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SLIG 2018: (I don’t) know it all


And the good news is that I don’t need to know it all, because genealogy is an “open book” test. You don’t have to have all knowledge in your head, but you do need to know where to look to get the answers. And coming to SLIG is like reading 20 books in one week! So, halfway through my third day here (remember, I attended SLIG Tech Day on Saturday) I’m fully immersed in my little world of research methodologies and resources.

Fortunately for me, there is enough empty space in my head I am not yet in danger of overload. We’ll see how I feel by Thursday night. Also fortunately for me, there is a shop at the Hilton that sells Snickers and Twix. I think they stocked up on these special “Know-it-All” Snickers just for SLIG!

I mentioned that I would let you know how it’s going with my tech gear. Not bad, actually. At first I tried to follow the syllabus material via PDF on my laptop, but found it a little awkward to navigate the document. I’ve been keeping handwritten notes on my iPad using the Penultimate app and that has been very smooth and easy. I like it a lot!

I tried following and annotating the syllabus in it’s printed form for a few classes, but because I like having a digital version of notes and materials I switched over to the PDF version in my iPad’s iBooks. It is very easy to highlight and make brief notes right in the document using my Apple Pencil, and switching back and forth between the iBooks document and my handwritten notes in Penultimate has been super easy. I found that by doing it all on my iPad I was able to focus on the presentation more and really digest what what being said, and it helped me to follow the syllabus material more closely. I think I’ll stick with this routine for the rest of the week. Plus, there is less clutter on the table in front of me this way!



I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

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