Saturday, June 30, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Change or Recover Password

Updated July 2020

Lost your password? Or the one you think you used isn't working? Perhaps you need to update your password, as we have been advised to do from time to time for security purposes.  Here are the instructions:

To Recover a Forgotten Password: 
Use the handy "Recover Password" link on the login page.
  • Click on "Forgot Password?" at the bottom right of the Login Form.
  • Enter your username or email address associated with the account on the password form.
  • The system will let you know that a password reset link has been sent.  
  • Click on the link provided in the email and enter your new preferred password, again to verify.
  • You should then receive this message.  You can now "Log into your account".

To Change a Known Password:
Log into your SLIG registration account.
Then, using the menu on the left hand side, select "Change Password"

Then, enter your old password (to verify you are who you are) and your new preferred password twice - obviously, they must match :)

SLIG Registration Series: Login Issues

Updated July 2020

Having difficulty logging back into your new UGA-SLIG Registration Account? Getting the error message "Invalid email address or password!"?

Please review the following:
  1. Did you receive and click on the link in the verification email? 
    • If not, please check your spam folder or search for an email from
    • If not found, your email address may have been inadvertently entered incorrectly. Please email the registrar ( to update your account and verify it for you.
  2. Next, please make sure you are on the right page. The login on the UGA home page is for membership access, not SLIG registration. Please navigate to
  3. Next, please try logging in with both your username and your email address.
    • Once logged in, please review your information for accuracy and update as needed. Then log out and try again to assure it is working well for you.
  4. Still no success?  Please contact the registrar to check to see if your account was saved and to work through the issues with you. ( 

SLIG Registration Series: Setting up a new Account

UPDATED July 2020

Want to make sure you are "on time" to get a seat in your favorite course at SLIG registration?  Please set up your "UGA-SLIG Registration" user account ahead of time.

If you have registered for SLIG any time since the summer of 2018, your account is already set up. Just log in to update your account information as needed and register when ready.

Benefits of the UGA-SLIG shared registration system:
  1. Once logged in, you can watch the count-down clock, and automatically get a "Register Now" link when registration opens.
  2. All of your contact information, badge name, and UGA membership expiration are stored in the system for each time you register.
  3. You can log in at any time to view your enrollments (courses or programs), update your waitlisted courses if any, and view invoices - paid or not.  In short, you can see everything, update everything, in one place. 
When setting up your user account, please observe the following:
  1. First and foremost, if you are a UGA member, you must use the same email for this account in order for the system to find and apply your UGA member discount.
  2. Please proof your email address and username (not required) carefully. 
  3. Name Badge and Certificate: It seems too silly to repeat, but please spell your name correctly and don't use all caps. Note that special characters sometimes don't work well – leave them out and email the registrar to update if needed.
    1. Please consider the new SLIG "standard":
      1. Badge Name: Do NOT include postnominals or titles 
      2. Certificate Name: Please DO include postnominals and titles if you want them to be reflected on this treasured document.
  4. You will be asked to include information about dietary choices and accommodations. These are required, even if you are attending a virtual conference. Remember, the account applies to all future SLIG registrations.
  5. You will be required to agree with our policies in order to obtain an account - kind of like those software EULA's, where you can't download without agreeing. There are pop-ups if you need to read them.
Here are the step by step screenshots:

Go to OR navigate to > Registration > Register. You will see this image on the left-hand side of the page:

Enter your name, address, phone, etc. Note that U.S. and Canada states and provinces will require a two-letter entry; other countries may use more.  If you can't get past "next", that may be why. You must enter at least one phone number; please make sure it is valid in case we need to reach you.

Next page:  Please, please, please proof your email address and username, make sure your badge name and certificate name are exactly as you want them printed, and write down your password.

If you are a UGA member, please check the box.

If you just renewed or joined, you may not be immediately validated.  If that happens, the system will return you to this page. No worries!  First, make sure the email address you entered IS the same as your UGA membership email.  Then, just un-check the box and click "next" again; the system will validate UGA membership every two hours.

SLIG meal preferences are now stored with your account, rather than individual programs. As are disability requests. You may log in to update these prior to a program as needed. 
Agreement is required to both our privacy policy and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in order to open a registration account.

Click on "Finish".  If for some reason, your email or username is already used, you will receive this error message.  Click on "back" and update and complete again.

Almost there!  Once you have "finished" setting up your new account, an email will be sent to you to verify your email address.

The email will come from the If you do not immediately receive it, please check your junk mail folder if needed. Please add to your safe sender's list so you will always receive important communication from us.

Just click on the account activation link.  

And that's a wrap!  Please take a moment to log in, browse around, make sure everything is in order. And then, we will see you on registration day.

 Oh yes, don't forget to log in BEFORE registration opens so you are ready at the keyboard to click on "Register Now".

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Are you excited to register for SLIG 2019?

Only two weeks before registration opens!

Here are some helpful links for you as you contemplate what course you are going to take from the many available. Don't forget that you can make it a two-week extravaganza by attending both SLIG 2019 and SLIG Academy 2019 and there are tuition discounts available for that option.

Check out our SLIG Registration FAQs. They can provide answers on common registration questions you may have.

Also, don't forget that you need to create a new registration account this year. This post will provide you with the details for getting set-up, so that you are ready to register on Saturday, July 7th.

Information on SLIG 2019 can be found here:

Information on SLIG Academy 2019 can be found here:

And, if you are a fan of virtual learning, there are still spots open in "Researching Nordic Ancestors." Go here for more information.

SLIG is offering many opportunities that will elevate your genealogical education to new heights!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SLIG Academy for Professionals

This new program will follow SLIG 2019, beginning on Monday, January 21st, and will focus on professional development topics not offered at SLIG or elsewhere in a week-long, in-depth format. 

It will open with a special event to commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and end by Friday at noon. Two meals are included with registration: Monday brunch and Thursday evening dinner.

There are five courses are being offered:

  • The Art of Writing Client Reports (Coordinator: Angela Packer McGhie, CG)
  • You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery (Coordinator: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS)
  • Building and Nurturing a Successful Genealogy Business (Coordinator: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG)
  • DNA and the 21st-Century Professional (Coordinator: Angie Bush, MS)
  • Developing and Managing an Effective Institute Course (Coordinator: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA)

Each course offers over 20 hours of lectures and hands-on activities. There may also be optional homework assignments provided to reinforce the information covered. The course schedules can be viewed in the description of the courses found here.

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

Please note that our new system requires you to create a “SLIG Registration Account.” You will be able to manage all of your registrations within this account. UGA members should use the email address used for UGA membership login to ensure membership discounts are applied. Accounts may be created prior to the opening of registration and instructions can be found here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Advanced Southern Research and Sources

Coordinator & Instructor: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Additional Instructors

  • Deborah A. Abbott, PhD
  • Kelvin L. Meyers
  • Anne Gillespie Mitchell
  • Ari Wilkins

This course will address more advanced methods in Southern research and look at lesser-known records and resources that can aid in tracing Southern families. Accessing manuscript collections, understanding transportation routes and records, searching occupational records, and locating court and estate records (and the laws that underpin them) will be the major concepts covered. Methods for compiling and documenting Southern families will also be discussed. Problem-solving activities throughout the week will be used to reinforce these methodologies.

Level: Advanced
Assumes students has had a good deal of experience with Southern research or has previously taken Mark Lowe's course "A Swing Across the South" at SLIG.

Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

Friday, June 15, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Exploring Native American Research


  • Rick Fogarty
  • Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd
  • Paul K. Graham, CG, AG
  • Melissa Johnson, CG
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Course Description: Many people have stories of Native American ancestors in their family history but do not know where to begin breaking down these brick walls. This course is designed for both the genealogist trying to get started and those who want to learn how to assist others in searching for Native American roots. Over the last several years, digitization of Indian records and advances in DNA testing has helped open new areas of tribal research. This course will provide instruction on what to look for in identifying a potential native ancestor, give practical guidance through the research process, and demonstrate how to analyze evidence for proof. A research project will be assigned to help attendees use the techniques they have learned in the course. 

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA

This popular hands-on course returns for a second year, with FamilyTreeDNA again sponsoring the cost of additional lab assistants, color copies, laminated charts, and more.  A small additional tuition fee will cover two new features this year:  an introductory webinar held several months prior to the course to walk students through the process of downloading and preparing software, so time in the course can be focused on research, and an extra evening lecture by Blaine Bettinger.

  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW CG
  • Blaine Bettinger, 
  • Patricia L. Hobbs, CG
  • Melissa Johnson, CG
  • Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Paul Woodbury, BS
  • Paula Williams
This course is designed for genealogists who are familiar with traditional genealogical research strategies and are interested in learning how to incorporate DNA test results into relationship proofs. This course will cover Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, analysis, correlation and interpretation. Examples will incorporate the three major testing companies and many tools available for analysis and correlation. Hands-on exercises and case studies will be used to demonstrate how DNA analysis can confirm and expand a pedigree. The emphasis is on the use of DNA test results to solve genealogical brick wall problems using the Genealogical Proof Standard. Participants will leave the course with atDNA analysis software installed with their own data and the skills needed for continuing analysis.
Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Suggested Requirements:
Anticipated Target Audience: those well-versed in traditional genealogical research and now wish to add DNA information to confirm and advance their pedigrees and those who wish to use DNA information to blast through genealogical brick walls.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Participants will derive the most benefit if they have tested autosomal DNA with at least two of the major testing companies: 23andMe, FTDNA, AncestryDNA. We expect that the participant has at least one test uploaded to GEDmatch. Additionally, it would be most helpful if the participants have tested at least one person's mtDNA (full-sequence) and one person's Y-DNA (minimum 37 markers). While specific previous DNA institute courses are not required, we recommend the participants work through the exercises in Genetic Genealogy in Practice and study the answers prior to the institute. The focus will be on problem-solving using DNA test results. We will not cover beginning DNA topics, including inheritance patterns. Participants will need a fully functional laptop (not a chromebook, nor tablet) and the ability to use the operating system and work through internet searches without instruction. This is a fast-paced course. There will not be time to assist participants with technical computer issues.

Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Setting up a SLIG Registration Account

You may have heard that SLIG is using a different registration system this year.  This post will help you be prepared. In fact, right after reading this, you can log on to
(SLIG > Registration > Register) to set up your new "SLIG Registration Account."
This account is separate from any other UGA account that you may have already (membership, special interest groups, mailing lists, etc.), and will be used only for SLIG program registration and course management/communication. Lodging reservations will continue to be processed separately. 
Participants may set up their account any time prior to registering, facilitating ease of registration when a program opens. On registration day just log in, watch for the green "register" button to appear, select your course, agree to abide by the policies, add your name to the waiting list if needed, and exit.  Simple. 
The same account will be used for all SLIG programs, so you can see your courses and wait list information all in one place.  One may access their account at any time to update their information, change the password, modify program selections, or review transactions.

UGA members must use the email address associated with their UGA membership account to receive the membership tuition discount. The system will automatically verify membership, as well as apply discounts for registration in multiple programs (SLIG and Academy).

We hope you enjoy this new SLIG registration experience.  Now, let's get you ready to register.  Please go to (SLIG > Registration > Register) to set up your account, username, and password, so you are ready when the countdown ends on registration day!

*Please also refer to the SLIG Policies page and the SLIG Registration FAQ while waiting for that countdown clock. These, and the registration form/account page may be found under SLIG > Registration.

SLIG Policies Published

It is always nice to know where one stands. The recent implementation of the GDPR by the European Union brought the need for a more clearly defined privacy policy to our attention. An incident related to respect reminded us that our long-standing expectations needed to be written. And confusion over the cancellation policy dictated that we add a check-box to our registration form to indicate agreement.

Add to that new procedures - such as the opportunity to extend invitational events to participants - and policies previously published in syllabus material, one ends up with very long, text-heavy page.  OK, "text-heavy" is an understatement; "text-only" would be more appropriate, but highly important text. It has been the year to consolidate and codify.

Therefore, as we open the new registration season, we also introduce our new "Policies" page - complete with Privacy, Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Cancellation, and more.

We invite you to read through this page thoroughly (excerpt below) before setting up your new registration account and/or registering for SLIG. You will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by these policies at various points in the registration process in an effort to assure we are all on the same page. We hope this effort creates a better learning environment for all. > Registration > Policies

Monday, June 11, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Burned Counties and More: Overcoming Record Loss

Course Coordinator: Kelvin L. Meyers


  • Victor S. Dunn, CG
  • Paul K. Graham, AG, CG
  • Patricia L. Hobbs, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Ari Wilkins 

We all face it: record loss. Whether the courthouse burned, the clerk tossed them, the relative, autograph hunter, lawyer or the surveyor took them, they succumbed to heat, humidity, insects or fading ink or war or distance from the courthouse which was a barrier to their creation – the records that we want – the records that could answer our questions aren’t there. The solution: In many cases it’s possible to overcome the problem, but it requires diligence, perseverance, and willingness to look beyond the obvious. Discover strategies, sources and techniques to find those records. 

Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

Friday, June 8, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Researching New York: Resources and Strategies

Coordinator: Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS

Other Instructors:
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Jane E. Wilcox

Description: Research in New York is complicated by its urban-rural extremes and its 400-year, multi-ethnic history. This course tackles those complexities, arming the researcher with the knowledge needed for success in this difficult state. 

We will cover New York’s history as it impacts the research process, and examine in detail the records that have been created and preserved. Broad topics include immigration/migration, laws and the legal system, military records, ethnic groups, vital records, land and property, urban research, turnpikes/canals/railroads, local government/institutional records, probate, newspapers, directories, censuses, and more.

This course is geared toward intermediate and advanced-level researchers. Attendees should have basic knowledge of genealogical methods and sources, and be ready to go beyond that base into the lesser-known methods and sources specific to successful New York research.

Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Reading Gothic Script and Fraktur

Coordinator: F. Warren Bittner, CG

Other Instructors:
  • Baerbel Johnson, AG
  • Daniel R. Jones, MS, AG

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 ever seen before, and r’s that are just plain upside down. Students will learn to read Gothic Script and Fraktur 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.

Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit

Monday, June 4, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: Immigrants to the United States after 1890

Note:  While SLIG doesn't normally announce courses more than one year in advance, we do wish to note that this course is being carefully coordinated with John Phillip Colletta, PhD, FUGA, whose course on pre-1890 immigration will follow in 2020 to provide a full two-year immigration experience for those who wish to become fully immersed in the subject.

Coordinator: Rich Venezia

Other Instructors:
  • Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
  • Marisa Louie Lee, former archivist, National Archives, San Francisco
  • Linda Harms Okazaki
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Marian L. Smith, USCIS

Recent immigrant ancestors often came to the United States of America to seek their fortune – or simply, better lives for their family. Along the way and once they arrived, they interacted with shipping companies, immigrant aid societies, government departments, and many other agencies. The paper trail they left behind can be rich with genealogical information that greatly enhances the stories of these families, but these records are often underutilized or overlooked. The unique case of late 19th- and 20th-century immigrants is that, as federal laws were codified and strengthened, the paperwork needed to enter the USA, and continue to reside there, expanded exponentially. This course aims to dissect a host of these records related to these recent immigrants, many of which are federal records housed at the National Archives or with other government agencies. It will be an in-depth exploration into these various record sets, why they’re useful, and how to access them. It is intended to be an advanced look at how to research deeply and learn even more about the lives and times of our recent immigrant ancestors. This course is not ethnicity-specific, and will include examples about and record sets related to immigrants to from all over the world.

Level of instruction: Intermediate/Advanced

Suggested Requirements:
Students should have conducted in-depth, on-site research at several archives before, preferably at the National Archives or one of its regional branches. 
Registration: Registration opens Saturday, 7 July 2018. For more detailed information please visit