The distinction between a genealogy "institute" and say an annual "conference" is the opportunity to learn from experts through intensive week-long studies on a specific topic. Mr. Myrt and I are attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association with registration beginning tonight, and course tracks running through Friday. Gordon's focus will be the Swedish Research track, and I'll be taking Advanced Research Tools: Land Records. Sessions are typically held at the Downtown Raddisson in Salt Lake City, Utah. Because of the proximity to the Family History Library, some sessions are held there under the direction of the instructors.
In addition to our daytime SLIG courses, available only to registered participants, we will attend several of the evening sessions which are also open to the general public. Often SLIG attendees have so much homework, they are unable to attend the evening sessions, so don't discount the opportunity to take advantage of evening classes thinking the evening sessions would be too crowded.
EVENING CLASS SCHEDULE
23-26 Jan 2012
23-26 Jan 2012
- 7pm - PLENARY SESSION: The Genealogical Proof Standard: What It Is and What It Is Not with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL Learn why genealogists need a proof standard, how to apply it to their own research, and how to use it to evaluate others’ genealogical work. Simple and complex examples will demystify the standard’s elements. This presentation provides a balance of review of the GPS for experienced researchers and new ways to look at how to use and apply it.
- 8:15pm - Beyond Keyword Searching: Finding Materials in Online Library Catalogs with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
- 8:15pm - Virtual Genealogy Education with Angela McGhie
- 7pm - Printed, Online, and Onsite: Fantastic Resources for Colonial New England Research with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
- 7pm - Family Narrative Part 1: Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
- 8:15pm - Accessing Records of the National Archives with Angela McGhie
- 8:15pm - Family Narrative Part 2: Turning Biographical Facts into Real-Life Events: How to Build Historical Context with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
- 7pm - Land on the Frontier--Hidden Treasures in Federal Land Case Files with F. Warren Bittner, CG
- 7pm - US Consular Records with Claire Mire Bettag, CG, CGL
- 8:15pm - Mapping Your Success: Employing Maps in Your Research with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
- 8:15pm - Understanding and Researching Illegitimacy: A Case Study with F. Warren Bittner, CG
- 7pm - The Snares and Pitfalls of Writing Narrative Family History with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
- 7pm - Write as You Go! with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
- 8:15pm - Beyond the Pension Application with Craig R. Scott, CG
- 8:15pm - Twenty Years of Stuff -- Now What? with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
FOR FURTHER READING
SLIG FAQ - http://infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42
FUTURE SLIG lineup - http://infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=43
When you get to SLIG, be sure to say hello to my daughter Carrie who is the administrative assistant for the Utah Genealogical Association. She is my best hope that genealogy research will continue beyond my generation.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.