For more course photos, schedules and class descriptions, please click on each of the six course titles below. The courses that were offered Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26, 2013, were:
with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. Stuart-Warren focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She researches across the U.S. and has coordinated and taught at multiple genealogical institutes and conferences. She encourages the class to bring their own family history problems for brainstorming and discussion. D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS and Debra S. Mieszala, CG, are instructors in this course.
2.) Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Learn how to achieve genealogical proof by planning and executing focused research, citing the resulting sources, testing the evidence they contain, assembling that evidence into a conclusion, and explaining it clearly. Jones has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002 where many proof arguments are published. A former trustee and a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he works as a researcher, writer, editor, and educator.
3.) Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS. Explore the migration patterns across New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio which left a scarcity of records and researchers more than one “brickwall” problem. Learn the methods and tools to overcome these challenges. Taylor is Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing. He is a former Director of Education and Programs at New England Historic Genealogical Society, and has appeared on the television program “Who Do You Think You Are?” Other instructors in this course include Debra S. Mieszala, CG, Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Craig Scott, CG, and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG.
4.) Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories: Writing a Quality Narrative with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA. Having researched the stories, now it’s time to share what you know! Learn from the master of passenger lists and narrative genealogy how to incorporate documentary information, family lore, and artifacts into a work that your relatives will enjoy reading. German, Irish, and Italian case studies will be enlarged with sample sources for other nationalities, colonial times to 20th century. Hands-on exercise lets you practice writing. Dr. Colletta is the author of They Came in Ships, Only a Few Bones, and Finding Italian Roots. Michael Hait, CG, is an instructor.
5.) Advanced Land Research: Locating, Analyzing, Mapping with Rick Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL. Understanding land history and records is essential for successful research and kinship determination. This course explores land distribution in the current United States by colonial powers, private land claims, federal land records at both the National Archives and the General Land Office, and local-level county or town deeds. Use of software and Internet resources for finding land records, mapping, and deed platting is demonstrated and practiced in hands-on computer labs. Learn methodology and techniques from these popular national speakers. Angela Packer McGhie is also an instructor in this course.
6.) Military Records: From Cradle to Grave with Craig R. Scott, CG.
Examines the types, uses and functions of military records and the organizations that created them. Records exist outside of compiled military service records and pensions that must be searched for to get a full picture of a soldier, sailor or marines military and post-military life. Scott specializes in National Archives records and is recognized as one of the leading experts in military research. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc, a genealogical publishing company and has written many Northern Virginia and military articles and books. Other instructors include Debra S. Mieszala, CG, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL.