Saturday, January 10, 2009

Myrt's away to Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Ol’ Myrt here will be away from her keyboard, for blogging purposes at least, while I participate in next week's UGA Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy as the AV coordinator and the Friday evening dinner speaker. Since classes run from 8am to 9pm, I’ll be on standby to arrange for emergency backup equipment, etc.

In the mean time, I’ve composed a few blog entries and scheduled them for release during the next week.

So don't be surprised if I am not able to respond to your email as readily, because of my Institute assignments.

During our final walk through with the conference hotel this past Thursday, UGA provided for 5 additional participants in most courses that run Mon-Fri from 8am until 5:30pm, with some time to fulfill assignments at the Family History Library. This should accomodate late registrants.

Course 1 American Records and Research: Focusing on Localities with Paula Stuart Warren. This intermediate level course assists researchers in learning and using sources and methods. The 2009 classes focus on topics related to researching localities. Sixteen informative classroom hours on significant U.S. records and strategies take you beyond basic research tools. In addition, for this course, six hours of help in the Family History Library during the Institute week provides hands on assistance and guidance.

Course 2 Research of the Gulf South ... Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas with Mark Lowe. Come enjoy a glass of sweet tea as we discover the wonderful records of the Gulf South. Discover the wonderful letters, diaries, family histories and documents that tell the story of Southern families. Unearth the value of unique records created about our ancestors that are likely to hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Learn how and where to find these gems to advance your research. Uncover the historic trails that lead early settlers into and across this expansive territory. Get specific clues that might help you solve difficult research questions.

Course 3 English Research with David Rencher. This course is designed to assist you in learning about the wealth of English records available and how to apply sound genealogical methodology in your research. Learn when, why and how to use key genealogical sources to solve simple to complex research problems. Immediately apply your learning in the vast resources of the Family History Library English record collection.

Course 4 Research in German Speaking Areas with Larry Jensen. Where governmental jurisdictions changed, languages varied and records are inconsistent, research is often difficult and challenging. This course will prepare and assist the researcher to overcome the obstacles they encounter in extending their Germanic lines.

Course 6 Effective Use of the Internet with Rhonda McClure. Great genealogists know how to effectively use the Internet. They adjust their research strategies to make the most of databases and online records. With the ever expanding resources on the Internet, keeping a leading edge to make the most of it becomes harder with every year. Come learn the latest techniques to make the most of your Internet experience.

Course 7 Hispanic Research: Discovering Your Ancestors in Spain and Latin America with Lynn Turner. Having trouble finding your Hispanic ancestry? The Hispanic research course will teach attendees invaluable research techniques and the latest internet resources for Hispanic genealogical research to help solve research problems. Classes will focus on finding and using the best genealogical resources available at the Family History Library, online, and in archives throughout Spain and Latin America.

Course 8 Beyond the Library: Research in Archives, Courthouses and Manuscript Collections with Dr. John Philip Colletta. The materials in the Family History Library are so colossal and far ranging that genealogists sometimes neglect to venture into the wider world of resources not available on microfilm. This course takes the mystery and trepidation out of using repositories of original historical sources, such as archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The following issues and more are addressed: what these repositories are and how they differ from one another, how to access the treasures that pertain to your ancestors, and how to use those materials to reconstruct your ancestor's lives. Instructors of honed expertise and substantial experience demonstrate their lessons using numerous examples and case studies. They share practical hints and helps, conveying the thrill and satisfaction of handling and deciphering antique documents. Course participants will attend an orientation session at the Utah History Research Center, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the state of the art records repository adjacent to the Center.

Course 9 Skill Building For Professional Level Research with Dr. Thomas Jones, Ph. D. Aspiring and practicing professional genealogical researchers, and those desiring professional level competence, will acquire skills for planning and implementing effective research, using evidence to solve research problems, documenting and reporting their findings, addressing ethical dilemmas, and continually upgrading their genealogical skills and knowledge bases.

If you are not available for the intensive daytime courses, there is still time to register for special evening classes for $10 each.

Plenary Session with Thomas Jones, Ph.D. Learn to identify ancestors and determine many aspects of their lives by digging below surface information in genealogical records and by combining information from several sources. Useful in many situations, inferential methodology is especially helpful where too few sources state relationships. Monday, January 12, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

Creating Your Personal Genealogical Website by Joshua Taylor. Come watch step by step as Microsoft FrontPage is used to create a personal family history website from scratch. Each element, such as data, documents, pictures, etc. of the website will be coded, formatted, and uploaded and go live during the lecture. Monday, January 12, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

Can You Prove You Are Better Than You Are? by Ron Hill. Are you a fair, good, or great researcher? Learn the techniques that prove, you really are great. Monday, January 12, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically by Joshua Taylor. Thinking of going digital? Learn how to convert your paper files into your own personal digital archives. Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

Quick, Complete and Accurate: Document Analysis for Researchers by J. Mark Lowe. Sharpen your document analysis through abstracts, transcriptions and understanding. Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

African American Research by Christopher C. Child. Discover the methodology for African American Research. Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames by Thomas Jones, Ph. D. Attendees will learn research strategies they can use to solve their own common surname problems. Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence by John P. Colletta. Explore the difference between original and derivative sources and establishing the evidentiary weight of information found in historical sources. Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

Extreme Googling for Genealogists by Birdie Holsclaw. Learn techniques that help you avoid getting too many or too few results, plus tools that will put Google to work for you around the clock. Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

Plug ins, Toolbars, and More: Customizing Your Internet Experience by Joshua Taylor. Enhancing your internet experience can produce more successful results. Create an internet environment that works for you by utilizing these free tools and downloads. Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

Twenty Years of Stuff. Now What Do I Do? by Elissa Scalise Powell. Have piles of documents, loads of photographs, or artifacts? Organization, preservation of what is essential, and the publication of the family history will be discussed. Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestors European Origins by Thomas Jones, Ph. D. The session explains three challenges in learning the origin of European ancestors. The presenter will provide examples of five kinds of searches that have led to success. Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

Remembering the War: Civil War Veterans by J. Mark Lowe. Discover the records of your Civil War ancestor through fraternal organizations, records, pension efforts and more. Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7:00-8:00pm

Blogging for Genealogists by Birdie Holsclaw. Learn how to find and read blogs. Discover how to harness this low cost method of storing and sharing information on the Internet.Thursday, January 15, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm

The Library of Congress: An Introduction and Overview for Genealogists by John P. Colletta. The Library of Congress is one of the great repositories for genealogical research. This lecture takes the mystery and trepidation out of using the Library of Congress. First, it sketches the history and describes the formalities for using the library. Then it highlights the treasures in the twenty reading rooms, from published works, to manuscript materials, to photographs. The web site of the library, plus practical suggestions by someone who has lived close to the library for 26 years, make a persuasive argument that a trip to Washington could advance your research tremendously. Thursday, January 15, 2009, 8:15-9:15pm.

For further information, see 2009 Salt Lake Institute.

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Myrt :)
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