree in Oceanography. After that Paul changed fields, obtained a Master of Divinity degree, became a Lutheran minister serving in local congregations and the national church as a communications professional – he is thus very familiar with the church and its records. Paul then switched fields again a number of years ago and became a financial planner for Lutheran Brotherhood (now Thrivent Financial).
From a genealogical perspective Paul has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. He is the co-author with Linda Jonas of A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (2000), and A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (2002) both published by Betterway Books. Paul has also lectured at NGS and FGS conferences since 1996 as well as many state and local events across North America on many British Isles related topics.
Paul has done extensive research in British Isles records here in the United States and in England and Scotland, with research time in both national and local repositories, and is currently on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies publication FGS Forum and the newsletter of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL). Paul is also the past-president of BIGWILL and has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. He is also a member of several English family history societies.
The NGS Britain and Ireland Forum is open to all members of NGS.Â To access the Forum go to the Forum website at: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/forums/britainirelandforum.cfm. To join the National Genealogical Society please go to the society website at: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/member.cfm
For further information on the NGS Britain and Ireland Forum, and the other NGS forums including Italian, Central European, German, Polish, and Scandinavian, please contact Jeanne Lund at Lund@ngsgenealogy.org.