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."