Friday, July 25, 2014

First Annual SLIG Colloquium to be Held in January 2015

     The first annual SLIG Colloquium will be held in January 2015. 

     This colloquium will consist of the reading and discussion of four papers meant to advance our profession. For example, anything that puts forward a new theory, a new analysis tool, or a new way to look at a genealogical problem.

     The colloquium will be held January 10, 2015, the Saturday before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City. The event will consist of a networking lunch (prices to be determined) and an evening banquet. The evening banquet will be open to the public and will include a brief overview of the papers presented.

     The papers will be edited and combined into a publication available for purchase through the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. This will be an annual event and hope that it aids the genealogy profession by creating a body of advanced literature. 

     Paper submissions are due to Christy Fillerup no later than October 1st. They will be reviewed by a selection committee and four papers will be chosen for presentation. More than four papers may be chosen for publication. 

     Please send questions to

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship for SLIG 2015 Announced

     The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Patti Gillespie as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship for 2015. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. Gillespie's application exemplified the culture of giving back to the community as demonstrated by Jimmy B.Parker.

     Ms. Gillespie is the Virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC) Coordinator for APG. She has resided in Wise County, Texas for the past thirty years and was a founding member of the Wise County Genealogical Society. She is a volunteer for numerous organizations and is committed to giving back to the genealogical community.
     Ms. Gillespie will be attending the course entitled “Diving Deeper into New England.” 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In-depth Learning with Paula Stuart-Warren at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in 2015

     Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS and her expert team of instructors will be providing students with an in-depth course on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Students will learn how to probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. Informative and interactive classroom hours will delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

     The instructors for the week-long course are:

  • John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
  • Debbie S. Mieszala, CG
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

     To see the schedule and lecture topics, see Early-bird registration is available through October 31, 2014. Register at while there are still seats available!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Craig R. Scott - Military Records Expert

     In January 2015, Craig R. Scott, CG, will be providing SLIG students with a week-long intensive course focused on post-war military records. "Following a twenty year career in the U.S. Navy and a short stint as a Washington, D.C.[, Craig] started his professional genealogical career as a researcher in the Washington, D.C. area. He began lecturing at national conferences in 1990...He continues to spend many weeks and weekends on the road lecturing and speaking at genealogical institutes and society meetings."[1]

     Craig will be assisted by a team of expert instructors including Debra Mieszala, CG; Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL; and Michael Hall.

     The topics to be covered include:
  • Pension Law
  • Pension Application Files
  • Payment Ledgers
  • Payment Vouchers, Last Payment Vouchers, Final Payment Vouchers
  • Colonial Bounty Lands
  • State Bounty Lands
  • Federal Bounty Lands
  • Homestead Act and the Military
  • Public and Private Claims
  • Post-war Correspondence
  • State Claims to the Federal Government
  • Soldiers Homes
  • Veteran's Administration Records
  • Veterans Burial Records
  • Obtaining Military Records and Awards
  • Fraternal and Lineage Societies
     For specific details on each of the topics above, please see

     This week promises to be a great learning experience and will expand your knowledge of military records. Register at

[1] Craig R. Scott Bio, Craig R. Scott, CG ( : accessed 2 July 2014).