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!