The GEG in me emerged in the summer of 2015, when I finally committed a week of my life to the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. I returned in 2016 to an even better experience. This year I’m registered for Course 3, and we’re relocating to the University of Georgia. Join me in Athens July 23—28 for IGHR 2017 — the best value your genealogical education dollar can buy. Continue reading IGHR 2017: Seats going fast. It’s that good.
The classroom buzzed this morning as we turned in our class projects and absorbed a few more hours of vital education. Earning our certificates of completion, we departed eager to practice what we’ve learned. Proudly, we are at last qualified for the coveted Advanced Methodology course. Hopefully many of us will meet again there next July. (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)
Continue reading Techniques, archives & graduation: IGHR Friday (6 of 6)
Thursday at IGHR, we learned to get smart about finding clues in newspapers. We examined the acquisition of lands and the federal, state, and local records that emerged. We explored wills, the intestate, and the path through probate — a path to some of genealogy’s most valuable gems. (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)
Wednesday at IGHR brought a breadth of instruction. The intricacies of tax records, creative substitutes for the “vital records,” the layers of military records, and that question that plagues all GEGs: what is “reasonably exhaustive” research? (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)
Continue reading Death, taxes & the “reasonably exhaustive” standard: IGHR Wednesday (4 of 6)
The GEGs of IGHR Course 2 became very animated and inquisitive as two of genealogy’s most respected thinkers gave today’s lectures. John Philip Colletta taught us about ship travel and naturalization records. Blaine Bettinger took up the question of DNA in genealogical research. We had questions and more questions. (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)
Today we gathered for the intermediate course at IGHR 2016 — a genuine GEG fest. A room full of people who want to do genealogy right. Our lectures included genealogy’s essential skills, power search techniques, and the now-universal FAN concept — or “cluster research.” (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.) Continue reading Genealogy skills to FAN clusters: IGHR Monday (2 of 6)
Last summer, a genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) set me on the GEG-bound journey. Worth every hour and every dollar, it proved something important to me: the wholly self-taught genealogist is doing it the hard way.