ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR SAMFOR UNIVERSITY'S IGHR
February 3, 2013
It is once again time for prospective students wanting to further their genealogical education to register for the weeklong course of their choosing at Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama. It is academically and professionally oriented providing an educational forum for any family historian wanting to improve their use of genealogical sources and methodology. The instructors are prominent genealogical educators. The IGHR opened for online registration on January 22. I suggest you register for the weeklong course you would like to take as soon as possible.
The 101 page downloadable PDF online registration guide, What is IGHR?, is now online at http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/. It includes what you can expect when you attend. I do not remember any such guide when I attended those seven years in the 1990s, but I expect this is a sign of progress. Those days the registration announcement was made by mailing printed postcards, but today it is by subscribing to the email listserv at www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/IGHR_communication.html#Listserv. The education, as well as the experience, was one I will never forget. There is nothing else like it in the country.
The courses offered June 9-14, 2013 are:
Course 1: Techniques & Technology
Course 2: Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies Course
Course 3: Research in the South, Part II
Course 4: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis
Course 5: Writing and Publishing for Genealogists
Course 6: Genealogy as a Profession
Course 7: Reading German Records
Course 8: Understanding Land Records
Course 9: The Five Civilized Tribes
Course 10: Scottish Genealogical Research
Samford University’s IGHR began in 1962 and typically enrolls about 200 students each year. It is historically well attended and accepted by attendees. The institute begins at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, and concludes at 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 14.
DYSENTERY EPIDEMIC KILLED THOUSANDS IN 1700-1800s: Dysentery is not a threat in the Western World but still a problem in developing countries. Science Daily, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121025095407.htm, says that at one time it was the cause of 90% of deaths in Sweden. Although this happened in Sweden, the doctoral thesis names dysentery as being more widely spread than was previously thought. The findings suggest that we should relook our theory that cholera and smallpox were the main killers of that period.
PHOTOGRAPHING TOMBSTONES MAY BE ILLEGAL: This was a most interesting article on taking pictures in a cemetery. I am thinking in personal photography, not commercial. Some states and cemeteries do prohibit taking pictures without permission. This is an article all genealogists should read and remember although you may never encounter it since so many of our pictures are from country cemeteries. Read this report in The Legal Genealogist at www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2012/10/22/cemetery-photos-permission-required/.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunion announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.