Monday, May 30, 2016

Evidence Analysis Anyone?

We are in the middle of the Beta test for the Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum with Angela Packer McGhie, CG. It's been enlightening, as we share ideas for solving the cases presented.

If you would like the opportunity to sharpen your research skills and share with other participants, consider enrolling in the Virtual Practicum this October. The course will run from October 1 - November 5, 2016. For more information see this page on our website.

Registration opens July 9th. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Looking for Immigrant Ancestors?

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is offering "Researching Ancestor from Overseas" with John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA. John is an engaging instructor, that will assist you on your adventure to discover and locate your ancestor's town of origin. So if you are struggling to find your ancestor's "across the pond" take a minute and check out John's class.  Hope to see you in Salt Lake this January.  Remember, registration opens July 9th and classes fill quickly.

John will be speaking at the Association of Personal Historians conference in Forth Worth, Texas, October 23-27, 2016. If you have an opportunity check it out. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

See SLIG 2017 Coordinators at Next Week's SCGS Genealogy Jamboree

 Are you going to the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree next week in Burbank, Califonia? Four of our class coordinators will be teaching there and I hope you stop by and meet them.The annual Jamboree will be held at the Marriott hotel in Burbank, CA June 3-4, with an all-day genetic genealogy conference being held on June 2nd. Please visit Jamboree's website for more details here.

Thomas W. Jones

Getting Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives

Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages

Maximizing Your Use of Evidence 

Paula Stuart-Warren

What Next? Workshop for Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans 

Tracking Migrations and More: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations

Publicize It and Publicize It: Increasing Attendance at Society Events 

Cyndi Ingle

Unappreciated Treasures Online: Libraries, Archives & Digital Collections

Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research 

Coordinating the Cloud: Ancestry, Dropbox, Evernote, FamilySearch, Google Drive and More

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Enhancing Your Genealogy with Social History 

Women's Work: Tracing Your Ancestor's Occupations and Volunteer Work

I'm in the Book: Researching Women in Directories 

All times and dates of each class are posted on Jamboree's website here.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SLIG in Florida!

 We attended the National Genealogical Society's annual Family History Conference in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida this year. SLIG was there with a booth set up in the exhibition hall where we were able to talk to long-time SLIG participants and reach out to those who haven't attended an institute before. Our booth was attended by SLIG Director, Peg Ivanyo, and SLIG Marketing Coordinator, Mary Jane Saylor, and help from Paul Hawthorne, Stephanie Saylor, and a handful of SLIG volunteers.

Mary Jane Saylor and Valerie Elkins

Stephanie Saylor answering questions

We had the fortunate support from some of our upcoming course coordinators who stopped by to answer questions to prospective students. Lots of past students also stopped by to say hello and find out about the upcoming courses in 2017.

Thomas W. Jones

Catherine W. Desmarais

Peg A. Ivanyo with prospective student

Mary Jane Saylor and Peg A. Ivanyo

 We would like to thank all the wonderful course coordinators for spending time at the booth answering questions about their course.
  • Thomas W. Jones
  • Angela McGhie
  • Catherine Desmarais
  • Pamela Boyer Sayre
  • Richard G, Sayre
  • Barbara Vines Little
  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom
     Thank You!

 Please be sure to visit our website for the upcoming 2017 courses offered. Click here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SLIG Scholarship Opportunities

Planning to attend the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2017?  SLIG is pleased to announce that there are several scholarship opportunities available for SLIG students.

  • SLIG Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship – Deadline June 1, 2016Named in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, whose legacy of service to the genealogical community covered more than 50 years, this full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an individual who has “demonstrated commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement.” The winner will be announced June 29, 2016; their course of choice will be pre-reserved.  See for full details.
  • ASG Scholar Award, American Society of Genealogists – Deadline August 31, 2016
    This award provides “financial assistance for a developing scholar to attend one of five academic programs in American genealogy.”  The award, which will be given in October, will apply toward a SLIG 2017 course of study.  See for additional details.
  • The Genealogy Fairy – Genealogy Grants Program – Awarded monthly
    This program, created by Thomas MacEntee, gives “back to the genealogy community through a series of grants to organizations and individuals . . .” Awards up to $500 are given for qualifying projects, including genealogy continuing education programs.  See for additional details.
  • New SLIG Scholarship Fund – Deadline October 1, 2016
    This fund, opened at SLIG 2016, was created to enhance scholarship opportunities for SLIG students. Donations were made by Maia’s Bookstore and SLIG 2016 students. This year’s award will provide partial tuition to a transitional genealogist attending an institute for the first time.  Further details will be posted at
SLIG will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center hotel, January 22-27, 2017.  Fourteen courses of in-depth study on a wide array of genealogical topics are being offered to help students “elevate [their] genealogical education to new heights”!

Registration opens July 9, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT. With the exception of the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker scholarship, students with scholarships will need to be registered for the course of their choice, or select an available course at the time of the award, in order to apply scholarship funds toward the tuition.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pamela Boyer Sayre - How to research in bunny slippers?

Pamela Boyer Sayre has been a regular coordinator at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She will be back again in January 2017 to coordinate her course, entitled "Researching in Washington, D.C., without Leaving Home." That is home in your bunny slippers!

Pam and her intructor team will be discussing some of the massive resources that are available in the Washington, DC-area and other federal repositories and how to access many of them through the Family History Library (FHL), websites, and published sources.

Records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Library of Congress (LC), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and many other repositories will be explored. Students will learn to use finding aids, online catalogs, websites, interlibrary loan, and the holdings of the FHL to find, analyze, and understand federal records spanning the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries.

This week, Pam will be presenting at the National Genealogical Society's conference being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her topics include:

  • "Pathways to Success: How to Learn New Things"
  • "Private Land Claims (LS)"

We hope you have the opportunity to attend the NGS conference and learn from our knowledgeable and skilled course coordinators.

Please keep referring back to the SLIG website at for current information on the 2017 SLIG institute. We hope you will be joining us in January 2017!

SLIG's New Coordinator - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom will be coordinating a new course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in 2017. Entitled "You be the Judge: A Practicum Using Standards to Evaluate Genealogical Work,"this course is a supervised practical application of Genealogy Standards where students will be the judges. Jeanne is well qualified to coordinate a course on this topic as she is currently serving as the President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Students will evaluate genealogical work samples of unknown quality to determine whether the samples meet, partially meet, or do not meet standards. From these exercises students will gain insight into the mindset and the habits involved in consistently producing work that meets standards. Students will develop evaluation strategies to identify weaknesses in their writing or in the writing of others.

Jeanne will speaking at the National Genealogical Society's conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she will be presenting the following lectures:

  • "BCG Certification Seminar, Parts 1 and 2"
  • "The Records of the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938"
  • "Sharing With Others: How to Convey Evidence (LS)
  • "Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections"

Hopefully you will get the chance to hear Jeanne at NGS and then join us in January 2017 to attend her new course. It promises to elevate your genealogical education! 

Check the website at to answer your SLIG questions and for information on registration.