Saturday, February 24, 2018

Visit Us at RootsTech 2018!

Vist us at booth 1207 / 9

  The annual RootsTech genealogy conference is happening Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 2018 and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be there too! Please stop by our large booth and talk to us about our exciting 2019 courses. Lots of choices and we are premiering “SLIG Academy for Professionals” the week immediately following SLIG.

  Our booth is easily found just inside the main entrance to the Expo Hall to the right of the Find My Past area. See you there!

Come visit us!

Several SLIG 2019 and SLIG Academy Course-Coordinators will be at this year’s conference and we highly recommend attending their classes.

 Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
9:30 am “That First Trip to the Courthouse” Ballroom B 
1:30 pm “Picture This! Images We Can Freely Use” Ballroom J

 Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
3:00 pm “Finding your Land in the West—Online resources” Room 155E

Thursday, March 1, 2018
11:00 am “Mapping tools—The Geo-Referencing Revolution” Ballroom F
1:30 pm “The National Archives Website—Much More than you expected” Ballroom I

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
9:30 am “Big Data: Buzz Word or Family History Revolution?” Ballroom F
3:00 pm “Records - different sizes, types and names” Room 155B

Thursday, March 1, 2018
11:00 am “Call to Action: Diversity in Family History Tech” Room 250D

Paul Woodbury

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
11:00 am “How Close Are We Really? Evaluating Shared DNA” Ballroom J

Thursday, March 1, 2018
3:00 pm “On Target: DNA Testing Plans” Ballroom J

Friday, March 2, 2018
4:30 pm “"Looks Like We’re Cousins": DNA Collaboration” Ballroom F

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Friday, March 2, 2018
11:00 am “Alternative Sources for Vital Events” Ballroom F

Saturday, March 3, 2018
1:30 pm “Beyond Population: Using Special Census Schedules” Room 255B

Angie Bush, MS

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
3:00 pm “You’ve Taken a DNA Test, Now What?” Ballroom E

Thursday, March 1, 2018
12:00 pm “DNA User Experience Stories” 23&Me Demo Theater
1:30 pm “Your DNA Support System” Room 155E

Friday, March 2, 2018
1:30 pm “(LAB) From Click to DNA Connection” Room 251B
4:30 pm “(LAB)Try Your Hand At Genetic Genealogy” Room 251B

Saturday, March 3, 2018
11:00 am “Connecting Your DNA Matches” Room 250D
1:30 pm “DNA: What’s new and what’s next” Room 155E

Times and locations subject to change. Please visit the RootsTech App for current information. Official RootsTech website here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Paul Milner, MDiv is UGA's Newest Fellow

     The UGA Fellow Award is given in recognition of those living individuals whose distinguished contributions and on-going commitment to the field of genealogy are of national or international scope. This may be evidenced by any combination of publications, teaching and speaking, or leadership of major genealogical organizations over a significant period of time.
     Paul Milner was the latest recipient of the UGA Fellow Award. Paul is a native of northern England. After the death of his father in 1980, he started researching his family history and turned professional in 1993. Part of his business plan was to be speaking nationally within five years. This goal was accomplished in 1996 when he spoke at his first FGS conference in 1996 in Rochester, NY. He has spoken at one or both national conferences ever since as week as speaking widely at societies across the United States.

     Additionally, he has spoken internationally at conferences in England, Canada and Australia and is returning to Australia to speak again in March. He has spoken on Genealogy Cruises to Alaska, the Baltic and the South Pacific. 

     The first institute he attended as a student was SLIG in 1999 with a course coordinated by Dean Hunter, another UGA Fellow. He took additional courses from Dean and Burt Rawlings. The first institute he taught at was in 2002 at the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America. He has subsequently taught English and Scottish tracks at the Genealogical Institute of Mid America, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the British Institute, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

     Paul has served in numerous capacities on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as his local society – the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

     Paul has written six how-to books on English and Scottish research as well as nearly 1,000 book reviews for the FGS Forum. He was the newsletter editor of his local society newsletter – BIGWILL for ten years, and has written reviews on British Isles-related resources for 25 years.

      Paul continues to develop new presentations to grow and to pass his wisdom and experience along to his enthusiastic students.

Stephanie Saylor Receives UGA's Distinguished Service Award

     Stephanie Saylor is a graduate of Brigham Young University – Idaho with a bachelor of science in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Following graduation, Stephanie managed a research lab at U C Davis. Deciding to combine her love of research and genealogy Stephanie became a Genetic Genealogist.

     Stephanie picked up the reins and revitalized the UGA DNA Special Interest Group in 2016. She coordinates all activities for the group, presents many of the monthly webinars, and spearheaded a proposal to expand the program with nationally-recognized presenters. She also speaks regularly for the Utah Genealogical Association at various conference while running a thriving genetic genealogy business.

     Congratulations to Stephanie!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UGA Presents a Presidential Citation to the Hilton

       Recognizing outstanding contributions by a non-UGA member to UGA's projects and/or objectives, the Presidential Citation is being awarded to the Hilton.

     SLIG has grown tremendously over the past 23 years. In 2014, when SLIG had outgrown its space in the Radisson, the Hilton reached out to partner with SLIG and worked extensively to provide SLIG with a new home. This partnership has thrived for the past four years and is in place for 2019 through 2023.

     The Hilton has implemented creative and innovative ideas to work with SLIG and has tackled industry challenges to ensure that SLIG has the space and amentities to offer its student accommodations and services to facilitate an exceptional learning environment.

     SLIG is looking forward to continuing to work with the Hilton going forward and together providing SLIG student's with the opportunity to Elevate their Genealogical Education to New Heights!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jana Greenhalgh Receives UGA's Distinguished Service Award

     Jana has provided outstanding service to the Utah Genealogical Association during the past two years in her capacity as the committee chair of First Families, which reviews pioneer membership applications for First Families of Utah, and as the content provider for the column "Crossroads for Kids" in UGA's quarterly publication, Crossroads magazine.

     Passionate about involving children in family history and educating parents and grandparents to find simple ways to make family history a part of everyday life, Jana proposed that UGA provide content and support for children and young adults interested in genealogy. Through her efforts the readership of Crossroads magazine now reaches through the generations!

     As exemplary role models for the past three years, Jana and her children have blogged regularly about their experiences with family history at "The Genealogy Kids," and will serve as RootsTech ambassadors this coming February.

     Jana is an Accredited Genealogist® and has been involved in family history since her youth. She graduated from BYU in 2003 with a BA in Genealogy/Family History. Her research emphasis was British Isles but she enjoys research in U.S. and Scandinavian records, and has a rich Utah heritage. She is currently an adjunct faculty member for BYU-Idaho's online family history degree program, and she delights to be a part of the ever-growing world of genealogy education.

Friday, February 9, 2018

UGA's Distinguished Service Award Goes to Angela Packer McGhie!

Angela Packer McGhie has provided outstanding service to the Utah Genealogical Association over the course of ten years. During this time, Angela has been a student, a committee member, an instructor, and a course coordinator. After attending Tom Jones’ Advanced Genealogical Methods course in 2011, Angela--along with Harold Henderson, Christy Fillerup and Kimberly Powell--developed the concept of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum with the intent to provide hands-on practice applying advanced genealogical methods. The course debuted in 2012 and has been a popular course for the past seven years. In fact, it has been such a hit that Barbara Ball has participated every year. In 2016, Angela began offering the course in a virtual format and it will be offered again in the fall of 2018.

Angela is a Board-certified genealogist who has devoted herself to genealogy education. In addition to her work with SLIG, she coordinates the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and an instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. She is an instructor for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program, and serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund.Angela created the ProGen Study Group program, administered it for several years, and is now on the board of directors. ProGen takes like-minded students preparing to open their own research business and pairs them with a professional mentor who oversees each group. The program has revolutionized how professional genealogists prepare to start their own research businesses.

Angela's passion for education has been obvious in her development and coordination of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum. The course requires extensive effort in locating five new cases every year that provide sufficient depth and breadth of different geographic areas and the ability to reinforce a variety of methodologies. Angela personally works each case, essentially designing a new curriculum each year. Beginning in 2019, Angela will be coordinating a new course in the SLIG Academy for Professionals.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


     The eminent Val D. Greenwood joined UGA board members, SLIG committee members, coordinators, instructors, and students at the 23rd annual SLIG banquet. At the banquet, Kelly Summers, UGA President, presented Val with the Silver Tray Award. The annual UGA Silver Tray Award is given for scholarly contributions to the field of genealogy and family history. Since 1988, it has traditionally been given for publication efforts and has been awarded to such esteemed authors as Thomas W. Jones and Judy Russell. Now, UGA honored Val D. Greenwood, author of the classic The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. For many years this has been the standard textbook for American genealogical research. It instructs the researcher in the timeless principles of genealogical research, while identifying the most current classes of records and research tools. It is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book, designed to help the present generation of family history researchers better understand and utilize all available resources.

     His passion for education and for quality research is evident in everything he does. Mr. Greenwood graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and from the University of Idaho with a Juris Doctor degree. Though a member of the Utah State Bar until retirement in 1999, he worked for the LDS Church for thirty-seven years. His accomplishments included researching and writing for the Family History Department and acting as a faculty member at Ricks College (now Brigham Young University–Idaho). Mr. Greenwood received UGA Fellow in 1981.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Paula Stuart-Warren Receives UGA's Award of Merit

     UGA was pleased to honor Paula Stuart-Warren, a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, with an Award of Merit. A staple at SLIG since it's inception in 1997, Paula has been committed to sharing her love of family history. Paula is a beloved instructor because her presentations are lively, yet professional and educational. In her course, "American Genealogy Records and Resources," and its various iterations, she has provided her knowledge and expertise to countless students, infusing them with her passion for researching family history with a high standard for excellency.

     Paula works full time in genealogical and historical research, as a researcher, lecturer, and author. A Board-certified genealogist since 1988, she is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and it is evident in all her activities. She has lectured at NGS and FGS since the early 1990s and has served in various roles with the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has also coordinated a course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

     Paula has received numerous awards for her volunteer work and professionalism in the field of genealogy. Some of her notable awards include:

  • Fellow, Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • APG's Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • FGS' George E. Williams Award and Loretto D. Szucs Service Award
     Paula's legacy of providing exceptional service to the genealogical community will continue to live on in all the students that she has educated over the years and UGA is appreciative of the years of service that she has dedicated to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.