In meeting my genealogy education goals I graduated from BYU with a BGS degree with a focus in family history in 2005, earned the Certificate in Family History Research-North America in 2004 and received an AG through ICAPGen, specializing in New England Research in 2010. My volunteer work and genealogy associations include: the Milwaukie, Oregon Family History Center, Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Council of Oregon, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and Daughters of the American Revolution. I have attended local seminars, state genealogy conferences and the BYU Family History Conference. One thing I have never done is attend a national institute.
If I am able to attend this year I would choose to attend
Course 1: American Research and Records: Focus on Families,
coordinated by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS.
In the past I have attended several of Paula's classes and it would be a great experience to learn from her in an intense educational environment. Her focus on significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off will enable me to fine tune the knowledge that I have already gained. This track allows for time at the Family History Library with consultants to help me focus on my brick wall families. Living in Gladstone, Oregon I do not have many opportunities to work in the library with the experts.
The additional instructors in the track are well known professionals, some of whom I have worked with in the past. The courses include:
So yes, this is a wonderful chance for someone to attend the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, work with the experts, and mingle with fellow genealogists and bloggers. The opportunity to attend would be very meaningful to any serious genealogist. Thank you for making the Institute and this contest available to interested genealogists.