Friday, June 14, 2024

SLIG Spring Virtual 2025: Reconstructing Ancestral Neighborhoods & Networks

Join Kimberly T. Powell and Gerald H. Smith, CG in their course during SLIG Spring Virtual 2025.

Understanding the physical and social landscapes where our ancestors lived can be crucial to solving problems of identity, kinship, and origin. This hands-on, advanced course, for students with experience in land records and platting, offers critical skills and practical strategies for constructing community networks around elusive ancestors. We’ll explore the integration of advanced land platting techniques with modern mapping technologies and historical maps to place ancestors in a specific location, trace the development of the neighborhoods in which they lived, and uncover insights into historical relationships and migration patterns. In-class examples and exercises will also demonstrate triangulation techniques for determining approximate location from partial data and the use of reconstructed ancestral networks to identify key associates, disambiguate same-name people, and locate “missing” individuals. NOTE: See Prerequisites.

Other Instructors

  • Mack D. "Skip" Duett
  • Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, FTxSGS
  • Melinda Kashuba, PhD
  • Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Ari Wilkins, FTxSGS

This course will be held on Tuesdays, 10:00 am–1:30 pm MT, 11 February through 22 April 2025

Registration for this course and other Spring Virtual 2025 courses opens at 2:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

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

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