April 4, 2019

I wanted to make you aware of an exciting upcoming event so you can begin planning for it now. It is World Family History Day, first announced on January 8, 2018, and now held annually each May 15. World Family History Day (WFHD) is celebrated by family organizations who encourage their members to discover and post new information about their ancestors and deceased relatives, and by family history centers, historical societies, educational institutions, and genealogical companies who encourage their patrons to participate in family history activities on this day.

I invite you as individuals, immediate families, and grandparent organizations, to come up with an activity you can participate in on or around World Family History Day that will help generate more interest in family history and encourage your families to learn more about and appreciate their ancestors. Some ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:

· holding an indexing challenge between individuals or family organizations

· using available apps to photograph and upload photos of headstones in cemeteries not yet documented

· scanning and digitizing old family photos and documents and uploading them to public databases

· starting a history about a parent, grandparent, or ancestor;

· create a story / picture book with several ancestors

· organizing a volunteer effort at a local courthouse to index or digitize appropriate stored records

· holding a fund raising activity and donating proceeds to a family organization or genealogical association for research purposes

· holding a worldwide video conference where selected individuals share a story about an ancestor or an interesting event in an ancestor's life

· and many more (the sky’s the limit!)

For more information about World Family History Day, please follow this link

As you come up with ideas for what you plan to do on World Family History Day, I invite you to share them with us at so they can be posted to our website and hopefully motivate others to take action as well.

Best wishes for a successful World Family History Day!

Shane Brough, President, BFO

September 24, 2017

I just wanted to give you an update on what's happening with the new LDS Ancestral Family Association (LDSAFA) of which the BFO is a founding member and is helping to move forward.

In February 2017, LDSAFA had a booth at Roots Tech 2017--which is the largest genealogy and family history conference in the world--in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it turned out much more successful than we had imagined. Many people requested information about LDSAFA and its member organizations, and the individual handout on the BFO was recognized by many and well received by conference patrons. We had good representation from the BFO in manning the booth each day of the event. To view pictures of the LDSAFA booth at RootsTech see here.

In July 2017, LDSAFA participated in the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. To view pictures of the LDSAFA display table at the BYU Conference see here.

Next year LDSAFA will participate in RootsTech 2018 and BFO officers and family members will again be present at this large genealogical conference. For more information about LDSAFA at RootsTech 2018 see here.

Shane Brough, President, BFO

January 1, 2016

For Christmas this year (2015), my mother gifted to each of her children a spiral bound book containing her life story, her personal history. She spent the last year working on it and it is already a family treasure. My own children looked through it on Christmas day and were so taken in by it that they have requested their own copy. This got me thinking that I am not getting any younger and should get my personal history up to date as well before it is too late.

Those who are engaged in genealogy / family history are ecstatic when they find histories of deceased ancestors--these documents are full of information and tell us much about the individual--who they were, where they lived, how they lived, who their family was, etc. I recently discovered some of the journals written by my 2nd great grandfather during his early adulthood and I am still reading and digesting his history (even if his handwriting wasn't the best). Just imagine how much your great- grandchildren would enjoy reading about you and your amazing life!

So I invite all of us in the worldwide Brough family to set aside some time to work on our personal histories in 2016. This can take many forms, e.g. a journal, a photo album with names, dates, places, etc., a document with our personal history transcribed, etc. These should be living documents as we continue to add to them each year of our lives. Some people have not undertaken to write their personal history because they just don't know how or where to start. Here are some resources to help get started:

All the best to you as you work on your personal histories to benefit current and future generations! These histories will not only benefit your posterity but will also help strengthen the BFO in its stated mission and will assist and delight those who come after us.

Shane Brough, President, BFO

June 1, 2014

How wonderful it is, and how grateful I am, to be a part of this extended international Brough family! With the wonders of modern technology we have been able to identify so many of our living and deceased family members across the globe that we are feeling more and more connected each day. We have helped bring forth the identity and life stories of so many of those who have gone before us-how grateful we are to them for their example, strength, accomplishments and contributions that made the world a better place.

Many family members have asked me how they can best help with this great effort. There is so much to do! Here are a few suggestions:

We can obviously volunteer to assist our Brough Family Organization (BFO) genealogy and family history committee who can be reached at: They are working on so many "cool" projects right now such as the Brough extraction initiative involving Australia, New Zealand, England, and eventually Canada and other countries. I invite you to reach out to them and offer your time, talents, family histories and creative energy.

In addition, we are getting more and more involved with digitizing family pictures, histories, and other documents so that they can be more accessible to all family members. With the progress of the World Wide Web, it is becoming more and more the repository for family historical documents. We have so many family histories already on our family web site, but if you have any stories, facts or pictures to add to those histories I invite you to submit them to the email address noted above. In addition, you may have other stories, pictures or other documents that may be great additions to those already included in our database.

Along these lines, I invite family members everywhere to get involved in one or more of the various volunteer indexing programs going on throughout the world. Some examples include documenting those buried in cemeteries (, working to digitize and extract from country census records, The UK / Essex Parish Registers, US Naval Enlistment Registers 1855-1891, and the list goes on. To get more ideas and get started, go to or

As an example of what family members can do and accomplish through indexing, see the article in the Deseret News and LDS Church News of June 1, 2014, entitled "Building the Kingdom", which features Tracey Broug who, despite having cerebral palsy and "using only the index finger of her left hand" has been able to index "almost 350,000 names" in support of family history research. Tracey's father, Marshall W. Brough, currently serves on the BFO Board of Trustees.

Getting younger family members involved with genealogical and family history work will be the key to our future success. They have energy and most of their lives still ahead of them, and they better understand technology and the internet than many of their parents and grandparents! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has recognized this need and has created a great website to help get youth interested, motivated and energized in accomplishing this work: Interestingly, on February 17, 2013, the Parade magazine ( that appeared as a suppliment in the Deseret News newspaper of Salt Lake City, Utah, published an article entitled "One Big Happy Family", which stated the following: "When a team of psychologists measured children's resilience, they found that the kids who knew the most about their family's history were best able to handle stress [over those who played team sports or attended regular religious services]. The more children know about their family's history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their self-esteem. The reason: These children have a strong sense of 'intergenerational self'--they understand that they belong to something bigger than themselves, and that families naturally experience both highs and lows."

I recognize that young people may not like working on "history" and may shy away from it. But my guess is they would like to sit with a grandparent or great-grandparent to hear and record their life story. They would probably enjoy collecting, scanning, labeling and organizing old family pictures. Indexing could be fun with the right project that aligns with their interests. They might like to participate with us in utilizing existing (and future) technologies to allow us to have real-time virtual reunions and other family meetings. They might even like to set up a social network dedicated to just Brough family members-and I'll bet they could come up with a pretty creative name for it as well.

Some of our ongoing research activities do come with a cost, e.g. obtaining certified copies of birth, marriage, or death certificates, shipping and postage, telephone, engaging other researchers, etc. Although membership in the Brough Family Organization is free, we invite all who can and would like to donate funds to assist with this extensive research effort to do so. To learn more about BFO finances, funding needs, and how to contribute funds, see here.

Also, if you have other ideas that you would care to share with me I'd love to hear them. Always feel free to email me at with any ideas, thoughts or concerns you may have regarding the ongoing work and future direction of the Brough Family Organization.

The BFO is engaged in a most important and exciting work! We are finding and connecting extended family members across the globe and helping them feel part of a larger family organization. We are discovering those of our various family branches who have passed on before and bringing them and their legacy out of obscurity. We are helping to fulfill ancient Biblical prophecy: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers. . . (Malachi 4:5-6). This is a meaningful and rewarding activity and I invite you to get involved and become a part of it.

Shane Brough, President, BFO

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