Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SLIG's Advanced Methods Course with Thomas Jones

Are you ready to go to the next level with your genealogical education? If so, consider enrolling in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's "Advanced Genealogical Methods." Course coordinator, Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL; promises to provide an unbeatable learning experience.

As detailed in the course description: "Students in 'Advanced Genealogical Methods' will learn how to use and assemble evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten in the passage of time. The course will address advanced use of evidence from a variety of genealogical records and research in populations for which the usual records are in short supply (including female, enslaved, and impoverished ancestors). Students also will learn how to develop written proof summaries to show their conclusions’ accuracy and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians."

There is a prerequisite for this course, which is "targeted to 'high intermediate' genealogists who have completed an intermediate-level methodology course or who have equivalent experiences, and whose research includes original or microfilmed land and probate records. The course will include required prereadings and three optional homework assignments."

Tom is joined by well-known genealogists Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL; Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL; and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL. You can see the detailed line-up of lectures and instructors here:

Registration opens at 9:00 AM (Mountain Time) on Saturday, June 7th. Details are here: This course promises to fill up fast as in past years, so be sure to be ready to sign-up when registration opens!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SLIG's Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum Being Offered Again in 2015

Want an opportunity to test your genealogical skills? If so, this course is for you! This popular course will be offered again at SLIG in 2015. As noted on SLIG's website,

"This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions. The research problems will be varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them.

"Participants will work individually on the cases to analyze documents and evidence provided, and research online and at the Family History Library. The first case study will be distributed Sunday at orientation, and then class will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This will be an opportunity to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the expert instructor. Participants will compare sources, strategies and methodologies used, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. Students will learn from each other as well as the instructors.

"This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems."

Over the past several years, cases have been presented by Michael Hait, Harold Henderson, William "Bill" Litchman, Thomas Jones, and J. Mark Lowe--just to name a few.

The course coordinator is Angela McGhie. She is a genealogical researcher, lecturer and instructor. She is the administrator of the ProGen Study Program where she manages online groups studying Professional Genealogy. She also serves on the education committee of the Association of Professional Genealogists and writes a blog on genealogy education at

Friday, March 14, 2014

Paula Stuart Warren will be back at SLIG in January 2015--her 19th year!

Paula Stuart Warren will be back at SLIG and has been a staple at the institute for the past 19 years. She provides a quality educational experience for SLIG attendees every year and will be coordinating Part I of her course, Resources & Strategies for United States Research in 2015. Part II will be offered in 2016.

Part I is not the same course as was offered in 2014. Specifically, "[t]his beyond-the-basics course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. Informative and interactive classroom hours delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off."

A unique aspect of this course is the on site "Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors [that] provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research."

This is not a beginning-level course and the suggested prerequisites are "experience researching in a variety of repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, and previous family history classroom exposure."

Registration for the course opens June 1, 2015. See for information on the 2015 SLIG institute.

Paula's blog can be found at or you can follow her on Twitter at @PaulaStuartWarr. You can also see her at the Ohio Genealogical Society's 2014 Conference in Sandusky, Ohio from May 1-3, 2014.
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