Saturday, December 22, 2018


Need a bib for that future SLIG student in your life?  Or perhaps you wish to show off your SLIG participation on your belt buckle?

These are just two of the items available to purchase through the SLIG Swag Store. Other items including blankets, stadium seats, sweatshirts, t-shirts, a variety of drinking containers, and more.

Check things out at Just click on a category to obtain a full list with images and sizes of items available.

Orders made by 12/31/18 are eligible for the "Pickup at SLIG" shipping option. 

Items will be waiting for you to pick up in SLIG Central on Monday of SLIG or at the registration booth at the Academy. A limited number of items will be available for on-site purchase, and naturally, you can always order to ship to your home.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hilton Dining Options at SLIG 2019

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

The Hilton Salt Lake City Center has put some thought into this year's offerings to make it easier for SLIG participants to eat and network with friends without leaving the hotel until classes are over.

Both breakfast and lunch specials are available for SLIG students, as well as enhanced and centralized Grab and Go items.


Located just inside the entrance to the Trofi Restaurant, Starbucks offers beverages, pre-packaged sandwiches, and pastries. They will be open from 6:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday of SLIG week and 6:00 am to 2:00 pm other days. Limited seating is available; participants may also sit in Trofi when purchasing from Starbucks.

Grab-and-go items will be available from Starbucks this year. Offerings such as the Turkey Club Sandwich, Roast Beef with Gouda Sandwich, Turkey Cobb Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and Caprese Salad will be available for anywhere from $6-$7.50. Additional items such as chips, beverages, snacks, or candy bars will also be available for purchase if desired. Gluten-free items will be available. This replaces the lunch kiosks on the 2nd floor this year.

Trofi Restaurant

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with omelets made to order for $18 (special SLIG price, tax and tip included), or order items a la carte from the menu at the price listed. They are open 6:30 - 10:30 am.

Trofi will also offer a special lunch buffet for SLIG participants for $20 (tax and tip included), Monday through Friday of SLIG week and Tuesday through Thursday of Academy week. Make sure you are wearing your name badge to take advantage of this offer. Guests are welcome, but it will not be open to the public. No need to pre-purchase. The menu will be published in your syllabus materials so you can plan ahead.

Fine Dining in the Hilton

Hilton is home to Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. One of Salt Lake's oldest steakhouses, this "Best of State" and "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence" restaurant, offers a fine dining experience. Seating is available for groups, in booths, at high tables, and in the bar area for a variety of experiences. 

Room Service

Hilton offers room service from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Spencer’s Bar

The gathering place for a casual drink while staying at the Hilton. Located in the front of Spencer’s restaurant.

Special Dietary Needs

The Hilton offers gluten-free options at all three dining facilities. Other dietary needs accommodated upon request.

Hilton Honors Benefits (as of December 2018)

Gold and Diamond Level members will receive complimentary continental breakfast in Trofi each morning for themselves and up to one additional guest staying in the same room (or bonus points, but not both). Diamond Level members also receive bonus points as well as executive level access, where a small hot/continental breakfast and hot hors d'oeuvres are served weekdays. The continental breakfast may be upgraded to the full buffet for a small fee.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Eating Out in Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake City has so many cool little eateries. We have compiled a list of the many great restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the Hilton or a short drive.

Here are some of our favorites!

Blue Lemon - 55 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2583. Hours Monday - Thursday 7:00 am- 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Siegfried's Delicatessen - 20 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, (385) 355- 1912,
Deli Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Restaurant Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Closed Sunday.

Caffe Molise - 404 S West Temple Salt Lake City, (801) 364-8833. Hours Monday - Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm.

Eva Small Plates & Drinks - 317 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, (801) 359-8447. Hours Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe - 28 South State Street. #235, Salt Lake City, (801) 428-3051 (City Creek). Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Nauvoo Cafe - 15 East South Temple, Main Floor, Salt Lake City, (801) 539-3346. Hours Monday - Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday Closed.

Blue Iguana – 165 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, (801) 533-8900, Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

If you have any suggestions for great places to eat during SLIG, please be sure to comment here or on our SLIG 2018 Facebook group.

Please check out the Visit Salt Lake website for a concise directory of restaurants.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

SLIG Tech Day - A Great Educational Gift

Saturday, 19 January 2019

SLIG Tech Day

Back by Popular Demand, SLIG Tech Day will feature hands-on workshops and classes on technologies that enhance the research experience. Registration is open and seats are available. 

Half-Day Workshops: $60; Classes/Demonstrations: $25
Students who register for a full day of sessions will receive $10 in SLIG SWAG bucks to spend.


Hands-On Workshops
  • Use Evernote to Create an Effective Research Plan and Log System (Cari Taplin)
  • Scrivener Hands-On: Organize Both Your Research and Writing (Kimberly Powell)
  • Using Google's MyMaps as a Research and Analysis Tool (Cari Taplin)
  • Data Visualization Practicum (Ron Arons)
  • Navigating Your AncestryDNA Test Results (Melissa Johnson)
  • Genealogy Organization in the Digital Age (Patricia Hobbs)
  • Making the Most of 23andMe (Melissa Johnson)
  • Sharing Your Research by Setting Up a Blog or a Website (Patricia Hobbs)
  • Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage: Company Tools (Melissa Johnson)
  • Tools for Analyzing & Visualizing Family History and DNA Networks (Kimberly Powell)
  • Mapping Chromosomes to Specific Ancestors by Generation (Karen Stanbary)
  • Spreadsheet Tips & Tricks (Kimberly Powell)

Half-Day Workshops
Students should bring their own laptops, with any pre-requisite software or online tools installed. Electrical outlets will be available for each student unless specified otherwise in workshop description. Please review specific pre-requisites, if any, listed with the workshop. Each workshop will run 3.5 hours including a short break.

Classes and Demonstrations
These classes are intended to be instructive, but do not include a hands-on experience. Students with laptops may follow along as they see fit, as time permits. Classroom set will not include electrical outlets at each desk; however, there will be charging stations in a central location to utilize during the breaks if needed. Each class will run 1.5 hours; there will be a 30-minute break between class sessions.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Changes are Coming to the Family History Library

While we don't know all the details yet, we do know that changes are in the works to make the library more user-friendly.

These changes; however, will likely not impact your preparations for any research you would like to conduct at the library while you are attending SLIG. We expect that we have more details at the orientation on Sunday. 

Develop a Research Plan

In order to efficiently research at the library, it is important to map out a research plan.
Where to start? It is important to know what research you would like to conduct and then begin by surveying what is in the library's catalog that might address your focus. Are there books? Are there microfilms? The Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world and houses over 1.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, along with over 600,000 books, serials, and maps. It is a good idea to review the Library's hours and develop a research plan prior to the start of SLIG, so that you can make the most of your discretionary time. 

First Visit?

If this is your first visit to the Family History Library, consider reading through their materials online before arriving: Also, you may also wish to sign up for one of the FHL tours held during SLIG Night at the FHL on Wednesday evening. Research assistance may be accessed on each of the four research floors via the help desk.

Shuttle Service

SLIG will have shuttles available to take you to the FHL during the week and the schedule will be published in the syllabus material and will also be posted in the Hilton Lobby during SLIG.

Refreshment Breaks!

Don't forget to hydrate and take breaks during your research time at the FHL! As avid researchers, we can forget to take a break, but there is a break room with vending machines to keep you fortified during your visit. 

Sound planning leads to successful results!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Do You Need A Last Minute Gift?

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has some course openings  ... what better gift than receiving a week spent taking your genealogical education to the next level! 

The following courses have openings:
  • Course 2: Immigrants to the United States after 1890
  • Course 5: Researching New York: Resources and Strategies
  • Course 7: 1619-2019 African-American Genealogy
  • Course 8: Exploring Native American Research
  • Course 10: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
  • Course 12: Researching Like a Professional
  • Course 13: Burned Counties and More: Overcoming Record Loss
  • Course 15: Writing a Quality Family Narrative

What a great last minute gift to receive or to give to yourself! 

Registration can be accessed here.

Friday, November 30, 2018

SLIG and SLIG Academy Countdown Checklist

We are counting down to SLIG and SLIG Academy  – and the countdown clock seems to move more rapidly during the holidays for some reason!

Here is a list of action items; please 'check it twice' to make sure you are ready by each deadline noted:

  1. Special Events RSVP and Guest Tickets: Please register for special events - commemorative event, closing dinner - by Dec 13th if you haven't already.
    • We just updated the system to make it easier to request special meals. If you don't need one, please select "menu as published." If you do but already registered for special events, the registration team will be in touch in the next couple of weeks via email.
    • Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to add special events to your existing reservation as well as how to view selections already made.
    • Email the registrar to modify special event selections already made.
  2. Tech Day and Optional Tours: If you plan to attend SLIG Tech Day (Saturday, Jan 19th) or take one of the optional city tours (Sunday, January 20th) and haven't already signed up, please do so as quickly as possible to assure a reserved seat in the class, workshop, or tour of your choice.
    • While there is no "deadline", space is limited; and unsold seats will be made available to UGA members not attending SLIG on December 15th.
    • Use the separate form on the SLIG Registration page. 
  3. Badge Name, etc. Please review/edit your personal information – name badge, certificate name, city/state/country – by January 2nd (now is even better). We only merge the information provided; we won't be correcting it.
    • Make sure you check for spelling, completeness, and use upper/lower case characters in all proper names except state codes which should be two uppercase letters.
    • Detailed instructions here.
  4. Lodging: 
    • If you need to modify your lodging reservation, please email Although we have now transferred data to the hotel database, the hotel is unable to access it to make modifications or send confirmations until after the cancellation date. The good news is that we will now be able to adjust reservations more quickly.
    • If you need to cancel your lodging reservation, please do so immediately rather than wait until the Dec 13th deadline so we can replace your reservation with someone from a waitlist at the group rate if at all possible.
    • Last, but not least: please remember that cancellations made after Dec 13th are not eligible for a deposit refund.
  5. Cancellation Deadline: We are always sad to see these come in, but we know life sometimes changes when we are busy making other plans. This is a gentle reminder that tomorrow – Friday, 11/30, 11:59 pm Mountain Time – is the cancellation deadline. No refunds are available after that date, but you will receive the electronic and print syllabus.
Need help by phone?  Our committee lives all over the United States, from the east coast to west. Most are available by email or social media. But for phone assistance, please call 801-259-4172 after 9:00 am and before 5:00 pm in the time zone noted:
  • SLIG Registrar, extension 2: Pacific Time
  • SLIG Director, extension 3: Mountain Time
  • UGA Administrator (finance, membership), extension 1: Mountain Time
Items to watch for:
  • You may receive a letter from your course coordinator (or forwarded from them through this system) if you have homework or other things which you need to prepare.
  • We will send additional information in a few weeks about dining and transportation and such.
We look forward to seeing you in January!

Peg Ivanyo, Director

Thursday, November 29, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Update Information

About this time of year, the registration team finds interesting tidbits that don't look quite right on a name badge or participant roster – names in all caps, fictitious city names . . . Or perhaps you just received your credentials - you definitely want to add those to your certificate name, right?

Your SLIG Registration Account Information 

BEFORE Jan, 2, 2019:

Select "Account Information" on the left-hand menu

Review and update your information
Click "Save & Return"

You must Click "Save & Return" or the changes will be lost.

Thanks! We'll see you there.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Need your DNA questions answered? SLIG is offering DNA Consultations!

Need help with your DNA questions? Available for SLIG students to take advantage of during the week following SLIG: DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary. For information on how to register for this and other special events, please refer to this FAQ.

DNA Consultation
January 21-22, 2019

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGIndividual consultations are available on Monday and Tuesday following SLIG to help you focus in on your specific DNA research challenges.

Students may register for both SLIG Extended and SLIG DNA Extended; SLIG will work with coordinators to avoid overlap of sessions. Consultation time: one hour.

Students should bring all of their related research in print or digital format and be prepared to provide a short overview of the focus question at hand.

Student Requirements

  • Participation is restricted to those registered for a SLIG course
  • Registration will be included with Special Events, which open on September 15



Can't get enough genealogy? SLIG Extended to the rescue!

Can't get enough genealogy? Two programs are available for SLIG students to take advantage of during the week following SLIG: Guided Research and Consultation with Craig R. Scott, and DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary. For information on how to register for this and other special events, please refer to this FAQ.

Guided Research

January 19-24, 2019

Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA

This optional event provides SLIG students the opportunity to stay and research with guided assistance and obtain consultation about their research. Students will meet in small groups daily to discuss research challenges and receive guidance.

Craig R. Scott, coordinator, will meet with all students Saturday evening at 7:00 pm for introductions and provide the weekly schedule. He will also be available throughout the week for additional consultation as necessary.
Students should bring all of their existing research in print or digital format and be prepared with a focused research question specific to a time frame, location, and individual or couple.

The last group meeting will be held on Thursday, but sufficient lodging is available for students to stay on through Saturday for additional research as desired. The Family History Library will be open on Monday until 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm., and Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Student Requirements

  • Participation is restricted to those registered for a SLIG course
  • Registration will be included with Special Events, which open on September 15
  • Lodging arrangements should be made separately; the SLIG block rate is available



Friday, November 23, 2018

It is Black Friday!

And the start of the holiday shopping season! Make sure to include the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) on your wish list this year! 

What better gift to give yourself than a fantastic institute course that will elevate your genealogical education!

And there is no better way to start 2019 than to spend a week (or two) with your genealogy friends!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Countdown to SLIG 2019!

With less than two months to go before SLIG 2019 and SLIG Academy begins ... where did 2018 go??? ... now is the time to make sure you are ready to enjoy a wonderful week or weeks next January in Salt Lake City.

One thing you need to do is ensure that you have registered for any Special Events you might want to attend during the week, such as:

  • Receptions, Luncheons, or Banquets
    • Don't forget to not any special needs
  • SLIG Night at the FHL
    • FHL Orientation Tours
    • Classes and Labs
  • Orientation
  • Plenary Session
  • SLIG Extended: Guided Research and Consultation
  • SLIG Extended: DNA Consultation with Karen Stanbary

You can also indicate whether you are interested in any volunteer opportunities.

There is a detailed blog post that provides instructions and screen shots to walk you through the process. 

Don't delay! Complete your registration today to ensure you can enjoy a worry-free holiday season knowing you are prepared for SLIG come January 2019!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Intermediate Foundations with Sara Anne Scribner, CG

Intermediate Foundations
Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (MDT beginning March 12th)

Sara Scribner, CG
Sara Scribner, CG
10 weeks of instruction with a special assignment in lieu of class during RootsTech week (February 26th).

Students who select this course already have some experience in genealogy, but aren’t quite ready for an advanced class. They have conducted research in federal census records, vital records (birth, marriage, and death), obituaries, and newspapers. They’ve learned their family’s traditions. Using Ancestry or FamilySearch, they’ve looked at results in indexed databases and then gone a step further to find and study some original documents. They’ve thought about assembling the information gathered from documents they’ve found, but haven’t yet written a proof argument or case study. They know they are in transition from one level of expertise to a higher one, but aren’t sure what’s next, what success will look like, or how to achieve it.

Level of Instruction


Technical Requirements

This course will meet online using Zoom Meetings. Sessions will be recorded for personal review and available for up to 30 days following the end of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own equipment and adequate bandwidth to participate actively in the course. Webcams and noise-cancelling headphones are strongly advised. Additional technical information will be sent to registered participants via email.
Students should have a (free) FamilySearch account and either an Ancestry account or access to Ancestry at a nearby family history center or other facility.
Homework: Assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions.

Other Requirements

The following books will be helpful to understanding materials presented in the course and to completing homework, but are not required: Board for Certification of Genealogists Genealogy Standards, Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence Explained, and Val D. Greenwood The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy.

Other Instructors

  • Angie Bush, MS,
  • Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Cari A. Taplin, CG

Technical Coordinator

  • Pat Richley-Erickson


Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
  • 5:30 - 9:00 pm MST (5 February 2019)
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (12 February - 16 April 16 2019); MDT begins March 12th 
  • Two 75-minute lecture/work periods, with a 10-minute break


  • Regular Price: $420.00
  • UGA Member Price: $380.00
Don't delay, register today and be ready to advance your genealogical education to the next level!

Friday, November 9, 2018

SLIG 2019: Optional Tours and Activities

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is offering two optional tours this year to enhance your institute experience! These tours require separate registration and payment. Information can be found here.

Tour Option 1: Salt Lake City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - $35
8:45 am to 12:00 noon
(Boarding begins at 8:30 am)

This Salt Lake City tour will take you to view the city sights in a comfortable heated trolley. You will first ride to Temple Square where you will attend the world's longest running broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Immediately following the broadcast, your driver will take you on a 19-mile professionally-narrated tour of Salt Lake City sights. Stops for picture taking and additional commentary will be made at the Lion House, Utah State Capitol Building, This Is The Place Heritage Park and Red Butte Garden/Natural History Museum. Please bring any winter clothes you may need to feel more comfortable during brief exits from the bus.

Tour Option 2: Park City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - $55
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
(Boarding begins at 1:15 pm)

Join us for an afternoon sightseeing tour of Park City, the Wasatch mountains, and Olympic Venues. Experience amazing mountain views as your professional driver takes you to Park City to view Main Street and other Park City sites, and visit the Salt Lake City Olympic Park and Village. Transportation will be by heated van unless we have a larger group, in which case we will use the trolley described above. Please bring your winter clothing and snow boots for this tour since you may want to get out for a few minutes to look around and take pictures.

Friday, November 2, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month

In tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, the following
organizations are holding special events throughout the month of November:

  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives and Records Administration
    • November 3: NARA is hosting Native American Stories Family Day
    • November 23: Celebration with Wampanoag National Singers and Dancers held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA.
    • For more events, see here.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Park Service
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
    • November 17-18: Hopi Tribal Festival
    • November 23: The museum is hosting a "Family Fun Friday" where Native culture will be demonstrated through hands-on activities, etc.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

While not being held in November, SLIG 2019 has a course dedicated to Native American Research with Coordinator Rick Fogarty. Rick and his talented team of instructors will educate students on how to break down their brick walls for their Native American ancestors. Find more information on the course, the schedule, and registration here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: What Does it Take to Have a Successful Genealogy Business?

What does it take to have a successful genealogy business? Are you thinking about opening one? Are you interested in improving your existing business? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this course is for you!


  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA


  • This course requires active interaction and participation. At the end of the week, each student will have a unique business plan crafted from each day’s homework.
  • Sessions include hands-on activities. Students should bring a laptop computer with a word-processing and a spreadsheet program installed. Nightly homework assignments will include income and expense accounts, creating a weekly calendar, marketing and promotion, and business plans.

Daily Goals

  • Day 1 we focus on setting goals for our business and the tools for measuring and monitoring the health of our business: finances. Students with existing businesses may want to bring three-years of balance sheets and income and expense statements.
  • Day 2 we concentrate on client relations beginning with the inquiry through the final report and invoice. These steps are combined with time allocation and management to create a weekly calendar.
  • Day 3 the discussions focus on client reports, marketing, promotion, and time management. Students develop the marketing and promotion piece for their business plans.
  • Day 4 is devoted to creating future plans for education and credentialing; developing financial projections; creating marketing plans; and time management. Students use the homework pieces as the basis for creating a business plan.
  • Day 5 we discuss expanding our businesses beyond client research to include revenue streams like writing and speaking.


For details, go here. To register, go here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2019 SLIG Academy Highlight: You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery

Do you suffer from Glossophobia?

Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.

Josh Taylor and his team of expert instructors will help students during this intensive week to explore key components of public speaking for genealogists: 
the “business of speaking,” outlining contracts, pricing, legal considerations, and marketing techniques; “knowing your audience,” focusing on crafting an array of presentations, keeping lectures current, and answering conference proposal requests; “development,” including details on developing handouts, slide presentations, and other visuals; and “delivery,” centered on finding a speaking style, avoiding pitfalls, structuring your presentations, and the opportunity to present two “mini-sessions” to solicit feedback and advice from fellow students and course instructors. 

The ability to transform an initial concept to a full-fledged presentation delivered in front of an audience might seem like a daunting adventure for many professionals. This interactive course is ideal for existing speakers seeking to brush up on their skills and expand their portfolios and anyone seeking to explore how public speaking might align with their aspirations.

For more information and registration go here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2019 SLIG Academy Highlight: Developing and Managing an Effective Institute Course

This weekend, J. Mark Lowe will be entertaining and educating attendees at the 2018 Fall Seminar of the Alabama Genealogical Society. Mark's topic is "Genealogy's Deeper Well: When the Easy Stuff Runs Dry." Mark is a lifelong genealogist and enjoys opportunities to share his knowledge and expertise. More information on the event can be found here.

In January 2019, Mark will be at the 2019 SLIG Academy to coordinate his course, "Effective Institute Course." With guidance by experienced classroom instructors, participants will learn effective tools to prepare and maintain a successful course of study. Participants will prepare a detailed scope, sequence, and define course learning outcomes. Participants will also discuss how to include opportunities for complex problem solving, decision making, research planning and brainstorming activities in the classroom. The courses defined by participants during the week will be reviewed with faculty towards designing and improving balanced courses of instruction that insure student involvement. Together participants and faculty will work towards developing a course with successful learning activities, available resources, and prepared instructors.

For more information on the course, go here. To register, go here.

Monday, October 8, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Special Events

Registered for SLIG? or the SLIG Academy? Your next step should be to sign up for special events related to that program. This includes RSVP for the plenary, selecting your meal for the banquet, purchasing guest tickets, signing up for SLIG Night at the Family History Library, even registration for SLIG Extended. All nicely organized into one events form - per program.

Here are the steps (instructions and screenshots update 11/29/18):

Step 1: Return to the SLIG Registration page by navigating to > Registration > Register or go directly to: and log in with the email or username and password you created when you set up your account.
Note: If the screen doesn't look like this one, you are in the wrong place:

Step 2: Click on the bright blue "Special Events" box next to the SLIG or Academy registration box.

Step 3: Navigate through each page. Even though you see this pretty menu at the left, you need to go through the pages in order one by one. The menu will only help you get back to something to make changes once you have completed the page; it won't help you jump forward.

Step 3a,  Meal Events: On this page, you will RSVP for meal-related events. Tickets are included with tuition. You may also purchase a guest tickets.

Dietary information: Note that when a meal event is selected, the menu options appear. Unless you need a special meal, just click on the first item "Menu as Published." If you have dietary concerns beyond those available, or a combination of those listed, please select "Dietary Services: Other" – a text box will open for you to provide the details. The reception items will be labeled, no selection required here.

Other Meals: there are no pre-paid meal options for SLIG this year, but ther are plenty of discounted options available on-site. Don't forget to read about them under "Dining at SLIG" on the website.

Step 3b,  SLIG Night at the FHL: On this page, you will RSVP for SLIG Night (required answer - attending or not), and sign up for tours or classes/labs. Make sure you check "tour not needed" to bypass that middle section if you don't wish to take a tour, and "None selected" under courses/labs if you only wish to come to research and eat refreshments. 

Step 3c,  Special Events: On this page, you will RSVP for the plenary session and the orientation session (everyone is requested to attend this year). 

SLIG Extended: This page also includes registration for the new "SLIG Extended" program - where you can stay and research with guided assistance, or obtain a DNA consultation.  These are held during the week after SLIG, but are part of your SLIG registration.

 Step 3d,   Disability Services and Service Opportunities:
If you plan to bring a wheelchair or scooter, we need to know in order to assure adequate access in your classroom and handicapped access to the shuttle. So, PLEASE check the box if this applies.
If you have other needs, a text box will appear to provide details.

Also on this page: optional volunteer opportunities.

Step 4: Review the Summary and Finish.
The darker colored "Summary" box at the left indicates you have navigated all of the pages and are ready to review. At this point you can click on another page to go back, or use the "back" button to make changes. If everything is accurate, click on "Finish".

You must click "Finish" to save!

You will then see a final summary with this message: "Your selections have been recorded ..." At that point you can click on the PayPal link to pay any amount due, or exit and pay with a check.

Where did that information go? It has been blended together wtih your original course order, so you can see it all in one place.  And you can review your order or invoice at any time.

Review any order or invoice anytime you want: 

a. Return to your registration dashboard by clicking on the SLIG home icon (the mountains) in the top left corner of the browser.

b. Select "Enrollments" from your menu to see your complete registration summary by program - course, prior options, and new special event options - all combined into one.
c. Select "Invoices" to view your invoice. Select your invoice from the list at the top, and it will open a full invoice with a PayPal link and mailing address at the bottom.

This process is similar for the Academy: Just log in and look for the bright blue button by the Academy registration form.

Note: To receive invitations to hosted events from organizations like AncestryProGen or LegacyTree Genealogists you should have already checked the box on your original registration form. It looked like this:

Tech Day and Tours?  Look for a separate form on the Registration Dashboard and follow the same steps. This will not blend together with your SLIG or Academy registration - it will show as a separate registration and invoice.

More questions? 
Email the registrar:

We look forward to seeing you at SLIG!

Friday, October 5, 2018

SLIG 2019 Highlight - Gothic Script Course

F. Warren Bittner will be back at SLIG in 2019 coordinating his course on Gothic Script and Fraktur.

German handwriting is troublesome with seven forms of the letter s, h’s that look like f’s, e’s that look like n’s, p’s that look like nothing every seen before, and r’s that are just plain upside down. Students in Reading German Records will learn to read Gothic Script and Fracture Typeface and have fun in the process. This course will include German genealogical vocabulary and Latin terms. By the end of the course students will have the tools needed to read basic German genealogical records.

Kathy Holland blogged about her previous experience in Warren's course here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program now accepting applications!

Institutes are a great way to increase your professional genealogical knowledge, skills and abilities and now Ancestry helps to make it more affordable!

Ancestry has establish a scholarship program to foster and support professional genealogists in their professional growth and development efforts. Four scholarships are awarded to help cover certain expenses of attending one of four U.S.-based genealogical institutes. 

Applicants must submit an application including a current resume, institute preference, and a 500 to 700 word essay.

Submission deadlines along with more details can be found on their website.