June 9-14, 2013
Director: Lori Northrup
Secretary: Eric Allen
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2013 Course Offerings
Attendees choose one course that lasts the entire week. Please click on a course title below for faculty/schedule information.
Coordinator: Pamela Boyer Sayre
This course is designed for the new or experienced researcher who seeks a review of fundamentals. Lectures, visuals, hands-on activities, and sessions in a courthouse, library and computer lab introduce the primary records and procedures essential for sound research of American home, local area, county, state, and federal sources.
Coordinator: Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck
This course is designed for students who have mastered basic record-keeping skills, can properly complete a pedigree, and have conducted extensive research in courthouses and genealogical and historical libraries. This course explores naturalization and immigration research, and court, military, pension and church records.
Coordinator: J. Mark Lowe
This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced researcher. A solid understanding of genealogy basics is required to make use of the materials and concepts presented. Students must have experience in using census, county records, land records and general secondary records. Concepts addressed include migration, settlement patterns, religion, land, geography, politics and economics, kinship groups, and Native Americans.
Coordinator: Elizabeth Shown Mills
This course concentrates on problem solving techniques and advanced correlation of evidence for various types of records.
Should I Take Course 4? Students at the Course 4 level should have hands-on experience with a wide range of record types, including but not limited to deeds and mortgages, land-grant records, survey systems (rectangular & metes and bounds), tax rolls, intestate probates, military records, and court files, as well as the more-common vital records, immigration rolls, and censuses. If you are not yet familiar with this range of records, you may wish to consider the offerings of Courses 1 and 2.
Prerequisites (your choice): completion of IGHR Course 2, Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies; completion of the 16-lesson NGS home-study course, American Genealogy ("graded" option, only); completion of the PLCGS program (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies) from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto; certification by BCG; or accreditation from ICAPGen.
If you do not meet one of these prerequisites but feel you are ready for the advanced course, please submit a research paper demonstrating your skill in using, documenting, and evaluating a variety of the records discussed under "Should I take Course 4?" Your submission may be a case study, a genealogical narrative, or a biographical sketch -- but not a client report. The submission should be addressed to:
email@example.comIf you choose to submit a work sample for evaluation, in lieu of meeting the class prerequisites, your registration is conditional. Your proposed paper will be promptly evaluated to determine readiness for the class. If the proposed paper has not been received by 1 March, your slot will be released to another qualified applicant. No papers can be accepted for review after 1 March.
Coordinator: Thomas W. Jones
This course covers publishing on the Internet, writing articles for publication, organizing book materials, commercial publishing and other pertinent information for genealogical writing and publishing.
Coordinator: Elissa Scalise Powell
The aspiring or practicing professional genealogist will benefit from practical knowledge of three components that make for a successful career: management and growth of the business, client communications, and professional opportunities. The course includes hands-on activities and outcomes which you can take home and use in your business.
Coordinator: F. Warren Bittner
This course is an introduction to German Gothic script and Fraktur typeface. Students with basic German church books experience will find this course helpful. Those with more experience will find this course too simple. Please review the church book image HERE. If you can read much of the record, this course will be too easy for you. If you can only read a little or none of the record, this course is appropriate for you.
Coordinator: Christine Rose
This course will include local land records, pre-federal land, federal land, bounty land (Colonial, Revolutionary, and later), Private Land Claims, and land platting.
Coordinator: Linda Woodward Geiger
This course will provide an overview of the records (and where to find them) created by the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Musogee), and Seminole prior to their removal to what would become Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma; records of the Dawes Commission; and other record groups that provide names of members of the Five Civilized tribes to about 1907.