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The Brough Family Organization is a non-profit ancestral family organization and surname association that researches and published 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.”[1] It is one of the largest and oldest non-profit ancestral family organizations in existence, having held family reunions in Utah, USA, since the 1890’s.[2]

The Brough Family Organization was first incorporated in Utah in 1969 as the Samuel Richard Brough Family Organization. In 1983 it was enlarged and changed its name to the Richard Brough Family Organization (RBFO)[3]--after Richard Brough (1786-1873) who served for 17 years in the British army[4] and was an early English convert to 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.[5]

Publications, projects, and recognitions

Since 1980, the Brough Family Organization has published nearly a dozen books containing extensive genealogical data and historical information on the ancestors and descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles.[6]

In the 1980’s the Brough Family Organization was one of the first ancestral family organizations to provide its lineage-linked database for testing and inclusion in what eventually became known as the Ancestral File of the LDS Church.[7] In 2010, the Brough Family Organization was listed by LDS FamilySearch as an exemplary ancestral family organization.[8]


Currently the BFO conducts extensive research[9] and specialized extraction projects[10] on the genealogies[11] and histories[12] of many Brough families and their ancestors and descendants on four continents. It also sponsors an International Brough DNA Genealogy Project[13], produces genealogical and historical publications[14] and videos[15], identifies military memorials[16], erects historical monuments[17], preserves ancient family documents[18], and encourages young people to get involved in family history work[19]. Some of the genealogical activities[20] and historical projects[21] undertaken by the BFO and its members[22] have been well publicized.[23]

Membership

Membership in the Brough Family Organization is automatic and free for all descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles[24], who now number over 10,000 and are found in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.[25]

Reunions

The Brough Family Organization holds a reunion every five years in Utah, USA. In the 1890’s it began holding grandparent family reunions, and in 1935 began holding ancestral family reunions.[26]

In 2005[27] and 2010[28] the BFO held International Brough Reunions in Utah, USA, and in 2008 it held an International Brough Reunion in Staffordshire, England.[29]

References

  1. RBFO Articles of Incorporation, Article 3, Section B, http://www.broughfamily.org/finances.html 
  2. Brough Family Reunions, Past and Future, 1891-2015, http://www.broughfamily.org/reunions.html 
  3. BFO History, 1969-Present, http://www.broughfamily.org/officers.html 
  4. History of Richard Brough (b.1786) and Mary Horleston (b.1799) and their Descendants, 2004, http://www.broughfamily.org/history/brough_horleston.html 
  5. IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check: Richard Brough Family Organization, http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/pub78Search.do?ein1=94-2612574&names=&city=&state=All...&country=US&deductibility=all&dispatchMethod=searchCharities&submitName=Search 
  6. Previous BFO Publications, 1980-2012, http://www.broughfamily.org/publications.html 
  7. History of the Ancestral File, by FamilySearch, https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ancestral_File 
  8. Create and Maintain Family Associations or Organizations, by FamilySearch, https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Create_and_Maintain_Family_Associations_or_Organizations 
  9. BFO On-Going Research Projects, http://www.broughfamily.org/research.html 
  10. Surname Index and Relationship Project, http://www.broughfamily.org/research_methods.html 
  11. BFO Genealogies databases, http://www.broughfamily.org/genealogies.html 
  12. Brough Histories and Genealogies, http://www.broughfamily.org/histories.html 
  13. International Brough DNA Genealogy Project, http://www.broughfamily.org/dna_project.html 
  14. BFO Publications, http://www.broughfamily.org/publications.html 
  15. A Thousand Years of Brough Family History, http://www.broughfamily.org/family_history_video.html 
  16. Brough Military Memorials, http://www.broughfamily.org/military.html 
  17. Erecting and Preserving Historical Brough Monuments, http://www.broughfamily.org/monuments.html 
  18. Preservation of Ancient Family Documents, http://www.broughfamily.org/preservation_of_documents.html 
  19. Youth and Family History, LDS Church, https://www.lds.org/youth/family-history?lang=eng 
  20. RBFO Contribution to the Staffordshire England Record Office, http://www.broughfamily.org/publicity.html 
  21. “Family History in 37 Minutes”, Deseret News newspaper, March 4, 2010, http://www.broughfamily.org/images/rbfo/family_history_video_news_article_4_Mar_2010.JPG 
  22. “Family History Moments: Overseas Connection”, (LDS) Church News, Deseret News newspaper, May 15, 2004, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/45556/Family-history-moments-Overseas-connection.html 
  23. “A Thousand Years of Family History”, YouTube videos in four parts, http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BD2585B808562AAB 
  24. Membership in the Brough Family Organization, http://www.broughfamily.org/membership.html 
  25. International members of the Brough Family Organization, http://www.broughfamily.org/members.html 
  26. Brough Family Reunions, Past and Present, http://www.broughfamily.org/reunions.html 
  27. 2005 International Brough Reunion in Utah, http://www.broughfamily.org/reunion_2005.html 
  28. 2010 International Brough Reunion in Utah, http://www.broughfamily.org/reunion_2010.html 
  29. 2008 International Brough Reunion in England, http://www.broughfamily.org/reunion_2008.html 

External links

  • [1] at Brough Family Organization website - with information about Brough Family history.

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