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The Brough Family Organization (BFO) is a non-profit ancestral family organization and surname association that researches and publishes information on the ancestors and descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles. According to its mission statement, the organization exists to "engage in genealogical and historical research throughout the world in behalf of the ancestors, descendants and relatives of the Broughs of the British Isles--with specific emphasis on the ancestors, descendants and relatives of Richard Brough [1786-1873] and Mary Horleston of Staffordshire, England." It is one of the largest and oldest non-profit ancestral family organizations in existence, having been established in 1918 and subsequently holding family meetings and reunions in Utah. USA.
The Brough Family Organization was first incorporated in 1979 in Utah as the Richard Brough Family (RBFO)--after Richard Brough (1786-1873) who served for 17 years in the British army and was the first "Brough" convert in England to join (in 1840) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Today the Brough Family Organization (BFO) operates under the direction and support of the RBFO--an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a Utah non-profit corporation.
Publications, Projects and Recognitions
Since 1980, the Brough Family Organization has produced over a dozen publications containing extensive genealogical data and historical information on the ancestors and descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles. In 2010, the Brough Family Organization was listed by FamilySearch as an exemplary ancestral family organization, and today it is listed in Wikipedia as a Mormon family organization--although many members of the BFO are not LDS.
Currently the Brough Family Organization conducts extensive research and specialized extraction projects on the genealogies and histories of many Brough families and their ancestors and descendants on four continents. It also sponsors an International Brough DNA Genealogy Project, produces genealogical and historical publications and videos, identifies military memorials, erects historical monuments, preserves ancient family documents, and encourages young people to get involved in family history work. Some of the genealogical activities and historical projects undertaken by the BFO and its members have been publicized globally.
Membership in the Brough Family Organization is automatic and free for all descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles, who now number over 10,000 and are found in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. A prominent member and supporter of the Brough Family Organization was Monte J. Brough, who served as a General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1988 until his death in 2011.
Since 1918, the Brough Family Organization has held regular or periodic reunions in Utah, USA. Between 1918 and 1999, Brough Reunions were held in such locations as Bountiful, Kaysville, Lagoon, Morgan, Porterville, Ogden and Randolph, Utah, and in Lyman, Wyoming. Since 2000, the Brough Family Organization has held an International Brough Reunion every five years in Kaysville, Utah. In 2008, an International Brough Reunion was held in Staffordshire, England; and in 2002 and 2014 research trips were conducted in England and Scotland by BFO officers and members. Also, in 2013, a special reunion celebrated Brough family history and Brough Motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway in western Utah. Future Brough Reunions are scheduled for 2018, and 2020.