Thursday, February 2, 2017

SLIG 2017 Forensic Genealogy Course

Tricia Oberndorf and I attended the "The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit"
Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG and Amber Goodpaster Tauscher
were the lead instructors, teaching 14 sections individually and often together supporting the learning of how to use technology in the research process.

The course description is:
"This guided practical experience will coach students through the process of receiving, researching, and writing up a new U.S.-based probate case. Participants will learn effective ways to communicate research findings using time saving templates to create source-cited research logs, reports, and affidavits. Family relationship charts and document exhibits will also be developed. By applying these skills to an actual case, participants will create a better workflow and increase their business productivity.
Students will also learn about the underlying laws and concepts needed by forensic genealogists working on probate, real estate and oil and gas cases. Advanced tips for finding living people and acting as a court witness will be shared. Finally, lessons learned during a forensic genealogy career will cap off the week."
Forensic genealogy is not a beginner’s specialty. Students should have at least a year’s professional genealogy experience writing genealogical research reports for multiple paying clients before considering this course. The course is also appropriate for experienced forensic genealogists who wish to improve their skills and streamline their workflow. Students need to bring a laptop computer and possess solid word processing skills.
Additional Instructors:
 Kelvin L. Meyers taught Natural Resources and Mineral Right Cases; Lay Witness or Expert Witness? Which are you?
Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, taught Understanding the Probate Process
Gerald H. Smith, CG taught Real Estate Cases and the Forensic Genealogist; Lessons Learned Becoming a Forensic Genealogist
Bethany Waterbury taught Revers Genealogy in two sections
This is the type of course I had been looking for and was quick to register. It ended up with a small group of fourteen and we were able to do hands on work and ask lots of questions. The additional instructors added flavoring to the class.
Please share about your course if you attended SLIG.

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