Thursday, March 28, 2019

SLIG 2020: Courses on DNA and Technical Writing

DNA courses continue to attract students as more and more genealogists are adding the skill to  their toolbox. 

SLIG will be offering the following DNA courses in 2020 to continue to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively use and integrate DNA into their research:

  • Meeting Standards: Using DNA Evidence, Coordinator: Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Coordinator: Paul Woodbury, Med

Another skill that all genealogists can utilize is their ability to effectively write. Part of the Genealogical Proof Standard involves being able to effectively write up a proof summary or argument to support a genealogical conclusion. The following course will help students do that:

  • Technical Writing for Genealogists, Coordinator: Melissa A. Johnson, CG

Stay tuned as more information will be coming soon at SLIG's website!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Announcing SLIG 2020 Academy Courses

We are pleased to announce the course lineup for the 2nd Annual SLIG Academy for Professionals to be held January 20 - 24, 2020.

Back by popular demand:

  • The Art of Writing Client Reports, with Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • DNA for the 21st-Century Professional, with Angie Bush, MS
  • Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery, with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Building and Nurturing a Successful Genealogy Business, with Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
Announcing three new courses:
  • Writing and Documenting for Peer Review, with Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, with Catherine B.W. Desmarais, CG
  • Project Management Essentials for the Professional Genealogist, with Brent M. Hansen, DBA, PMP, IPMI-C.
The 2020 Academy will feature more networking opportunities, a welcome breakfast and commemorative celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a closing luncheon, and optional half-day workshops on Friday afternoon.

Registration will open on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm MDT.

SLIG is Offering Courses on Chinese and Hispanic Genealogical Research

Are you interested in a course on a particular ethnicity? 

If so, check out the courses we are offering in 2020:

  • Chinese Genealogy Research, Coordinator: Kelly Summers, MS, AG
  • Advanced Hispanic Research, Coordinators: George R. Ryskamp, JD, AG, FUGA and Debbie Gurtler, AG

Stay tuned as more information will be coming soon at SLIG's website!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

SLIG 2020 Courses: Offering Courses on Virginia and Maryland

Are you interested in learning more about a particular state to elevate your genealogical education? Do you conduct genealogical research in Maryland or Virginia and would like to obtain more detailed knowledge to make your research more effective?

If so, then you may be interested in:

  • Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, Coordinator: Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNGS, FUGA
  • Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State, Coordinator: Debra A. Hoffman

Stay tuned as more information will be coming soon at SLIG's website!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SLIG 2020 Records-Based Courses

Are you interested in a records-based course to elevate your genealogical education?

If so, check out the courses we are offering in 2020:

  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, Coordinators: Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA
  • Guide to Treasures Found in Federal Records, Coordinator:  Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Immigrants to the New World, Colonial to 1900, Coordinator: John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA
  • Early U.S. Church Records, Coordinator: Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG 

Stay tuned as more information will be coming soon at SLIG's website!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Look at SLIG's 2020 Courses

What part of your genealogical education would you like to elevate this year? 

If it is advanced methodology, check out the courses we are offering in 2020:

  • Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy, Coordinator: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Applying Standards to Appraise Genealogical Work, Coordinator: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • Meeting Standards: Using DNA Evidence, Coordinator: Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods, Coordinator: Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL
  • Researching Like a Professional, Coordinator: Michael G. Hait, CG, CGL

SLIG is also offering Guided Research and Consultation with Craig Scott, MA, CG, FUGA.

Stay tuned as more information will be coming soon at SLIG's website!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Announcing 2019 Fall Virtual Courses

It is with great excitement that the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) announces three virtual courses to be held this fall:

Intermediate Foundations
 Sara A. Scribner, CG

Sara and other nationally-recognized instructors will provide over twenty-five hours of instruction on records, methodology, and skills required to conduct successful research at an intermediate level. 

The course, which will run on Tuesdays beginning on September 10th, is intended for: those who are self-taught and need to fill in some knowledge gaps, those wanting a planned curriculum of study to take their skills to the next level, those who need more confidence in their research process, and those preparing to attend other SLIG courses. Homework is included and required to receive a certificate of completion; results will be discussed, and an answer key provided.

Nordic Research, Part II
In-depth Swedish and Finnish Research
Elaine Hasleton, AG and Jeff Svare, AG

This course will feature both local and overseas experts, with support between sessions via a private Facebook group. Once the course is complete, students from the Swedish/Finnish course taught at SLIG in January 2018 will be invited to join the private group, which will provide ongoing support for alumni of this course.

It will be taught on Wednesdays beginning September 11th and run for ten weeks.

Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
The very popular Virtual Practicum returns for a fourth year, but with a twist. This year the course will feature five DNA case studies! Students will test their ability to solve brick wall cases with documentary and DNA evidence as they work through one case each week, then meet online to compare strategies, challenges, and results with fellow classmates and the instructor. 

Angela will be joined by Karen Stanbary, CG as DNA Consultant, and Pat Richley-Erickson as Technical Coordinator; case study instructors will be announced in April. The course runs for six weeks on Saturdays, beginning October 12th.

For More Information: Detailed information about each will be posted on the SLIG website ( beginning in April; registration for virtual courses will open on Saturday, June 15th. 

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