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MAAGI and Texas classes now open

Tell the truth.

SchoolYou’ve been sitting there reading all the comments from genealogists getting their snow gear ready to head out to Salt Lake City in less than two weeks for the week-long winter-camp-for-genealogists known as the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

… And you’ve been jealous.

The Legal Genealogist understands. Only too well. I can’t begin to count the number of times I wanted to take advantage of an educational opportunity and something has blocked me …

But the really terrific thing about genealogy is that there are other opportunities right around the corner, sometimes closer to home or at a better time of the year, when we can give in to that desire to network in person with like-minded folks and, for days or even a week at a time, immerse ourselves in something new.

And registration is open right now for two opportunities you might not yet know about.

TIGR, May 22-25, 2017, Austin

The newest “new kid in town” in the residential institute field is the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR), offered by the Texas State Genealogical Society.

This four-day program — Monday May 22 through Thursday May 25, 2017 — at the University of Texas at Austin will give those of us who have Texas roots the chance to get up-close-and-personal with Texas records and research spanning early Spanish exploration and colonization through the Texas Republic and beyond.

Classes will cover Texas history and geography, the Texas State Library and Archives, the Texas General Land Office (including maps and the GIS system), major genealogical collections, early settlement, land records (including inheritance and tax records), probate, court records, migration, military records, Texas Rangers, and Reconstruction.

Early-bird registration — now through March 1 — is $310 for TxSGS members and $330 for non-members, and goes up to $330 and $350 on March 2, and then to $400 for everyone on May 11.

Register now at the TIGR website, where you can read more about the courses, faculty, and venue and lodging.

MAAGI, July 11-13, 2017, Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) is going into its fifth year in 2017 with four tracks covering a wide variety of research topics.

Track 1, Fundamental Methods and Strategies, is coordinated by Shelley Murphy, and includes classes on Time and File Management; Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau; Determining the Evidence; Analyzing Your Records and Your Research; Public Records and the Law; Slavery & the Law; Documenting Your Community – Case Study; Breaking Down the Walls; Typical Actions in Probate of a Slave Holding Estate; DNA & Genealogy; Military Records and Resources; and Homestead Records.

Track 2, DNA & Genealogy, is coordinated by Bernice Alexander Bennett, and includes classes on Beginner’s Genetic Genealogy, The Genetic Network, DNA Standards and privacy/ethics, DNA and Genealogy, Strategies for Using Autosomal DNA, Genetic Genealogy Planning, Emotional Side of DNA, GEDMatch, what to do with it and how?, Off-Site Solutions, I’ve Just Done my DNA, Now What?, From Widows to Slavecestors, to DNA, DNA and connecting the Dots.

Track 3, Intermediate Genealogy – Pre & Post Slavery Era Research, is coordinated by Janis Minor Forté, and includes classes on Getting the Most out of Ancestry: Strategies, Using Trees to Organize Information; Collections and How Best to Use Them: Traditional Records, Specific African American Research; Exploring US Probate Records on Ancestry; Discovering a Migration Past: Case Study of Reveals Valuable Genealogical Information; African American Military Records: Search, Find, Decipher, Understand, Incorporate; Founding of a Nation: The Revolutionary War & Post Revolutionary War Period Records; Rebirth of a Nation: The Civil War and Post Civil War Period Records; US Becomes a Superpower – The Expeditionary Wars: World War I, and World War II Records; Discovering Unfamiliar African American Resources at Allen County Library: What’s New, What’s Different and How to Find It; Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery; …Massa Went to War, and Took His Slave With Him; and Slave Tags: The Government Licensing, Labeling, and Marketing of Human Souls.

Track 4, Genealogy Writing From Planning to Publication, is coordinated by Angela Walton-Raji, and includes classes on Organizing Notes to Write a Compelling Story, Publishing a Heritage Book, Creating Narrative From Evidence, Following the Witnesses to Tell Your Story, Elements of Memoir and Historical Narrative, Publishing a Genealogy E-Book, Developing a story, Self-Publishing for Genealogists, Collaboration for a Writing Project, Blogging the Research Story, Working with Mainstream Press, Challenges and Reality, and Self-Publishing the Family Narrative.

The registration fee is $276.25 for MAAGI members and $325 for non-members, and registration information is here on the MAAGI website. More information on MAAGI overall can be found here.

Available slots at both TIGR and MAAGI are likely to fill up fast, so if you’re thinking about it… go ahead and do it. You won’t regret it…

And if those don’t work out for you, well, let’s see here, registration for IGHR 2017 opens on February 3, for Gen-Fed 2017 on February 25, and for GRIP 2017‘s June classes on February 22, and for the July classes on March 8…

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