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.