Sunday, June 2, 2024

SLIG 2025: Advanced Techniques: Material Culture Research

 Join Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR in her course during SLIG 2025.

Genealogy’s history is rooted in those wishing to trace their family back in time to ancestors whose accomplishments seemed more remarkable than their own. Over time, genealogical repositories have boasted books and periodicals and special, archival, and museum collections that attempt to capture more than just the dry vital record dates of ancestors. Eventually, genealogy became a pursuit for the “everyman” (and woman), learning more about a distant past one generation at a time. Today, an emphasis on “bringing ancestors to life” through stories means the genealogist must master genealogical methodology while also understanding how to research the non-genealogical to weave a story that will interest descendants.

Comprehensive genealogical research requires incorporating the records and methodologies from diverse fields, including history, social history, and material culture. Material Culture, the story and history of objects created and used by humans, enhances genealogical research and the resulting storytelling. Material Culture can help inform and strengthen research skills and ancestral stories. In addition, the study, research, and analysis of material culture encourage better and more complete research techniques.

Students will have the opportunity at the end of the week to share a short presentation on a piece of material culture they have researched, if they so choose.

Other Instructors
  • Amanda E. Epperson, PhD
  • Tammy A. Hepps
  • Lauren K. Peightel, MA
  • Marian Pierre-Louis

Advanced Techniques: Material Culture Research will be held virtually during SLIG week January 27 - 31, 2025.

View the complete course schedule here.

Registration for this course and other SLIG 2024 courses opens at 10:00 a.m. MDT on June 22, 2024.

To prepare for registration, create or login to view your account here

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