Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SLIG Wrap Up and Looking to the Future

Whew! Now that I have finished my week as an attendee/resident AV Nerd for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and caught up on real life once more, I wanted to give you a final rundown on how the week ended.

In my course - Bridging the 1780-1830 Gap: From New England to the Midwest (and Points in Between) with D. Joshua Taylor - we wrapped up on Friday with Josh running us through a case study using records from this time period for a family that ended up in Ohio. The fun and interesting part about this process was that as he walked us through it and came to one of those points in the research process where one might wonder where to go next, he then asked the class for input and suggestions. As members of the class shared ideas and suggestions we could learn from one another and also see if that was the direction we might have headed on our own.  It was a great learning experience. 

Next came a bit of "show-and-tell" where those that wanted to could show the rest of the class what types of things the either found or put into play while researching during the week. It was great to see how many were able to improve their research skills and think about new types of records to seek out during this time period.

I realized that here on the blog  I  never shared the other courses being held this year. I heard great things from many other attendees about each one of them. Of course it helps that some of the best-of-the-best instructors were leading each course. Here are the other courses.
  • American Research and Records: Focus on Localities (with Paula Stuart-Warren)
  • Researching Your English Ancestors: Beyond the Parish Register (with Apryl Cox)
  • Advanced German Research (with F. Warren Bittner)
  • Researching in Washington D.C. without Leaving Home (with Richard G. Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre)
  • A Genealogist’s Guide to the Internet Galaxy (with Thomas MacEntee)
  • Principles of Forensic Genealogy (with Melinde Lutz Byrne)
  • Producing a Quality Family Narrative (with John Philip Colletta)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (with Thomas W. Jones)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
  • Problem Solving (with Judith Hansen)
Later Friday evening came the banquet where the classes were announced for  2014.  I can't wait.  
The following are repeats from this year -
  • American Research and Records
  • Writing a Quality Family Narrative
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
  • Problem Solving
And these others were introduced -
  • Research in the South (with J. Mark Lowe)
  • New York Research (with Karen Mauer Green)
  • Scottish Research  (with Carolyn Barkley)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records (with Richard G. Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre)
  • Comprehensive Photo Detecting (with Maureen Taylor)
  • Researching in Eastern Europe  (with Kory Meyerink)
  • Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both? (with Apryl Cox and Elissa Scalise Powell)