Genealogy institutes are a part of a well-rounded education for most genealogy professionals. The intensive week-long education allows for deep dives on specific topics. Classmates with the same passion increase one’s learning another ten fold. The question for most people is which institute should I attend, not if.
At SLIG there is the additional benefit of the Family History Library and the option to research each evening until 9pm. For those with ancestors spread across the country, it’s a great opportunity to access records all at once. SLIG also has some topics and instructors not offered at other locations because there is easy access to the FHL and law libraries.
Will I be doing SLIG again? It’s not on my immediate plan because of the time and expense of the traveling from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City. I personally dislike the process involved with flying. If I do go, it will be by train. Takes an extra day, but at least it isn’t loud and crowded. I could write in peace, enjoy scenery thru the windows, and get up and walk around to stretch.
The other genealogy institutes are the Genealogy Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Savannah, GA. Both have registration opening soon. If you are interested in doing an institute in 2020, the time to plan is now. Contact me if you want personal advice or tips.