Friday, November 29, 2019

Downtown Salt Lake City Eateries

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 Attendee Facebook group.

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

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sale at AncestryDNA!

AncestryDNA is now $49--Sale ends Monday. Regularly priced at $99, you are saving 50%!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday with their friends and family!

From all of us at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Breakfast and Lunch Options at SLIG/Academy

Network and Enjoy Friends over breakfast or lunch during SLIG and Academy weeks. 

Specials Include:

Breakfast Special at Trofi Restaurant
Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with omelets made to order for $18.00 (tax and tip included). This price is open to SLIG and Academy participants and their guests by simply showing your name badge. No need to pre-order. Alternately, Trofi will offer regular menu items.

SLIG Lunch Special at Trofi: The Hilton will be serving a lunch buffet for SLIG participants and their guests for $20.00 (tax and tip inclusive) during SLIG week from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Click here for the menu. The five-day lunch package may be pre-purchased with special event registration, or participants and their guests may purchase separately on-site with a SLIG name badge.

Academy Lunch Special through Starbucks: The Hilton will be offering a lunch package during the week of the Academy through Starbucks. The special will include the choice of a Salad or a Sandwich, a Bag of Chips, and a Drink (20oz Coca Cola Beverage or 16oz Icelandic Bottle of water). The price is $12.00 (about 15% off the cost of items purchased separately). Tax and tip are not included. Participants may sit in one of three locations in the Hilton set aside for Academy students.

One-on-One Consultations

Back by Popular Demand!

Ever wanted to sit down with an expert for an hour to discuss your own research one on one? SLIG Extended offers the opportunity to do just that. 

DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary are available Saturday 18th through Tuesday 21st. And Research Consultations with Craig Scott are available evenings during SLIG week as well as Saturday - Sunday, January 18th and 19th.

A limited number of time slots are available. Registration is open to all participants of both SLIG and Academy. The consultants will reach out after registration is complete to set your consultation time.

Registration will be included with special events registration – on the SLIG Extended form, which includes SLIG Day at the FHL and the professional workshops.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He is the former Coordinator of the Military tracks at IGHR, SLIG and GRIP.

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGKaren Stanbary is an author and lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacan, Mexico. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.

Professional Workshops

New this year! 

Half-day workshops on topics for professionals.

Friday, January 24, 2020, 2:00–5:30pm

These workshops will feature hands-on opportunities to build and enhance the skills required to manage a professional's daily work.

Students should bring their own laptops; electricity will be provided at each desk.

Registration will be open to both SLIG and Academy participants through “SLIG Extended” - a special events registration form featuring SLIG Day at the FHL, Consultations, and the workshops.

Digital Presence and Resume Building for the Professional Genealogist 

Janell Esplin, Ancestry ProGenealogists

During this workshop, we will discuss the importance of having a professional digital presence for genealogical researchers. We will look at the differences between LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms and spend time creating and updating existing profiles, giving you the confidence needed to find the right professional space for you. We will also discuss and review best practices around your professional genealogical resume and what should and should not be included on this resume. We will go over formatting and bringing your professional experience together with your genealogical research experience. When you leave this workshop you will have a great LinkedIn profile and a resume to submit to any company looking to hire professional genealogists!

Janell is the recruiter for Content, Emerging Business, DNA Operations and Member Services at Ancestry and has been in her current role for 3 years. She has brought over 40 genealogists to the company and has filled over 150 other openings across the organization. She has a passion for supporting her business partners, ensuring that candidates have a great experience when working with Ancestry, and helping candidates find the right role at this amazing company. Prior to joining the Ancestry family, Janell was a Recreation Director in the human services field. Janell has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences: Psychology from Utah Valley University. Janell currently serves on the Human Rights Committee for a local residential facility, where she serves as Chairman. She is an avid soccer fan and in her spare time loves to read and spend time with her family.

This workshop is sponsored by Ancestry ProGenealogists.

Get Your Life Back: Organizational Tools for the Professional Genealogist

Jessica Taylor, Legacy Tree Genealogists

This workshop will dive into tools to help you balance your work life AND succeed as a professional genealogist. We’ll discuss scheduling and life balance tools, communication tools, project management, to-do lists, and more. Our focus will be less on the organization of genealogy documents and more on the management of everything else related to your genealogy career.

Jessica Taylor founded Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2004, which has since grown to a company of over 35 employees, with additional contractors spread across the globe. Legacy Tree is the highest client-rated genealogy research company in the world and the recommended research company of MyHeritage, 23andMe, RootsMagic, and more. Helping clients discover their roots, connect with biological family and preserve their legacies, while caring for our team of superstar professionals, is Legacy Tree Genealogists’ joy and passion.

This workshop is sponsored by Legacy Tree Genealogists.

Academy 2020: Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 7:00–8:30 pm

Join your colleagues to discuss topics relevant to your professional careers. Very light snacks will be served. 

Participants will be able to select one of the following topics to join with special events registration: 

  • Business: Managing Time and Work
  • Business: Successful Marketing Strategies
  • Clients: Compensation and Fees
  • Clients: Contracts and Clauses
  • Clients: Relations and Expectations
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Credentialing: AG
  • Credentialing: CG
  • DNA: Ethical Business Practices
  • DNA: Research Standards
  • Professional Development
  • Speaking: Preparing for the Lecture Circuit
  • Writing: Getting Published (non-peer-review)

Monday, November 25, 2019

SLIG 2020 Networking Social

One of the best benefits of attending SLIG is the ability to visit with old friends and make new ones. To help facilitate networking among SLIG students, there will be a networking social on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Attendees can relax, network, and enjoy a warm pretzel and grab a drink. A cash bar will offer a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase; no purchase required to participate.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in January 2020! Please make sure to include attending the social in your plans that week.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Happy Holidays!

The holiday shopping season is just around the corner! 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 2020 than to spend a week (or two) with your genealogy friends! For SLIG 2020, go here. For the Academy, go here.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ancestry ProGenealogists Scholarship Program - Deadline November 30th

Institutes are a great way to increase your professional genealogical knowledge, skills and abilities and now Ancestry helps to make it more affordable!

Ancestry has established a scholarship program to foster and support professional genealogists in their professional growth and development efforts. Once again, AncestryProGenealogists™ is sponsoring scholarships to Institutions. This year, 5 scholarships are being offered - 1 scholarship to each of 5 institutions: GRI, SLIG, MAAGI, Gen-Fed, IGHR .

Full details and applications are available at:

Deadline date for submissions is 30 November 2019.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Kory Meyerink to Keynote Academy Luncheon

Academy for Professionals 

Closing Luncheon and Keynote

Friday, 24 January 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, will keynote the closing luncheon for the 2020 SLIG Academy for Professionals. In keeping with the SLIG 2020 theme, Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future, Kory will help us work toward a brighter future:

“The Secret of Your Success: Networking Your Way to a Profitable Career”

Genealogists love what we do. Armed with amazing skills, a lot of persistence, and a heavy dose of self-reliance, we dig into the past with vigilance. Alone. Which could be a recipe for disaster, since our success is often directly tied to our ability to find the right answers, and the right people to work with.

Forty years in genealogy has given Kory Meyerink the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of this important and growing field. He has conducted research for clients and companies, mentored other genealogists, worked at the Family History Library, and written chapters and books.  He was the first acquisitions manager for a fledgling company now known as Ancestry, co-founder of ProGenealogists, and continues with AncestryProGenealogists as a research manager and a Master Genealogist. Somewhere along the way, he found time to serve on the board for the Utah Genealogical Association and launch the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)!

Closing luncheon tickets are included with Academy registration; guest tickets are available for an additional fee; RSVP is required.

Academy: Welcome Breakfast and Commemorative Event

SLIG Academy for Professionals 

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:30–10:00am

Members of the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir will join us in this commemorative celebration in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his life and legacy. 

The choir is a diverse group of singers who have performed at the Stadium of Fire, the National Convention of the NAACP in San Antonio, Texas, the Eccles Theater, the Temple at Har Shalom Park City, and the Tabernacle on Temple Square, to name just a few places of import. 

The breakfast will formally kick-off the Academy in addition to paying tribute, and will include an introduction of the faculty.

Breakfast will be served. Tickets are included with Academy registration; guest tickets are available for an additional fee; RSVP is required. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SLIG 2020 Theme Announced

Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

As genealogists, we dig deeply to better understand our ancestors’ lives in the context of time and place. We seek for any little clue that will provide insight into the way they lived, what they did, and why they did it. We read multiple books and articles in a simple effort to understand their occupation, related hazards, and opportunities. We aren’t satisfied to know that they migrated from Delaware to Oregon with a brief stop in Kansas; we want to know why! And so we learn more about history, wars, bounty land, migration routes, and ethnic groups. We strive to understand those who moved for opportunity, and those who moved to seek refuge, and from what. 

At some point in time, we realize that not only do we carry the DNA of our ancestors, but also that their past is part of what made us who we are today. On-site research becomes so much more than access to records not available elsewhere; it becomes a cultural and emotional connection with that part of us that feels our heritage deeply.
To honor the past is to preserve it, appreciate it, understand it, and respect it. We hope this theme, and the special events related to it throughout SLIG, will foster a greater appreciation for and understanding of our past, the lives of our ancestors, and the heritage we each enjoy. 
We also hope that it will help each of us embrace the future.
Sometimes the future can be scary – so many unknowns.
New technologies, new challenges, new standards to meet when a previously-undeveloped resource like DNA hits the scene. But the excitement of a new find as the result of their application can rival hugging a new grandbaby when she arrives.
Embracing the future replaces fear with excitement, and hesitation with motivation and vision. Embracing the future of genealogy can also help us live more fully in the present, and better honor the past.
As SLIG celebrates its 25th anniversary, we will take a look at things past, present, and future. We will provide opportunities to learn, network, share, honor the past, and grow toward the future. And hopefully, through this unique educational experience called an institute, each student will each glean new information and skills that will help them to improve their own research future. 
We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 4, 2019

SLIG 2020 Themed Events, Courses and Lodging Updates

Themed Events: In concert with the SLIG 2020 theme, “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future,” SLIG and Academy will feature the following special events:
  • General session keynote, Monday January 13th: “A Look at Genealogy’s Past, Present, and Future” with David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS.
  • Silver Anniversary Banquet, Friday, January 17th, a look at SLIG past, present, and future.
  • Welcome Breakfast and Commemorative Event, Monday, January 20th, held in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring members of the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir.
  • Academy Closing Luncheon keynote, Friday, January 24th: Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA.
Tickets to these events are included with course registration for the related program. Participants may also purchase guest tickets as needed.
Courses: We recently added a second session of Barbara Vines Little’s Virginia course; a few seats remain open through the registration system. A handful of seats also remain available in many other amazing courses - for both SLIG and Academy. Don’t forget to keep your UGA membership current - your $35 investment could save up to $150 in combined SLIG/Academy discounts.
Lodging: The lodging block is in the process of being expanded one more time to accommodate those who continue to register. If you haven’t been able to obtain what you need, please check back November 1st, or email for assistance.