Tomorrow is the big day … I’m heading to Birmingham for my first genealogical institute – the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. I’m excited, anxious, nervous, and almost positive I’m going to forget to pack something … which is why I’m pretty much taking everything.
Because I only live about 2 hours away, I’ll be driving down – fully loaded (and yes, Thomas, I remembered my beads – and my tiara!)
I’ll be taking Course 2 – Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies. The course will focus on various record types – tax records, land records, naturalization and immigration records, military records, court records, and church records. I can’t tell if I’m more excited about the content of the course or getting to hear the lecturers presenting the material: Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck, John Phillip Colletta, Angela McGhie, and Michael John Neill.
Then there are the evening sessions presented by the likes of Judy G. Russell, John Phillip Colletta, Thomas W. Jones, and Elissa Powell. Dr. Julie Hedgepeth Williams, an Assistant Professor at Samford University will be speaking about A Rare Titanic Family at the banquet on Thursday night. I know, it just doesn’t get much better than that, amiright??
I have taken great pains to take care of all the “little stuff” at home before I leave, so my mind is like a nice, new sponge – ready to absorb all the learnin’ I can handle.
Seeing all my genealogy friends who are attending will be a nice treat, and I’m looking forward to making some new friends too!
As a first-timer at an institute, my plan is to blog about everything every day. Of course, I understand that we will have homework, so that plan may change. I’ll do my best!Do we share ancestors? Email me: lostancestors AT gmail DOT com
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