What is SLIG like? Day 1

What is SLIG like? Day 1

Last night was registration and the reception for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. This was a chance to get to know fellow students and meet the instructors. I am taking the Boston University sponsored "Principles of Foresencic Genealogy," which is the first year it has been offered at SLIG (pronounced rather than spelled). Today was the first day of classes. SLIG offers 9 different courses this year, with all of them full. I am still getting over a cold so I'm hopped up on cold meds, so excuse me if my post is more full of errors than normal! Forensic Genealogy course has been so interesting and I love learning about an area that offers so much variety in the type of work.DearMrytle is here and taking Dr. Thomas W. Jones high-in-demand class of Advanced Methodolgy. Myrtle had a tie quilt project going on last night at the reception and its always fun to catch up with her.Thomas MacEntee is a new course coordinator and I wish I could clone myself to be in his classes. Thomas is Continue reading

What I Learned on my SLIG, APG, Rootstech Vacation

What I Learned on my SLIG, APG, Rootstech Vacation

First let me say attending SLIG2012, APG PMC, and Rootstech2012 back to back is no vacation - it is an endurance race! cI attended Dr. Thomas W. Jones' course on Advanced Genealogical Methodology, don't know why the sign is different than the syllabus, but before I could fully digest all that I learned in that 5 day institute course, I was hit withAPG PMC (Association of Professional Genealogists - Professional Management Conference).During this one day conference, we heard from the delightful J. Mark Lowe on Developing Advanced Research Plans While Staying on Track in a Modern World. Besides my coming away from the presentation with a marked Southern accent, I was most excited about his idea of using index cards as a tool to record what he needs to search in a particular repository. Very low tech and I loved it! I will share more about this later and how it all works out.During the luncheon we heard from Jay Verkler, former President and CEO of FamilySearch. Jay is always a great Continue reading

Is it Worth Going to a Genealogy Institute?

Last week was the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy or SLIG, in SLC. I attended the Advanced Genealogical Methods course with Dr. Thomas Jones.  Susan Bankhead of Susan’s Genealogy Blog sat next to me and she has already covered our week of study on her blog, so I will share about why you should attend next year.Networking                                                                                                                               Last year was my first year at SLIG and I made some great friends. Carolyn and I ended up doing an exchange, where I did a look-up at the FHL for her and she did a look-up in Minnesota for me. She found the death certificate and 3 page obituary of my 4th great grandfather that totally changed my view and perspective of him. Priceless!This year was no different and meet some great new people that I am already looking forward to seeing at Rootstech in a few days and next year at SLIG.Making genealogy friends at the institute helps you in many Continue reading

Genealogy and the Brand New You – Part Deux

Genealogy and the Brand New You – Part Deux

I wrote a recent post about creating your Brand which you can read about here. I had so many questions about the post, that I decided to do a follow-up and call it Part Deux…in French, because everyone knows when you say things in French it is more classy…I speak fluent Japanese, but if I said Part Ni, you would all just go ‘Huh,’ so I went with the class instead.In the first post I went over the why’s of creating a purposeful brand of you. This post I will discuss more of the how’s.Dee asked a good question in her comment on that post. She asked, ‘what you do if you have more than one brand?’ This a great question! Which allows me to clear this up better…You are your Brand – that is one Brand. Now you may have different avenues of focus or products or skills that you offer, but it all comes under the Brand of You.For an example, let’s say that you are:a transitional genealogist (currently doing you own research, but plan to turn professional at some point)have a genealogy blogyou may Continue reading

I survived Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Last week SLIG was put on by UGA (by the way, SLIG is pronounced like a word while UGA is spelled out and not pronounced ugah...just so you know). If your going to be a genealogist you have to 1.Learn the lingo and 2. Learn how to spell GEN-EA-LOGY. Otherwise its a dead giveaway that you are a newbie.A sure sign of my being a first-timer to SLIG was the fact that I thought I could make the 45 minute drive early in the morning (in January weather in Utah!), attend a full days worth of classes, as well as take evening classes lasting well after 9 pm and then get back into the car, drive barely conscious - only to do it again the next day... and I'm not even going to mention trying to squeeze in some research time at the Family History Library. Oh! I laugh at my foolishness now, I must of thought I was still 20 something which would be completely delusional on my part! The smart ones were the ones who lived closer to Salt Lake City than I did and yet still got a hotel room. By Continue reading