Friday, March 14, 2014

Paula Stuart Warren will be back at SLIG in January 2015--her 19th year!

Paula Stuart Warren will be back at SLIG and has been a staple at the institute for the past 19 years. She provides a quality educational experience for SLIG attendees every year and will be coordinating Part I of her course, Resources & Strategies for United States Research in 2015. Part II will be offered in 2016.

Part I is not the same course as was offered in 2014. Specifically, "[t]his beyond-the-basics course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. Informative and interactive classroom hours delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off."

A unique aspect of this course is the on site "Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors [that] provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research."

This is not a beginning-level course and the suggested prerequisites are "experience researching in a variety of repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, and previous family history classroom exposure."

Registration for the course opens June 1, 2015. See for information on the 2015 SLIG institute.

Paula's blog can be found at or you can follow her on Twitter at @PaulaStuartWarr. You can also see her at the Ohio Genealogical Society's 2014 Conference in Sandusky, Ohio from May 1-3, 2014.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Work On Solving Your Toughest Genealogical Problem at SLIG in 2015

Jennifer Dondero enrolled in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's (SLIG) "Problem Solving" course two years ago. She shared the benefits of the course with me:

"What I found really beneficial about PS was working with the small group. The other group members thought about your problem differently so you got the expertise of the consultants but also a different point of view on the research process from the group members. Although I didn't solve my problem, I ended up developing some note taking templates which I use personally and professionally. They make a huge difference keeping my personal research organized and ready for the next research session (which could be years away) but professionally they sped up my reporting process as well as providing a quick check if I come back to the project at a later date. The entire group gave input that led to creating the templates and basically highlighted issues I would run into but I just wasn't thinking of at the moment. There were a number of organizational items I created for my project during the class thanks to the input from the group and consultants. I didn't solve the one problem I brought but it's helped with every project I've worked on since then, personally and professionally."

Besides working in small groups and benefiting from their unique insights, the course also provides consultations with a genealogical expert and guided research at the Family History Library. Because of the time-intensive aspect of the course, registration is limited. Don't miss out on the opportunity to obtain tailored genealogical research assistance with the problem of your choice. 

Registration opens June 1, 2014 at Additional information on the "Problem Solving" course can be found here:

Start your new year off right by working on solving one of your toughest genealogy problems!