Thursday, September 20, 2018

SLIG Virtual Course - Intermediate Foundations - Registration Opens on Saturday, September 29th!

SLIG has a new virtual course coming in the Spring of 2019! Entitled "Intermediate Foundations," it is for students who have some experience in genealogy, but are not quite ready for an advanced class. 

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

Registration opens Saturday, September 29nd, 9:00 am MDT.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Coming in Spring 2019!

SLIG has a new virtual course coming in the Spring of 2019! Entitled "Intermediate Foundations," it is for students who have some experience in genealogy, but are not quite ready for an advanced class. The details are below.

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

Registration opens Saturday, September 29nd, 9:00 am MDT.

Sara Scribner, CG

Sara Scribner, CG
Ten 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.

Homework: Assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions.

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
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (MDT beginning March 12th)
  • Two 75-minute lecture/work periods, with a 10-minute break


  • Regular Price: $420.00
  • UGA Member Price: $380.00

Record Loss only in the South? Think Again!

I used to think of "record loss" as being related to "burned counties" and a "Southern" researcher's problem. I was wrong on both counts.
As this map of the United States published by FamilySearch will attest, fires were not limited to the Southern states. My eye quickly zoomed in on that bright red color at Baker County, Oregon where my third great-grandmother, born in Delaware, died.
Records loss:
According to Kelvin L. Meyers, coordinator of the SLIG 2019 Overcoming Record Loss course, record loss was not limited to fire. Losses can also occur from heat, humidity, insects, war, etc. The list goes on and on. 
Lest I still not be convinced, FamilySearch published yet another map: marriage record coverage. Those midwestern and western states in which I spend most of my research time are - yup, you guessed it - red. Not to mention most of Pennsylvania and part of Delaware! 
For someone whose primary focus is typically England or Slovakia, only researching in the states when still working on brick walls, this is not good news
Perhaps I should be taking Kelvin's course!
He writes:

"We all face it: record loss. 

"Whether the courthouse burned, the clerk tossed them, the relative, autograph hunter, lawyer or 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 we want—the records that could answer our questions aren’t there. 
"The solution: In many cases, it is possible to overcome the problem, but it requires diligence, perseverance, and willingness to look beyond the obvious."
Thanks to the logistics wizards, we were just able to open some additional seats in Kelvin's course. If you haven't yet registered for SLIG, and you see a lot of red in those images above, this might be a good course to help soften the view.

Peg Ivanyo, director
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

Friday, September 14, 2018

SLIG Events: Optional Tours

Join us for one or more of the optional tours on the Sunday between SLIG and the new SLIG Academy.

Salt Lake City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019
8:45 am to 12:00 noon
Boarding begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $35
Utah Capitol Building
This Salt Lake City tour will take you to view the city sights in a comfortably 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.

Park City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019

1:30 to 5:30 pm
Boarding begins at 1:15 pm
Cost: $55Park City Utah

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.

Other Information

Accessibility: Both the bus and the van are easily boarded in front of the Hilton. Wheelchair accessibility may be limited; please email director@slig.ugagenealogy.orgfor more information.

Registration: Please use the SLIG Tech Day and Tours Registration form to sign up for one or both of these events beginning Saturday, September 15th.

Academy Events: Closing Dinner with Josh Taylor

"Balancing it All: Prioritizing Your Professional Pursuits"
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Professionals and budding professionals often find it difficult to keep things balanced, produced on time, commitments in check, and still have fun along the way. Decisions about education, credentialing, writing and publishing, employment, and speaking abound. And that brings us to the delicate balancing act with time. How does one manage all the demands and multiple directions, much less work on their own research or enjoy a personal life along the way?

To address this topic we have invited D. Joshua Taylor, one of the industry's top professionals, to address us. Hands in multiple pots? Check. Impact in a wide variety of areas from publications to television? Check.

Join us to wrap up our first annual Academy for Professionals and learn from Josh about how to "balance it all."

Academy Events: I Have a Dream

SLIG Announces the format for the commemorative event to be held at the beginning of new SLIG Academy for Professionals.

 Out Of The Mountain Of Despair A Stone Of Hope
  Words inscribed on his memorial from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous
 “I Have a Dream” speech at the  Lincoln Memorial on 28 August 1963.
Featuring Rev. Paul Neal Nelson

Fifty-five years ago Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. It almost wasn't shared, not being part of the original script prepared for his speech to be given during the March on Washington for civil rights. Taylor Branch (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the first volume of his history of the American Civil Rights Movement: Parting The Waters) tells us that the great contralto Mahalia Jackson urged Dr. King to “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” and he did so in an improvised section of that speech.

An estimated 250,000 people from all over the country attended that event, in addition to the audience reached by live coverage by the three major television outlets. Dr. King’s “Dream” continues to inspire many today. Please join us in commemorating the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., champion of equality, hope, and healing for America. Reverend Paul Neal Nelson, Assistant Pastor of New Bethany Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. will invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he interprets King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

This program will be held on Monday, January 21st at 11:15 am. Lunch will be served. Tickets are included with Academy registration with RSVP. Guest tickets are available for an additional fee.

SLIG wishes to also recognize LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, for her role in supporting and planning this event – just one of the many ways in which she has assisted SLIG in moving key pieces forward over the past year.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SLIG Extended Details announced

Tuition and details for the new "SLIG Extended" option announced at last year's SLIG banquet with the course reveal are now available. The program is open to SLIG students wishing to stay for additional research and consultation.

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. 

Guided Research and Consultation
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. 

DNA Consultation

January 21-22, 2019
Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Individual 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
  • Lodging arrangements should be made separately; the SLIG block rate is available
Family History Library

The Family History Library will be open during SLIG Extended/Academy week 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. Occasional shuttles will be available.

Tuition and additional information may be found here.

SLIG Events: Plenary Keynote announced

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson to Keynote SLIG 2019 Plenary Session

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, in keeping with this year’s theme, will present We’re All In The Same Boat Now at the Plenary Session, Monday evening, January 14. All SLIG participants and instructors are invited; a RSVP is requested.

Her specialty is African America families that came out of slavery. She has a passion for educating all Americas about the lives of these ancestors, and advancing the goal of telling the whole story of our American Mosaic.

LaBrenda earned the Certified Genealogist credential in 2015, was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016, and now serves as the Board’sTreasurer. She is also a Facilitator in the Boston University’s online Certificate in Genealogical Research Program, and is currently serving as the mentor to the  ProGen 37 Study Group.

Join us for SLIG 2019!

SLIG Events: Banquet Keynote Announced

SLIG Banquet Keynote: "A Most Enjoyable Journey"

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

In keeping with this year's theme, Dr. Jones will share with us parts of his genealogical journey - the beginning, the challenges, and the transitions, with humorous moments and insights along the way. 

Join us to celebrate his successes, soak up his wisdom, and wish him well as he formally retires as coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods course this year.

The completion banquet will include the annual UGA Silver Tray and FUGA awards, door prize announcements, a catered meal, the 2020 course reveal, and the keynote address. Tickets are required to attend and are included with SLIG registration, but RSVP via the registration form is required. Guest tickets are available for an additional fee.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2019 SLIG Night at the FHL - Look at Our Instructor Lineup!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30 - 8:45 pm

ICAPGen - SLIG sponsor

Sponsored by ICAPGen and hosted by the Family History Library (FHL)
  • Classes and labs
  • Light refreshments
  • Time to relax and research on your own or with friends

Lab and Class Instructors

Danielle Batson, AG

Danielle Batson, AGDanielle is an Accredited GenealogistⓇ researcher in the U.S. Midwest States. She has worked for FamilySearch since 2000 and was a U.S./Canada reference consultant in the Family History Library for 13 years. She now works full time on the FamilySearch Research Wiki as a Wiki Project Supervisor.

Lindsey Bayless, AG

Lindsey Bayless, AG, was born and raised in London and has knowledge of, and passion for, genealogical research in England and Wales. Lindsey is British Isles Regional Chair on the ICAPGen Testing Committee and is a volunteer Research Specialist at the Family History Library and member of the Steering Committee for the Lindon 6 Stake Center. She makes annual research trips to archives in England.

Robert M. Call, AG

Robert M. Call, AGRobert M. Call is an Accredited Genealogist® having tested in the Midwestern United States region. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in family history from Brigham Young University and a master’s in history from Utah State University. He is employed as a researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists, is an adjunct instructor for BYU, and serves as a commissioner for ICAPGen.

Diana Elder, AG

Diana Elder, AGDiana Elder, AG, is a professional genealogist and author. She is accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States and is the Presentation Specialist for ICAPGen. Diana is the author of the bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogists Guide and creator of the “Research Like a Pro” study group and eCourse. Diana shares research tips on her website, Family Locket ( and presents regularly at genealogy conferences, teaching the methods she uses every day to solve challenging genealogical problems.

Dayna Jacobs, AG

Dayna Jacobs, AGDayna Jacobs, AG, serves as a Commissioner for ICAPGen℠, and is on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association, facilitating both organizations' social media outreach via blogs, Facebook,Twitter, and newsletters. Dayna is one of five professionals accredited for U.S. Mountain West States research. She has been researching, teaching, and writing since 1988 and has been on staff at the Monterey, California Family History Center since 1998. Dayna enjoys educating and mentoring genealogists, and her genealogy blog, On Granny's Trail, is a resource for Western States research and beyond.

Fritz Juengling, AG

Fritz Juengling, AGFritz Juengling, AG, received his Doctorate in Germanic Philology from the University of Minnesota. He is an Accredited Genealogist researcher for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Sweden through ICAPGen, and certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library.

Dan Poffenberger, AG

Dan Poffenberger, AGDan Poffenberger, AG, is a Research Specialist at the Family History Library with expertise in countries in the United Kingdom.

Julie Stoddard, AG

Julie Stoddard, AGJulie Stoddard, AG, is accredited in the United States Mid-South region and she has been researching for over 15 years. She received a BA in Family History-Genealogy from BYU and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Genealogy from the University of Strathclyde. Julie serves on the ICAPGen Presentations Committee.

Lisa Stokes, AG

Lisa Stokes, AGLisa Stokes is an Accredited Genealogist professional in the Mid-South Region of the United States. She works full time at Brigham Young University as the research fellow on the repatriation project for the DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency). She leads a team of students conducting genealogical research to help the DPAA and the U.S. Army return the remains of fallen U.S. Service Members to their families. Lisa serves on the ICAPGen Presentations Committee and is an ICAPGen Study Group Leader.

Mindy Taylor, AG

Mindy Taylor, AGMindy Taylor is an Accredited GenealogistⓇ researcher in the England region and has a deep love for the architecture, art, literature and history of England. She has a BA in design from BYU and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Mindy and her husband Ryan are the parents of five children. Mindy works as a researcher for Price Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah and volunteers with ICAPGen. She loves how genealogy makes her feel like a detective and is addicted to finding out each person’s story.

SLIG Night at the Family History Library (FHL)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30 - 8:45 pm

ICAPGen - SLIG sponsor
Sponsored by ICAPGen and hosted by the Family History Library (FHL)
  • Classes and labs
  • Light refreshments
  • Time to relax and research on your own or with friends
30-minute tours of the Family History Library will be offered at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15.

Classes and labs will be held at 6:00 pm. Limited seating is available; pre-registration is required and will open on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Schedule of Classes and Labs @ 6:00 pm

Lab: The FamilySearch Catalog: A Researcher's Best Friend - Diana Elder, AG

  • Perspectives on Accreditation - Julie Stoddard, AG; Lisa Stokes, AG; Mindy Taylor, AG
  • Wild, Wild Research in the Mountain West - Dayna Jacobs, AG
  • Intermediate Irish Research: Because There’s No Such Thing as Beginning Irish Research - Dan Poffenberger, AG
  • Beginning Danish Research - Fritz Juengling, AG
  • Methodology for Midwestern Families - Robert M. Call, AG
  • Navigating U.S. Naturalization Records - Danielle Batson, AG
  • Locating London Ancestors: Helps for Finding Your Ancestors in a Metropolis - Lindsey Bayless, AG

Lab and Class Descriptions

The FamilySearch Catalog: A Researcher's Best Friend

Where can you find the answer to your difficult research problem? It might be hidden in one of the billions of records held by the Family History Library, many digitized and available online. Learn about, then try your hand at various search strategies to locate records for your ancestor using the online FamilySearch Catalog.

Perspectives on Accreditation

Discover the benefits of becoming an Accredited Genealogist (AG) researcher. Learn what it takes to earn the AG credential and explore ways to prepare for accreditation.

Wild, Wild Research in the Mountain West

Whether it was the fertile farming land or the draw of the big cities, many of our ancestral families were compelled to migrate to the Midwestern United States. In this class we will take a look at key record types and strategies — methods beneficial to both nineteenth-century immigrants and families with colonial roots — used for discovering the family connections of your Midwestern ancestors.

Intermediate Irish Research: Because There’s No Such Thing as Beginning Irish Research

Tips for successful research in Ireland.

Beginning Danish Research

This class will introduce basic research of Denmark, including naming practices, record types, resources, and websites.

Methodology for Midwestern Families

Thousands of ancestral families have connections to the Midwest. They may have passed through to pioneer elsewhere, or worked to establish firm roots that have anchored their family for generations. In this class you will learn the necessary methodology and resources for conducting thorough and accurate Midwestern research.

Navigating U.S. Naturalization Records

Can’t find your ancestor’s naturalization record? This class will focus on what you need to know about the naturalization process, the records that were created, and most importantly, the best strategy to find your ancestor's naturalization records.

Locating London Ancestors: Helps for Finding Your Ancestors in a Metropolis

It is estimated that, prior to 1900, 20% of England’s population lived in London. Thousands passed through en route to Canada, America, and Australia etc. This class will look at background information, strategies and record collections to help you locate and learn more about your London ancestors. The same techniques work for other big cities in England.

SLIG 2019 Theme: Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy the Journey

As we make our way through records, archives, interviews, road-trips, and educational experiences, we oft-times forget to slow down, soak up the view, and enjoy the journey along the way. 

Sometimes the path is a bit rocky and difficult to navigate, if not downright elusive. It is rarely straight, but the next find often awaits just around the next bend. There is potential in every turn: the thrill of uncovering the smallest piece of evidence, the joy of discovering a new friend, or the surprise of making a major breakthrough. Each path traveled creates memories to be cherished throughout our genealogical pursuits.

We hope this year's SLIG experience will create wonderful memories as well as enhance your ability to "Enjoy the Journey."

Monday, September 10, 2018

Third Session of the Virtual Practicum Opening!

3rd Session Opening! 

We are pleased to announce that we are able to open a third session of the Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum. It will run on Saturdays (same days as other sessions) from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. 

If you are one of the first twenty students on the wait list for this amazing course, you should be contacted soon. If you are not, don't stop watching your email - miracles do happen!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Congratulations to BCG's New and Returning Trustees!

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) congratulates BCG's new and returning trustees! All have been coordinators and instructors at SLIG in the past and some will be returning to SLIG in 2019. The following announcement was received from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):

Two Board for Certification of Genealogists trustees return for another three-year term:
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL®, of New Jersey. Board-certified since 2012, Judy is a BCG trustee and blogs as The Legal Genealogist. A graduate of George Washington University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark, she has written and taught about the law since the 1980s and about genealogy and the law for more than a decade. She coordinates the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course at IGHR; law and genealogy courses at SLIG and GRIP, and lectures on topics such as 17th-century law, modern copyright law, and ethics of DNA testing.
  • Richard G. “Rick” Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, of Utah. Board-certified since 2007, Rick is the current BCG president; former BCG treasurer, booth coordinator, at-large executive committee member, and BCG webinar manager who negotiated the Legacy Family Tree Webinars contract. He lectures locally and nationally and coordinates courses at GRIP and SLIG. With a B.A. degree in chemistry from University of Colorado and M.S. degree in information technology from George Washington University, he served the Department of Defense for 45 years. 
Joining them are three newly elected trustees:
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG, of Maryland. Board-certified since 2016, Angela administered the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now a board member. She is a BCG Education Fund trustee, GenFed Alumni Association vice president, and a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG. She coordinates the Intermediate course at IGHR and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at SLIG. She mentors the Certification Discussion Groups and teaches at GenFed, GRIP, and BU’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research.
  • Sara Anne Scribner, CG, of Utah. Board certified since 2014, Sara owns Salt Lake City-based Scribner Genealogy, a general genealogy research firm. After a forty-year career as administrator and research librarian, she teaches and lectures at the local, state, national and international levels including co-presenting the BCG Educational Fund workshop at the NGS 2017 conference. She holds an A.B. degree in drama from Vassar College, a B.F.A. degree in drawing from the California College of the Arts, and an M.S. degree in Library Science from Simmons College. 
  • Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, of East Texas. Board-certified since 2010, Debbie specializes in Southern research and DNA. She coordinated ProGen 2, is DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS), and coordinated the first DNA courses offered at GRIP, SLIG, IGHR, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. A former trustee for APG, the BCG Education Fund, TxSGS, she was founding member and president of APG’s Lone Star Chapter. She authors a regular DNA column, wrote the NGS online course in Autosomal DNA, and with Blaine T. Bettinger co-authored NGS’s 2016 award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice.
All 15 trustees are board-certified, and all serve without compensation. Five are elected by certified associates each year. The new trustees’ terms of office will begin at the end of the October 21st trustees’ meeting in Salt Lake City.