Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Special Thanks!

Holding an institute in a virtual format is a unique challenge that comes with headaches and triumphs. As SLIG Academy now has wrapped up, we want to thank the woman who has made much of the success of this year's virtual programs possible: Cinda Baxter.

Last year, Cinda joined the SLIG committee as we transitioned to a virtual format and took to her new position and responsibilities with gusto. She elevated the entire SLIG experience with her knowledge and expertise. She dedicated a significant amount of time to make sure that courses were set up correctly, Hive Minders and others received proper technical training, students were outfitted with tools for their success, and the faculty were equipped to teach and deal with technical hiccups.

"Above and beyond" might be the best way to describe Cinda's work. In addition to her regular duties, she posted countless online "Zoom Ziplines" and other helpful tools and continued to innovate throughout the SLIG experience. Her ideas helped bring SLIG to life in this virtual year, and it was such a success.

We can't thank her enough, and we couldn't have had a better virtual coordinator for this year. Thank you for everything Cinda!

Friday, May 7, 2021

SLIG Announces Academy 2022 Updates

Concerns for the health and safety of participants during this program continues to be at the forefront of our minds. During the Academy, our smaller size makes it necessary to share space in the hotel with other groups, increasing health and safety risks during a second pandemic year.

Therefore, we are pleased to announce the following changes:

·         The SLIG Academy for Professionals 2022 will again take place virtually. Following the success of this year’s virtual program, courses will meet in a week-to-week format, beginning January 3oth with orientation and ending in April.

·         Two additional courses will be added to the already available options for 2022. These will be:

1.       Writing and Documenting for Peer Review with Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

2.      Teaching Genealogy Classes in your Community with Katherine R. Willson

To view the newly updated line-up of all courses please visit the Academy webpage at

·         The Accreditation Course, Becoming an Accredited Genealogist Professional: The Why, the What, the How with Diana Elder, AG, and Lisa Stokes, AG will move to SLIG during the week of January 9-14, 2022. This transition will allow participation in unique course experiences and sample testing at the Family History Library.

·         Registration will still open on August 14, 2021, at 2:00 pm MDT. Enrollment will be limited to a single course.

·         Course lengths will vary to support the designed curriculum for each course.

Additional information may be found on our website,, as it becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you – safe and healthy – virtually at SLIG Academy 2022.

Friday, April 30, 2021

SLIG Announces New Coordinator for Virtual Intermediate Foundation Course

SLIG is pleased to announce that Annette Burke Lyttle will serve as the Virtual Intermediate Foundation Course coordinator beginning this fall. The course is a recurring staple of SLIG's fall virtual offerings every year. Developed explicitly for SLIG, this course is tailored to the student moving beyond beginner skills and taking their first steps into the in-depth world of institute-level education. 

The course operates on a once-a-week meeting schedule with opportunities to complete enriching learning assignments between class sessions. The course covers locating and utilizing intermediate record types, research standards, methodology, and best practices for developing researchers.

Annette has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English and has taught writing and literature at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her vast experience in the classroom will be a strong asset for students in the course.

A professional genealogist since 2014, Annette specializes in Midwestern U.S., military, and Quaker research. She recently coordinated "From Sea to Shining Sea: Researching Our Ancestor's Migrations in America" at SLIG in January 2021. She was co-coordinator, along with Steven W. Morrison, of the "Exploring American Quaker Records" course at GRIP in 2020. She serves as an editorial assistant for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and is a host of the Florida State Genealogical Society’s monthly webinar series. Her articles have been published in the Illinois Genealogical Society Quarterly and NGS Magazine. She owns Heritage Detective, LLC, offering services in genealogical research, writing, and education.