Friday, July 10, 2020

The Registration System is Now Open!

Registration opens tomorrow, July 11th, at 11:00 am Mountain Time for the four Virtual courses to be held this fall!

The system is up and ready for you to review your account – or set up a new one if you haven't attended SLIG recently. Just click here.

Right off the bat, you will notice it is now a shared Utah Genealogical Association & Salt Lake Institiute of Genealogy registration site. We are pleased to streamline our efforts. So, while you are logged in to register for SLIG, consider attending the UGA Summit of Excellence as well!

If you need to set up an account, you will find instructions on this page.

If you have attended anytime since Fall 2018, you already have an account. We kindly request that you take a minute to log in to update your account profile information as several changes have taken place.

To do so, please click on "Contact Info" then "Edit Profile."
Please note the following items that need your attention:

  • Name Badge and Certificate Names: The Name Badge field should no longer include postnominals or titles. These are most appropriate to be included on your certificate. While you are reviewing, please also check spelling and capitalization.
  • Dietary Preferences: Your account now maintains valuable information about your dietary preferences. If you attended in 2020, your information was captured from your SLIG registration. Please review and update as needed. "Other" may be used if you have multiple allergies or concerns. It will provide a text box to enter details. These selections will apply to all meals selected with registration (clearly now a 2022 issue, but let's get it all tidied up now).
  • Disability Services: Our accommodations list now requests you to check if you need "Wheelchair or Scooter Access" even if you don't require assistance getting around. This helps us prepare the classroom, and make sure we have a handicapped-accessible shuttle. Closed captioning is now an option that may be checked to notify us of hearing impairments for virtual courses. "Other" provides a text box for multiple services. When applicable, our committee will reach out to confirm your needs and ensure we are prepared to take good care of you.
  • Our Policies: The Privacy Policy and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct policy have both been slightly modified. We encourage you to read through them again. Of note:
    • Where SLIG was solely listed, we now refer to both UGA and SLIG so the policy may be jointly utilized.
    • Where protection of copyright is addressed, we have specifically added language addressing screen captures of any kind in a virtual environment.
We'll "see" you virtually soon!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

SLIG Virtual 2020-All-DNA Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum Registration Opens Saturday, July 11, 2020

The All-DNA Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum returns this year. If you took it last year, you know what wonderful learning opportunity this class is. Each week you will work through four complex cases.
These will be the same cases offered in the 2019 class. Are you ready to take on the challenge?
Class Coordinator Angela Packer-McGhie, CG and the following instructors will be presenting the weekly cases:

  • Melissa A. Johnson, CG
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Paul Woodbury, MEd

Click here for more information and pre-requisites.

This course will be held via Zoom on
Thursdays, September 24–October 29
12:00–2:00 pm Mountain Time

Registration for SLIG Virtual 2020 opens on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 11:00 am MDT

SLIG Virtual 2020-In-Depth Swedish and Finnish Research Registration Opens Saturday, July 11, 2020

Do you have Swedish or Finnish Ancestors? SLIG Virtual 2020 has a class just for you!
Taught by Jeff Svare, In-Depth Swedish and Finnish Research will deep dive into the records available including DNA to build your knowledge and skills.
No prior Nordic course is required for this intermediate class.

Other instructors are:

  • Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG
  • Niclas Persson Tenhuinen of Torsby, Sweden 
This course will be held via Zoom on 

Wednesdays, September 16–November 18, 2020
11:00 am–2:15 pm MDT

Click here for more information and class requirements.

Registration Opens Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 11:00 am MDT

SLIG Virtual 2020-Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources Registration Opens Saturday, July 11, 2020

Kelly Summers, MS, AG, is back this fall with Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources.
A repeat of her successful January 2020 SLIG course that gives instruction on the records and tools needed to research Chinese Ancestors. For those who took the class earlier in the year, a special discount is offered if you choose to take it again. Perfect for those with Chinese Ancestry and for researchers who would like to learn how to help those who do.

This course will be held via Zoom on
Wednesdays, September 9–November 18, 2020
6:00–9:15 pm Mountain Time

Click here for more information and requirements.

Registration opens Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 11:00 am MDT

SLIG Virtual 2020-Intermediate Foundations-Registration Opens Saturday, July 11, 2020

Geared for those who are no longer beginners and are ready to move to the next step, Intermediate Foundations will teach you the skills you need to become confident as an intermediate researcher.

Taught by Sara A. Scribner, CG and a team of other instructors including:

  • Angie Bush, MS
  • Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
  • Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
  • Kimberly T. Powell
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Cari A. Taplin, CG

This 12-week class will be held on Thursdays, September 10–November 19
5:00–8:15 pm Mountain Time via Zoom.

Click here for more information including requirements and schedule.
Don't miss the opportunity to build your research skills from home!

Registration opens Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 11:00 am, MDT

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New Blog Address

SLIG is still on Blogspot.

ONLY the URL address has changed.

Our blog is now named "saltlakeinstitute" rather than "ugagenealogy." All of our content is intact so you can search for items of import. Sadly though, this action will break all those beautiful links to our blog from past social media posts and blogs following.

We feel this change to be important to support UGA in their planned expansion of outreach efforts, while maintaining a SLIG-dedicated blog.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!

If you have been following us, please update to follow:

We encourage you to also follow UGA at where you can learn more about all educational programs available to through the Utah Genealogical Association as well.


Saturday, July 4, 2020

New African American Scholarship Opportunity

Board for Certification of Genealogists African American Scholarship 
Deadline: 8 September 2020
In an event to "increase the number of under-represented communities in the ranks of Certified Genealogists®, in line with BCG's mission," the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) announced in June that it would award scholarships to up to three African American students to attend "one of five premier national instiututes."

BCG president, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, said: "The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to sponsor attendance at these high-quality educational offerings." Each scholarship will "cover up to $1,700 of the tuition, travel, and lodging expense." BCG will also "waive its final application fee of $300 for scholarship recipients who submit portfolios of work to be considered for certification within three years of the announcement of an award." 

SLIG is pleased to be included as one of the five institutes eligible for awardees to attend. Even though the scholarship application and award cycle falls later in the SLIG registration year, Peg Ivanyo, current SLIG director, stated: "We will work with BCG to ensure that the scholarship may be utilized to attend any of the 2021 courses if desired."

Details and application requirements may be found at The deadline for applications is September 8, 2020. Awards will be announced in October 2020.