Friday, December 16, 2016

Wondering Where to Eat While At SLIG?

We recently did a survey on our Facebook group, SLIG 2017. We asked past attendees where they recommended eating during the week of SLIG. Here are the first seven, in order of the votes they received. Please be sure to check the websites of the restaurants for more information.

Blue Lemon - 55 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2583. They are open Monday - Thursday 7 am- 9 pm, Friday-Saturday 7 am - 10 pm. Prices range from $3.50 for a Hummus Plate starter to $14.50 for Iron-Seared Salmon.

Siegfried's Delicatessen - 20 W 200 S, Salt Lake City,  (385) 355- 1912. German cuisine, all meals are under $10. Hours of operation Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday  9am -6 pm,  Thursday, Friday, Saturday  9 am - 9 pm.

Cafe' Moise - 55 West 100 South, Salt Lake City,  (801) 364-8833. Italian cuisine. Hours Monday - Thursday 11:30 am - 9 pm, Friday - Saturday  11:30 am - 10 pm, Sunday 11:30 am - 9 pm. Lunch prices $9.95 - $13.95 Dinner prices $6.95 for a Salad - $32.95 for Beef tenderloin. They also have a wine menu.

Eva - 317 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, (801) 359-8447. Small plates and drinks. Hours Monday - Thursday 5 pm - 11 pm, Friday - Saturday 5 pm - 12 pm, Sunday 5 pm - 10 pm. Prices range from $6 - $15.

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe' - 28 South State Street. #235, Salt Lake City, (801) 428-3051 (City Creek). Hours: Monday - Friday 7 am to 9 pm, Saturday 8 am - 9 pm. Sandwiches, Soups Salads and bakery items. Prices range from $3.99 for soup in bread bowl to $8.39 for an Panini.

Nauvoo Cafe' - 15 East South Temple, Main Floor, Salt Lake City, (801) 539-3346. Hours Monday - Friday 7 am - 8 pm,  Saturday 11 am - 8 pm. Prices range from $1 - $8.

If you have any suggestions of great places to eat during SLIG, please be sure to comment here or on our SLIG 2017 Facebook group. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

One Month Away - Keep Hanging On!

 With one month left away from the opening of the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, we all here at TeamSLIG are preparing last minute details. We just can't wait for the fun to begin! Stay tuned for some important posts coming up in the next few weeks.

Are you ready to Elevate your Genealogical Education to New Heights?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Elevate Your Genealogical Education To New Heights! Seats Still Available!

  There is still time to register to elevate your genealogical education to new heights! This is your chance to be taught by some of the best in the field of genealogy. Please join us in January for an experience of a lifetime!

 Courses available:

 Course 1: Taking Your Research to the Next Level with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

 Course 2: Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy with Cyndi Ingle

 Course 3: Diving Deeper into New England with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

 Course 6: Adding Social History to Your Genealogy with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

 Course 7: Settlers in the New World and Immigrants to a New Nation: Researching Ancestors from Overseas with John Philip Colletta, PhD., FUGA

 Course 8: Researching in Washington, D.C., Without Leaving Home with Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

 Course 13: The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit with Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG and Amber Goodpaster Tauscher

 Visit our website for full details at

Monday, November 28, 2016

So Many Ways to Stay in Touch with the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy!

Are you interested in staying abreast of the latest news from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)? Let's count the ways!

1. By email to SLIG

i) Sign up for SLIG e-news

ii) Contact the Director,

iii) Contact the Registrar,

iv) Contact the Marketing Coordinator,

2. Follow SLIG's Blog

Go to and scroll down. On the right hand side of the page you can click to follow us.

3. Follow us on Twitter

Once signed into your Twitter account, search for us on Twitter by our Twitter name @SLIGinstitute. On our Twitter page, click on the Follow button to subscribe to our tweets. Membership is free and you can join at

4. Follow SLIG on Facebook

To follow us on Facebook you must be a member. To join Facebook go to and sign up. Find us on Facebook at and click on the Like button on the top of our page.

If you are attending SLIG in 2017, you can also follow the event page.

5. Follow SLIG Committee on Google Plus (G+) or just search for sligcommittee.

6. Follow SLIG Institute on Instagram or just search for sliginstitute.

We hope that you will be joining us in January 2017 or at a future institute!

Friday, November 25, 2016

APG Elects New Board Members!

The Utah Genealogical Association and the Salt Lake Insitute of Genealogy would like to congratulate the newly elected board members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

From the APG...

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

Nine Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 25 November 2016—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has unveiled the results of its election of new board members and nominating committee members. APG membership elected nine at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2017–2018. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2017 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, of New York
Kathleen Brandt of Missouri
Ruy Cardoso, CG, of Massachusetts (incumbent)
Rose Lerer Cohen, PhD, of Israel
Luana Darby of Utah (incumbent)
Valerie Eichler Lair of Minnesota
Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG, of Maryland
Leslie Brinkley Lawson of Oregon
Corey Oiesen of California

Nominations Committee
Elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee are:

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, of North Carolina
Tristan Tolman, AG, of Utah

“Welcome new and returning board members,” said APG President, Billie Stone Fogarty. “Our members have done a great job at electing genealogists with a variety of experience that will aid in moving the organization forward. I look forward to working with them. I also thank our retiring board members for their service.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


APG is a registered trademark of the Association of Professional Genealogists. All other trade and service marks are property of their respective owners.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Announced

Application Deadline December 31, 2016

Ancestry announced today that it is accepting applications for a new AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program, established to "foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts."  

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship ProgramFour "aspiring or practicing professional genealogists" will receive a scholarship, to cover tuition, round-trip economy airfare, and hotel expenses to attend one of the four U.S.-based genealogical institutes.  One will be awarded to attend SLIG 2018.  We were contacted early on to determine our interest in this program and are pleased to be included in this amazing opportunity.

Eligible applicants are those who "demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment and desire in writing."  

AncestryProGenealogists "has helped people trace their family trees and connect with the past for more than 15 years."  They employ a team of experts with a variety of genealogical specialities.  Their motivation?  "Many of these experts received high-quality training from institutions such as SLIG, IGHR, GRIP and Gen-Fed. We want to provide the same quality professional development to dedicated genealogists to support their next steps in the industry."

Thanks to AncestryProGen!  And we wish each of you luck in the application process!

Unfortunately, due to a lot of complicating factors, applicants won't be aware of the courses to be offered for SLIG 2018 until after they have completed their application.  For that reason, we offer the opportunity to have open dialogue with the director if you feel it is needed to help you rank SLIG in order of attendance preference on your application.

Monday, November 21, 2016

An Upcoming Webinar with Paula Stuart-Warren

Paula Stuart-Warren is the coordinator for the 2017 SLIG course entitled "Taking Your Research to the Next Level." However, that is not the only venue where you can find Paula providing her knowledge and expertise. 

On December 1st, Paula will be leading a FamilyTree webinar, entitled "Illinois Genealogy Research Strategies."

Paula will be discussing how to trace your Illinois ancestors!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

UGA DNA Special Interest Group

DNA Helix
Please join us Tuesday, November 22nd, at 7:00 pm for the monthly DNA SIG meeting. Stephanie Saylor will present "How Might I Use Mitochondrial DNA."

Stephanie will discuss Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) matching, what is realistic, and what can be done to help bridge the gap of knowledge we all struggle with on our maternal lines. She will additionally demonstrate how to navigate through FamilyTreeDNA to consider pathways that might be utilized to answer various questions.  While the class is focused on mtDNA, Stephanie will also address how autosomal DNA it is augmented by understanding a match’s haplogroup, one's own haplogroup, or appropriate research plans. 

The DNA SIG meets under the direction of Stephanie Saylor, who holds a degree in biology with an emphasis in neuroscience.  She combines her love of genealogy with a background in genetic research to put together presentations for this group. 

Presentations are facilitated online through GoToWebinar.  Participants are welcome to ask questions throughout, and the recordings are made available for UGA member viewing. For additional information, or to register, please visit the UGA website.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hilton Dining Options at SLIG 2017

Hilton Salt Lake City Center
The Hilton Salt Lake City Center is centrally located to some of the best dining Salt Lake City has to offer.  There are dozens of places to eat within about a one-block walk; more if you wish to venture out a bit.  But let's start with what will be right at the Hilton.

  • Starbucks:  Offers beverages, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and a limited selected of sandwiches and soup until 4:00 pm daily.
    NEW this year an optional breakfast package may be pre-purchased for SLIG dates. Includes choice of one bread and one drink each day, Monday through Friday, $9/day, tax and tip inclusive (5 day package $45). The package may be pre-purchased by updating your SLIG registration.  
Trofi Bistro Hilton SLC CenterSpencer's for Steaks and Chops - Hilton SLC Center
  • Lunch Kiosk:  Open during SLIG week only. The Hilton lunch kiosk will offer grab and go soup, salad, and sandwiches. Participants may eat in SLIG Central if they wish.
  • Trofi Bistro: Trofi is open for both breakfast and lunch. Their hot breakfast buffet includes omelets and waffles made to order. Their lunch menu offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides.
    NEW this year - optional breakfast buffet package may be pre-purchased for SLIG dates. Includes full buffet Monday through Friday, $18/day tax and tip inclusive (5-day package $90).  You may pre-purchase this by updating your SLIG registration.
  • Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops: Previously voted “Best Steakhouse” and “Best Wine List.” A USDA Spencer’s steak is a mouth-watering experience. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Spencer’s Bar:  The gathering place for a casual drink while staying at the Hilton.  Located in the front of Spencer’s restaurant.
More information about dining while attending SLIG may be found on the SLIG website (dining page). Future posts will discuss dining options beyond the Hilton.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Winner of the SLIG 2017 Scholarship for First Time Attendees Announced

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Cheri Hudson Passey as the winner of the SLIG 2017 Scholarship for First Time Attendees. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. Passey's application demonstrated her readiness to participate in the institute experience.

Ms. Passey will be attending the course entitled “Taking Your Research to the Next Level” with Paula Stuart-Warren.

Ms. Passey noted "I would love the opportunity to participate in SLIG and learn from the best of the best, then take that knowledge and apply it to researching my family and teach it to others as they learn to research their own."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

SLIG Special Events Registration to Open Monday, November 14th

Hear Ye Hear Ye!  Special Event Information is now completely posted online.

Registration options will open on Monday morning, November 14th.  To add special events, please log into your existing registration using your email address and confirmation number.  New students will be able to add them at the time of their registration beginning on that date as well.

The week, centered around the theme "History in the Making," will include the return of the popular new SLIG Central with Maia's Bookstore, SLIG Swag, and more.  SLIG Night at the Family History Library will again be offered this year, with a focus on hands-on hands and informative classes about FamilySearch record collections and accreditation.

New this year:  New Student Orientation
If you are new to SLIG, or haven't attended for a year or two, join us for a brief orientation and learn about how to make the most of your SLIG experience.

Full details may be found here.

Friday, November 11, 2016

What is on your wish list?

With only two weeks until Black Friday and the kick-off of the holiday shopping season, do you have your wish list together?

If you are still looking for that perfect idea to add to your wish list, do not forget the gift of elevating your genealogical education. What could be better than a week to focus on your passion for genealogy? It is a time to spend with knowledgeable professionals while making new friends and catching up with old friends!

With only a few seats left in the January 2017 lineup of courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, now is the time to suggest to that special person in your life what you are wishing for this holiday season.

Check out to peruse the courses with seats left and to find out the latest information on the exciting events that will take place that week in addition to the courses.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SLIG 2017 Opening Session Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce that CeCe Moore will be the keynote speaker for the SLIG 2017 Opening General Session. She will present "Making History with Genetic Genealogy."

CeCe, who is course coordinator for the DNA Boot Camp: Practical Application, notes that with genetic genealogy, we are often "both rewriting and making history at the same time." DNA, genetic genealogists, family trees, and other technologies have played a giant role in rewriting and making history of late.  And CeCe Moore has been right in the middle of it all.

In this presentation, CeCe will share some behind-the-scenes insights on recent cases - from the Finding Your Roots LL Cool J case to the triple foundling case broadcast on 20/20.

The general session will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, at 7:00 pm and is open to all SLIG 2017 students and instructors.  Join us to hear "the rest of the story."

Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Publication from ICAPGen

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) has outstanding coordinators and instructors each year sharing their knowledge and expertise with the students.

Most of those individuals are credentialed, denoted by either an AG (Accredited Genealogist) or CG (Certified Genealogist) behind their name. The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), one of two credentialing bodies, has recently released a new guide to help genealogists both consider the option of, and navigate through the credentialing process with their organization. The guide is titled "Guide to Applying for an AG Credential."

ICAPGen is based in Salt Lake City and jointly sponsors an evening event at SLIG in conjunction with the Family History Library.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

SLIG 2017: Help us Make even more History

SLIG 2017 is a year of firsts.  
Other "firsts" in History - Wright Brothers NASA image; public domain
  • First year with 16 courses.  Yes we opened with 14, but we now have 16; DNA and Virginia have literally cloned themselves and are running two courses concurrently.  That means we just met the director's goal for 2019.
  • First year with over 400 students attending.
  • First year with 90% of the available seats filled.
  • First year running out of space for some courses that were expected to be smaller in nature and weren't.
  • First year using a theme.  Indeed "History in the Making" was inspired by all these "firsts," and will provide a fun way to celebrate throughout the week.

Therefore, the director has this very strange idea that we should hit another "first":  filling every seat available.  A BHAG (big hairy audacious goal that stands not much of a chance in 30 years of being met), but now actually within our reach.

And what does that mean?  We are engaging your help.  When new people register between now and Saturday, November 12th, we will ask them who referred them.  And your name, should you be the referring party, will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate at your choice of Spencer's or Trofi at the Hilton.

Courses with seats available include:
  • Course 2: Technology (Ingles)
  • Course 5: Nordic (Hasleton/Svare)
  • Course 6: Social History (Philibert-Ortega)
  • Course 7: Immigrants (Colletta)
  • Course 13: Forensics (Desmarais/Tauscher)
If the course appears to be "full," have your friend get on the waiting list, as we are needing to watch the seating capacities carefully and in some cases have only posted a handful of seats online and pull from the waiting list after that.

We hope you will help us create history at SLIG.  And we wish you luck in the drawing.

Image Credit:  Wilbur and Orville Wright, 1904; NASA image; public domain

Thursday, October 27, 2016

UGA at St. George Family Roots Expo this weekend

Join us in beautiful St. George, Utah for the Family Roots Expo this weekend, Oct. 28-29, 2016. Several UGA board members are speaking, and we are hosting a UGA/SLIG booth in the exhibit hall. A certificate good for one year membership is included in the vendor drawings.  If you attend, please top by the booth to get a UGA member ribbon.

"Find your past, preserve your present memories and share your stories with future generations. Start this process with fun, easy classes that teach the basics of family history to more advanced classes."

• 5 Keynote Speakers - Linda & Richard Eyre (#1 NY Times Best Selling Authors), Alex Boyé (Entertainer), Josie Solomon (444 Project), Stan & Michelle Swim (GFC Foundation), Dennis C. Brimhall (Past CEO, FamilySearch)  
• Over 100 booths in the Expo Hall• 75 classes to choose from ranging from beginning to advanced • Alex Boyé Concert 

One- or two-day registration, expo-only pass, and special youth-one-day pass available.  The special youth pass includes youth workshops and 3 keynotes.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SLIG 2017 Banquet Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, will be the keynote speaker for the SLIG 2017 banquet. She will present "Rewriting History: Who Our Ancestors Really Were."

The completion celebration banquet will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017, and will include door prizes, the annual UGA awards - to include the coveted Silver Tray Award and announcement of the 2016 FUGA (Fellow of UGA), a catered meal, and the keynote address.

The banquet will be preceded by a no-host bar and networking social.  Tickets are required to attend; the cost of the banquet is included with SLIG registration, but RSVP is required; guest tickets are available for an additional fee. These items may be added to your registration in early November.

New this year: 

SLIG sponsor HistoryLines will create a historical setting for the event. Clues will be provided during the social and at the beginning of the banquet that will reveal an important character related to Vines Little's presentation.

We hope you will join us at SLIG 2017, and specifically at the completion banquet, as we continue to explore this year's theme: History in the Making.

Monday, October 24, 2016

SLIG 2017 - Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy

Genealogists have data, data, data! Often piles of it stacked on every available flat surface in their home.

Have you ever wondered how to utilize Microsoft Office, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and mobile devices in your genealogical research to help you organize all that information? 

How comfortable are you using advanced Google Techniques and Online Finding Aids?

These are just a few of the topics that will be covered in the course “Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy” with coordinator Cyndi Ingle. It’s an amazing educational opportunity and it’s the FIRST time it’s been offered at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. 

In addition to Cyndi Ingle, students will have sessions with:

  • Jeanne Larazlere Bloom, CG, Spreadsheets 101: Excel ®, The Genealgoist’s Underutilized Tool; 
  • Melissa Johnson, CG, Tech Tools for Genealogical Publishing;
  • Thomas W Jones, PhD, CG, CGI, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
  •  Michael D Lacopo, DVM, Strategic Searching When things are Unfindable, Records by type, Show me the Money: Taxes, Wills and Probate.

 There is also an opportunity for consultations with Cyndi, one of the pioneers in internet genealogy, Cyndi is the creator of Cyndi's List, found in many genealogists online toolboxes.

This class is sure to elevate your genealogical education and there are only a few seats left, so register today before they are all gone!