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Subject: Re: [TGF] TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM Digest, Vol 4, Issue 193
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 09:04:05 EST

This has been an especially interesting discussion to me. In the past 24
hours, a couple of posters have expressed interest in either an extension of
IGHR at Samford or establishment of a similar institute somewhere else.
Both the Midwest, generally, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, specifically, have
received mention.

As a matter of fact, a small group of genealogists and institutional
representatives is meeting this week to discuss the possibility of a multi-day,
multi-course institute in the Twin Cities in 2011. Fewer than 10 people in
Minnesota have been party to these discussions, so I don't know how
Minnesota popped into the TMG discussion -- it might have come up completely

While IGHR is an inspiration, we can't imagine either replicating or
replacing IGHR or SLIG. That said, we have outstanding genealogical resources
in the Twin Cities and potential for some strong institutional partners. I
can say nothing more at this point because we are in the earliest stages of
exploring this idea. If this progresses past the idea stage, I expect
that we will be reaching out to our Midwestern neighbors to help us plan. If
you have questions about what we are doing, I'd prefer you contact me
directly rather than post questions on the list.

Jay Fonkert, CG
Saint Paul, MN

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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 23:29:04 -0700
From: "Christy Fillerup" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Institutes, etc.
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I've enjoyed the discussion on Samford and other institute options. It's
indisputable that something about the Samford experience makes it unique,
even among genealogical institutes. Thsi will be my first year attending
I'm anxious to experience it for myself.

For those who are not aware there is an institute held in the west each
in Salt Lake City. The Utah Genealogical Association offers the Salt Lake
Institute of Genealogy each year in January. This institute doesn't have
quite the following that Samford does. I'm interested in comparing and
contrasting the two this summer after I attend Samford, as I've attended
SLIG in the past. (In the interest of full disclosure I am a member of the
Utah Genealogical Association, but I don't have any part of organizing or
running SLIG or any personal interest in its success.)

Having never attended Samford I can't put my finger on what it is about
particular institute that makes it so special. Yet I have no doubt at all
that it is. (Did I mention I'm excited!!!!! <grin>). For those of you who
have attended Samford, what is it that makes this particular institute
a stand out?


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