Ever since attending my first genealogical institute in 2010 (IGHR's Course 4, Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis with Elizabeth Shown Mills) I've been a huge proponent of genealogical institutes. Prior to that I was pretty much self-taught, outside of the lectures and workshops I'd attended at genealogical conferences. Conferences are great, don't get me wrong, but spending an entire week focused purely on genealogical education is pure bliss in my book. Time and money don't always make it easy to attend a genealogical institute, but even with three children and a husband who travels for work, I still find it very much worth the extra effort.
Registration for one of the popular genealogical institutes--the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)--opened this past Saturday. In addition to the wide variety of course options and the outstanding instruction, SLIG is also a great institute to attend for its location right next to the Family History Library. Especially for those traveling a far distance (think Scotland or even Australia!), the cost of travel is one of the largest expenses. But pair that up with some extra research time at the FHL and the expense becomes a lot more attractive. SLIG also negotiates for some great hotel rates, which also keeps down the expense of a research trip to Salt Lake City.
The 11 courses for SLIG 2013 include:
- Course 1: American Research and Records: Focus on Localities with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS
- Course 2: Bridging the 1780-1830 Gap: From New England to the Midwest (and Points in Between) with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
- Course 3: Researching Your English Ancestors: Beyond the Parish Register with Apryl Cox, AG
- Course 4: Advanced German Research with F. Warren Bittner, CG
- Course 5: Researching in Washington D.C. without Leaving Home with Richard G. Sayre, CG, and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
- Course 6: A Genealogist's Guide to the Internet Galaxy with Thomas MacEntee
- Course 7: Principles of Forensic Genealogy with Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG and in partnership with Boston University
- Course 8: Producing a Quality Family Narrative with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
- Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
- Course 10: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell
- Course 11: Problem Solving with Judith Hansen, MLS, AG
In-depth descriptions of each of these tracks can be found on the SLIG 2013 website. Want to know what to expect? Check out the insider reviews of several popular SLIG courses on Angela McGhie's blog, Adventures in Genealogical Education.
Disclaimer: I'm a co-coordinator for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, and an instructor in A Genealogist's Guide to the Internet Galaxy for SLIG 2013. However, I'm a huge fan of all genealogical institutes, and will personally have attended three this year once the summer's over--SLIG, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt), which is in its first year for 2012.