Friday, December 27, 2019

Save on Shipping: Pickup at SLIG


Click on the "Pick up at SLIG" Button

Save on Shipping Costs for the next 6 days! All orders placed by the end of the day January 1, 2020, may be picked up at SLIG (or the Academy). The supplier will process them, box or bag them individually with your name, and have them ready for our truck to pick them up prior to SLIG.

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New Items and Categories 

Besides a few very popular items, the SLIG store has been revamped to include many new items in several categories from apparel to electronics. There are chargers, bags, portfolios, apparel, accessories, travel items, drinkware, things for the home, and even items for the "Future" SLIG student in the family.

Most are available in multiple colors so don't forget to click the image to view options.

Discounted Items

Please note that the following items - from prior year's inventory - have been placed on clearance; the prices shown online are the "sale" prices: the Cara Mug, credit-card size USB drive, mousepad, and the ceramic camper mug.

There is also some limited stock available on previously popular sweatshirts. While not reduced in price, they won't be restocked when sold out.


Please review the apparel sizing chart and order carefully. Aside from a handful of sweatshirts already in stock, each item is processed as purchased and exchanges are not possible.

Checking out

If you shopped at the store last year, you should be able to log in using the account you set up at that time. Otherwise, you may set up a new one. Obviously, there are advantages to having an account, like being able to track your order or view past orders. However, you may also check out as a guest.

Where to pick up your order

Your items will be waiting for you in SLIG Central on Monday morning, or Academy Central at Monday lunchtime. All items need to be picked up no later than 5:00 pm Thursday of the week you are attending.

Shopping at SLIG? 

There will be a limited number of items at SLIG for you to purchase. But, the greatest variety will be available online. We will have a computer on-site for you to review choices and submit an order should you decide to have something to be delivered to your home. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

UGA Statement on USCIS Proposed Fee Increase

The Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) strongly opposes the proposed fee increase for the Genealogy Program under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as reported in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019. The current proposal is to increase the search fee from $65 to $240 and then the cost of a paper file from $65 to $385. This means the overall charge for genealogists to obtain A-Files, Visa Files, Registry Files, and some C-Files would be $625 per record provided the file number is unknown ($240 file index search plus $385 for the record itself). This is unaffordable to many genealogists, which means the records would be inaccessible to them. The Genealogy Program is essential for family historians seeking citizenship and alien records of deceased immigrants who arrived in the United States between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries.

UGA is proud of our state’s interest in heritage, family history research, and records access. From our earliest pioneer settlers to our modern residents, Utah and its people have always cared about preserving historical records and making them accessible and affordable. We applaud Senator Mitt Romney for speaking out on this subject and asking USCIS to reconsider its proposal. (

We recognize that there are costs involved with preserving and retrieving genealogical records, and we do not oppose organizations charging modest fees to cover these costs. However, we stand by our belief that records should be accessible and available to researchers, and we feel that exorbitant fees to access genealogical records hurt those who are trying to use and preserve them. We encourage record repositories to promote, not prohibit, access to their genealogical records. 

UGA’s mission includes providing genealogical information on state, national, and international family history topics. As such, we feel it is our duty to speak out on this urgent matter and call our members to immediate action. We call on USCIS to carefully consider any proposed fee increases, making sure they would not unduly burden those who need access to their records. We respectfully request USCIS to reduce the proposed fee to one that is comparable to the fees of other repositories, such as the National Archives. We also request USCIS to transfer all files eligible for transfer to the National Archives, where they would be more accessible to those who need them. 

We invite our members and residents of our state to make your voices heard on this topic. Please visit Records Not Revenue ( and submit public comments on the proposed rule in the hopes that USCIS will reconsider. Please also send a letter to your congressman, asking for his or her support. We invite you to also thank Senator Mitt Romney for leading the discussion on this important issue.

UGA Executive Committee
Kelly Summers, AG, UGA President
Elizabeth Miller, UGA First Vice President
Tristan Tolman, AG, UGA Second Vice President

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

BCG Releases 2020 Webinar Schedule

Board for Certification of Genealogists® to Sponsor Free Webinars

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is proud to announce sponsorship of twelve monthly webinars in 2020 at our partner website Legacy Family Tree Webinars (

January 21
Jan M. Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL
Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogy Problems
February 18
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS
A Convincing Argument or a Convoluted Mess?
March 17
Karen Stanbary, CG
Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report
April 21
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
Maryland State Archives Decoded
May 19
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
Discover the Holdings of German Archives
June 16
David Ouimette, CG, CGL
Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives
July 21
Warren Bittner, CG
Elusive Immigrant: The Search for Dora Lühr
August 18
Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
The Advance of Research Habits Over Recent Decades—And the Downside
September 15
Melissa A. Johnson, CG
Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence
October 20
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree
November 17
Shannon Green, CG
Separating and Merging Identities of Same-Named Men
December 15
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
From the 18th to the 21st: The Records of Prohibition

“The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL. “BCG provides educational offerings to family historians of all levels of experience, and promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence.” 

BCG’s webinars are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. Eastern time. In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, webinars may be accessed by the public at no charge for a week after each live broadcast. BCG webinars are always free to BCG-certified associates.

BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. For more information contact:

To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2020, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at access to all BCG webinars, see the BCG Library at Legacy Family Tree Webinars at our affiliate link: To register for more than one webinar at the same time, use our affiliate link:

For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit:

Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CG
BCG News Release Coordinator

The words Certified Genealogist and the designation CG are registered certification marks, and the designation CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Friday, December 13, 2019

SLIG Trofi Lunch and Dietary Accommodations

Some have been asking about dietary accommodations on the Trofi lunch offered during SLIG week.

This is what we have received back from the hotel:

Daily: both the soup and the salad are gluten-free.
Monday: gluten-free bread will be available upon request.
Tuesday: the full menu is gluten-free with the corn tortilla option.
Wednesday: gluten-free bread will be available upon request.
Thursday: the full menu is gluten-free.
Friday: gluten-free bread will be available upon request.

Monday: mixed green salad with vinaigrette dressing
Tuesday: eliminate the cheese and sour cream
Wednesday: you may request a sandwich/wrap to accommodate
Thursday: again, eliminate the cheese and sour cream
Friday: you may request a sandwich/wrap to accommodate

You may request a special plate.

The full menu should work for you with any personal accommodations you may select, except the dessert. A fruit cup may be requested if desired.

REMEMBER - pre-paid means you can skip the lines; just give your name and walk on in. Five days (Monday-Friday) may be purchased with special events registration. If you already completed special events registration and wish to add it, just email the registrar.

Or, you can purchase one day at a time as desired.
The full menu for each day is posted here.

We'll see you there!