I first became interested in my family’s history when I was in sixth grade. I think it was triggered by Alex Haley’s made-for-television movie, “Roots.” This was a blessing because both of my grandmothers were still alive, with great memories. They must have cringed when they saw me coming with my paper, pencil and tape recorder. I asked them all of the questions about my ancestors that I could think of. I sat for hours at my grandmother’s dining room table, labeling the pictures that she had stored in an old cardboard box. I begged my parents to drive me to local cemeteries where my forebears were buried, so I could carefully document the names and dates on the headstones. On three-by-five-inch index cards, I wrote all known information about each of the individuals I was researching. I stored those cards in three color-coded binders. But, after a couple of years, my interest in this pursuit waned and my attention turned to the concerns of a typical teenaged girl.
It is fitting that I met instructor Dave McDonald at an institute. We were both enrolled. For five days attendees absorbed knowledge and talked genealogy during meals, when walking to class, and while conducting research. Students leave institutes with more than knowledge and heavier luggage. They take away new colleagues and friends. It is in this way that Rev. David McDonald, D.MIN., CGSM, became part of my genealogy network. His good humor, knowledge, dedication to continuing education, and natural ability to make lecture topics fun all qualify him to be an engaging instructor in The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Records. I am pleased to introduce him to the CSIG community. Continue reading
I am honored to have Michael Lacopo teaching in the German track with me at CSIG. Many of you know him as the author of the spellbinding blog Hoosier Daddy? Here is an official introduction to this talented man who will be working with me in May. Continue reading
We’re looking forward to having you join us at CSIG this May. Online registration is easy and can be done by following the directions:
To register online, follow these directions:
Click “click here to register for BCE classes”
Choose leisure as your topic code.
Choose your class and hit “submit.”
Go through the registration process.
If you have difficulties or questions, call Linda Hankins at 309.345.3501 or Nancy Randall at 309.341.5260 during normal business hours central time. They are happy to talk to people and help them with their registration. Nancy’s an amateur genealogist herself, but doesn’t answer research questions.
It’s not too late to ask for CGI-Genealogy as a holiday gift. No wrapping is needed and if you let us know the registration is a gift for someone, we’ll send a certificate you can use for the actual present.
The size isn’t a problem and it’s a gift that will keep on giving long after your recipient has returned from the institute.
Email Michael at email@example.com with any questions you have about using a registration as a Christmas gift.
And if you’ve been good, consider asking Santa for a CSI-Genealogy registration. Or go ahead and register yourself-–you’ve been good this year, haven’t you?
For those who would like to share our flyer to share with other genealogists, a copy of our 2015 flyer is online here.
Registration for CSI-G is by phone until 31 October 2015 when online registration becomes operational. Registration for all CSI-G classes starts on 13 October at 8:30 AM Central.
If you’d like to register by phone, please have the following course information handy:
- Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle)–Sandburg Course number:L EIC00600 (54213) -$400
- Advanced Methodology and Analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill)–Sandburg Course number: LEIC00602 (54215) -$400
- The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Sources (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)–Sandburg Course number: LEIC00601 (54214) -$400
- Germanic Research Sources and Methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)–Sandburg Course number LEIC00603 (54231) -$400
The meal plan is optional ($150) and is Sandburg Course number LEIC00604 (54232). The meal plan does not have to be added at your initial registration.
The College needs to reach an enrollment threshold in order to cover institute expenses. We ask that registrants not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until we’ve confirmed to registrants that the enrollment threshold has been met. Since this is the first time we’ve offered CSI-G we don’t have a good estimate of what our enrollment will be.
Registrants will need a debit or credit card to process payment.
To register by phone, call:
- Linda Hankins, Administrative Assistant, CME / Community Education at 309-345-3501. Linda will respond to voicemails in the order received and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If Linda is unavailable, and you really want to talk to a human, Nancy Randall, Records / Registration Specialist, can be called at 309-341-5260.
For those who would like to know a little more about Galesburg, Illinois (where CSI-Genealogy is held), these sites may be helpful:
- City of Galesburg website
- Galesburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
- Galesburg Chamber of Commerce
- Carl Sandburg Historic Site