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Guest Post: Locating Clent manorial landholdings and SLIG, by Sue Adams

The following is a guest post written by Sue Adams, the winner of my SLIG Blogging Contest Contest! This post originally appeared at her blog, Family Folklore.

Having recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, I have been looking around for further educational opportunities.

As my diploma dissertation was a study of manorial land records between 1712 and 1927, of Clent Manor, Worcestershire, England, the “Advanced Research Tools: Land Records” track presented by Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) 2012 peaked my interest. The course runs from 23-27 January 2012.


Although my study focused on land inheritance, I had originally intended presenting results by mapping land holdings belonging to individuals or families. However, faced with vague property descriptions, I realised this was more difficult than I had anticipated. Of the copyholdings bought, sold or inherited by the Waldron family of the Fieldhouse, I could locate less than half. Below is the map that I did not include in my dissertation because of these difficulties.

The Fieldhouse itself was easy (no 13), it is marked on current maps and the listed building records confirm that the house was built in the 1750s. Some fields that were enclosed and first granted by the Lord in 1788 were described well enough for me to work out their location relative to roads and adjoining property (nos 1-7). Descriptions referring to ancient field names that so not appear on any maps are more difficult, but I managed to find an archaeological report that gave approximate locations for a few names like Kitchen Meadow, Long Meadow and Wallfields. So I could approximate the locations of land (the rest of the nos on the map) with descriptions like the following example:

“three pieces of land called the Halfmoon Hills containing about sixteen acres two pieces of land adjoining called the Wallfields containing about eight acres and Meadow called the Kitchen Meadow containing about six acres and one Meadow called Long Meadow containing about four acres and one close adjoining called Ollerpiece containing about two acres in Upper Clent”

Winden Field is a place name that occurs frequently in the manorial court records, but I do not know where it was. It is thought to be the name of one of the open fields dating back to the medieval farming system.

Occasionally, land descriptions refer to the tithe map. In Clent this dates to 1838 and records the landowners who were liable to pay tithes, a tax collected by the church which supported the clergy. None of the land owned by my study family is directly linked to the tithe map in the court rolls, but it may be still possible to correlate the two.

So what does all this stuff about English land records have to do with and course on American land records? Well the problems are similar and the SLIG course offers some tools applicable to land records anywhere. The Strathclyde program is biased toward Scottish research and records (it is a Scottish university!), which some think a disadvantage for English based researchers. However, I benefited from seeing how English and Scottish records differ and the comparison has deepened my understanding making me a better researcher. American records will be different again, and that is interesting.

As I am based in England the main expense of attending SLIG is the airfare. However, as RootsTech (2-4 February 2012) and APG Professional Management Conference (1 February 2012), follow a few days later, I could attend all three. Now the airfare seems a little less extravagant!

About Sue Adams: My interest in family history was ignited by the death of Raymond Coulson, a cousin of my paternal grand-mother.  Tracking down the beneficiaries of his estate got me hooked and led me on to research the tales passed down the generations.  The story continues …

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Blogging Contest Contest

The 2012 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held from 23-27 January 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Institute is one of the premiere educational programs for genealogists in the country, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association.

Earlier this week, UGA announced a contest for those wishing to attend the Institute. The prize will be a waiver of tuition fees for the winner. In conjunction with this contest, I would like to also offer my own contest. (Details below.)

The official rules of the UGA Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Blogging Contest are as follows:

Step 1: Write 500 words or more on the topic of why you want to attend SLIG. Include which course you would like to take, and whether you have attended before. Please include the link when referring to SLIG’s website.

Step 2: Post a link to your blog post on the UGA/SLIG Facebook Page ( before midnight (Mountain Time) on Saturday, October 15, 2011. If you are not on Facebook please send an email to and we will post the link on Facebook for you.

Step 3: The winner will be randomly chosen using, and announced via our Facebook page on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

In conjunction with this contest, I would like to offer the following contest:

  1. For those who might be interested in entering this contest, write your contest entry (see the above instructions), and email it to me at by 8pm Eastern on Friday, 14 October 2011.
  2. I will be the sole judge and will choose the entry that I think is the best.
  3. The winning post will be posted as a guest post on this blog (and therefore also read by many new readers) shortly after this contest ends. I will post the link to Facebook for you.
For more information on the SLIG Blogging Contest, see their blog post at
Good luck!
UPDATE: Just to clarify, if you already have a blog of your own, you can enter the SLIG Blogging Contest yourself. I will consider bloggers who have submitted their entries to my contest, but I intended my contest to allow non-bloggers a venue by which they could also enter.

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship for IGHR

The Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), hosted by Samford University every summer in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of the most valuable educational opportunities available to genealogists. Each year, the Institute provides several courses–including several perennial favorites like the “Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis” course coordinated by Elizabeth Shown Mills and the “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists” course coordinated by National Genealogical Society Quarterly co-editor Thomas W. Jones. For more information about the 2012 offerings, visit Samford University’s official IGHR website.

In the summer of 2010, the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee announced the establishment of an annual scholarship for attendance at the Institute. The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 October of each year.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants are asked to submit to the Committee:

  • The length of time you have been conducting genealogy research;
  • The name of the IGHR course you plan to attend;
  • In 500 words or less, a description of how participation in this course will benefit you;
  • In 250 words or less, tell us about yourself;
  • A letter of recommendation from another genealogist.

For full details, see

Remember – the deadline for this year’s scholarship is only about a week away!

APG Events at the FGS Conference

The 2011 national conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be held in Springfield, Illinois, next week, from 7 September through 11 September 2011. For more information, visit

The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) has scheduled several events to take place at the FGS Conference:

  • Tuesday, September 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Annual Meeting & Roundtable. Rendezvous Room, Hilton Hotel. J. Mark Lowe, moderator of group discussion, “Those Difficult Situations…how do I come out smelling like a rose?”
  • Friday, September 9, 8:15-noon, APG Board meeting. Plaza 3, Hilton Hotel. APG members are welcome. Please let Kathleen Hinckley know if you plan to attend so seating can be arranged.
  • Friday, September 9, 12:15–2:00 p.m., APG Luncheon and Awards Presentations. Luncheon presentation by Kenyatta D. Berry, “Discovering a Genealogical Treasure Trove with A.B. Caldwell.”
  • Friday, September 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m., APG PMC. “The Small Business Administration and the Transitional Genealogist” by Mary Clement Douglass.
  • Friday, September 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m., APG PMC. “Developing Genealogical Skills: Mentoring from Novice to Expert” by Melinde Lutz Sanborn.
  • Saturday, September 10, 8:00–10:30 a.m., PMC Workshop, “Think Like a Targeted Marketer: One Marketing Plan Does NOT Fit All” by Natasha Crain.

Updated on 9/5/2011:

When the initial message was sent, one event was inadvertently omitted from the schedule of events:

  • Friday, September 9, 5:00 p.m., PMC presentation, “Apps Galore for the Professional Genealogist” by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG.

IGHR 2011 Registration, Orientation, and ProGen Study Group meetup

Several hundred genealogists have once again descended upon Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, for the annual Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research.

Sunday, 12 June 2011, was registration and orientation day. It was also, for many of us, a day to meet up with friends that we only know online, or that we have not seen since last summer. This includes those of us who are either currently members or alumni of the 18-month ProGen Study Groups. I myself am a recent alumnus, completing the ProGen 5 course several months ago.

After the orientation, the ProGen members, alumni, coordinators, and mentors gathered in Beeson Hall, the building just next to the Cafeteria. There were about 46 of us here this year, spread over thirteen ProGen groups!

Class begin tomorrow.

ProGen Study Groups, IGHR 2011

photo courtesy of Angela McGhie

Events at IGHR – 12 through 17 June 2011

The Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), held annually at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, will begin this Sunday, 12 June. While the courses available at this Institute are definitely top-notch, there are other events being held throughout the week. The other events include at least two “meetups” for genealogy groups and lectures Monday through Wednesday evenings after dinner.

Take a look at the following calendar to immerse yourself even deeper into the world of genealogical learning and networking that only a week-long Institute can provide!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

ProGen Study Group Meetup, immediately following orientation (approx. 7:00pm), Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall

Monday, 13 June 2011

GeneaBloggers Meetup, during dinner, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Cafeteria, University Center

“Google for Genealogists: Put the Power of Google Earth to Work for You,” presented by Pam Sayre and Rick Sayre, 6:00-7:45 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

“Certification: Procedures, Questions, and Answers,” presented by Thomas Jones and Elissa Powell, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall

“Writing a Narrative Family History: Essential Considerations and Sample Works,” presented by John Colletta, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., Auditorium, Brooks Hall

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

“What Do I Do With All this Stuff? Mission: Organization,” presented by Ann Staley, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall

“Genealogical Wikis: A Personal and Customizable Research Tool,” presented by Paul Milner, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., Auditorium, Brooks Hall

Thursday, 16 June 2011 — Banquet

“What? It’s Not in Salt Lake City?” presented by David E. Rencher, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria, University Center

Throughout the week, Heritage Books will be selling many of the best genealogy books from both its own catalog and other publishers, in the University Center. Be sure to visit their bookstore and see what you can find!

How do people learn, and how should we teach?

As genealogical lecturers, we should be aware of two factors: what our audience wants, and what our audience needs.

In order to understand what our audience wants, all we have to do is ask them, and listen to what they tell us.

However, to understand what our audience needs, it is important to understand a little bit about how people learn. This is a relatively new field of research, employing both brain biologists and psychologists. There are numerous theories about how the brain works, and researchers still openly admit how little is actually known. Yet strides are being made.

Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant affiliate with the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University, published the New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School in 2008. This book outlines 12 “Brain Rules” that discuss various aspects of the brain that are currently known, and how these can be applied to our daily lives.

These twelve rules are summarized on the Brain Rules website:

  • EXERCISE – Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
  • SURVIVAL – Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
  • WIRING – Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
  • ATTENTION – Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
  • SHORT-TERM MEMORY – Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
  • LONG-TERM MEMORY – Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
  • SLEEP – Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
  • STRESS – Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
  • SENSORY INTEGRATION – Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
  • VISION – Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
  • GENDER – Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
  • EXPLORATION – Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

The Brain Rules website contains quite a bit of information, including the Introduction to the book, Chapter Summaries, References, a blog, and several supplemental videos and SlideShare presentations. All of the information can help to inform us both on how we ourselves learn, and how we can teach others effectively.

There is even one presentation included on the site that is specifically designed for this purpose: “Brain Rules for PowerPoint presenters.” The presentation carries the additional credibility of being designed by presentation expert Garr Reynolds, author of the absolutely essential book, Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery. Garr’s philosophies on presentation use much of what Dr. Medina espouses, and the presentations are highly effective.

In other words,

Understanding how the brain works –> understanding how our audiences (and ourselves!) learn –> providing what our audiences need –> effective presentations


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