Thursday, June 26, 2014

GRIP -- Seats Still Available at Genealgy Summer Camp

Do you want to attend a genealogy summer camp? There is still space available in the following
courses at the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP):



GRIP, Pittsburgh, July 20-25, 2014
  • Determining Kinship with the Genealogical Proof Standard -- Thomas W. Jones
  • Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives -- D. Joshua Taylor
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools For Digging Deeper -- Paula Stuart Warren
  • Finding and Documenting African-American Families --J. Mark Lowe and Deborah Abbott
GRIP on the Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan, August 3-8, 2014
  • Determining Kinship with the Genealogical Proof Standard -- Thomas W. Jones
  • Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records -- Cecile Wendt Jensen
  • Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest -- D. Joshua Taylor
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools For Digging Deeper -- Paula Stuart Warren
For more details on the courses see http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=7+

Registration Open for Gen Proof Study Groups



Registration for two Gen Proof Study groups is open right now. The Gen Proof Study Groups work
through the book Mastering Genealogical Proof, by Thomas W. Jones, in small groups of 10-15 individuals guided by a mentor. They discuss their thoughts, insights and questions about the five parts of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), the chapter exercises and, their own research as it applies to the GPS. If you want to effectively apply the GPS to your own research, this successful program is an excellent way.


Currently there are two groups with openings. One is a beginner/intermediate group. The other is an advanced group. Each group will cover one chapter per week. There are only a few spots left in each group so claim yours now!

Group 33 with mentor Christine Sharbrough begins July 6th. It is a beginner/intermediate group using the asynchronous chat format in Google+ Communities. They will cover one chapter per week. There is one spot left in this group.

Group 34 with mentor Melanie Holtz begins June 29th. It is an advanced group also using the asynchronous chat format in Google + Communities. They will cover one chapter per week.

If you are interested, send an email to genproofstudy@gmail.com and the administrator, Michelle Goodrum, will send you an invitation to register for the group. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for future groups, send an email to genproofstudy@gmail.com and, if you have a preference, indicate whether you are interested in beginner/intermediate or an advanced group.

We will form additional groups in late summer/early fall.

For more information on the Gen Proof Study Groups and how they work see:





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Saturday

Press Release from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:
 
Registration for SLIG 2015 opens this Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM Mountain Time! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and 
​the ​
courses fill fast. The following 
​tracks 
are being offered:

  • The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
  • Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
  • Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
  • Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
  • Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location.

When making your travel plans, you may also want to consider attending the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the 
 Thursday and Friday 
before the Institute begins. You can check their website (
https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html) for more information. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!
Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. 
  ​For more information on the Institute and registration information go to 
http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Instructors for the 2015 Advanced Practicum Announced


I am very excited to announce the 2015 instructors for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). They are top quality instructors (see bios below) and have each prepared an interesting case for the students to work through. These cases will provide experience working with different geographic locations and methodologies as participants research and then analyze and correlate evidence to solve the cases.  
 
If you would like to participate in this challenging course registration opens on June 14th.  The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held January 12-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah just blocks from the Family History Library.

Instructors for the 2015 Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum:

Nancy A. Peters, CG, is a full-time genealogist specializing in South Carolina and English research. Board-certified since 2011, she serves as an editorial assistant for On Board, the newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She also volunteers as a collection care assistant in the conservation lab at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. Her articles published in the NGSQ and the UGA Crosssroads magazine have focused on establishing parentage using complex evidence analysis. In her career before genealogy, she designed technical training courses and provided instruction internationally for corporate clients in the software industry. Nancy holds advanced degrees from the University of Arizona and the London School of Economics in London, England.
Paul K. Graham, CG, AG, is a genealogist at Ancestry.com. He holds a master’s degree in Heritage Preservation and is the author of several books and articles, primarily related to the state of Georgia. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the ASG Scholar Award and as winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest. His television research credits include African American Lives (2006) and Who Do You Think You Are? (2012-2014). Paul currently resides in Salt Lake City.




Dr. William M. Litchman is the author of genealogical articles for such periodicals as The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Newfoundland Ancestor, and The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, including “Teaching Analysis, Logic, and the Research Process: A Seminar Approach,” NGS Newsmagazine, Nov/Dec 2000, pp 340-343. He has produced an 11-volume index, AnEvery-Name Index of the 1865 New York State Census for Jefferson County, and An Every-Name Index for the 1921 Census of Newfoundland: Burgeo-La Poile District. He teaches genealogy classes for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and in Albuquerque, and speaks about specific research topics for genealogical groups, including the NM Genealogical Society and the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.
 

David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of records worldwide for family history research. He has conducted research and analyzed archival materials in dozens of countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He has contributed articles to many magazines and journals and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.




J. H. ("Jay") Fonkert, CG, is a Minnesota-based writer and genealogical educator. Managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, he has published more than 30 articles and reviews in NGS Quarterly, NGS Magazine, APG Quarterly, Family Chronicle, The Septs, and Minnesota Genealogist. He is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past-president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.



 Co-coordinators:

Angela Packer McGhie is the administrator of the ProGen Study Program where she manages online groups studying Professional Genealogy. Angela focuses her efforts on genealogy education as she serves as the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Research course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, and as coordinator of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has been an instructor at the National Institute for Genealogy Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C., the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Angela has completed the NGS American Genealogy course and studied at IGHR, SLIG and NIGR. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has published in the APG Quarterly.

Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist, author, and blogger. She has been writing about genealogy for About.com (http://genealogy.about.com) since 2000. She is the author of several books including The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014), as well as articles for popular genealogy magazines such as BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? magazine. Kimberly is the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and also serves on its Professional Development Committee. She is an instructor at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She also serves as webmaster for the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Scholarship to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2015 Scholarship

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce we are now accepting essays for the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship. Full tuition to SLIG 2015 will be awarded to the student whose essay and application exemplify the culture of giving back to community, lived by Jimmy B. Parker. The scholarship will be awarded by a committee
comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to luanadarby@gmail.com:

1.      A one-page essay detailing how attending SLIG will help you prepare to give back to the genealogical community.
2.      A short biography, including previous volunteer and research experience.
3.      The name of the course you would like to attend.
4.      A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefited from your volunteer service.


Applications and essays are due by July 1st and the winner will be announced July 15th.


The Salt Lake Institute runs from January 12-16, 2015 and the winning student will have their choice of the following tracks:

1.       The Family History Law Library (with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)

2.      Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)

3.      Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)

4.      Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)

5.      Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)

6.      Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part 1 (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FGMS)

7.      From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)

8.     Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)

9.      Advanced Genealogical Methods (with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)

10.  Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)

11.   Diving Deeper into New England ? Advanced (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)

12.  Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore and Angie Bush)

Applications and essays are due by July 1st and the winner will be announced July 15th.

Monday, May 26, 2014

14 FREE Jamboree Sessions to be Live-Streamed


The Southern California Genealogy Society has asked that we spread the word about their FREE live-streamed sessions coming up next week, and I am happy to post them here. I love live-streaming  events, and free is even better! You need to register to participate, so click through to the Jamboree website to see the schedule and sign up.

Genealogy Jamboree Live Streamed Sessions 

The schedule of live-streamed Jamboree class sessions has been announced, with a total of 14 FREE live-streamed classes available for 2014. In addition, 5 of the Family History and DNA sessions are available on a pay-per-view basis. The sessions and registration directions are listed on the Jamboree website.

We are very grateful for the support of our Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry.com, for underwriting a portion of the cost of the Jamboree sessions. Because we accept no sponsorship support for the Family History and DNA conference, those streamed sessions are provided on a for-pay basis. Viewers can purchase access to individual sessions, or they can obtain a Full-Day Pass to view all sessions at a discount. The DNA sessions will be available online for 30 days for those who pay for viewing.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share in the skill and knowledge of Jamboree speakers. Advance registration is required at any time before the session begins. 

Please help us spread the word about these free sessions. They are offered as part of our ongoing mission to provide educational opportunities for family historians and genealogists around the world.

Many of the Jamboree sessions will eventually be available in the webinar archive, which is accessible to SCGS members as a benefit of membership. The DNA events will not be added to the webinar archive.