Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Finding Immigrant Origins" Still Has Seats Remaining!

SLIG's Track 10, entitled "Finding Immigrant Origins" still has seats remaining. Join David Ouimette and his cast of talented instructors for an exciting and informational week!
· David Ouimette, CG
· Trish Tolley, AG
· John Colletta, PhD
· Suzanne Adams, AG
· Jeff Svare, AG
· Lynn Turner, AG

David's course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. The course begins by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. Additionally, historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad are examined. Methodologies for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins are reviewed. The course illustrates principles and practices for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries. The instructors will demonstrate techniques for effective online research of immigrant ancestors. Finally, the course explores chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - January 12-16, 2015

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.


Early-bird registration ends on October 31,m 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.


We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees. SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.

2015 Tracks

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.The following four tracks still have seats remaining:

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)

This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)

This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)

Wars by their nature create records; however records are created in the aftermath of war also. There is the pension application file(s) or a bounty land application file(s). But there is so much more in addition to these records. There is pension law, payment ledgers, payment vouchers, public and private claims, correspondence, state claims, soldiers homes, and burial records. This course will cover these topics in-depth.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)

This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great Genealogical Guidance from Craig Scott!

What books and periodicals would you recommend for military researchers? Are there any lesser-known texts you advise?

In order to be a good researcher you have to understand the war, the types of units that a person could belong to and the records that were created before and after the war. So a good war history is important. Unit histories are also important. More important though are the finding aids created to assist in finding the records. The best example is PI 17, The Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, RG 94 which describes records about people in the Army.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a genealogical educator? What advice would you give for those who would follow in your footsteps?

The most rewarding part of being a genealogical educator happens when a student comes to you after the fact and says that they applied what they learned with success. According to some people it takes 10,000 to 15,000 hours to master something. You have to start down that road in some direction sometime. Three things need to be learned, the war, the units, the records and then putting it all together to create a research strategy. Put yourself on the spot. Be a person that people know they can get the right answer from, even if it is not immediate. Never stop learning or reading.

Will you share something with us that students may not know about you? Perhaps a non-genealogical hobby?

I am pretty much an open book and wear my life on my sleeve. So if you know me at all you probably know all there is to know. I really don’t have time for anything other than genealogy and reading history. The one thing that I want to do is write. I don’t have as much time as I would like to focus on writing. I try to write every day, but the projects are huge.

Any parting thoughts or advice?
Create an education plan for yourself. Don’t forget conferences and institutes. Learn to be happy as a lecturer. Teach yourself to be patient enough to not only see what a record says, but to hear what it has to say also.

Don't miss a great opportunity to learn about military records from the experts! To find out more about Craig's course, go to The registration page can be found at 

Register today as early-bird registration ends on October 31st.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What Record Set is the Most Under-Utilized? See Which One Craig Scott Identifies

What record set to you believe is the most under-utilized? What advice would you give students in using this record set?

Treasury Records are by far the most underutilized records in genealogy. Pension Ledgers and pension payments are just the tip of the record iceberg. Treasury Records, RG 217, are the coolest records, but you have to dig for them.

Craig covers these and many other useful records in his SLIG course, "Post-War Military Records." For more information, see To register, go to

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SLIG Can't "Stump Craig"! Learn More About His Military Course in January 2015

Recently, SLIG posed questions to military expert, Craig Scott. He answered them all...none of which stumped him! They will be shared over the next couple of posts. 

Why would you recommend a student attend SLIG in general?

There are few opportunities for focused, topic-related genealogy education. Combine that with the location in Salt Lake City and the Family History Library and it is a win-win situation.

Will you tell us a little bit about what makes your SLIG course unique among genealogical education offerings?
I have been coordinating Military Records tracks at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP over the past decade as they could fit into the institute schedules. This is the first time that the focus has not been on the war, but the records created after the war. Focusing for entire week on these records allows for a more in-depth examination.

To learn more about Craig's course, check out the website at The registration page can be found at