Thursday, April 27, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region

Course 2:
 The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region

Cari A. Taplin, CG and Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS

 This course will take students through genealogical and historical research in the Great Lake region of the United States and Canada. This inland waterway was vital to the westward expansion of both countries, as well as a resource for defense, commerce, shipping, and travel. The fluidity of the boundary between the two nations created a mingling of the people living along the border territories, states, and provinces, and researchers often find their border-dwelling ancestors with ties in the other country. This course will cover the history, geography, methodology and record sets, both American and Canadian, that researchers will need to access when researching ancestors in this region.

Cari A. Taplin, CG 

Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Suggested Requirements
Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet for project work during the week.

Other Instructors
John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA
David Ouimette, CG, CGL
Judy G. Russell, JC, CG, CGL

For more information on this or our other 13 courses, please visit:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Taking your Research to the Next Level

Taking your Research to the Next Level

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

It's time. We all reach the point where we need to learn about other resources and delve more deeply into those we already know. This is the way we take our research to a higher level, solve problems, and advance our family history. This course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. We probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. It's not just listening to lectures, but interactive classroom time that takes you beyond basic research tools. 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 records and repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, reviewing at least one basic genealogy guide, and previous classroom learning related to family history.

Suggested Requirements

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet for project work during the week.

Other Instructors:

Luana Darby, MLIS, AG
Cindy Ingle
Debra Mieszala, CG


Paula is a Certified Genealogist® working in genealogical and historical research, consulting, and writing. She focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, problem solving, and Native Americans. Paula has researched onsite across the U.S. She’s been a Course Coordinator for SLIG since 1997, lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, and in 30 states and Canada.

A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she is currently on the Board of Directors of the FGS. She is a faculty member of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has written for Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, and has her own blog,

For more information about this course please visit

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Millennial Genealogist At South Davis.

Zachary Hamilton is also known as  "The Millennial Genealogist". 
He grew up in southern Missouri and has spent most of his adult life in Idaho. Despite his young age, Zachary has been participating in his own family's research for nearly 20 years. Professionally, Zachary has been a family history researcher and presenter for 3 years. Many of his presentations focus on using new technology and techniques to accomplish and share well done traditional genealogy research. He commonly presents at conferences, fairs, family discovery days and family history centers all over eastern Idaho. He has also presented as a guest speaker in courses at BYU-Idaho and previously served as the assistant director of the Rexburg Family History Center. He attended Boise State University and BYU-Idaho. Zachary likes pie (strawberry rhubarb) and Star wars.

Zachary will be presenting 3 classes at the conference. In Genealogy on the Go, you will have the opportunity to learn how to blend technology with family history research.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

DNA and more DNA!

The 20th annual South Davis Conference will be offering two classes on DNA this year.

Finding Haplogroup Happiness :This class explains how haplogroups can be more than a haphazard aid in your research. Come see several examples of how haplogroups can cut your research time into a heavenly half. We will be looking at simple ways to incorporate haplogroups into your personal research style. 

Take 2! will be presented by Stephanie Saylor at the South Davis Family History Fair on the 22nd of April 2017. This class gives you a tour of 2 sites (GEDmatch and Promethease) and explains how they help you to get more from your DNA results. GEDmatch has wonderful tools to further your genetic genealogy research. Promethease allows you to pull up information from your raw data on medical and other implications of your DNA results.  

Stephanie Saylor holds a degree in biology and worked in research before transitioning to genetic genealogy. She currently teaches and organize genetic genealogy webinars, with Kent Jaffa and Peg Ivanyo, for Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest group and gives classes and presentations upon request. 

She firmly believes that solid research techniques can help us get to know our ancestors on a deeper level, even when traditional documentation is missing or conflicting, and she hopes to be able to help others who have an interest in genealogy use biology, and genetics gain the confidence needed to further their research goals.

You can see information on Stephanie’s presentations, handouts, and research aids on’s DNA page.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Do More With Your Family History Research.

It's time to register for the 20th Annual South Davis Conference. Come and join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Woods Cross high school, where you will have the opportunity to learn to do more with your family history research. With over 70 classes and labs, there is something for everyone.

 Do you want to learn more about German research? Military records? LDS research? How well do you understand the new apps that work with FamilySearch family tree? Have you had your DNA tested and are now wondering what your next steps are?

Here is just a sampling of some of the classes offered at the South Davis Family History Conference:

  • Find Haplogroup Happiness
  • Record Jurisdictions in Denmark and Norway
  • Profile of the 19th century German emigrant
  • British records online
  • Fixing Family Tree
  • What's in the Utah State Archives
  • How to tell the best ten stories of your life
  • Early LDS newspapers
  • US chruch records
  • Hidden treasures on
  • Scanning for better results
  • Metadata - writing on the back of your digital photos

In addition to classes and labs, there will also be an opportunity to scan your photos as will as meet with consultants to help with your research.

For more information and to see a full list of classes, please see our website:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

SLIG at the 2017 NGS Family History Conference

 The annual National Genealogical Society's Family History Conference will be held 10-13 May 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our SLIG 2018 team will be there in full force along with many course coordinators and instructors.

 When you're strolling through the exhibit hall, stop by booth 326 and talk to our Director, Peg Ivanyo. We have many new courses available in 2018 and some classics coming back.

 SLIG 2018 Course Coordinators and Instructors at NGS


W126 Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors
T217 Beyond Population: Researching in the Special Census Schedules


W125 The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories in Your Research


W158 North Carolina in the War of 1812
F325 Researching a Revolutionary War Ancestor in North Carolina and Virginia


T251 Silent Border Crossings: Tracing the Elusive Immigrant Who Left Only Breadcrumbs for Clues


W159 Understanding Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
T203 Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snares of Yesteryear’s English
S433 Lectures vs. Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale? ($)
F313 The Library of Congress: An Introduction and Overview


W133 Preserving the past, protecting the future: FGS + RPAC ($)
W121 The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search
T242 DNA and the Hidden Half of the Family (LS)
S403 Courting North Carolina: The Courts of the Tarheel State
F307 Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Professional and Personal Genealogical Standard


S459 “She Bore Her Suffering with Christian Fortitude”: Using Religious Newspapers and Periodicals
F317 “She came from Nowhere…” - A Case Study approach to a difficult Genealogical Problem.


F355 Refugees, Claims, and Conscription: Your Ancestors During the Reconstruction Era


T247 Newspapers and Periodicals at the Library of Congress
T202 When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were (LS)
S413 Clues in Missouri Migration


W148 The Mexican War—An Important War for Southern Research
T211 BCG Certification Seminar
F324 Using Maps of the Southeast United States to further your Genealogical Research
F305 Finding your Ancestor in Military Bounty Land Applications


F305 Finding your Ancestor in Military Bounty Land Applications
W153 Planning “Reasonably Exhaustive” Research
S431 Citing Your Sources: Comedy or Tragedy? ($)
S427 Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How
F351 Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion (LS)

Please check the NGS online schedule for specific dates and times.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ron Tanner to Keynote 

UGA South Davis Family History Conference

We hope you will be joining us for the 20th annual South Davis Family History Conference, “Family Puzzles; Finding All the Pieces.” 
The program, to be held Saturday, April 22nd at the Woods Cross High School will feature Ron Tanner, group product manager for the Family History Department of FamilySearch as the keynote presenter.  
He will present the “Future of FamilySearch FamilyTree,” as well as a breakout session, “How to Solve Family Tree Problems.” Ron leads a team with responsibilities for Family Tree, Search, Memories, Mobile, and other companion products.
Special guest speakers include Richard G. Sayre and his wife, Pamela Boyer Sayre, frequent coordinators at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Gina Strack, from the Utah State Archives. 
Over 70 break-out sessions are available from which to choose, on topics ranging from getting started to more advanced subjects such as using land records and research in specific countries. 
Book scanning, photo scanning, and some personal consultations will be available, along with plenty of time to visit vendors.
Rob Adamson, a prominent local artist, will display panels that depict many of his grandparents and scenes from their lives.
Registration includes the full day of sessions, an electronic syllabus, and optional entry for the door prize drawings.  A printed syllabus and a box lunch may be purchased separately. 
UGA members who register online by April 15th will receive a registration discount. Additional information and registration may be found at