Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Class Highlight: Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones

Today's 2016 Class Highlight is Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, a SLIG favorite!

Crista Cowan took this class in 2014 and said:

"I took Advanced Genealogical Methods with Dr. Thomas Jones. He used examples to show us how people don’t appear in records together at random. We need to determine how everyone named in that marriage record, deed, will or land transaction are related, because they usually are. I also learned to track every piece of land my ancestors ever owned. Who did it come from and where did it go? 'Blood often follows land.' I was reminded that I need to use spreadsheets more often to compare and correlate the information I find BEFORE I put it into my family tree."

This is an excellent class for the researcher looking to take their skills and knowledge to the next level.

Advanced Genealogical Methods

Students in “Advanced Genealogical Methods” will learn how to use and assemble evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten in the passage of time. The course will address advanced use of evidence from a variety of genealogical records and research in populations for which the usual records are in short supply (including female, enslaved, and impoverished ancestors). StuThidents also will learn how to develop written proof summaries to show their conclusions’ accuracy and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians.

This intense course is targeted to “high intermediate” genealogists who have completed an intermediate-level methodology course or who have equivalent experiences, and whose research includes original land and probate records or digital or microfilmed images of land and probate records.

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL

* Introductions; Developing an Evidence Orientation (Tom Jones)
* Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search (Tom Jones)
* Archival Research (Pam Sayre)
* Federal Research: Government Documents (Rick Sayre)
* Homework 1 (Gov Docs) (Rick Sayre)
* Military and Pension Records Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
* Transcribing, Abstracting, Extracting, Quoting, and Documenting Sources (Tom Jones)
* Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Probate Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Homework 2 (transcribing) (Tom Jones)
* Local Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Tax Roll Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Tom Jones)
* Bringing Law to Bear on Complex Genealogical Problems (Judy Russell)
* Special Problems I: Identifying Landless, Enslaved, Peasant, and Other Impoverished Ancestors (Tom Jones)
* Homework 3 Assignment (Cammack case) (Tom Jones)
* Special Problems II: Finding Immigrant and Migrant Origins (Tom Jones)
* Special Problems III: Identifying Female Ancestors (Tom Jones)
* Federal Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
* Resolving Conflicting Evidence (Tom Jones)
* Homework 4 (Buss case) (Tom Jones)
* Rural and Urban Map Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation (Rick Sayre)
* Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems (Tom Jones)
* Writing Genealogy (Tom Jones)

* Continued Advancement (Tom Jones)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship

The Utah Genealogical Association and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy are pleased to announce that essay entries for the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship are now being accepted.

The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2016.  The scholarship will be awarded to the individual whose essay and application reflect a commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement. Past winners are Debra Hoffman of New Windsor, Maryland; Susan LeBlanc of Gladstone, Oregon; and Patti Gillespie of Decatur, Texas.

Since 2012, the Utah Genealogical Association has offered this scholarship in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, a Utah family historian and teacher of more than 50 years. He said, “Few things have greater impact on us in this life than knowing about our heritage—who we are, where we have come from, our culture, our ancestors.” The winning essay with be posted on this blog.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to
  • A one page essay detailing how attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will prepare you to give back to the genealogical community.
  • A short biography or resume detailing your previous volunteer and research experience.
  • The name of the course you hope to attend, and why.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefitted from your volunteer service.
Essays and applications are due May 15, 2015, and the winner will be announced June 15. The winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy registration opens June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM MST.

The following biographical information was provided by the Parker family:

Jimmy Parker was interested in Family History for over 50 years.  That interest led him to work for the LDS Church in the 1960's. In his long career, he did many different facets of Genealogical and Family History Work which included patron research and negotiating records to be microfilmed all over the United States and Canada.  He had major responsibilities in organizing and carrying out two World Conferences on Records, which were sponsored by the LDS Church, and he also pioneered a study to help with Native American Indian research, for which he had a great love.

Jimmy Parker received many awards and honors for his work in family history, but the most meaningful experiences that he had were those related to his teaching. Teaching was a big part of his life.  He was a school teacher in Idaho Falls before taking the position with the LDS church, and teaching was an ongoing thread which tied together his passion for teaching and his love of family history.

He taught at countless seminars, individual classes, at BYU Education Week, and much more.  He had a talent for being a friend to everyone, and had a great love for just about everyone he met. Helping people find out more about their heritage gave him great happiness.

A thought that came to him just before he found out he had cancer was this: "Few things have greater impact on us in this life than knowing about our heritage - who we are, where we have come from, our culture, our ancestors." He would be very pleased to see his legacy of furthering family history work carried forth by those who receive the SLIG scholarship, which is given in his name.  It is hoped that all who receive this scholarship will go forth to leave their own legacy of love and service.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Review of SLIG's DNA Course, "Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy"

If you missed the opportunity to take SLIG's course, "Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy" with course coordinator Debbie Parker Wayne this past January, you can see a review of it here
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