Thursday, March 29, 2018

Check Out These SLIG 2019 Instructors at OGS 2018 Conference!

Please check out our SLIG 2019 course coordinators participating in the upcoming Ohio Genealogical Society’s conference in Columbus, Ohio on April 11th. – 18th. Many great topics! Past SLIG instructors will be there too!

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
1.     Keynote: Thursday morning “Pistol Packing Grandma”
2.     “Dear Mr. President: Finding Claims and Special Pension Requests”
3.     “Finding Ohio Families (in Western Manuscripts) Who Blazed New Trails”

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
1.     WORKSHOP: “Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Ancestors Who Were Enslaved”
2.     “A Critical Step in Evaluating Old Documents”
3.     “Gleaning Genealogical Information about Enslaved Ancestors from the Probate Files of Slaveholding Families”

Rich Venezia
1.     “Pittsburgh Preview: Researching in the Steel City”
2.     “Italians in America: Their Records, Their Stories”
3.     “Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors”

Please check the conference guide for times and room numbers or click here:

Visit for more information on our upcoming courses.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

6 SLIG 2019 Instructors Streaming from NGS!

Not going to the National Genealogical Society's Family History Conference this May in Grand Rapids, Michigan? Well, you can stream live sessions right to your own home. SLIG is proud to have 6 instructors participating in the live streaming.

 LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
“Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Ancestors who came out of Slavery”

Angie Bush, MS
“Your Cousins Are Your Secret Weapon”

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
“Native American DNA: Separating Fact From Fiction”

Angela Packer McGhie, CG
“History, Records and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived”

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
“Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events”

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
“A Matter of Standards: DNA and the GPS”

You can access the full schedule and times here:

We will publish a thorough list of all our instructors for the whole conference. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Congratulations to Leah Larkin!

She is the winner of the Ancestry ProGenealogists scholarship to attend SLIG 2019. 

The scholarship was established to "foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts," four winners are selected annually; one for each of the four major institutes. The scholarship covers tuition and specific travel expenses.

Leah is originally from southern Louisiana, where she grew up in the heart of Cajun country, steeped in culture and history. She earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study how species are related. After working in both academia and scientific publishing, she turned her skills to solving unknown parentage cases using DNA. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

We are looking forward to seeing you in January 2019, Leah!

Click here for information on all scholarships available for SLIG.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Test Your Genealogical Skills!

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's (SLIG's) Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum will run from Saturday, October 13, 2018 to Saturday, November 17, 2018.

This course will test your ability to plan, research, analyze, correlate, and solve a complex genealogical research problem.

Work through one complex case study per week on your own time schedule and then gather online to discuss the case with fellow classmate and the the case instructor to compare strategies, methodologies, difficulties and results.

The course coordinator is Angela McGhie, CG. The 2018 Virtual Practicum features the cases presented at SLIG in January 2018 by the following instructors:

  • Kimberly Powell
  • Karen Stanbary, CG
  • Paul Woodbury
  • Karen Matheson
  • Angela McGhie, CG

Registration opens at 11:00 am MDT on Saturday, June 16th, with early access (9 am MDT) for SLIG 2018 participants. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Did You Hear? SLIG Will Offer Two Educational Opportunities in 2019!

SLIG 2019 is going to be a banner year for genealogical education opportunities. Peg Ivanyo, SLIG Director, announced the new, two-week format at the SLIG 2018 banquet. It was designed to better meet the advanced educations needs of the genealogical community.

SLIG 2019 will be held from January 13-18, 2019 with 15 courses coordinated by nationally-known genealogists: Thomas W. Jones, Judy G. Russell, Richard G. Sayre, John Philip Colletta, Gerald H.  Smith, J. Mark Lowe, D. Joshua Taylor, Karen Mauer Jones, Kelvin L. Meyers, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, F. Warren Bittner, Karen Stanbary, Rich Fogarty, Michael G. Hait, Paul Woodbury, and Rich Venezia. Click here to download the flyer.

Registration opens at 9 am MDT on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

SLIG Academy for Professionals will follow SLIG 2019 the following week. SLIG Academy appears on the national scene as the only skill-based institute preparing genealogical professionals. The Academy is an innovative opportunity for those who are new professionals, those considering genealogy as a profession, and those who have been honing their craft for a while. The Academy will run January 21-25, 2019 and will offer 5 courses coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, D. Joshua Taylor, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Angie Bush, and J. Mark Lowe. Click here to download the flyer.

Registration opens at 2 pm MDT on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Both programs will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Stay in Touch with the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy!

Here are ways that you can stay 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 and click on the Like button on the top of our page.

If you are attending SLIG in 2019, 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 2019 or at a future institute!

Monday, March 5, 2018

SLIG Welcomed First Time Attendees!

     In 2018, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy welcomed 88 first-time attendees to the Institute. That was almost one quarter of the total attendance of 382 students. It was exciting for us to see so many new faces!

     If you have never attended an institute before, you may be wondering what all the excitement is about and why you should consider attending an institute over all the other genealogical educational opportunities that are available.

     There are three primary reasons for giving an institute and, specifically SLIG, a try. The first is the incredible, in-depth coverage of a topic that you will receive in a course from the field's top educators and respected experts. Each course coordinator supplements their instruction with that of other nationally-recognized instructors. The courses may be methodologically based, like the course entitled Advanced Genealogical Methods coordinated by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Or the course may be geographically based like The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State coordinated by Michael D. Lacopo, DVM. SLIG has many courses to choose from and in 2019 will be offering another great selection of 15 courses that will provide an excellent advanced educational opportunity.

     The second reason to attend an institute is the ability to network with respected experts as well as connect with other genealogists. Do you have friends and family members whose eyes glaze over when you start discussing your latest genealogical project? It won't happen at an institute, as you are among like-minded people. It is great to be able to share your latest find with a new friend or an old. By attending a course for a week, you have an excellent venue to get to know other genealogists much better than you would only seeing them in passing at a conference. The networking potential at an institute equals the great learning opportunity.

     Finally, another good reason to attend SLIG specifically is the ability to test out your new-found knowledge at the Family History Library (FHL). The FHL's collection includes "about 1.4 million rolls of microfilm on-site, along with over 600,000 books, serials, and maps. In addition, guests have free access to billions of additional record images online. The FHL has 550 Internet-enabled guess computers and over 200 microfilm and microfiche readers. The Library also offers free access to film, book, and photo scanning digitally preserve and share family records."

     Are you convinced yet of the value of attending an institute? If you want to read about someone's personal experience as a first-time attendee, Diana Elder recently posted about her experience as a first time attendee at SLIG on her Family Locket blog.

     Hope to see you in January 2019!