Cyndi will be joining the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2017 to coordinate her course, entitled "Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy."
Cyndi believes that a prepared and organized genealogist is a productive genealogist. Similarly, a prepared and organized digital workspace is a productive research instrument for that genealogist. The Internet and computers of all types require an understanding of all the ways in which they can be used to take advantage of their maximum potential as exemplary research tools.The five days in the course are organized into categories intended to help the participant structure their computer and then their time spent online. Each day we have built into the schedule time to work on the computer for practical application of the things learned that day. The course will cover organizing computers and digital filing; effectively searching the Internet, online databases and records repositories; and technology tools that enhance the research experience such as spreadsheets, tables, timelines, maps, and foreign language translation. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a research plan or project and discuss whether or not a complex research problem can be solved solely online utilizing the tools learned throughout the week.
Students must bring a laptop (preferred) or mobile device on which to practice new skills in class. Students should have existing accounts for tools that will be used in the class, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, FamilySearch, Ancestry, Scrivener, Word, and Excel. The course will not address specific types of hardware and operating systems. Examples will be given on a Windows laptop, demonstrating concepts which can be used across various platforms and software types.
Students may bring specific examples of past online problems that they want to explore. Internet service (Wi-Fi) will be provided at the facility; however, students may elect to bring their own Wi-Fi hotspots to ensure personal connectivity.
Registration opens July 9th! See http://ugagenealogy.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=118 for more details.