Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SLIG's Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum Being Offered Again in 2015

Want an opportunity to test your genealogical skills? If so, this course is for you! This popular course will be offered again at SLIG in 2015. As noted on SLIG's website,

"This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions. The research problems will be varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them.

"Participants will work individually on the cases to analyze documents and evidence provided, and research online and at the Family History Library. The first case study will be distributed Sunday at orientation, and then class will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This will be an opportunity to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the expert instructor. Participants will compare sources, strategies and methodologies used, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. Students will learn from each other as well as the instructors.

"This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems."

Over the past several years, cases have been presented by Michael Hait, Harold Henderson, William "Bill" Litchman, Thomas Jones, and J. Mark Lowe--just to name a few.

The course coordinator is Angela McGhie. She is a genealogical researcher, lecturer and instructor. She is the administrator of the ProGen Study Program where she manages online groups studying Professional Genealogy. She also serves on the education committee of the Association of Professional Genealogists and writes a blog on genealogy education at

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