Friday, January 27, 2023

Welcome Francine Griffis as the New SLIG Director

We are pleased to announce that Francine Griffis will serve as the new director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), effective February 1, 2023.

Francine joined the SLIG Committee in May 2021 as the SLIG Technical Coordinator. The entire SLIG community has benefitted from her organization, patience, and kindness in that role. Anyone who has had a tech issue can attest to her ability calmly to help them resolve the problem and get them smoothly back to class. SLIG will be in excellent hands under Francine's leadership.

Francine resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Paul, and is a Certified Genealogist® specializing in forensic heir, real estate, and land court research.

She credits her genealogical and lifelong learning interests to her mother. Francine is enrolled in the MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies Programme through the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is also seeking New England region accreditation through ICAPGen.

Francine expresses gratitude to Amberly and UGA for the confidence to serve as SLIG's director.

Please join us in welcoming Francine to her new role as SLIG director!

Saturday, January 14, 2023

SLIG 2023 Course Sponsor: FamilyTreeDNA

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy wishes to thank FamilyTreeDNA for its generosity in sponsoring the DNA Dreamers: Integrating DNA Evidence to Resolve Complex Cases course, coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG, during SLIG 2023.

Founded in 2000, FamilyTreeDNA pioneered the field of genetic genealogy and is the first company to offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing for genealogical purposes. FamilyTreeDNA offers the world's most comprehensive matching database, helping to unlock family history and find DNA matches across the globe.

With a simple cheek swab, their advanced suite of tests provides interactive tools for users to further their research, determine ethnic and geographic origins, and discover shared ancestry across all lines. Testing through FamilyTreeDNA will help you break through brick walls and connect more dots on your family tree!

They also offer free-to-join volunteer-led group projects covering genealogical topics such as surnames, geographical regions, haplogroups, and more. FamilyTreeDNA strives to continue bringing genealogy to life with innovation and exceptional user experiences.

Click here to learn more about the DNA Dreamers: Integrating DNA Evidence to Resolve Complex Cases course.

Thank you, FamilyTreeDNA!

Friday, January 13, 2023

SLIG Academy becomes SLIG Spring Virtual in 2024

Big news! In 2024, the SLIG Academy for Professionals will expand and become SLIG Spring Virtual.

SLIG Spring Virtual will continue to offer many courses geared towards the professional genealogist as the SLIG Academy has in the past. However, additional courses of broader interest will now be added within the same online, multiweek framework. Like SLIG Fall Virtual, SLIG Spring Virtual offers in-depth genealogical education in the comfort of your own home. Everyone wins!

The lineup of courses for the 2023–2024 SLIG year will be announced to the attendees at the annual SLIG banquet (virtually) on January 27 and shared publicly shortly afterward.