Announcing the Utah Genealogical Association’s 2009 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, January 12-16, at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Institute offers a week of in-depth instruction by expert genealogists in ten courses. Noted specialist, Lynn Turner, AG, is coordinating Course 7: Hispanic Research: Discovering Your Ancestors in Spain and Latin America.
Instructors: Lynn Turner, George R. Ryskamp, Peggy Ryskamp, Ruth Gomez Schrimacher, Leandro Soria
Description: Having trouble finding your Hispanic ancestry? The Hispanic research course will teach attendees invaluable research techniques and the latest internet resources for Hispanic genealogical research to help solve research problems. Classes will focus on finding and using the best genealogical resources available at the Family History Library, online, and in archives throughout Spain and Latin America.
Other courses being offered at this year’s Institute:
Course 1: American Records & Research: Focusing on Localities.
Coordinator, Paula P. Stuart-Warren, CG; Instructors: John Philip Colletta, Birdie Monk Holsclaw, Thomas W. Jones, J. Mark Lowe, Kory L. Meyerink, D. Joshua Taylor, and Paula Stuart-Warren
Finding and following where your ancestors lived in the U.S. at different times can be difficult. Discover records and strategies for researching them in those localities. In this course 16 hours will be in the classroom with another 6.5 hours in the Family History Library to provide hands on instruction by the coordinator and other instructors.
Course 2: Research of the Gulf South—Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. Coordinator, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA; Instructors: John Philip Colletta, Mary E.V. Hill, J. Mark Lowe, Kory L. Meyerink, Elissa Scalise Powell, Paula Stuart-Warren
Discover the wonderful letters, diaries, family histories and documents that tell the story of Southern families. Unearth the value of unique records created about our ancestors that are likely to hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Learn how and where to find these gems to advance your research.
Course 3: English Research. Coordinator, David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS; Instructors: Ron Hill, Dean J. Hunter, John M. Kitzmiller, Raymond W. Madsen, Alan Mann, Gordon Remington
This course is designed to assist you in learning about the wealth of English records available and how to apply sound genealogical methodology in your research. Learn when, why and how to use key genealogical sources to solve simple to complex research problems. Immediately apply your learning in the vast resources of the Family History Library’s English record collection.
Course 4: Research in German Speaking Areas. Coordinator, Larry O. Jensen, AG; Instructors: Larry O. Jensen
Where governmental jurisdictions changed, languages varied and records are inconsistent, research is often difficult and challenging. This course will prepare and assist the researcher to overcome the obstacles they encounter in extending their Germanic family lines.
Course 5: Colonial American Research. Coordinator, Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA; Instructors: Kory L. Meyerink, Paul C. Reed, Gordon Remington, Craig R. Scott
Eventually, many experienced genealogists are faced with tracking American ancestry into the Colonial Era (pre 1776). Knowledge on sources and methodology will be useful in such research, but much more is needed to be successful. Colonial research requires a deeper understanding of certain key record types, and often a more complex set of research methodologies. This course provides information and tools needed to take ancestral lines back to the immigrant, and begin identifying early immigrants in their ancestral country.
Course 6: Effective Use of the Internet. Coordinator, Rhonda R. McClure; Instructors: Christopher C. Child, David Allan Lambert, Rhonda R. McClure
Great genealogists know how to effectively use the Internet. They adjust their research strategies to make the most of databases and online records. With the ever expanding resources on the Internet, keeping a leading edge to make the most of it becomes harder with every year. Come learn the latest techniques to make the most of your Internet experience!
Course 8: Beyond the Library: Research in Archives, Courthouses and Manuscript Collections. Coordinator, John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA; Instructors: John Philip Colletta, Thomas W. Jones, J. Mark Lowe, Patricia Smith-Mansfield, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, Paula Stuart-Warren
This course takes the trepidation out of using repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. We will address what these repositories are and how they differ from one another; how to access the treasures that pertain to your ancestors and how to use those materials to reconstruct your ancestors’ lives. Instructors of honed expertise and substantial experience demonstrate their lessons using numerous examples and case studies. They share practical hints and helps, conveying the value and satisfaction of handling and deciphering antique documents.
Course 9: Skill Building for Professional-Level Research. Coordinator, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG; Instructors: Birdie Monk Holsclaw, Debra S. Mieszala, Elissa Scalise Powell, Paula Stuart-Warren
Aspiring and practicing professional genealogical researchers will acquire skills for planning and implementing effective research, using evidence to solve research problems, documenting and reporting their findings, addressing ethical dilemmas, and continually upgrading their genealogical skills and knowledge bases.
Course 10: Genealogical Problem Solving. Coordinator, Judith W. Hansen, MLS, AG
Have a brick wall in your research? This unique course is tailored to your individual research needs! Discover problem solving skills while working on your personal research project. Expert consultants are available for many areas and are not limited to U.S. research. Students will meet with two consultants (as specialty groups) for two hours each day (in groups of 6) or one hour each day (in groups of 3) to review each problem. Students pay the regular tuition plus an additional consultant fee. An information packet will be sent detailing the requirements for the project submission. Project must be submitted by 30 October, 2008 to allow time for consultant review.
Classes are finished by early afternoon each day to allow plenty of time to take advantage of research time at the Family History Library, located just two blocks away. Evening classes on topics relevant to genealogists will be offered nightly.
For more information or to enroll online, please go to www.infouga.org.