Sunday, January 15, 2012

IGHR Samford - Registration Opens Tuesday, January 17th

As part of my preparation for becoming a professional genealogist, I have attended the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research held at Samford in June for the past two years. I am excited to register for my third year on Tuesday. See for information on the courses offered this year.

My choice this year is Course 3: Research in the South, Part I. J. Mark Lowe is the coordinator. Details of the course can be found here On my maternal side, I have ancestors in the following southern states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky. I think this will greatly benefit my research in those states.

My first Samford course was Course 4: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis with Elizabeth Shown Mills ( It was a fantastic experience. I learned so much about methodology and evidence analysis. Ms. Mills encourages squeezing all the information you can from a source and she certainly demonstrates through her case studies just how to do that. It was an eye-opener!

Last year, I was in Course 5: Writing and Publishing for Genealogists with Thomas W. Jones. Since one of my goals is to write my family histories, this was a must for me. I enjoyed all the lectures, especially the one on numbering your genealogy. I also have many German ancestors on my Dad's side, so I enjoyed seeing how the numbering worked when you included ancestors that were "across the pond."

Besides the excellent lectures by renowned genealogists, the camaraderie among the students can't be beat. And who can be upset about spending a week dedicated to genealogy? It has become my favorite week of the year!

Debra A. Hoffman, "IGHR Samford - Registration Opens Tuesday, January 17th," Ancestral Leaves, posted 15 January 2014 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Year - New Blog

January seems like a good time to start new things and establish goals (rather than resolutions) for the year.

I haven’t blogged before, but wanted to start documenting my journey to become a certified genealogist.

This isn’t a new goal for me, but rather one I have been working on for many years. However, in the past three years, I have accelerated my timeline for completing this goal.

I’m hoping that setting goals in writing will help keep me on track.

I decided to start a blog to share my experience and lessons learned with others hoping that someone else can benefit from my journey.

Debra A. Hoffman, "New Year - New Blog," Ancestral Leaves, posted 13 January 2014 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]