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Last chances for SLC

Last-minute plans fall through for some October trip or research? Suddenly have some time?

SLCOr you’ve suddenly realized that the year is already three-quarters gone and your plans for deepening your genealogical education are passing with it?

You’re in luck.

You still have time to register for one of the few remaining slots in courses at the British Institute in Salt Lake City, 7-11 October 2013 — and if you do, you can stay over one more night and join the genealogical community in celebrating 50 years of credentialing and standards on Saturday, October 12th.

British Institute Courses

Registration stays open just a few more days — just until Monday, September 30 — for the British Institute, an annual offering of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. There are still a couple of places open in two courses.

Sources For Tracing Pre-mid-nineteenth Century English Ancestors will concentrate on tracing pre-mid-nineteenth century English ancestors and will be of special interest to those whose ancestors emigrated to North America prior to the
commencement of English civil registration in 1837, or those who have already tracked their ancestors back to the early 1800s. It will focus on the actual records themselves, giving you an in-depth understanding of them.

This course is is being taught by Maggie Loughran and Paul Blake:

• English by birth, Maggie is a lecturer, educator and author specialising in British ancestry. She regularly contributes articles on family and local history to various journals, magazines and websites and is co-author of the bestselling Discover Your Roots (published 2006). Maggie has lectured extensively both in the U.K. and U.S.A. at a national level and organized courses and conferences on family and local history-related subjects.

• Also born in England, in Wimbledon where he has lived all his life, Paul is a full-time researcher, lecturer and writer and holds the Diploma in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies. Paul has over 20 years lecturing and teaching experience throughout the U.K., in the U.S.A. and as guest lecturer on cruise ships. He is a regular writer for the genealogy press. Paul is joint author of the books The Complete Guide to Creating Your Own Family Tree and Discover Your Roots. He has undertaken research for several television series and worked as an advisor to the History Channel and the BBC.

Using the Cloud for British Family History Research will provide a guide as to what “The Cloud” is and how we can use it to our advantage in our research. There are a number of Internet sites that provide some unique datasets for researching British ancestors. We will examine some of these sites and look at the varied search techniques that can be used to find those elusive ancestors hiding in the nooks and crannies of their databases. The Cloud also provides us with a wealth of tools to enhance the way we collect, share and present our data. We will look at how these services allow us to choose a variety and combination of computing devices that best suits the collecting of our family history on any research trip. The Cloud will allow us to move that data to our other devices seamlessly and without complexity, as well as share it with our families and other researchers. Students in this course must provide their own WiFi-capable laptop computer.

This course is is being taught by Graham Walter:

• In the real world Graham is an IT manager with Nissan and Renault in the U.K. He is a professional member of the British Computer Society. In the family history community, he is a volunteer with the Society of Genealogists’ Educational Outreach program. Graham works together with Jeanne Bunting as part of the “Census Detectives,” attending various family history fairs and society open house days showing people how to make use of online services for their family history research. He is also a member of the Guild of One Name Studies. and has given talks at their one-day seminars as well as presenting at family history group meetings.

The registration fee for either course is $495, and covers five days of instruction with morning lectures and afternoon research opportunities in the Family History Library, including one-on-one mentoring with your instructor.

All courses will be in the Radisson Hotel Downtown, a short walk to the Family History Library. Hotel rooms are still available at the Crystal Inn at $79.00 per night, including breakfast and shuttle bus service to and from the airport, and to the Radisson each day.

Full details and registration at

Celebrating genealogical excellence

Once you’re in Salt Lake City, you really should come out and join the entire genealogical community in celebrating 50 years of credentialing and standards with an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner Saturday, October 12, at 7 p.m. (social hour at 6 p.m.) at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Co-sponsored by the American Society of Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and FamilySearch, it’s open to everyone and offers a great chance to meet some of the best and brightest of the genealogical community as we review the 50-year history of our field — its past, its present and its future.

The dinner speaker is none other than The Legal Genealogist, and the topic is one that I hope will be fun — and challenging — for all genealogists:

“We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” — Standards for the 21st Century
From no formal standards to the Genealogical Proof Standard, the field of genealogy has come a long way in establishing criteria by which excellence can be measured. And we face a long and perhaps even more daunting road ahead as we consider the 21st century challenges posed by technology, DNA and more.

The cost for the banquet is $40 and parking will be free for those who drive. Checks may be made out to “ASG” and sent to the ASG treasurer, Myrtle Hyde, FASG, 3628 Iowa Avenue, Ogden, UT 84403.

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