Genealogy education goes both ways. What?

The past four days has been filled with discussion, hugs, friendship, and delivering genealogical presentations at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh’s third 2018 week. I was in Amherst, New York for this. On Monday I told the students in my course that they would be filled with learning and that name tags were supplied so that when their heads were spinning later in the week, they would still know their name. Then I told them that instructors also learn new things.

We learn as we prepare and update our syllabus materials and the PowerPoint slides. The discussion and questions that arise during the week inevitably include something from a student that the rest of the room didn’t know. In this course, students schooled me on some neat history of the Buffalo area. One student and I have a friend in common.The students helped each other with research ideas on some of their family history puzzles. I answered questions constantly and that is a very good thing because if I didn’t know the answer, I had something new to research. The knowledge that each person brings to the classroom is amazing and some students always learn they are more analytical and curious than they ever guessed! More than once we discussed the fact that some of the discussion outcomes and research tips only came about because we were together for the week and getting to know each other’s research issues and localities. It’s a special experience that’s difficult to explain, but I heard student after student say they can’t wait for next year!

All in all, the week at a genealogy institute is enlightening for everyone and a testament to that is the large number of students who return often to take other courses. At this institute, and for many months before, the co-directors, Deborah Lichtner Deal and Elissa Scalise Powell put in many hours to assure us all a great time at GRIP. Haven’t attended GRIP? In 2019, two weeks of instruction will be offered in the Pittsburgh area. Some details are on the GRIP website, but be sure to check again near the end of August as there will be some added courses and a couple course changes. Registration is next February. http://www.gripitt.org/2019-courses/

As if four days of educating wasn’t enough for me this week, I am now on my way to Frankfort, Kentucky to do four presentations on Saturday, August 4th, for the Kentucky Genealogical Society. My children have Kentucky ancestry so it’s always special to do seminars and research in Kentucky. An added bonus is seeing several people that I have met over the years at other genealogical events.

I hope to see many readers in Frankfort tomorrow! Yes, you may still register at the door. https://kygs.org/

 

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The site is now up to 732 courses and 3200 pages of handouts from the instructors.  How to access all this? It’s easy! Subscribe to Legacy Family Tree webinars. It’s only $49. 95 a year or $9.95 for a month.

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Exciting News: LAURA G. PRESCOTT SLIG SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED

I am excited to share this news with readers who may not be on social media or who missed this great announcement as we honor our genealogy colleague who has given so much to field of family history. I donated and hope you will, too. The emphasis on education and volunteerism is perfect!

 

Date: 21 July 2018 From: Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt (familyhistorian@mac.com ) and Dawne Slater (dslater@ancestry.com)

Subject: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In recognition of the professional accomplishments of our friend and colleague, Laura G. Prescott, and her contributions to the area of education in genealogy, a scholarship for tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) has been established. The scholarship will be funded through tax deductible donations. Laura is known throughout the genealogical community for her passion for genealogical education in the areas of teaching, writing, research, and more. She worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for seven years before starting her own research business, was a lecturer at conferences, seminars, and workshops at all levels, and has written articles on a wide range of genealogical topics for the field’s journals. She served as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and was director of Ancestry Academy, Ancestry’s collection of educational webinars presented by leading genealogical educators. The Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship is open to amateur, transitional, and professional genealogists who exhibit a passion for genealogy and appreciate the importance of education in our field. Desirable candidates will be those seeking to maintain high standards in genealogy, while also giving back to the community through volunteerism within the genealogical community (serving on society boards, conference committees, family associations) or through promoting genealogy in the world at large (through pro bono projects in cemeteries, adoption research, unclaimed persons, e.g.). Applicants will be asked to explain their reason for taking a particular SLIG course, and also to list education and experience, both paid and volunteer.

A committee will evaluate scholarship applications and choose one winner annually to receive full tuition to his or her choice of course at the traditional Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah, or to one of its alternative programs during the year. Details about applying for the scholarship for attendance at SLIG in January 2020 will be forthcoming.

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, facilitated by the Utah Genealogical Association, is a five-day program of instruction and practical exercises featuring in-depth study of specific aspects of genealogical research. It occurs each January in Salt Lake City and the courses are coordinated and taught by leaders in the field. SLIG also offers the SLIG Academy for Professionals onsite in January, and several virtual learning programs.

Those wishing to donate to the Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship may do so in one of these ways:

• Via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/888690397999166/10214189722311815/ ,

• By mailing a check to the Utah Genealogical Association, Attn: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship, PO Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 (make checks payable to the Utah Genealogical Association), or

• Via PayPal, to info@ugagenealogy.org with “Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship” on the line labeled, “Add a note.”

MyHeritage DNA kits on sale directly from MyHeritage

New release from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage:

“I wanted to make sure you know about the DNA Flash Sale happening right now in the U.S. Now through July 18, MyHeritage DNA kits are only $59!

Please share this with friends and followers, and invite them to take advantage of this great deal directly on www.MyHeritageDNA.com.”

 

 

1 day till July 7 registration for SLIG 2019 including the Native American course

Saturday, July7th, is when registration opens for the 13-18 January 2019 edition of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. 15 courses, many instructors, hundred of students for sharing, 5 days of learning, the Family History Library, nearby, great transportation, and what more do you need?

 

 

Registration opens July 7, 2018 at:

8:00 am PDT

9:00 am MDT

10:00 am CDT

11:00 am EDT

If you are in other times zones, convert the times today so you don’t miss out tomorrow.

Today, Friday July 6th, is when you should be setting up the details of a registration account so you have it ready and don’t miss signing up for the course of your choice. Details here.

Of course, I recommend the Native American Research course in which I will be teaching and sharing lots of documents! For more on that, see this previous blog post.

Proud to be in the top ten for May from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

As much as I love sharing my knowledge and expertise at in-person institutes and seminars, the availability of doing webinars is another way to provide genealogy education. Legacy Family Tree provides many of these and also works with the Board for Certification of Genealogists to host some BCG webinars. I did one of these for BCG on May 15th and I am proud to say it ranked in the top 10 popular webinars for May 2018.

Check out the full list here.

If you missed my presentation, it is available on the Legacy Family Tree website. Click here to view it. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can pay a one time fee to view it. It’s a better budget decision to get a full subscription for $49 a year!

 

My next webinar for Family Tree Webinars is on November 28: Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking which will be accompanied by a full handout with both on and offline material links to records, finding aids, and other information. Registration for that is open now.  

 

p.s. I am an affiliate of Family Tree Webinars and receive a small commission for sales via these links. This income helps me in the work to compile and update presentations.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: Native American course and more!

The 2019 edition of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is all planned and registration opens on July 7th! Finally we have a great Native American course led by Rick Fogarty, who is  a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Whether you are seeking general knowledge, tribal enrollment, or assisting others in this, you will love this course as it sets you in the right direction.

This year I am privileged to be one of the experienced instructors in this Native American course. I began doing Native American research about 30 years ago for some individual families. Since that time I have also done intensive research and consultations for law firms and several tribes across the U.S.  I have provided court testimony on enrollment issues, consulted on TV shows, developed enrollment forms for a tribe, evaluated enrollment applications, assisted with BIA tribal recognition, and have spent many months researching in Bureau of Indian Affairs and other records at the National Archives in Washington, DC, College Park, Maryland, and other NARA locations. This research has also taken me to courthouses, state archives, state historical societies, the Family History Library, and other places that hold original records related to Native Americans. I have written and taught about Native American research so my knowledge can be shared. My knowledge and experience enabled me to prove that a woman usually deemed as non-Native was truly a member of a tribe where she was born.  I started a tribal archive and library for one tribe so that more research could be done on the reservation.

To see the full schedule for the week visit https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=523 and scroll down to Ethnic Research, Course 8. Check out the Registration tab, too. Set up your details early so you will be ready on July 7th and won’t miss getting in to this course.

 

GRIP 2018 Packing List: Are you joining these great educational weeks?

I was asked to reprint my GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) packing list from past years. I am teaching the week of July 29-3 August in my intermediate level course at Amherst. People seem to know that I like to be prepared for just about anything. Of course, your packing list will differ depending on whether you fly or drive. These are in no particular order and are directed at those staying in the dorms. A dorm is a dorm, not a 5 star hotel. I have stayed in a dorm room every year at GRIP. If you have other suggestions, please add them in a comment. Do I bring everything on this list? Most things, but not all.

Not register for the 2018 GRIP? Heaven forbid. There is still room in some courses, including the intermediate level course. All are welcome! http://www.gripitt.org/courses/

  • a couple spring-type clothespins to close a bag of snacks
  • snacks for between lectures
  • comfortable shoes (2 pair so one can rest for a day)
  • slippers/flip flops
  • laundry bag
  • headphones (you may need quiet for a while or to listen to a different kind of music than your roommate)
  • soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (remember, it’s not a hotel where these are supplied)
  • razor, shaving cream
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • makeup
  • prescriptions
  • disinfectant wipes
  • post-it pad – leave notes for yourself or a roommate
  • umbrella (it has rained at times)
  • sweater or lightweight jacket in case a classroom is chilly
  • throat lozenges or hard candies in case you get a scratchy throat
  • chargers and a power strip for phones, tablets, and computers
  • account passwords
  • business cards so others can find you after GRIP (Add the surnames you are searching)
  • used genealogy periodicals to share on the freebies table
  • water bottle that doesn’t leak and that can be refilled during the week
  • over the counter or prescription medications
  • your own pillow if you can’t sleep without it!
  • mattress pad or topper (some do bring one; sheets and a light blanket are supplied)
  • thicker towels than what are supplied
  • small fan (I like the room quite cool but my roommate is the opposite)
  • desk lamp
  • Ethernet cable for Internet, no wifi in dorms
  • power strip
  • tissues
  • hair dryer/curling iron
  • some hangers
  • Some paper towels (you really don’t need a whole roll)
  • paper bags/trash bags (rooms have a small wastebasket)
  • rubber bath mat
  • couple file folders for any extra handouts
  • pad of paper and pens/pencils
  • computer or electronic tablet for taking notes and for homework
  • highlighter for marking items in syllabus
  • clothing (definitely not optional)

Scholarship opportunity for GRIP in Amherst, NY for “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper”

This scholarship opportunity for someone signing up for my course touches me in a special way that I bet no one from the Western New York Genealogical Society or the Genealogical Research of Pittsburgh directors will know. I have a distant connection to the WNYGS.

The late June Partridge Zintz who was instrumental in the founding of the WNYGS, was a fellow Warren ancestry researcher. I only met her once and she was a delightful person. We corresponded several times over the years. Different Warren lines, but I was impressed at all her Western New York knowledge and publications. That’s why this means so much to me and helps to promote this course that I love to coordinate and also teach in. I love working with my fellow instructors, Karen Mauer Jones, Cyndi Ingle, and Debbie Mieszala.

After June’s passing, the society library located in the Grosvenor Room (Special Collections Department) of the Central Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library was named for her. I have researched here in the past.

Read on for the details on applying for the scholarship and other information.  The deadline for applying is June 30 and you need to be a member of the WYNGS. Join! You know I want you to choose the intermediate level course.

 

NEW CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR WNYGS MEMBERS:

The Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc. will be offering our members the opportunity to be selected for one of the following:

• A $485 tuition scholarship for a first-time GRIP participant who attends “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with expert Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA.
• A $475 on-campus housing [apartment-style private bedroom, shared kitchen, dining, and living room] scholarship at Daemen College.

These scholarships will provide partial reimbursement for participation in the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in Amherst, New York during the week of July 29-August 3, 2018.

For consideration, the course must advance the professional and/or research goals of the applicant. Applicants and scholarship recipients must be paid members of the Society for the current membership year (May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019). The deadline for applications is June 30, 2018. Please download the form at http://www.wnygs.org/WNYGSGRIPScholarship2018.html and email the completed application to outreach@wnygs.org. A representative of the Programming Committee will notify all winners no later than July 7th.