SLIG 2022 Courses

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Course Details and Tuition: SLIG is preparing to announce changes to its 2022 course lineup, along with a health policy to which participants will need to agree in order to register. Due to the delay in this decision, complete course details are still pending. We expect all to be posted no later than July 20th. Registration will still open on August 14th. Thank you for your patience in this ongoing pandemic year.

Records & Resources

Course 1: Operation Jumpstart: Beyond the Basics of Military Research

Michael L. Strauss, AG

Michael L. Strauss, AGThis course is intended to take students to the next level by digging deeper in the Compiled Military Service Records, Pensions, Private and Public Military Acts and Laws, Dog Tags, Federal and State Bounty Land among other topics. This will be done by both conventional lecturing and the use of critical thinking exercises.

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Course 2: Advanced Land Tools: Maps

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGAMaps are a useful, essential tool to conduct effective genealogical research. Applications include locating and visualizing ancestors in time and place, locating boundaries, discovering and following family groups, identifying migration routes, and organizing and correlating information to discover relationships. The class sessions will expose students to a wide range of maps, repositories, and genealogical strategies. Students will gain an understanding of land division systems in America and learn the basics of land platting and its application to genealogical research. Students are shown a variety of finding aids to locate unfamiliar place-names, to identify and search for maps online and in archives useful in their genealogical research, and how to evaluate a map for its application in solving a genealogical research problem.

Through visits to map repositories and hands-on exercises students will experience the variety of maps and map-related products available to the genealogist such as cadastral, topographic, fire insurance, military maps, gazetteers of various kinds, and atlases. Several computer labs will provide the opportunity to discover online resources and the advances in technology such as historic geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn how to create their own maps using Google tools to support new avenues of research and create personal and professional satisfaction.

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Regional & Ethnic Resources

Course 3: Gothic Script and Fraktur: Reading Records of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and the Czech Republic, plus German-American Church Books and Newspapers

F. Warren Bittner

Warren Bittner, CG German handwriting is troublesome with seven forms of the letter s, h’s that look like f’s, e’s that look like n’s, p’s that look like nothing ever seen before, and r’s that are just plain upside down. Students in Reading German Records will learn to read Gothic Script and Fraktur Typeface and have fun in the process. This course will include German genealogical vocabulary and Latin terms. By the end of the course students will have the tools needed to read basic German genealogical records.

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Course 4: Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia (Austrian Empire) and the Russian Empire

Emily H. Garber, MA

Emily H. Garber, MAJewish genealogy is different. Throughout much of European history people of the Jewish faith have been on the margins culturally and strictly regulated economically and socially. They maintained their own languages, educational and internal governmental structures, and cemeteries. Jewish communities developed their own customs despite living within the greater non-Jewish community.

The Austrian and Russian Empires were two of the three major powers who between 1772 and 1795 partitioned the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. With the Commonwealth’s division, the empires took possession of lands that included a large percentage of the eastern European Jewish community. This course will provide a foundation for family history research of Jewish people who lived in the Kingdom or Crownland of Galicia and Lodomeria (commonly known as Galicia or Austrian Poland) and the Pale of Settlement (established by the Russian Empire to contain their newly acquired Jewish population). Today, these areas include Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine. This diverse area includes numerous languages and cultures including: German, Ukrainian, Yiddish, Polish, and Russian.

In most European societies records for Jewish people were kept separately from those of other religionists. Laws and policies restricting Jewish people affected what we may or may not find today both in terms of records and their content. Understanding the context of past Jewish life is basic to developing one’s family history and critical for locating and understanding records (including genetic genealogy test results) that may hold information about Jewish forbearers.

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Course 5: Advanced New England Research: From the Colonial Period to the Early 1900s

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLSBeginning with the colonial period and moving to the 1900s, this course offers an in-depth look at New England research, specifically focusing on advanced methodologies and underused sources. Individual sessions will provide a deeper historical and social context for those tracing New England families, providing specific resources for each of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Course 6: DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGThis course’s objective is for students to craft a genealogical proof argument demonstrating that a conclusion about a genetic relationship meets the Genealogical Proof Standard. Genealogical proof arguments are complex source-cited narratives that explain the evidence and reasoning that support a conclusion. When the conclusion addresses a genetic relationship, the proof argument discusses and integrates DNA evidence with evidence from documentary research. A convincing proof argument details the evidence in a meaningful and organized sequence. Proof arguments incorporating DNA evidence include reader-friendly tables and figures showing how numerical DNA data do—or do not—help support hypotheses about genetic relationships.

This hands-on course is designed for those students who have completed research about a biological relationship and now wish to “write it up” into a polished complex proof argument. We will study examples and principles in the morning. Students will have the opportunity to incorporate the morning’s learning into their own proof arguments during private writing time in the afternoon and as homework. Faculty will be available during afternoon private writing time for consultation. Each day concludes with a paired peer review experience.

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Course 7: Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding

Michael G. Hait, CG

Michael G. Hait, CGGenealogists often achieve their best learning through experience. Through a unique blend of lectures and instructor-led exercises, students will work directly with documents to learn and hone skills relating to the research process as a whole. These include source citation, research planning, evidence analysis, evidence correlation, and resolving conflicting information. Students will be able to apply these skills to any research problem they may encounter in the future, no matter what time period or location.

The course also includes a week-long homework assignment in which students will write a complete report for their own files, documenting a research problem of their own choosing. The coordinator will provide critiques on their reports to help students further refine their techniques.

This course fits seamlessly into the continuum of SLIG’s methodology courses. At the end of the week, students will also discuss opportunities for further skill-building, so that they can continue to develop their research skills and experience.

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Course 8: Critical Thinking Methods for Your Genealogy Breakthroughs

Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AG

Jan M. Joyce, AG, CG, CGLWhat if you could use processes and tools that access your brain in new ways…to solve your genealogical challenges? You have these abilities, and in this course, you will access them and explore the ones that best maximize, well, you!

Critical thinking includes concepts, analysis, evaluation, and correlation. This exciting new course brings the framework of critical thinking to your genealogical research work, processes, and conclusions! Daily themes include brainstorming, power searching for online and offline records, applying a literature review process for discovery, and practicing active learning while reading articles and watching webinars.

The course is interactive with many hands-on activities including working with partners, roundtable discussions, exercises, and games.

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Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGLStudents in Advanced Genealogical Methods will learn how to assemble and use evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten over the passage of time. The course will address advanced use of evidence derived from a variety of genealogical sources and will explore research techniques for populations for which the usual records are in short supply. Students will also learn how to document their research and develop written proof summaries to reach accurate conclusions and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians.

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Proficiency Development

Course 10: Becoming an Accredited Genealogist Professional: The Why, the What, the How

Diana Elder, AG and Lisa Stokes, AG

Diana Elder, AGLisa Stokes, AGEarning the Accredited Genealogist credential with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your research proficiency in a chosen region. Benefits include strengthened research skills, confidence in performing client work, and respect in the genealogy community.

This interactive course will cover the requirements for each ICAPGen testing level and give you valuable information needed for successful testing. Assignments will provide experience with skills needed for passing each testing level. You will use rubrics to evaluate your work and that of your peers. A four-hour practice Level 3 project and a personalized meeting with an AG mentor who is knowledgeable in the chosen region of accreditation will cap off the week.

The instruction, labs, and homework are designed to assist you in the skill-building and preparation needed to start the accreditation process. Discover your accreditation readiness as you learn more about the testing process and receive peer and mentor feedback on your work.

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Course 11: Guided Research and Consultation

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGAExperience the power of having your own personal guide for an entire week as you research both online and in the Family History Library. Students will review progress and findings in regular group meetings and one-on-one consultations throughout the week as they work on their own personal research projects. Assistance will be available as needed during specific research hours.

Rescheduled Courses

On Beyond Zed: Hands-on with Advanced Legal Analysis

Rescheduled for 2023

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy

Rescheduled for 2023

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

Rescheduled for 2023

Paul Woodbury, MEd

Evidence-Based Writing for Genealogists

Rescheduled for 2023

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

Advanced Southern Research and Sources

Date undetermined at this time

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA