Saturday, July 2, 2016

SLIG Registration - a Note from the Director

New genealogists ask me how important it is to register early.  In the words of many famous genealogists, "it depends."  With limited seating to assure quality instruction time, one can imagine that some courses fill in a matter of minutes. 

If you are new to SLIG, please take a serious look at which course you are most interested in and strongly consider coming to the registration table right at the beginning - just in case.

Registration is simple:  enter your information, select your course, finish and pay.  No special event choices to slow you down.  Just grab your seat and go.

Please do write down the email address you used to register and your 'very long' confirmation number.  We will ask you to return in a month or two to make those special events selections.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Please read the description and prerequisites carefully.  Some will have homework each night; others have requirements that must be met prior to attending.  
  • Review the course outlines.  This day by day outline is the best way to determine if the course is for you, telling you exactly what you will learn in each of the 20 class periods that week. 
  • Consider the Complexity and Focus:  Courses are numbered and grouped by level of difficulty and topic as follows:  
    • Intermediate U.S. Research and Technology – courses 1 & 2.  Been researching for years, but not sure you have a solid foundation? Consider an intermediate level course on either research or technology to give you a sure footing to move your skills forward. 
    • Regional and International Research – courses 3 through 5.  These geographically-based courses assume an intermediate skill level sufficient to begin building a knowledge-base in a specific area.
    • Special topics – courses 6 through 9. Levels vary; some require a knowledge of basic principles; others expect a much higher level of skill.
    • Advanced Methodology – course 10.  For high-intermediate researchers only.  Expect a high level of discussion in class and challenging homework.
    • Advanced Hands-on Courses – courses 11 through 13.  Requirements vary – read the prerequisites and required reading lists carefully; none are for the early intermediate researcher.  
    • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum – course 14.  Completed "Advanced Methodology"? Ready to put your skills to the test?  These case studies challenge you to solve them. Most time spent researching; two hours per day in class.
  • Have a second choice ready:  Did I mention that some courses fill quickly?  Get on the waiting list right away, and register for the next course of choice. 
Director's Note:  this lengthy blog post was inspired by a newbie to the SLIG registration process.  I hope y'all (former Texan in me) found it helpful.


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