Saturday, December 22, 2018


Need a bib for that future SLIG student in your life?  Or perhaps you wish to show off your SLIG participation on your belt buckle?

These are just two of the items available to purchase through the SLIG Swag Store. Other items including blankets, stadium seats, sweatshirts, t-shirts, a variety of drinking containers, and more.

Check things out at Just click on a category to obtain a full list with images and sizes of items available.

Orders made by 12/31/18 are eligible for the "Pickup at SLIG" shipping option. 

Items will be waiting for you to pick up in SLIG Central on Monday of SLIG or at the registration booth at the Academy. A limited number of items will be available for on-site purchase, and naturally, you can always order to ship to your home.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hilton Dining Options at SLIG 2019

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

The Hilton Salt Lake City Center has put some thought into this year's offerings to make it easier for SLIG participants to eat and network with friends without leaving the hotel until classes are over.

Both breakfast and lunch specials are available for SLIG students, as well as enhanced and centralized Grab and Go items.


Located just inside the entrance to the Trofi Restaurant, Starbucks offers beverages, pre-packaged sandwiches, and pastries. They will be open from 6:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday of SLIG week and 6:00 am to 2:00 pm other days. Limited seating is available; participants may also sit in Trofi when purchasing from Starbucks.

Grab-and-go items will be available from Starbucks this year. Offerings such as the Turkey Club Sandwich, Roast Beef with Gouda Sandwich, Turkey Cobb Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and Caprese Salad will be available for anywhere from $6-$7.50. Additional items such as chips, beverages, snacks, or candy bars will also be available for purchase if desired. Gluten-free items will be available. This replaces the lunch kiosks on the 2nd floor this year.

Trofi Restaurant

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with omelets made to order for $18 (special SLIG price, tax and tip included), or order items a la carte from the menu at the price listed. They are open 6:30 - 10:30 am.

Trofi will also offer a special lunch buffet for SLIG participants for $20 (tax and tip included), Monday through Friday of SLIG week and Tuesday through Thursday of Academy week. Make sure you are wearing your name badge to take advantage of this offer. Guests are welcome, but it will not be open to the public. No need to pre-purchase. The menu will be published in your syllabus materials so you can plan ahead.

Fine Dining in the Hilton

Hilton is home to Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. One of Salt Lake's oldest steakhouses, this "Best of State" and "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence" restaurant, offers a fine dining experience. Seating is available for groups, in booths, at high tables, and in the bar area for a variety of experiences. 

Room Service

Hilton offers room service from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Spencer’s Bar

The gathering place for a casual drink while staying at the Hilton. Located in the front of Spencer’s restaurant.

Special Dietary Needs

The Hilton offers gluten-free options at all three dining facilities. Other dietary needs accommodated upon request.

Hilton Honors Benefits (as of December 2018)

Gold and Diamond Level members will receive complimentary continental breakfast in Trofi each morning for themselves and up to one additional guest staying in the same room (or bonus points, but not both). Diamond Level members also receive bonus points as well as executive level access, where a small hot/continental breakfast and hot hors d'oeuvres are served weekdays. The continental breakfast may be upgraded to the full buffet for a small fee.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Eating Out in Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake City has so many cool little eateries. We have compiled a list of the many great restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the Hilton or a short drive.

Here are some of our favorites!

Blue Lemon - 55 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2583. Hours Monday - Thursday 7:00 am- 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Siegfried's Delicatessen - 20 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, (385) 355- 1912,
Deli Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Restaurant Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Closed Sunday.

Caffe Molise - 404 S West Temple Salt Lake City, (801) 364-8833. Hours Monday - Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm.

Eva Small Plates & Drinks - 317 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, (801) 359-8447. Hours Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe - 28 South State Street. #235, Salt Lake City, (801) 428-3051 (City Creek). Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Nauvoo Cafe - 15 East South Temple, Main Floor, Salt Lake City, (801) 539-3346. Hours Monday - Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday Closed.

Blue Iguana – 165 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, (801) 533-8900, Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

If you have any suggestions for great places to eat during SLIG, please be sure to comment here or on our SLIG 2018 Facebook group.

Please check out the Visit Salt Lake website for a concise directory of restaurants.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

SLIG Tech Day - A Great Educational Gift

Saturday, 19 January 2019

SLIG Tech Day

Back by Popular Demand, SLIG Tech Day will feature hands-on workshops and classes on technologies that enhance the research experience. Registration is open and seats are available. 

Half-Day Workshops: $60; Classes/Demonstrations: $25
Students who register for a full day of sessions will receive $10 in SLIG SWAG bucks to spend.


Hands-On Workshops
  • Use Evernote to Create an Effective Research Plan and Log System (Cari Taplin)
  • Scrivener Hands-On: Organize Both Your Research and Writing (Kimberly Powell)
  • Using Google's MyMaps as a Research and Analysis Tool (Cari Taplin)
  • Data Visualization Practicum (Ron Arons)
  • Navigating Your AncestryDNA Test Results (Melissa Johnson)
  • Genealogy Organization in the Digital Age (Patricia Hobbs)
  • Making the Most of 23andMe (Melissa Johnson)
  • Sharing Your Research by Setting Up a Blog or a Website (Patricia Hobbs)
  • Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage: Company Tools (Melissa Johnson)
  • Tools for Analyzing & Visualizing Family History and DNA Networks (Kimberly Powell)
  • Mapping Chromosomes to Specific Ancestors by Generation (Karen Stanbary)
  • Spreadsheet Tips & Tricks (Kimberly Powell)

Half-Day Workshops
Students should bring their own laptops, with any pre-requisite software or online tools installed. Electrical outlets will be available for each student unless specified otherwise in workshop description. Please review specific pre-requisites, if any, listed with the workshop. Each workshop will run 3.5 hours including a short break.

Classes and Demonstrations
These classes are intended to be instructive, but do not include a hands-on experience. Students with laptops may follow along as they see fit, as time permits. Classroom set will not include electrical outlets at each desk; however, there will be charging stations in a central location to utilize during the breaks if needed. Each class will run 1.5 hours; there will be a 30-minute break between class sessions.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Changes are Coming to the Family History Library

While we don't know all the details yet, we do know that changes are in the works to make the library more user-friendly.

These changes; however, will likely not impact your preparations for any research you would like to conduct at the library while you are attending SLIG. We expect that we have more details at the orientation on Sunday. 

Develop a Research Plan

In order to efficiently research at the library, it is important to map out a research plan.
Where to start? It is important to know what research you would like to conduct and then begin by surveying what is in the library's catalog that might address your focus. Are there books? Are there microfilms? The Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world and houses over 1.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, along with over 600,000 books, serials, and maps. It is a good idea to review the Library's hours and develop a research plan prior to the start of SLIG, so that you can make the most of your discretionary time. 

First Visit?

If this is your first visit to the Family History Library, consider reading through their materials online before arriving: Also, you may also wish to sign up for one of the FHL tours held during SLIG Night at the FHL on Wednesday evening. Research assistance may be accessed on each of the four research floors via the help desk.

Shuttle Service

SLIG will have shuttles available to take you to the FHL during the week and the schedule will be published in the syllabus material and will also be posted in the Hilton Lobby during SLIG.

Refreshment Breaks!

Don't forget to hydrate and take breaks during your research time at the FHL! As avid researchers, we can forget to take a break, but there is a break room with vending machines to keep you fortified during your visit. 

Sound planning leads to successful results!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Do You Need A Last Minute Gift?

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has some course openings  ... what better gift than receiving a week spent taking your genealogical education to the next level! 

The following courses have openings:
  • Course 2: Immigrants to the United States after 1890
  • Course 5: Researching New York: Resources and Strategies
  • Course 7: 1619-2019 African-American Genealogy
  • Course 8: Exploring Native American Research
  • Course 10: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
  • Course 12: Researching Like a Professional
  • Course 13: Burned Counties and More: Overcoming Record Loss
  • Course 15: Writing a Quality Family Narrative

What a great last minute gift to receive or to give to yourself! 

Registration can be accessed here.