Sunday, January 10, 2021

Twas the Night Before SLIG

Day One. Sunday, January 10, 2021.

I almost got this written before the day began. Cheri posted a cute "One more Sleep before SLIG" meme, and I realized I am missing the sleep part :) But I think that is part of my SLIG tradition.

Don't miss Orientation! Today! 5:00 pm MST. Faculty introductions, important information to make your SLIG experience a positive one, and more. The link is in your very highly organized links directory. We will do our best to make it as fun as it is in person, but sometimes my humor doesn't translate in a virtual environment and I haven't quite figured out how to do a faculty processional across a virtual stage. Still, orientation is where it all begins. 

1.  Meet the Faculty. A student once wrote that coming to SLIG and watching the faculty processional across the stage was "like Disneyland for Genealogists." Indeed, we have amazing faculty every year. 57 of them this year. The best the nation has to offer. We will ask you to turn off your video cams and microphones to help us properly introduce them. Means we won't hear your oohs and aahs, sorry to say, but we will be more likely to get their video cam chiclets to come to the top!

2. Door Prizes. Must be present to win. We will be giving away two of these portable green screens, as well as a handful of other prizes throughout the evening. 

3. Entertainment. Always a surprise item at the end of our reception which follows orientation. This year we have just taken the catered food out of the mix. Bring your own snacks, and enjoy the fun! 

4. Answers: We will try to provide answers to your most commonly asked questions before they come up.  Like where is my participant gift? Yes, there is one. And a story to go with it. How do I submit questions for the FTDNA event? Or win that most coveted door prize of all - early registration for 2022? Is the store still open? And will there be course photos?  

The good news this year? Even those who normally don't check in until Monday should be able to attend. Always looking for the rainbow!

We'll see you soon.


Friday, January 8, 2021

Board for Certification of Genealogists to Sponsor Free Webinars




CONTACT: Board for Certification of Genealogists®, PO Box 14291, Washington, DC 20044



Board for Certification of Genealogists to Sponsor Free Webinars


Registration for the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ twelve monthly webinars in 2021 is now live at our partner website Legacy Family Tree Webinars ( Dates, topics, and speakers are shown below.





January 19

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Death and Burial Practices in World War I and World War II

February 16

Ruth Randall, CG

A Family for Suzanne

March 16

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communications

April 20

J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG

Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions

May 18

Claire Ammon, CG

The Paternal Ten: Searching for Missing Heirs

June 15

Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG

They Had Names: Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses

July 20

Alison Hare, CG

The Time of Cholera: A Case Study about Historical Context

August 17

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Standards for Genealogical Documentation

September 21

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

Federal Records Related to Rivers and Canals

October 19

Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CG

My 20-year Mystery—Finding Family Origins with Y-DNA

November 16

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

Planning Research

December 21

Dana Ann Palmer, CG, CGL

Uncovering Immigrant Origins Through Cluster Research


“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 aired free on the third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Those with schedule conflicts may access the webinars at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Family Tree Webinars website. BCG webinars are always free to BCG-certified associates.


Following the free period for this webinar, BCG receives a small commission if you view this or any BCG webinar by clicking our affiliate link: For access to all BCG webinars, see the BCG Library at Legacy Family Tree Webinars (


To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2021, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (



Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

BCG News Release Coordinator


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

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

SLIG 2021 Special Events

SLIG 2021 may be virtual, but there will be plenty of the traditional SLIG Experience throughout. We have already posted about our Wrap-up event and keynote speaker. Here are the other events you won't want to miss! 

All-Participant Orientation

Sunday, January 10th, 5:00 pm

Come help us kick off three fun weeks of SLIG!

This event will include faculty and other introductions, information to help you make the most of your SLIG experience, and door prizes (must be present to win). 

While we can't follow it with our traditional reception, we can wind it up with one of our favorite traditions – entertainment. Bring your own treats and enjoy the fun! 

SLIG Central
Course weeks: 11:30 - 1:00 and 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Picture this - in a virtual setting. Networking, catching up with old friends, making new ones. 

We will have all kinds of break-out rooms for you to join and/or move around in. Each day will have a little different flavor, so watch the evening announcements. 

Course Photos

Days/times to be announced in class

Come prepared to let us capture your individual photo. Photos will be assembled by course "on the stairs." We think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Sponsored Events
Open to anyone registered for either SLIG or Academy

Tuesday, January 19

  • Board for Certification of Genealogists Town Hall
    5:15 pm MST
    This event will include a short introduction to BCG followed by open Q&A with some of the trustees.
  • Legacy Tree Live Q&A: How to Get Hired
    6:30 pm MST
    Are you interested in joining Legacy Tree Genealogists as a part-time or full-time genealogist? Find out what it’s like to work from home for the world’s highest-rated genealogy research firm. We’ll be answering questions about remote work, benefits, hours, typical job requirements, and more! Legacy Tree Genealogists team members will be live at virtual SLIG with the inside scoop on working at Legacy Tree! 

Wednesday, January 20

  • An Afternoon with Family Tree DNA
    with Göran Runfeldt, Paul Maier, Michael Sager, and Janine Cloud
    FTDNA will answer your burning questions about mitochondrial, autosomal, and Y-DNA, DNA science, test results, website navigation, test analysis, and more in two sessions. SLIG will distribute a link to submit questions prior to the event.
    2:00 pm MST – Open Q&A with FTDNA, Basic to Intermediate
    3:00 pm MST – Open Q&A with FTDNA, Advanced Topics
  • Evening with FamilySearch
    with David Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS
    6:30 pm MST – What's New at FamilySearch and What's Happening in the Family History Library?
    Learn the latest initiatives at FamilySearch to serve a global audience and get a sneak peek at what has been happening in the Family History Library while it has been closed – yes, we’ve moved quite a bit of cheese, but we think you’ll love the new experience when we reopen! Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Thursday, January 21

  • What is Accreditation and How Can it Benefit Me? with ICAPGen
    5:15 pm MST
    Have you wondered if accreditation is a good fit for you? Would you like to boost your research skills or gain confidence in client work? Learn about the accreditation process and its benefits from a panel of accredited genealogists. Ask your questions about earning this premiere credential and hear from a variety of perspectives. Whether you are in the process of accreditation or simply want to learn more, we invite you to join the discussion.
  • Ancestry Corporate Professional Corner
    6:30 pm MST
    A panel conversation with Ancestry professional genealogists and their recruiting staff. The panel of professionals will be there to answer your questions about becoming a professional genealogists in today’s corporate world. They will address what it takes to be noticed by the recruiting team and how to find success as a professional genealogists.

SLIG Wrap-up Event and Keynote 2021

In keeping with our theme for SLIG 2021, we are pleased to announce that LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson will be addressing us at the SLIG Wrap-up Event.

SLIG Wrap-up Event and UGA Awards

Friday, January 29, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 pm MST

What will SLIG be without our traditional completion banquet? We are about to find out how to wrap things up in a virtual environment. 

Following the pattern traditionally used at our annual completion banquets, we will begin with virtual photo memories, so make sure you arrive early to find yourself and your friends in the virtual slide show. 

The event will feature a keynote presentation, annual UGA awards, including the Silver Tray and FUGA, door prize announcements (see separate instructions to enter), and our traditional “course reveal” for the upcoming year. 

No tickets required; just bring your own meal of choice and click on the link provided in your virtual materials to enter.

"Excellence is Not an Act, but a Habit"

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

Few people have risen as quickly through the ranks of professional genealogists as LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson. And no wonder. Whatever she takes on is tackled with enthusiasm and a nod toward perfection. 

We (SLIG) suspect that her long list of accomplishments in life, from her Juris Doctorate to her election as president of BCG, is the direct result of a life-long “habit” of working toward “excellence” in all she does. In spite of challenges. In spite of what the world is dishing out around her, fair or unfair. And once achieved? She works to help others gain the education, hone the skills, and create the habits that will bring them similar success. We are pleased that she has accepted the challenge to address us on the topic “Excellence is Not an Act, but a Habit."