Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you and your family enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Have a Southern research problem? Let SLIG's Problem Solving Course help!

Have a Southern brick wall in your research? Let Luana and her team of Southern research experts assist you in breaking down your brick wall!

This unique problem solving course is tailored to your individual research needs! Enhance your problem solving skills while working on your ancestral brick walls. Develop methodology, analysis, and research skills while focusing on your own project, using resources from the Family History Library.

Student involvement in problem solving requires commitment and advance preparation. It is divided into two parts:

Pre-Institute: Choose a project focus, ancestor, time period, geographical area, and research questions. Project submission can include timeline, pertinent pedigree and family group sheets, research logs, maps, and a short research summary, detailing what is known information and a discussion of sources used in previous research. Assigned consultants will return an initial analysis of the student's proposed research on Sunday at Institute.

Institute: Under guidance from professional consultants, student's will use a group collaborative approach to discuss research progress each day, utilizing the combined knowledge and experience of the group to solve problems.

Please note that shuttles do not run during the regular part of the day and student may be on their own for transportation to the FHL for research. It is a two-block (Salt Lake City block) walk.


Luana Darby, MLIS


Craig Scott, CG (Southern states)

Paul Graham, AG, CG (Southern states)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nicole Larue on SLIG's Advanced Evidence Practicum

Are you considering enrolling in SLIG's Advanced Evidence Practicum? Angela McGhie on her blog Adventures in Genealogy Education invited Nicole LaRue to "write a guest post on the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, as she has taken the course before, and she is registered again in 2016. Why would someone take the same course twice?"

Read the blog at and find out! 

To register for one of the few remaining seats, to

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SLIG Offers In-Depth Learning on 19th-21st Century U.S. Resources

SLIG offers a beyond-the-basics two-year course, which provides in-depth learning on 19th - 21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Coordinator Paula Stuart-Warren and her expert instructors help students 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. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

Suggested prerequisites: Experience researching in a variety of repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, reviewing at least two basic genealogy guidebooks, and previous class room learning related to family history.

Note: These do not need to be taken in any particular order. Part I will be taught again in 2017 and includes hands-on dissecting a document and a class project; researching women; courthouse records, legal savvy; source citations; computer lab, land records; passenger arrival records; passports; WPA, National Archives, and genealogical and historical periodicals.

For more information, go to

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The SLIG Practicum...Test Your Research Skills!

This hands-on experience is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to challenge themselves and put their research skills into practice. Participants work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give students experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions. Participants 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 students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them.
Participants will work individually on the each of the cases and then gather to discuss their progress with fellow classmates and the instructor. They will compare sources, strategies and methodologies, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.

The cases this year will be presented by:
  • Nancy Peters, CG
  • Paul Graham, AG, CG
  • Michael Hait, CG
  • Cathi Becker Desmarais, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie

For more information see To register, go to Don't miss the opportunity to elevate your education!