Thursday, May 18, 2023

SLIG Fall Virtual 2023: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Back again with all new cases!

Coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA, the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum provides an opportunity for advanced genealogists to gain hands-on experience solving tough cases. Participants work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each week. This practicum is for you if you are an advanced researcher and want to gain experience conducting research on challenging problems, analyzing and correlating information, and writing conclusions.

You will practice using indirect evidence, broadening research to include the FAN club, resolving conflicts, and organizing evidence into a written summary. The research problems are varied, offering the challenge to stretch your mind and skills in new directions. You will work individually on the case each week and then gather to discuss your progress with classmates and the instructor. In addition, you will compare sources, strategies, and methodologies, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author.

Case Study Instructors:

  • Gary Ball-Kilbourne, PhD, CG
  • Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG
  • Stephanie O'Connell, CG
  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Paul Woodbury, MEd, AG

This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems. Most students plan 15–20 hours per week to work on the cases and write up a summary of findings.


  • An advanced-level methodology course such as:
    • SLIG—Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones or Paul Graham
    • IGHR—Advanced Genealogy and Evidence Analysis with Elizabeth Shown Mills or Judy Russell
    • GRIP—Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones
    • BYU Family History degree
    • NIGS certificate
    • Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    • ProGen Study Group completion
  • Equivalent experience:
    • Students may demonstrate their experience with genealogical research by submitting a paper detailing how they solved a genealogical problem. Please include source citations to support your conclusions. Students may register for the course and submit the paper for consideration by August 20.
    • Or students may submit a summary of their educational and research background instead of a report.
The Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum will meet on Thursdays, 9:00 am to 11:00 am Mountain Time, September 7 through October 12.

Watch this interview in which course coordinator Angela Packer McGhie talks about the practicum:

See the SLIG Fall Virtual courses webpage for more information, including updates.

SLIG Fall Virtual registration opens Saturday, June 10, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

NOTE: Registration for all SLIG Fall Virtual 2023 courses has been postponed to June 10!

Monday, May 15, 2023

SLIG Fall Virtual 2023: Assemblage: Preparing, Writing, and Revising Proof Arguments

You're a good writer and a great researcher. You have been told that by mentors, instructors, peers, and probably your family! But why does it seem like your written product sometimes doesn't work? Perhaps it is a case study, a client report, or a family narrative. It might have been during a course, a peer study group, or an institute setting that you struggled with putting it all together. If this sounds like you, then Assemblage: Preparing, Writing, and Revising Proof Arguments, coordinated by Jan Joyce, could be what you seek.

Assemblage is the writing, splicing, dicing, editing, and piecing together of your proof argument and other writing. You will want to take this course for a variety of reasons, including:

  • preparing for certification through BCG or accreditation through ICAPGen
  • fine-tuning articles for submission to journals
  • enhancing client reports
  • crafting work for sharing with family
  • writing proofs of kinship for attachment to online family trees.
Other faculty includes:
  • Shannon Green, CG
  • Debra Koehler
  • Cynthia Richardson
  • Kim Richardson
Course coordinator Jan Joyce talks about the Assemblage course in this interview:

Assemblage: Preparing, Writing, and Revising Proof Arguments will meet online on Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Mountain Time, September 13 through November 15, 2023.

See the SLIG Fall Virtual 2023 course webpage for more information, including updates.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2023 registration opens Saturday, May 20, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

SLIG Fall Virtual 2023: Discovering Quaker Records—In the U.S. and the British Isles

If you have a colonial dead-end from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, or the Carolinas, you might have a Quaker hiding in your family tree.

Although few in number, Quakers left a mountain of records, with many originals now available online. In this course explaining Quaker records in both the United States and the British Isles, you will learn of unique finding aids to help you locate records residing in on-site repositories. Discover how Quakers' historical origins and their views on the military and slavery affected their migration patterns across the U.S. Grasp how radical it was for women to play an equal role in a religion and its record keeping. Leave the course with a massive bibliography of Quaker records in print and online.


  • Steven W. Morrison, course coordinator
  • Annette Burke Little, MA
Discovering Quaker Records will meet online on Thursdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Mountain Time, September 14 through November 16, 2023.

See the SLIG 2023 Fall Virtual course webpage for more information, including updates.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2023 registration opens Saturday, May 20, at 12:00 Noon MDT.