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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

What to do this summer

Summer is almost here!  Time to sign up for all those exciting seminars, workshops, and summer camps that you've been looking forward to all year.  Here's a selection of what's on offer:

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July 10 - Deadline for mailing registration
July 17-20 - Handouts emailed to registrants
July 18 - Deadline for online registration 
Sorry,  registrations can't be accepted after this date
July 20 - Zoom connection link emailed to registrants
July 24 - Seminar Day!
More information and to register at:


  • 19 Jun 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Virtual Meeting in your own Home!


    And more from Lisa Louise Cooke:  Thursday, June 3
    How to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure Its Future Survival  (Webinars)
    8:00 pm
    Don’t let your lifetime of genealogy research end up in the landfill!  Lisa Louise Cooke  will teach you the 7 key strategies to securing the future of your research including designating a  “research keeper,” setting up a Genealogy Materials Directive, and making donations with a Deed of Gift
    Germanic Genealogy Society

    Want more?  Check the Conference Keeping at

    And if it all becomes too much, there's this......

    Tuesday, June 1
    Keeping it All Together - Establish a Work Life Balance  (Webinars)
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Presented by Janice Lovelace, PhD on 1 Jun 2021.

    Register Now

    Do you struggle to find balance between demands of everyday life and your genealogical work? Everybody has some level of struggle in their everyday lives with not becoming overwhelmed by work and family demands. Running a business, often from home, can be stressful! This session will help you learn to recognize struggles and develop strategies to minimize their impact and more effectively lower your stress.

    • Know thyself - Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Being the Boss – running your own business
    • Combatting Stress to find balance – identify stressors and how to handle

    Utah Genealogical Association

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    Bored? Try a genealogical study group

    Is your brain on lockdown? Can't get out to the archives? Missing your classmates over the summer?  Try a genealogical study group. These are web-based groups designed around a particular topic or theme.  Here are some examples:

    Research Like a Pro® Study Group

    with Diana Elder, AG® and Nicole Dyer

    Could you use some structure in your genealogy research? Do you respond well to a group study atmosphere? If so, the Research Like a Pro® study group can give you the motivation and the setting to finally make progress in your research. Attend weekly lessons and work on your own project for the assignments. Receive feedback and learn from others’ assignments. Take your research to the next level!

    This is a fast-moving, time-intensive study group. You will have five days to work on each assignment, except report writing, which you will work on in both assignment #7 and #8. The time you will spend on assignments will depend on the difficulty of your objective and how much time you need to spend learning to use technology. For easy objectives, expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week, or about 1-2 hours per day. For more difficult objectives, you may spend 15-20 or more hours per week.

    Adrienne says:"Research Like a Pro - Nicole and Diana are a mother-daughter team who run the website. They have a great weekly podcast, a book on their research process and various study courses. The main course is their Research Like a Pro study group, offered from March to April this year. They offer the Research Like Pro with DNA study group from Sept. - Nov. I took both of them and I’ve already signed up for the spring group again. The early bird cost for the groups is $299 and $399. They are well organized, personable and knowledgeable. I learned so much! They have a very detailed breakdown of what they will do each week. Each week there is a 90 minute Zoom lecture and a 60 minute smaller mentor group session for questions and feedback. The time commitment is about 10-15 hours/week. They also have an eCourse that you can start anytime"

    Mastering Genealogical Proof

    Seven-Week Beginning Principles Course – There will be two sessions: Wednesday daytime (lead by Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List), at 3pm Eastern, and Wednesday evenings (lead by Cari Taplin) at 8pm Eastern (so adjust for your time zone).  This is for those who have never studied this book before. We will be studying this from a beginner or slightly intermediate level. If you’ve done one of these groups before and want a refresher, that’s ok too!

    Adrienne says:" I have taken a few study groups from Cari Taplin at GenealogyPants  I’m currently in an NGSQ Study Group that meets once a month online and discusses a particular NGSQ article. Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi’s List) is the moderator for this group. NGSQ runs free study groups as well, although I haven’t tried them yet. All NGSQ groups study the same articles."

    GenProof Study Groups are based on the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones. The program is a guided study program supported by material in the book, discussions with peers, and the guidance of an experienced mentor. After completing the program, you will know the tenets of the Genealogical Proof Standard, understand reasonably exhaustive research, be able to write source citations, conduct analysis, and know when to use a proof summary.

    Adrienne says: "I’ve also taken the Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation Study Groups with Cari. The actual study groups were OK. The main benefit is that it makes you work through the book. The next Genealogical Proof class starts is from April-June and the next Genealogical Documentation class is from Feb.-March. Each class is 7 weeks and costs about $50 (if I recall correctly.) There is another Mastering Genealogical Proof group run by GenProof that runs from May-June (8 weeks) that I’ve heard is good. "

    All these learning opportunities are great, but the bigger problem is, when we don’t apply what we’ve learned, we tend to forget it. That’s where the Genealogy Scavenger Hunt comes in!

    Through this annual subscription, you’ll receive a hands-on challenge each month. You’ll follow clues to a freely available genealogy record and use it to answer a series of questions.

    Adrienne says: "This year a friend recommended to me the monthly scavenger hunt at Genealogy in Action, which she said was really fun. I signed up for this year haven’t done January’s hunt yet, but am looking forward to it! The cost is $47/year."

    Our thanks to Adrienne Smith who has tried these courses and provided her comments on each.