Posted by William Nunnelley on 2002-06-06

Genealogy students from 29 states will explore ways to study family ancestry more effectively during Samford University's 38th annual Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research June 9-14.

A total of 221 people from as far away as Maine, California and Victoria, Canada, are enrolled in the Institute, one of the nation's oldest for serious genealogists. Samford was listed in "Time" magazine as a major Southern site for genealogical research.

Genealogy experts from across the nation serve as faculty, teaching week-long courses in eight broad areas. Courses include advanced methodology and evidence analysis, Old South and Border States, genealogical software and electrical archives, understanding land records and Irish genealogy. Each broad course is comprised of a dozen or more topics.

The software and land records courses are new this year, according to Institute Director Jean Thomason of the Samford Library.

In addition to course work, enrollees will use the resources of the Samford Library, which houses original and secondary genealogical and historical sources for Alabama and the Southeast. Samford also has extensive holdings in Irish genealogy focusing on counties Cork and Kerry, manuscripts of local and family history and numerous genealogy periodicals and census records.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.