It's the second week in January, and that means I'm in Salt Lake City to attend the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). It's always a fun week co-mingling with other like-minded genealogists from all over the US and from several countries.
I'm happy that it was not snowing when my plane landed on Sunday afternoon. The weather is cold, but so far dry. There is some inversion and the air quality is not perfect, but we stay indoors most of the day.
I'm taking Advanced Southern Research from J. Mark Lowe, along with additional instructors of Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Deborah A Abbott, Kelvin L. Meyers, and Ari Wilkins. This is going to be a great class with wonderful instructors.
My mother's entire ancestry is southern. I have found family in the states Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. I have not gotten back far enough yet to know their origins, but likely they have been here in the U.S. before the Revolution. However, southern research can be tough because of the lack of the kinds of records available in New England. I have many tough problems I want to solve and I hope I get some tips to help me overcome my obstacles.
Already, our homework concerning cluster research has given me ideas. And the lecture today on physiographic maps might help me with clues to where in Alabama one family was before arriving in Mississippi.
Come on--I'm ready for more hints!
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