Brough Family Organization

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Brough Family Organization
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Abbreviation BFO
Formation 1918 (1979 by IRS)
Type Non-profit organization
Headquarters Utah, United States of America
Membership Descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles.
Website Brough Family Organization

The Brough Family Organization 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.


Established in 1918 the Brough Family Organization includes all descendants of Thomas and Samuel Brough, two early Utah pioneers. Thomas' son Samuel served as president of the organization over its first twenty years, before being replaced by William T. Rex and a change in policy where presidents would serve only for one year at a time.[1] It began holding the "Brough family genealogical annual meeting" upon its conception, intending to serve as family reunions and as a general meeting for the organization.[2]

Non-profit incorporation[edit]

The Brough Family Organization was officially incorporated in 1979 in Utah as the Richard Brough Family Organization (RBFO),[3] named for Richard Brough (1786-1873) who served for 17 years in the British army and was the first person in England with a "Brough" surname to become a Latter Day Saint (in 1840). Richard Brough was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) on June 20, 1840 at Frooms Hill, Herefordshire, England, by Thomas Clark. He was later ordained a Teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood of the LDS Church on September 28, 1840, at Hanley, Staffordshire, England, by Wilford Woodruff and George Simpson.[4] The Library of Congress says that the family traces its roots back to 1190 in the region of Staffordshire, England.[5]

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.[6] According to its non-profit incorporation, 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.”[7]


Since 1980, the Brough Family Organization has published fourteen books containing extensive genealogical data and historical information on the ancestors and descendants of the Broughs of the British Isles.[8] The organization also creates video documentaries based on its historical research.[9] It has been mentioned in the Church News[10][11] and is recognized as a Mormon family organization, however many members of its organization are not Mormons. In 2010, the Brough Family Organization was listed by FamilySearch as an exemplary ancestral family organization.[12]


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, Morgan, Porterville, Ogden, and Randolph, Utah; the Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah; and in Lyman, Wyoming.[13][14][15][16][17] Since 2000, the Brough Family Organization has held an International Brough Reunion every five years in Kaysville, Utah.[18] In 2008, an International Brough Reunion was held in Staffordshire, England.[19] In 2013 a special Brough Reunion was held at the Bonneville Speedway in western Utah that celebrated Brough family history and Brough Superior Motorcycles.[20] Prominent members and supporters of the Brough Family Organization include Monte J. Brough,[21] who served as a general authority for the LDS Church from 1988 until his death in 2011; and R. Clayton Brough, a long-time American television weatherman and teacher.[22]


  1. ^ "Descendants of Brough Family Have Reunion", Rich County News (Utah), July 29, 1938 
  2. ^ "Brough Family Annual Meeting", Davis County Clipper, April 8, 1921 
  3. ^ Richard Brough Family Organization,, retrieved 2013-06-04 
  4. ^ Richard Brough (1786-1873), Find a Grave, retrieved 2013-06-04 [better source needed]
  5. ^ Library of Congress (2001). Marion J. Kaminkow, ed. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 90. ISBN 0-8063-1667-5. LCCN 00-136048 Check |lccn= value (help). 
  6. ^ Richard Brough Family Organization, "Exempt Organizations Select Check", (IRS), retrieved 2013-06-04 
  7. ^ "RBFO Articles of Incorporation, Article 3, Section B",, retrieved 2013-06-04 
  8. ^ "Brough Family Organization Publications, 1980-2013",, retrieved 2013-06-04 
  9. ^ Schmuhl, Emily (March 2, 2010). "A thousand years of family history in 37 minutes". Deseret News. 
  10. ^ Family history moments: Overseas connection, May 15, 2004, retrieved 2014-04-24 
  11. ^ Family history moments: A Diligent search, October 26, 2013, retrieved 2014-04-24 
  12. ^ "Create and Maintain Family Associations or Organizations", FamilySearch Wiki (FamilySearch), retrieved 2013-06-04 [better source needed]
  13. ^ "Kaysville [Brough Reunion held in Lyman, Wyoming]", Davis County Clipper, July 9, 1937 
  14. ^ "200 Members of Brough Family Hold Reunion", Morgan County News, July 28, 1939, "More than 200 descendants of the late Thomas and Samuel Brough attended a family reunion at Randolph [Utah], Sunday, July 16 [1939]. Early [Mormon] pioneers, the two brothers came to Utah in 1864 and settled at Portervile in Morgan county. Thomas remained in Porterville and Samuel moved, with his family, to Randolph. Thomas Brough's descendants number 330 and those of Samuel Brough 308 at present." 
  15. ^ "(Brough Family) Reunion", Ogden Standard Examiner, June 26, 1942 . Paywall online reprint by[better source needed]
  16. ^ "Brough Family Reunion Saturday at Lagoon", Ogden Standard Examiner, June 24, 1946 . Paywall online reprint by[better source needed]
  17. ^ "Brough Reunion", Ogden Standard Examiner, June 20, 1958 . Paywall online reprint by[better source needed]
  18. ^ "Brough Family Reunions, Past and Future",, retrieved 2013-06-04 
  19. ^ "100 Members of Family at (International Brough) Reunion (in Meerbrook, England)", Leek Post and Times, August 13, 2008, "More than 100 Brough descendants spanning four continents came together during a special gathering at the weekend [of the International Brough Reunion held in Meerbrook, England], from as far afield as Canada, the United States, Denmark, France and Malaysia." 
  20. ^ "2013 Reunion of Brough Family & Brough Motorcycles",, retrieved 2013-09-06 
  21. ^ "Monte J. Brough, 1939-2011",, retrieved 2013-06-04, "As a General Authority of the LDS Church, Monte J. Brough served as Assistant Director of the Family History Department from 1989 to 1992, and then as Executive Director of the Family History Department (and President of the Genealogical Society of Utah) from 1993 to 1998. During this time, Monte conceived of an Internet genealogy service which he proposed to LDS Church leaders. His ideas eventually developed into what today is known as was first released to the online public in 1999. Because of his interest in family history, Monte served as a genealogical consultant to the Brough Family Organization (BFO) from 1990 to 1998, and participated in Brough Family Reunions whenever possible--including serving as the keynote speaker at the International Brough Reunion in Kaysville, Utah, on August 6, 2005." 
  22. ^ "Briefography of R. Clayton Brough",, retrieved 2013-06-04 [better source needed]

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