Friday, August 30, 2013


Please join me in Course 1, American Research and Records: Focus on Families. I would like to share a little bit about me and am looking forward to learning more about the 2014 SLIG students.

One of the ways I began my research pursuits was visiting the state archives here in Minnesota and devouring the info in finding aids. Then I began ordering boxes of original records and some were not to research my own family, but were for expanding my knowledge. I wish more people would visit archives, courthouses, library special collections and other places to research in the billions of pieces of paper that are not microfilmed or digitized. It’s such a rewarding experience.

One of the most rewarding things about being a genealogical educator is sharing that knowledge with others. I get to experience joy when students and readers report back on what they found or how I helped them solve a brick wall issue. I love problem solving and I hope that shows during the one-on-one consultations that are part of the intermediate American Records course at SLIG.

Two of the big advantages for attending SLIG are the instructors and the accessibility to the Family History Library. The instructors represent many years of experience and knowledge in a myriad of areas. I love being able to instruct about a particular time period, technique, or set of records and telling the students to go to the FHL right after classes and put that info to immediate use.

The camaraderie and friendships that develop out of SLIG are phenomenal. I love chatting with other instructors and I still keep in contact with students from as long ago as the second year of SLIG.

There are still some seats open in Course 1. Sign up today and be a part of a fantastic group of students who will be learning great things, making new friends, and having fun, too. We are not serious every moment and there is time for sharing your knowledge and your research issues, too. Check here to see the course titles, instructors, and the consultants. They are all wonderful educators, too.

See you in January in Salt Lake City!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013


SLIG’s Early-Bird Registration is only weeks away, ending on October 31, 2013! Ensure you get yourself a spot in one of the few remaining courses. The following courses still have seats left:

  • American Research and Records: Focus on Families
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records
  • Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
  • Problem Solving
  • Utilizing Social History
  • Researching in Eastern Europe 
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location! 

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed at 

Monday, August 26, 2013


Check out Angela McGhie's blog,, for rave reviews on SLIG's "Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum" course. Darcie Hind Posz shares her experience from last year. She encourages those that want an "intense genealogical educational experience...[to] accept the challenge and experience the Practicum!"

There are also reviews of the course by Corey Browder Oiesen; Harold Henderson, CG; Melinda Henningfield; Barbara Ball; and Anne Gillespie Mitchell.

The first section of the Practicum has filled and a second section has been opened. There are 15 places for students who would like to experience this course. Take the challenge and register for the Practicum. Don't delay as early-bird registration ends on October 31st.