Monday, August 10, 2020

Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship Announcement

 Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship Announcement

The SLIG Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Ellen Kowitt is the recipient of the Jimmy P. Parker Scholarship award for SLIG 2021. This scholarship is awarded to the applicant who successfully demonstrates the spirit of service and giving back to the genealogical community as exemplified by Jimmy B. Parker. Congratulations Ellen, and thank you to all who applied! 

Ellen Kowitt is National Vice Chair of DAR's Lineage Committee Jewish Task Force; Director of JewishGen's newly formed US Research Division; President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists; and participates in ProGen Cohort #46. She has held many volunteer positions over 25 years in the genealogy community and continues to mentor lecture, and index records online, as well as in person at the Colorado State Archives. Ellen has documented families and communities from Ukraine and she looks forward to participating in the SLIG 2021 course, “Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the Former Russian Empire and USSR.”

Stay tuned for additional SLIG scholarship announcements coming soon!

Laura G. Prescott Scholarship Winners for 2021

The following has been received from the Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship committee:

We are pleased to announce that Desiree Funston and Sherri Hessick are the recipients of this year’s Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Tuition to their course of choice at the 2021 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) or the 2021 SLIG Academy will be paid out of scholarship funds generously donated by the genealogical community. 

The scholarship honors Laura G. Prescott, a genealogy professional who enriched the field with her talents as a teacher, writer, researcher, mentor, society leader and volunteer, and as director of Ancestry Academy—Ancestry’s collection of instructional webinars presented by leading genealogical educators. Laura was also especially known for her bright smile, positive attitude, and encouraging nature.

Scholarship winners are chosen by a committee with Laura’s attributes in mind. Their short essay applications include information about what they hope to gain from attending SLIG, why they deserve the scholarship (not necessarily financial reasons), and how they intend to use what they learn. Those chosen embody Laura’s passion for and service to the genealogical community and thus will further her legacy. 

Desiree Funston is a reference librarian at Missoula Public Library in Missoula, Montana, where she helps patrons discover their family history. She earned the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate in May 2019 and is working toward the BCG Certified Genealogist credential. She is a proud seventh-generation Montanan who enjoys researching westward expansion, gold discoveries, and steamboat navigation on the Upper Missouri River. In addition to her career as a librarian/genealogist, she also owns and operates a farm growing hops for Montana's craft beer industry.

Sherri Hessick started on her genealogical journey 23 years ago, and in the past ten years has been able to devote almost her full time to it. She loves learning and sharing what she has learned with others. She has plenty of opportunities with her volunteer work at the local Family History Center where she helps patrons get started building their trees, breaking down their brick walls, finding biological parents, working with DNA matches, and teaching them to use the technology available to them for genealogy. Sherri also serves as Vice President, webmaster, blogger, and on several committees for the Pima County Genealogy Society where she lectures and teaches classes. She discovered SLIG in 2019 when seeking a course for Native American research, a specialty sorely needed in her geographic area, fell in love with genealogy institutes, and has never looked back.

Congratulations to these two deserving candidates!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Registration Opens Saturday, August 8 for SLIG and SLIG Academy 2021!

Registration opens Saturday, August 8 at 10:00 am MDT for SLIG and for the Academy at 2:00 pm MDT.
You can register for a course for each week of SLIG and for as many of the Academy courses as you wish.

The system is up and ready for you to review your account – or set up a new one if you haven't attended SLIG recently. Just click here.

Right off the bat, you will notice it is now a shared Utah Genealogical Association & Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy registration site. We are pleased to streamline our efforts. So, while you are logged in to register for SLIG, consider attending the UGA Summit of Excellence as well!

If you need to set up an account, you will find instructions on this page.

If you have attended anytime since Fall 2018, you already have an account. We kindly request that you take a minute to log in to update your account profile information as several changes have taken place.

To do so, please click on "Contact Info" then "Edit Profile."
Please note the following items that need your attention:

  • Name Badge and Certificate Names: The Name Badge field should no longer include postnominals or titles. These are most appropriate to be included on your certificate. While you are reviewing, please also check spelling and capitalization.
  • Dietary Preferences: Your account now maintains valuable information about your dietary preferences. If you attended in 2020, your information was captured from your SLIG registration. Please review and update as needed. "Other" may be used if you have multiple allergies or concerns. It will provide a text box to enter details. These selections will apply to all meals selected with registration (clearly now a 2022 issue, but let's get it all tidied up now).
  • Disability Services: Our accommodations list now requests you to check if you need "Wheelchair or Scooter Access" even if you don't require assistance getting around. This helps us prepare the classroom, and make sure we have a handicapped-accessible shuttle. Closed captioning is now an option that may be checked to notify us of hearing impairments for virtual courses. "Other" provides a text box for multiple services. When applicable, our committee will reach out to confirm your needs and ensure we are prepared to take good care of you.
  • Our Policies: The Privacy Policy and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct policy have both been slightly modified. We encourage you to read through them again. Of note:
    • Where SLIG was solely listed, we now refer to both UGA and SLIG so the policy may be jointly utilized.
    • Where protection of copyright is addressed, we have specifically added language addressing screen captures of any kind in a virtual environment.
We'll "see" you virtually soon!