Monday, January 22, 2018

Having a Blast at SLIG!

I am away this week at the 23rd Annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG 2018), having a great time.

SLIG is an amazing event...380 students in over a dozen week long classes about a wide variety of subjects. (It is a progenitor to GRIP, which I attended last year and will likely attend again this year.)

Of course, being a masochist, I signed up for the toughest one, Course 10 - Thomas W. Jones' (long string of letters omitted) Advanced Genealogical Methods class.

It sells out like a rock concert, in minutes. It seems like everyone who is serious about genealogy takes it at some point. The class is known for the heavy homework load, which he says averages 2-4 hours a night.

We took our class photo this morning, because he said he wanted us to do it before we are all worn out. He reminded us to get some sleep this week.

I just had to take this class. Someday, Tom won't be teaching this anymore, and it will be one of those things that future generations will hear stories about from the old-timers (like I'll be). A retired career college professor, he knows how to teach a class. He has taught this one for a number of years. I would hate to have missed out on the opportunity to learn from the Master.

Every now and then, I have to answer a survey question about my level of experience in genealogy. I have always felt that I just couldn't check off "advanced genealogist" until I had this one under my belt.

10% of the way in, and already getting a little winded from it, I feel like I will be ready to say that I am an advanced genealogist by next week.

Oh, and we had a great picture of the CGS crowd, which is posted to the CGS Facebook group now.