SLIG 2021 Courses

Rescheduled for 2022

Applied Genealogical Research Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding
Writing a Quality Family History Narrative
Advanced Land Tools: Maps

From Sea to Shining Sea: Researching Our Ancestors' Migrations in America

Week 1
Records & Resources

Annette Burke Lyttle

The goal of this course is to help researchers understand how to find their migrating ancestors, who often seem to disappear as they moved, and how to fill in the rich details of their lives.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of migration routes—typical and not-so-typical—across the American continent, the modes of travel our ancestors used, and the factors that influenced their movements. That understanding will serve as a basis for in-depth examination of available records for our migrating ancestors and how and where to find those records. Case studies will demonstrate how to put the history and research principles into action. Optional homework assignments will provide an opportunity for students to apply their learning to their own troublesome ancestors.

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Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records

Week 1
Records & Resources

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Explore the world of digitized records and repositories. This course specifically teaches advanced search skills for subscription family history websites while also focusing on unindexed digitized materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other repositories across the United States. A series of hands-on workshops/labs provide students with guided experiences using online tools discussed during class sessions.

 

Advanced Practices in Social History

Week 2
Records & Resources

Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

Social history looks at the ordinary person. It’s “history…with the people put back in,” examining topics such as marriage, family life, and women’s roles in society, food, education, immigration, death, labor, and industry. Participants in this course will understand that social history is a core genealogy research competency and will learn to think and research as historians.

Although this course is on the same general subject as the SLIG courses, the SLIG Courses were surveys of Social History. This course deals with higher-level and advanced topics, and develops specific historical research skills.

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Advanced Research Tools: Land Records

Week 2
Records & Resources

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGALand genealogy is as important as people genealogy for overcoming family history research barriers. This course explores land distribution in the current United States by colonial powers, private land claims, federal land records at both the National Archives and the General Land Office, and local-level county or town deeds. Students will learn about the Public Land Survey System and the metes and bound system. Course content illustrates the use of land records to prove kinship. Use of software and Internet resources for finding land records, mapping, and deed platting is demonstrated and practiced in hands-on labs or classroom exercises.

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Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy

Week 1
Records & Resources

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGLThis course offers students an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the rich research resources of the law, including those generally available only at law libraries. Students will work with legal records and sources, gaining a better grasp of legal history and its implications for research as well as the skills to find and apply the law to solve genealogical problems. Individual sessions will focus on specific legal disciplines (criminal, civil, probate and the like) and students will have the opportunity to visit and use the resources of a major university law library.

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In-Depth African American Genealogy

Week 2
Regional & Ethnic Research

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

SLIG was at the forefront of recognizing the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of Africans in an English colony by offering the inaugural African American genealogy course in the very first month of 2019. The same faculty of experts will teach in the 2021 course, to provide a foundational overview of records and strategies used to support credible genealogical conclusions about ancestors who lived before the twentieth century. The course has been updated by the addition of three new instructors who will drill down on the most difficult aspects of researching enslaved families in the antebellum era. Two new lectures will address an area that rarely receives thorough treatment: resources and strategies for West India family research.

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The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State

Week 2
Regional & Ethnic Research

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Between 80,000 and 110,000 German-speaking immigrants arrived in the American colonies before the onset of the Revolution, with the port of Philadelphia being the favored port of disembarkation. Pennsylvanians of German ancestry accounted for 50 to 60 percent of Pennsylvania's population in 1760 and 33 percent in 1790. These men and women became the illustrious "Pennsylvania Dutch" ancestors of many genealogists today.

This course focuses on the push and pull factors that brought these immigrants to America, what their lives were like, and how a deeper understanding of the social history of this immigrant group can make for a better researcher. Unique record groups specific to this ethnic migration will also be discussed. The Pennsylvania Germans were Germans first, and Pennsylvanians second, so understanding the wealth of information available in Pennsylvania records and repositories compromises a great deal of class time. ALL researchers with Pennsylvania roots prior to 1850 will benefit from the wealth of information gleaned in classes devoted to land records, church records, military record, courthouse records, and more.

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Show Me Missouri

Week 1
Regional & Ethnic Research

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

Missouri's location in the middle of the United States and its importance in the exploration and development of the Midwest, West, and Southwest make it an important research target for many whose ancestors settled there early, remained for a lengthy or short time, or simply passed through on their way west. This course will provide context through learning about migration paths; cultural, religious, or geographic patterns of settlement; and history, as well as providing an in-depth discovery of available vital records, manuscript collections, archives, and library resources inside and outside Missouri.

 

Pre-1837 English Research: Digging Deeper

Week 2
International Research

Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA

This course will provide an in-depth look at pre-1837 English research methodologies, resources and tools, including the laws that created the records. It will address all levels and classes of society from the landed classes to paupers; law abiding citizens and criminals; tradesmen to professionals.

 

Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the Former Russian Empire and USSR

Week 1
International Research

Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG

Students in Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the former Russian Empire and USSR will develop an understanding of the records, and research methods for tracing families in this region, and learn skills in searching, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from Russian records. The course includes instruction and practice in the Russian alphabet and handwriting, progressing to guided analysis of various source documents. Students will also learn about the historical and geographical context of the region, methods for tracing immigrant origins, and how to navigate to relevant records. This course is for those researching their own family history or who have clients or library patrons with heritage from lands that were part of the former Russian Empire or USSR. It is also for those who are interested in broadening their research knowledge for potential future research in this area. The emphasis will be on European areas of the former empire/union and on Christian and Jewish families.

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Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

Week 2
DNA

Paul Woodbury, MEd

Paul Woodbury, MEdIn this hands-on course, students will master the basics of genetic genealogy research through hands-on application in a variety of investigative contexts. They will create testing plans incorporating such elements as which individuals to test, the types of tests to take and the companies to be used. They will also evaluate chances of success and needs for additional testing for a research objective given a set of test results, develop research plans given a set of DNA test results, and learn to abide by genetic genealogy ethics and standards. Participants will practice basic interpretation of Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, X-DNA and autosomal DNA evidence within the context of traditional document research and evaluation of Y-DNA and mtDNA.

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Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence

Week 1
DNA

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Back by popular demand, this course is designed to deconstruct, and study researcher decisions, strategies, and methodologies employed in the correlation of documentary and genetic evidence to establish proven genealogical conclusions. Examples include case studies suitable for publication, research reports, and proof summaries/arguments useful in a Kinship Determination Project (KPD). The research problems are all long-standing genealogical brick walls that could not be solved without the skillful use of DNA and documentary sources. We will focus on a variety of strategies to meet the newly minted DNA-Related standards and the Genealogical Proof Standard.

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Advanced Genealogical Methods

Week 1
Methodology

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

Students 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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Guided Research and Consultation

Week 2
Guided Research

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 at nearby archives, courthouses, or libraries, as they are available. Students will review progress and findings in regular one-on-one consultations throughout the week as they work on their own personal research projects.

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Applied Genealogical Research Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding

Rescheduled for 2022

Michael Hait, CG, CGL

 

Writing a Quality Family History Narrative

Rescheduled for 2022

John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA

 

Advanced Land Tools: Maps

Rescheduled for 2022

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA