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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Open Committee Position: Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing

SLIG has an open position for a graphic designer/desktop publisher to start in October. The position may be held by one or two individuals, depending on skills; however, a combined position is preferred and is outlined here.



Graphic Design
  • Manages Design elements
    • In collaboration with the Director, conducts annual evaluation of branding
    • Updates logos and branded assets for use in publications and social media
    • Updates branding elements in Canva and Adobe products
  • Creates Official SLIG designs for current use
    • Recommends images for use in course marketing
    • Creates marketing images for use in print, blog, and on Facebook
    • Collaborates with social media manager and Facebook community manager as needed
Desktop Publishing
  • Oversees style guide updates
    • In collaboration with the director and syllabus coordinator, reviews and updates the syllabus style guide annually
  • Produces syllabus materials
    • Creates syllabus cover template per current-year specifications
    • Assembles syllabus materials for print and digital publication for all SLIG programs – SLIG Virtual (fall),SLIG, and SLIG Academy 
    • Ensures publications follow published style guides
    • Works with Syllabus Coordinator to make corrections as required
    • Saves syllabus in desired print and digital formats for distribution
  • Produces other print media assets
    • Prepares course completion certificates, tickets, and other items for printing
    • Using elements provided by the Writer/Editor and Graphic Designer, designs and produces course flyers, media ads, and other collaterals for distribution
    • Assembles tech day, colloquium, and other handouts as needed
Other Responsibilities
    • Maintains broad knowledge base about SLIG to ensure accuracy of visual communication
    • Attends monthly committee meetings, and ad hoc marketing committee or other meetings as needed
Time and Benefits
  • The position is a year-round appointments by the Director, and serves all SLIG programs – SLIG Virtual (fall),SLIG, and the SLIG Academy for Professionals. 
  • Time spent per month will vary:
    • Graphic Design peak periods are mid-November-mid-December, March-April
    • Desktop Publishing peak periods are August, mid-October-January (holidays and SLIG week off), April-May 
  • Benefits include waived tuition for a SLIG course of choice in each program – SLIG Virtual, SLIG, and SLIG Academy for Professionals. Travel costs are not included.
Requirements
  • Must have proven design and publishing skills. Samples of recent work may be requested. 
  • Must provide own Adobe Creative Cloud product subscription – including Illustrator, inDesign, Acrobat Pro, other if needed. Canva will be provided.
To Submit your Name for Consideration:

Open Committee Position: Writer/Editor

SLIG has an open position on the committee for a Writer/Editor. 


Responsibilities

  • Creates written articles, blogs, and other communications:
    • Writes blog posts highlighting courses, faculty, and special events
    • Writes blog posts about travel and trip preparation 
    • Writes additional marketing blogs as needed
    • Writes and/or assembles SLIG contributions to Crossroads Magazine
    • Creates copy for course flyers 
    • Creates lead-in copy for social media posts
  • Ensures branding and consistency:
    • Uses images created by SLIG appropriately
    • Reviews materials for branding consistency
  • Proofs materials as needed:
    • Proofs blog posts written by other committee
    • Proofs webpages 
    • Proofs syllabus front matter, student communications
  • Other Responsibilities:
    • Ensures accuracy of communication
    • Attends monthly committee meetings
    • Attends ad hoc marketing meetings
    • In collaboration with others, captures the SLIG experience
Time and Benefits
  • This position is a year-round appointment by the Director, and serves all SLIG programs – SLIG Virtual (fall), SLIG, and the SLIG Academy for Professionals. 
  • Time spent per month will vary, with peak periods running April-May, October-November, and February.
  • Benefits include waived tuition for SLIG course of choice in SLIG Virtual, SLIG, and SLIG Academy for Professionals. 
Requirements
  • Must have excellent communication skills, with demonstrated writing and editorial experience. Samples of recent work may be requested. 
  • Must have an intermediate level of research experience or above.
  • Must have previously attended SLIG (January program, in person).
To Submit your Name for Consideration
Questions may be submitted to director@slig.ugagenealogy.org

Monday, August 30, 2021

SLIG Announces the Recipient of the First-Time Institute Attendee Scholarship for SLIG 2022

SLIG is pleased to announce that Yvette Smithson Holmes has been award the First-Time Institute Attendee Scholarship to attend SLIG 2022. Yvette has elected to attend Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods. This scholarship was created in 2016 to provide assistance to students and defray the cost of attending their first institute.

Yvette Smithson Holmes is a 54-year-old lifelong resident of western Kentucky. She and her husband, Bradley, have been married for 32 years and have reared five daughters, and are proud grandparents of a one-year-old granddaughter. Yvette's ancestral lines are primarily colonial from Virginia and the Carolinas, with only one line arriving in America after 1800 and almost all before the American Revolution.

Yvette has been fascinated by family history since 12 when she saw some family papers listing the names of her third great-grandmother, grandparents, and parents, all born in Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has researched her one family and studied methodology while raising her children and working and would love to pursue a professional credential.

Her involvement in the genealogical community also extends to volunteer work at the local historical society. She hopes that her education at SLIG will benefit not just her but the community as well. Yvette is a member of multiple genealogical societies in Kentucky and Tennessee. She loves to travel, particularly to historic sites.

Congratulations Yvette! We look forward to seeing you at SLIG 2022.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Course Spotlight: Guided Research and Consultation

Experience the power of having your own personal guide for an entire week as you research in the Family History Library. Then join your friends for SLIG special events. 



Students meet with the coordinator, at the Hilton on Sunday prior to SLIG, to review their project and goals. The remainder of the course is held at the Family History Library during regular course hours (8:30 to 11:30 am and 1:00 to 4:00 pm MDT), where a consultation room is set aside for group meetings and one on one consultations as needed. Transportation is provided at pre-scheduled times.

Preparation: students should bring their own research project – all notes, prior research, copies of records, etc., – along with their own laptop for research. They should also be prepared to provide a short overview of their project and goals in their first consultation.

What to expect: Time for quick questions. Time for one on one consultations. Time to review your research progress, analyze documents, or obtain suggestions for next steps. Perhaps one of your experiences will look like this one, shared in 2019 before the course opened:
"I had the opportunity to sit down with Craig Scott to learn more about this course – how it would work, what students might experience, and what they could reasonably expect. 'But first,' I said, 'I need to ask you a question.'
"I pulled out the material I had retrieved at the National Archives at St. Louis the previous day. One question led to another, and to another. By the time we finished, Craig had lined up the documents in chronological order, interpreted their meaning, provided insight into the nuances, and helped me identify where additional records might be found. 
"We then chuckled at the fact that he had just demonstrated exactly what it would be like if I were a student in this course every day all week long. Now, I could definitely spend a week like that!" ~Peg Ivanyo
Please note that this is a full, week-long course. It is not possible to take this and another SLIG course at the same time. 

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration is now open. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce that Jourdan Brunson is the recipient of this year's Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Tuition to his course of choice at the 2022 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) or the 2022 SLIG Academy will be paid out of scholarship funds generously donated by the genealogical community.

Jourdan Brunson is the co-founder of kinkofa, a community platform that connects Black Family History Researchers to the tools, support, and resources need to uncover their family histories. He began developing an interest in his family's story during high school and has been an avid family historian and researcher for the last 14 years. Jourdan is a member of the Black Genes Club, Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago, and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Louisiana Chapter. When he's not researching his family (or others), Jourdan enjoys traveling, which often ends up involving research. He's looking forward to attending the 2022 SLIG Course 2 - Advanced Land Tools: Maps.

The Scholarship honors Laura G. Prescott, a genealogy professional who enriched the field with her talents as a teacher, writer, research, mentor, society leader, volunteer, and director of Ancestry Academy--Ancestry's collection of instructional webinars presented by leading genealogical educators. Laura was also especially known for her bright smile, positive attitude, and encouraging nature.

Scholarship winners are chosen by a committee with Laura's attributes in mind. Their short essay applications include information about what they hope to gain from attending SLIG, why they deserve the scholarship (not necessarily financial reasons), and how they intend to use what they learn. Those chosen embody Laura's passion for and service to the genealogical community and thus will further her legacy.

Congratulations to this deserving candidate!=

UGA Announces Winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce that Emily Alley is the recipient of the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship Award for SLIG 2022. This scholarship is awarded to the applicant who successfully demonstrates the spirit of service and giving back to the genealogical community as exemplified by Jimmy B. Parker.

Congratulations to Emily! She will be attending SLIG Academy Course 2: You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery.

Emily Alley is a genealogist, author, and lecturer of US, British, and Irish genealogy. She received her BA in Family History for BYU and her MA in English Local History from the University of Leicester (with distinction), researching military widows of the English Civil War. She was the host of the BYU-TV show Questions and Ancestors and has worked for Ancestry, FamilySearch, NEHGS, and Price Genealogy. She currently conducts private client research and teaches the British and Irish online genealogy classes for BYU-Idaho. In addition to family history, she enjoys gardening and travel with her 12-year old son.

SLIG Announces Intermediate Foundations Scholarship Winners for SLIG Virtual 2021

SLIG is pleased to announce two recipients of the Intermediate Foundations Scholarship: Susan Garcia and Sarah Day.

The Intermediate Foundations scholarship was created to assist students seeking to attend SLIG's Virtual Intermediate Foundation course. This course addresses foundational methodology and record skills essential to participating in more advanced institute course offerings and for home or self-educated researchers who want to "fill in their gaps." Students who are awarded this scholarship receive a pre-reserved seat in the course and a full tuition waiver.


Susan Garcia grew up in Iowa in the same town as her paternal ancestors moved to in the 1840s. Her great-grandmother had a letter hanging on her wall that her dad wrote from the 1904 World's Fair, surrounded by pictures of her mother and grandfather. Susan's curiosity and questions about these pictures are what hooked her on genealogy.

Susan received her Master's degree in History from Oklahoma State University. She is currently "on the clock" to become a Certified Genealogist and hopes to submit her portfolio in December 2021.

She currently lives in Texas, and besides genealogy, enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and watching college football.


Sarah Day is a high school senior from South Jordan, Utah. She has been doing genealogy and family history work since she was 11. She is the app developer, blog manager, special projects manager, and experiment benefits team manager for the 21 Day Family Connections Experiment. She has become part of the Hidden Branch team who hopes to inspire more members of Gen-Z to embark on their own family history journey.

Sarah currently serves as a family history consultant in her ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sarah is an aspiring professional genealogist and hopes to work towards receiving the Accredited Genealogist Credential from ICAPGen. She has presented at RootsTech Connect in 2021.

Besides genealogy, Sarah loves to read, play games, do puzzles, and spend time with her family, friends, and dog. She is involved in many organizations at her high school including, NHS, HOSA, Orchestra, Academic Decathalon, Rotary Interact, and FBLA. She is currently going through a surgical technician program and hopes to work in the medical field one day.


Thank you to all who applied for this scholarship, and congratulations, Susan and Sarah!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Course Spotlight: Teaching Genealogy Classes in Your Community

Have you ever wanted to design your own genealogy course? Do you teach classes or want to teach classes in your town or city? Need help with questions about speaker fees, lesson plans, or venues? Then Teaching Genealogy Classes in Your Community at SLIG Academy for Professionals 2022 is for you.




Become a Better Teacher
Students in this course will be introduced to skills and tools that help them create and design impactful and meaningful classes for their communities. The course will engage students in practice and homework to help them generate lesson plans, becoming a more engaging speaker, and create effectively designed slides. The course will cover instructing in different environments (online vs. live), catering to varying learning styles, and even teaching genealogy to children.

The Business Side of Speaking
In addition to helping you develop your skills as an instructor, students will also take part in discussions about the logistical and business skills essential to become a successful teacher. Experienced course faculty will walk students through choosing venues, marketing your classes, setting fees, and classroom management. Students will also get the opportunity to dive into specialty topics such as designing presentations that are culturally inclusive and copyright issues.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG Virtual Academy 2022

Held virtually, the SLIG Academy for Professionals promises in-depth, advanced educational opportunities targeted at current and developing genealogy professionals. SLIG Academy offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on business management, writing, public speaking, teaching, forensics, and project management. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG Academy for Professionals 2022. Registration is open now! Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Course Spotlight: Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-On Forensic Genealogy

Have a fundamental understanding of forensic genealogy? Do you want to expand your skills in a practical and hands-on way? Did you take a previous forensic institute course and want to learn more? Join us for Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-On Forensic Genealogy at the SLIG Academy for Professionals in 2022. This course is offered in weekly sessions at two different times on Wednesdays from February 9 to April 6, 2022.


Real Life Cases
Students will participate in a full week of interactive educational experiences. Practice will be given incorporating real-life cases and scenarios. Students will work individually and together to solve engaging cases in probate, real estate, and more. The course will even close with a game show!

Expand Your Skills
In addition to practice and experience, this course offers an opportunity for students to dive deeper into important skills in forensic genealogy. Advanced techniques will be taught in finding elusive individuals, efficient case management, mortgage, mineral rights, citizenship, and heir research. Students will also delve into important topics such as resolving conflicting evidence, ethical considerations and decisions, and maintaining genealogical standards.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG Virtual Academy 2022

Held virtually, the SLIG Academy for Professionals promises in-depth, advanced educational opportunities targeted at current and developing genealogy professionals. SLIG Academy offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on business management, writing, public speaking, teaching, forensics, and project management. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG Academy for Professionals 2022. Registration is open now! Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Course Spotlight: Writing and Documentation for Peer Review

Have you ever wanted to improve your writing? Do you want to know how to prepare your research for peer review? Is it your dream to have your work published in a peer review journal? Improve your skills and prepare yourself by enrolling in Writing and Documenting for Peer Review at SLIG Virtual Academy 2022.
 

Practice with Peer Review
Students will participate in several interactive learning experiences and homework assignments designed to prepare them for the peer-review process. Students will be given the opportunity to incorporate their own personal writing, prepared before the course begins. Activities will include self-editing exercises, live-editing by a former NGSQ editor, colleague-to-colleague review between students, and writing groups.

Incorporating Standards
Peer-reviewed articles are meant to be writing that exemplifies research best practices and adherence to genealogy standards. Students will be expected to come to the course familiar with Genealogy Standards, and they will learn to incorporate those standards into their writing.

Writing Skills
Students in this course will also be exposed to numerous practical writing skills aimed at helping them prepare for authoring a peer-reviewed article. Visual aids, self-editing, citations, and incorporating DNA results into your writing and all invaluable tools that will be examined. The faculty, all experienced writers and editors, will also help students incorporate best practices into their writing, such as proper word choice, avoiding passive voice, incorporating structure and flow, and important grammar skills.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG Virtual Academy 2022

Held virtually, the SLIG Academy for Professionals promises in-depth, advanced educational opportunities targeted at current and developing genealogy professionals. SLIG Academy offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on business management, writing, public speaking, teaching, forensics, and project management. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG Academy for Professionals 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Course Spotlight: Becoming an Accredited Genealogist Professional: The Why, the What, the How

Are you considering earning the Accredited Genealogist (AG) credential? Have you ever wanted to be able to demonstrate your research proficiency in a specific region? Do you want a chance to practice for the ICAPGen tests? Explore and prepare for the AG credentialing process in the new course Becoming an Accredited Genealogist Professional: The Why, the What, the How at SLIG 2022.


Prepare for and Experience the ICAPGen Testing Process

This preparatory course will give students the opportunity to prepare to take the ICAPGen test necessary to earn the AG credential. Students will learn about each level of the test and be equipped with useful tips for succeeding. Learning assignments will provide experience at each level of the testing process and rubrics for evaluating your own and peer work will be utilized in the course. Finally, students will be able to participate in a four-hour Level 3 practice test at the Family History Library.

Feedback and Experience

In addition to feedback gained from testing, students will participate in peer review of homework assignments during the week. These daily check-ins will allow students to gain valuable insights from others seeking accreditation. Each of the instructors in the course is an experienced AG professional who will cover topics such as elements of the four-generation project (citations, research logs, and writing); creating a research reference guide; research planning; and extraction, transcription, and abstraction. The week will end with a personalized meeting with an AG mentor from a student's chosen or similar region.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.



Course Spotlight: Advanced Genealogical Methods

Have you ever wanted a truly in-depth course on methodology? Do you want to take a deep dive into the concepts of the Genealogical Proof Standard? Want to explore methodology in a variety of important record groups? Advanced Genealogical Methods is a premier methodology course that has become a SLIG standard and will be returning for SLIG 2022.


An Exploration in Evidence

This course focuses on the advanced application of evidence from a variety of genealogical sources. The class will explore evidence in the context of many record types, including military, land, tax, and immigration. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about research techniques for groups where typical records are difficult to find. This course allows high intermediate genealogists to continue their methodology education on an advanced level.

Methodology Skills

In addition to expanding student research skills, this course also teaches students to document their research, analyze records, and write on an advanced level. Sessions will cover formulating research questions and plans, identifying and citing sources, resolving conflicts in evidence, advanced DNA methods, and writing. The final session of the course will also advise students on pathways for continuing advanced education.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Course Spotlight: Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding

Have you ever wanted to take your methodology skills to the next level through practice? Do you want to engage in an institute course with your own research? SLIG's new course Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-On Skillbuilding is a unique opportunity to expand intermediate methodology skills through a blend of lectures and instructor-led exercises.


Continue your Skillbuilding Journey

This course is designed to be incorporated into the continuum of SLIG's core methodology offerings. Intermediate students who have taken courses like SLIG's virtual Intermediate Foundations or possess that skill level will thrive in this hands-on learning environment. In-depth focus and practice will be given to students interacting directly with documents in class to expand skills such as writing source citations, research planning, evidence analysis, and resolving conflicting information. The final session of this class will help students create a skillbuilding action plan to continue to develop skills in the future.

Personal Research Application

An integral part of the experience of this course will include a continuing homework assignment throughout the week. This project will allow students to write a complete report for their own research, incorporating skills learned during the week. In addition to the opportunity to utilize your own family history, the course coordinator, Michael G. Hait, CG, will be providing personal feedback on reports to help students gain even more from their experience.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Course Spotlight: Gothic Script and Fraktur: Reading Records of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and the Czech Republic, plus German-American Church Books and Newspapers

Ever had problems telling an s or h from an f in German handwriting? How about those e's that look like n's? And when did it become okay to write your r's upside down? The German Script and Fraktur course is coming to SLIG 2022 to help solve all of your German handwriting woes.

Record Workshops

As part of this course, students will get the opportunity to learn by seeing and by doing. Workshops with hands-on practice and feedback are held in many major records groups, including baptism, marriage, and death records. Workshops are also held focusing specifically on Fraktur, giving students interactive experiences rarely found at this level. Students can also partake in optional homework assignments that will include additional experience and practice.

Vocabulary Building

This course aims to assist students in building a working knowledge of German genealogical terms and even some additional Latin. Students should expect to develop the skills needed to read a variety of genealogical records. While students should have an intermediate to advanced knowledge of general genealogy research, no experience in the German language or German research is required. This foundational course in reading German script and Fraktur typeface will bring students to a new level while having fun in the process.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Course Spotlight: DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments

Have you ever wanted to take a course that engages you in both DNA and writing? Do you want hands-on experience crafting proof arguments to the Genealogical Proof Standard for your conclusions about genetic relationships? The Course DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments will take you on an exciting writing and DNA evidence journey at SLIG 2022.


Ready to Write

Course coordinator and DNA expert Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG, explains, "This hands-on course is designed for those students who have completed research about a biological relationship and now wish to 'write it up' into a polished complex proof argument." The next step in several DNA courses Karen has taught for SLIG, students will engage in sessions of private writing time where they will practice lessons learned in morning sessions and study. During this time, faculty will also be available for consultations for your personal questions and needs.

Writing and Standards Experts

This course will also feature an exemplary faculty. Among them are writing and methodology experts, including Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA; Nancy A. Peters, CG, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly; and Scott Wilds, CG. Dr. Jones will join the class through the week to speak on evidence, source citations, writing skills, and live editing with the class. Nancy Peters and Scott Wilds will join the course's "Polish and Submit" day on Friday to discuss submitting DNA proof arguments for publication to NGSQ or for credentialing purposed to BCG. Course coordinator Karen Stanbary will tackle subjects including resolving conflicting evidence, derived meaning from DNA test results, charts in writing, and privacy in DNA writing.

Class Engagement

Students in this course will engage in hands-on learning in multiple ways. Daily writing sessions will allow students to practice skills as they learn them and incorporate techniques into their writing in real-time. Students will pair in peer review partnerships that will allow for valuable daily feedback. The course as a whole will collaborate on creating a  quick reference guide to useful tips and strategies learned called a "Golden Nuggets Quicksheet." Students will get to use their own genealogy during these writing and engagement exercises, meaning they can take their own work to the next step throughout the course.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Course Spotlight: Critical Thinking Methods for Your Genealogy Breakthroughs

Brand new course Critical Thinking Methods for Your Genealogy Breakthroughs invites us all to ask ourselves, "What if you could use processes and tools that access your brain in new ways...to solve your genealogical challenges?" Explore the exciting opportunity to learn these new techniques and expand your ability to apply critical thinking to your genealogy research questions.


What is Critical Thinking?
Course coordinator Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AG says, "Critical thinking includes concepts, analysis, evaluation, and correlation." Students will get to explore various tools and processes, including sessions on brainstorming, power searching, literature review, active learning, and more. Students will also be taught essential skills such as examining bias and assumptions, mindful transcription, and critical writing. At its core, this course will allow you to develop how you examine your research and approach genealogy research questions while improving your best research tool...you!

Interactive Coursework
Work in this course is specifically designed to engage the student in interactive learning. Multiple opportunities to network and learn with other students are engaged in through working with partners, roundtable discussions, learning exercises, and even games. Skills and processes learned during the course are also enhanced by incorporating workshop sessions where students can dig in and practice incorporating newly learned skills. Option homework assignments will also allow students to take themselves further in their in-depth educational journey to becoming skilled critical thinkers.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.


Course Spotlight: Advanced New England Research: From the Colonial Period to the Early 1900s

Have ancestors from New England? Interested in learning advanced methodology skills and exploring underused resources to improve your research? You should check out Advanced New England Research: From the Colonial Period to the Early 1900s at SLIG 2022.


Explore New England

This course will allow students to learn about specific resources and research techniques for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Individual sessions will also provide learning experiences that go deeper into historical and social contexts to trace New England families. This advanced course will dive into new records, history, research methodologies, and resources.

Records, Records, Records

Get set to learn about everything. This course boasts numerous lectures on the wide variety of genealogical resources found in New England research. Sessions taught by leading experts will cover jurisdictions, advanced town record research techniques, war and military records, land ownership and transfer, religious records, migration, and more. Additional class time will be spent discussing repositories, advanced techniques and methodology, and exploring case studies.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.


Course Spotlight: Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia (Austrian Empire) and the Russian Empire

Do you have Jewish genealogy roots in the Austrian or Russian Empires? Have you ever wanted to learn more about their language, community, government, or customs? Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia (Austrian Empire) and the Russian Empire, offered at SLIG 2022, is designed to help students learn about the history and records of people of the Jewish faith who lived in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria (commonly known as Galicia or Austrian Poland) and the Pale of Settlement (created by the Russian Empire to contain their Jewish Population).


Historical Context and Culture for Intermediate Students
This course, taught by experts in the field, is designed to provide important historical, cultural, and contextual information as it pertains to Jewish genealogy. Students should have intermediate research skills, but the course does not require in-depth preparatory knowledge of Jewish research or languages from this region of the world. Familiarity with the Genealogical Proof Standard will be helpful, and students should come prepared to learn how to apply the GPS to Jewish records and research. This foundational course is equipped to take students to the next level.

Incorporating DNA Results
Attendees of this course are encouraged to take an autosomal DNA test with one of the major testing companies and have access to the results for either themselves or someone of Ashkenazic heritage. Come prepared with either a laptop or other device to access and view DNA test results and matches. DNA exploration in the course will cover strategies for working with Jewish DNA and in-depth looks at endogamy in Jewish families.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.


Course Spotlight: Advanced Land Tools: Maps

Have you ever wanted to visualize an ancestor's migration route, get help with locating boundaries, or learn more about the place your family lived? Advanced Land Tools: Maps will offer education on all of these topics and more at SLIG 2022. As the course description reads, "Maps are a useful, essential tool to conduct effective genealogical research." This course provides exciting hands-on opportunities to learn about these research tools and their wide variety of applications.


Experience Maps First-Hand
Under the tutelage of experienced subject experts, this class incorporates more than lectures: it gives you opportunities to practice and learn essential skills. Visits will be taken to local map repositories with opportunities to learn about and use a wide variety of maps and map-based resources. Students also gain knowledge by working with a range of finding aids and learning how to evaluate maps for their value in solving genealogical research problems.

Building Knowledge with Labs
Student experiences in this course are taken even further by hands-on workshops in several computer labs. Through these labs, attendees will discover online resources, learn to plat metes and bounds land descriptions, and utilize technology such as the historic geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance their research capabilities. These unique learning experiences will also teach students how to create their own maps to aid in research.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022, in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, recordsets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Couse Spotlight: Operation Jumpstart: Beyond the Basics of Military Research

Have you ever wanted to learn how to take your military research further? Do you wish you knew more about in-depth military research topics such as the selective service system, the laws of war, or personnel files? Wish you had experience with methodology techniques for separating men of the same name? SLIG's course Operation Jumpstart: Beyond the Basics of Military Research may be just what you are looking for.

Critical Thinking Exercises

Go beyond traditional lectures and have experiences with real records in classes lead by national experts. Exercises will enable you to dig deeper by getting hands-on experience. This will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the records and methodologies in military research.

Delve Deeper into Traditional Topics

Think you know everything about compiled service records, bounty land, or pensions? Course instructors, each experienced specialists, will introduce you to different ways of look at classic military record groups through new methodologies and research techniques.

The full schedule for this course, faculty bios, and course details can be found here.

Join us for SLIG 2022

Held January 9-14, 2022 in Salt Lake City, the 27th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy promises the in-depth, advanced educational opportunities SLIG has become known for. SLIG offers high-intermediate to advanced education and includes courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, record sets, and research tools like DNA. Visit our website to view a full selection of available courses.

Learn more about SLIG 2022. Registration opens on August 14th, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT. Create a registration account today! If you have any questions, please reach out to the UGA registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.



Sunday, August 1, 2021

SLIG 2022 Changes Announced

In preparing for our first in-person institute since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have proceeded with caution. We know many are quite anxious to return, while others are not quite ready, and many still undecided. There is no right or wrong answer to that question; we all need to move at our own pace in this ongoing pandemic environment. 

However, it is our desire, and UGA's desire, to hold the January 2022 institute in person. At the Hilton. With as much normality as is safely possible.

Therefore, to ensure the comfort of the faculty, the safety of those who elect to attend, and to mitigate risk, SLIG 2022 will look a little different this year:

  • We offer a smaller, more centralized program – fewer courses, primarily concentrated on the second floor of the Hilton, to minimize public interaction between sessions and provide more control over our environment. We sincerely appreciate the Hilton's support and flexibility in this regard. 
  • Several courses have elected to postpone to 2023, and we look forward to hosting them at that time. 
  • The parts of SLIG you have come to appreciate remain: shuttles to the Family History Library for after class research, the morning coffee station, networking in the hallways, SLIG Central, Saturday Tech Day, and sponsored events. We plan to begin with orientation and the traditional welcome reception, and end with the completion banquet. Knowing, of course, that if restrictions tighten, some of those special events may need to be modified slightly. No issue.

  • Key to the success of our return to an in-person program is the new Health and Safety Policy. All participants will be required to read and agree to abide by this policy at the time of registration.

Several courses have elected to postpone to 2023, and we look forward to hosting them at that time. 

The following courses will be offered in 2022:

  • Operation Jumpstart: Beyond the Basics of Military Research with Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Advanced Land Tools: Maps with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Gothic Script and Fraktur: Reading Records of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and the Czech Republic, plus German-American Church Books and Newspapers with F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia (Austrian Empire) and the Russian Empire with Emily H. Garber, MA
  • Advanced New England Research: From the Colonial Period to the Early 1900s with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments with Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-On Skillbuilding with Michael G. Hait, CG, CGL
  • Critical Thinking Methods for Your Genealogy Breakthroughs with Jan M. Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AG
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods with Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL
  • Becoming an Accredited Genealogist Professional: The Why, the What, the How with Diana Elder, AG and Lisa Stokes, AG
  • Guided Research and Consultation with Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Registration opens Saturday, August 14th at 10:00 am MDT. Lodging reservations will open at noon that same day. Details at SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.



SLIG 2022 Health Policy

SLIG never lacks for quality education, great courses, or amazing faculty. And we surely don't lack in opportunity to network, engage in meaningful events, or research in that famous Family History Library. So what do we lack? 

A crystal ball.



Still, armed with two rounds of survey data, informal feedback through various means, and input from UGA, our advisory committee, and many others, we made the decision to move forward with an in-person institute in January. We crafted a health policy we felt would be sustainable, worked with the hotel to "size-down" our program a bit (more on that in a separate post), and confirmed which courses could run in this unique environment.

Since that time, we have already seen the call for additional restrictions as we enter a bit of a second wave of Covid – underscoring the need for a clearly written, very specific policy. 

The full policy may by found on the SLIG website. Our highest priority is the safety and health of all SLIG attendees and faculty. Therefore, we will require agreement to abide by the policy at the time of registration.

Some highlights: 

  • If you have been vaccinated, masks will be optional in certain areas (outlined in the policy); if not, a mask will be required. To protect privacy, we will not be requiring documentation. However, we reserve the right to remove non-compliant parties from participation. 
  • We encourage mask wearing even if you have been vaccinated if you have a compromised immune system or any upper respiratory symptoms. 
  • Those who are ill should remain at home or in their hotel room and contact us for support. A small, private triage area will be available to provide assistance in gaining access to local care if needed.
  • Our contract with the Hilton requires extra cleaning of high-touch areas and hand sanitizer stations. Additionally, SLIG will provide hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, electronic wipes, and disposable straws in each classroom.
The full policy provides additional guidelines concerning those instructing, the hearing-impaired, classroom sets, and catered events. Please read it carefully. If this is not an environment in which you will feel comfortable, we encourage you to wait and attend a subsequent year. 

But Covid restrictions are dynamic!

This summer is certainly proving that to be true! This policy is written such that if local or national policies become more restrictive, the more stringent policies will apply. But if local or national policies become less restrictive, the written SLIG policy remains in place. This ensures that what you agree to at the time of registration does not change. No surprises. 

What about last minute changes?

Again that crystal ball thing . . . wish we could provide one for you. After we secure one for ourselves of course :).  Naturally, if the world shuts down again, modification will be required. We will deal with that if and when it occurs. On a more personal level, SLIG continues to encourage participants to purchase trip insurance to alleviate financial risks in the event of an emergency or illness.

Registration opens at 10:00 am MDT on Saturday, August 14th. 

Lodging reservations will open at noon that same day. 

Full details and updates are always published at SLIG.ugagenealogy.org




Friday, June 18, 2021

Seats Available in SLIG Encore Courses

Three courses from SLIG 2021 were selected to give an "encore" this fall during SLIG Virtual 2021. The courses have been opened to those on the SLIG 2021 waitlists - and lucky us, there are still a few seats available for general registration!


What courses are available? Each of the following courses are available as encore courses at SLIG 2021
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State with Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
A very limited number of seats is available in each of these courses.

When are these courses? Each of the courses runs a different week during the fall. The format of these courses will not be changed to the multi-week format of the SLIG Virtual courses but will run on the typical SLIG single-week schedule.
  • Land Records - September 22 - October 1, 2021
  • Online Searches - October 4 - 8, 2021
  • Pennsylvania German - October 25 - 29, 2021
Can I register for an Encore course and a SLIG Virtual course? All participants are only able to register for a single course during SLIG Virtual. If you wish to take more than one course, you may email the Registrar (registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org) for an exemption.

Where can I learn more about these courses? You can view complete course details, schedules, faculty, and more by visiting the SLIG Virtual courses page here. Encore courses are listed at the bottom.

Registration opens on June 19, 2021, at 12:00 noon MDT at sligregistration.ugagenealogy.org.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to the registrar (registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org).



Waitlists: Updates, Tips, and Magical Solutions

Waitlists are an inevitable part of institute course registration. Courses fill. Sometimes very quickly. Oh how we wish they didn't need to do that! Run out of seats we mean. But if they must, then the answer lies in fair application and management of that sacred waitlist. 

So, each year we work to improve the process. We began with automatic waitlisting when a course fills. Then we added a Waitlist Summary view so one can see exactly where they stand. And a Waitlist Add/Drop option so one can manage their own updates. This year? Wow. Just wow!


We now have the perfect solution to an age-old problem: not being able to get back into one's order after being waitlisted to add a second choice course.

May we introduce the "delete order, start again" button. Really just another green "Register" button, but because of its particular usage and placement, it is so very magical! 

Please read on.

First, Don't Dawdle: During the registration process, you select your course, check all agreements, and then view a summary of your order. That word "summary" is a bit misleading. It is NOT final. It is only a chance for you to make sure you selected the right course and checked the right boxes. You MUST click "Next" for the order to be saved. 

Automatic Waitlisting: If you fill out the registration form and do dawdle on the summary page (consider yourself twice warned), it is possible the class will fill before you click "Next." The result? Someone quicker on the keyboard gets the course. They will go to the payment options page, and you will get this message:
Thankfully, the automatic waitlist feature will take care of you.  No change here, except we remembered to test it this week rather than take that functionality for granted :)

But, then the magic begins. In the past, if you wished to register for a second choice, you needed to work with the registrar. Nice guy, but on busy days, just not fast enough! Now, you just click on that bright green "register" button. In this context, that button erases your previous order (agreements, donations, etc. which are quite useless without a course) and takes you to the beginning of the form to start again. Naturally, you will want to continue to move quickly :)

Using the "Waitlist Add/Drop" Function. Should your second choice course also be full (greyed out on the form), then you should use the "Waitlist Add/Drop" function to add it to your waitlist choices. 

Words of Caution. When using the "Waitlist Add/Drop" function, please be sure of any decisions before saving changes. If you add yourself to a waitlist, remove yourself, and then re-add later, you have effectively lost your original date/time stamped entry and replaced it with a later one further down the list.

Need Help? If you have further questions or experience difficulties with your waitlist, please contact the registrar at registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org. Do that immediately, as the date/time stamp on your email will be used for any waitlist updates made by the registrar on your behalf.