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Monday, June 27, 2022

SLIG 2023: Guided Research and Consultation

Do you want some guidance on your current genealogy research project? Do you want a week to focus just on your project questions but would like some expert advice on how to proceed? Try Craig Scott's Guided Research and Consultation course during SLIG 2023.


Guided Research and Consultation, coordinated by Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, provides you with your own personal research guide for an entire week. During the week, as you work on your own project, you will engage in virtual regular group meetings and one-on-one consultations. Assistance will be available as needed during specific research hours.

Although the group and individual sessions take place virtually and many students will choose to research and participate from home, some students might choose to travel on their own to Salt Lake City for the week and research in person at the famous Family History Library.

Watch this interview with course coordinator Craig Scott:


Guided Research and Consultation is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Friday, June 24, 2022

SLIG 2023: Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding

Looking for a course that takes you on your next step beyond Intermediate Foundations, but you're not quite ready for Advanced Genealogical Methods? This is that "in-between" course that might be right for you!


Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding, coordinated by Michael G. Hait, CG, AG, provides a unique blend of lectures and instructor-led exercises through which students will work directly with documents to learn and hone skills relating to the research process as a whole. These skills include source citation, research planning, evidence analysis, evidence correlation, and resolving conflicting information.

Faculty includes:

  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL
  • Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL
  • Scott Wilds, CG
This course includes a week-long homework assignment in which students will write a complete report for their files documenting a research problem of their choosing. The coordinator will provide critiques on their reports to help students further refine their techniques.

This is an intermediate-level course. Students should be familiar with most record types. Prior to class, a published, peer-reviewed case study will be assigned for reading along with questions for discussion in a class session.

Genealogy Standards (2nd edition, revised) is a required textbook for this course. Students should familiarize themselves with chapter 1 before class starts.

Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

SLIG 2023: Advanced Genealogical Methods

Are you an intermediate-level genealogist, comfortable with research but ready to tackle more challenging and complex genealogical problems? Do you want to learn more advanced research skills? Maybe it's the right moment for you to take Advanced Genealogical Methods!


Advanced Genealogical Methods, coordinated by Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL, addresses the advanced use of evidence derived from various genealogical sources and explores research techniques for populations for which the usual records are in short supply. You will learn how to assemble and use evidence, document your research, and develop proof summaries to reach accurate conclusions and create a credible record of your findings.

Faculty includes:

  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Paul Woodbury, MEd, AG
This intense course is intended for high intermediate genealogists who have completed an intermediate-level course or have equivalent experience. Their research has led them to encounter relationships that cannot be documented only with direct evidence. Students are expected to have taken at least one DNA test.

Students are also encouraged to obtain and read Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones before the start of the course.

Watch this interview with course coordinator Paul K. Graham:


Advanced Genealogical Methods is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Monday, June 20, 2022

SLIG 2023: Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy

Offered for the first time, this course will teach you how to research your German-speaking ancestors.


Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy, coordinated by Michael D. Lacopo, DVM, will bring you into conversation with knowledgeable speakers from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean who will help you navigate German genealogy. From history and geography to record groups and archives, you will leave this course abundantly equipped to break down your German genealogical brick walls.

Fluency in German is not required to take this course.

Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Friday, June 10, 2022

SLIG 2023: Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy

This course will take you deeper into using legal resources and records to solve genealogical questions.


Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy, coordinated by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is an advanced-level course offering an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the rich research resources of the law, including those generally available only at law libraries. Students will work with legal records and sources, gaining a better grasp of legal history and its implications for research, as well as the skills to find and apply the law to solve genealogical problems.

Faculty includes:
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGS
  • David McDonald, DMin
  • Forrest R. Hansen, JD
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
This is an advanced-level course. Completion of a basic courese in genealogy and law--Family History Law Library (SLIG) or Law School for Genealogists (GRIP) is recommended.

Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogists is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

SLIG 2023: African American Genealogy Methods and Strategies

If you are engaged in researching African American ancestors of your own or of others, then this course is for you.


African American Genealogy Methods and Strategies, coordinated by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG, is an intermediate-level course designed to build skills that will take researchers to the next level by focusing on methodologies and strategies for meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard when researching families that survived slavery. In-class exercises and a focus on case studies will give students the conceptual tools needed to overcome the challenges of researching during the antebellum period.

Faculty includes:
  • Deborah A. Abbot, PhD
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA
  • Michael G. Hait, CG, AG
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, FUGA
  • Diane M. Warmsley, MS
  • Scott Wilds, CG
Watch an interview with course coordinator LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson:



African American Genealogy Methods and Strategies is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Monday, June 6, 2022

SLIG 2023: DNA Dreamers: Integrating DNA Evidence to Resolve Complex Cases

Back by popular demand with all-new case studies!


DNA Dreamers: Integrating DNA Evidence to Resolve Complex Cases, coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG, is an advanced course designed to deconstruct and study researcher decisions, strategies, and methodologies employed in the correlation of documentary and genetic evidence to establish proven genealogical conclusions. Familiar genealogical skills will be dissected with a DNA twist. Besides working through faculty-provided case studies, several lucky volunteers will have the opportunity to present a real-life "stuck case" and participate in a "think-tank" around options for next steps.

Faculty includes:
  • Catherine Desmarais, CG
  • Melissa A. Johnson, CG
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Paul Woodbury, MEd, AG
This is an advanced-level course with prerequisites:
  • Completion of a full-week institute course at any genealogical institute in each of three categories:
    • Advanced Methodology, Advanced Genealogical Methods, or Mastering Genealogical Proof;
    • Beginning DNA, Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, or Practical Genetic Genealogy;
    • Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA, Intermediate DNA, Chromosome Mapping, Advanced DNA, or SLIG Virtual DNA Practicum.
  • If a registrant does not meet the prerequisites, a work sample that correlates genetic and documentary sources to establish a conclusion meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard may be submitted for consideration to the course coordinator.
DNA Dreamers: Integrating DNA Evidence to Resolve Complex Cases is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Friday, June 3, 2022

SLIG 2023: Metes & Bounds Land Platting

Land platting skills and the ability to use land plats can help you solve genealogical problems. This advanced course will teach you how.


Metes & Bounds Land Platting, coordinated by Gerald H. "Jerry" Smith, CG, is a practicum-based course in which, after learning essential skills, students will learn by doing real-world research problems with guidance from faculty. Topics include reading and abstracting metes and bounds legal land descriptions, hand-drawing, plats, computer platting, platting over base maps (including USGS), resolving common plat problems, constructing connected tract maps, and geo-locating base maps and plats. Related topics include land tenure, map resources, historical surveying equipment and practices, online resources, and using Google Earth. Much of the course is practicum-based using DeedMapper software.

Faculty includes:

  • Syndey Cruice
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
This is an advanced-level course. See the course description on the SLIG website for details about prerequisites and required equipment and software.

Metes & Bounds Land Platting is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

SLIG 2023: Evidence-Based Writing for Genealogists

Are you an intermediate or advanced genealogist looking for help with getting words down on paper? Do you want to write for submission for certification or for publication? Then check out this course!


Evidence-Based Writing for Genealogists, coordinated by Melissa A. Johnson, CG, will help you communicate your thought processes and present evidence in writing. You will learn essential skills to convey complex concepts in genealogical work products, including proof arguments, affidavits, and research reports. The course will focus on meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard and writing in a professional, clear, and concise manner for various audiences.

There are no prerequisites for this course, although the course is recommended for intermediate to advanced genealogists. Some materials will be assigned for reading in advance of the course. Students will be asked to come prepared to begin outlining, strategizing, and writing a small part of their planned written work and bring a writing sample of no more than four pages. The writing sample may be related to the student's own family or another family they have researched. This writing sample will be used in collaborative in-class activities; as a result, students should not use a sample intended for use in the BCG certification portfolio, nor should they use a sample for which they do not have permission to use or that violates the privacy of living individuals. There will be light homework on some evenings.

Faculty includes:

  • Rick Fogarty
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
Evidence-Based Writing for Genealogists is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

WANTED: Hive Minders for SLIG 2023 and SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023

Hive Minders make our virtual classrooms function smoothly, addressing challenges that arise. If you are comfortable with technology, consider applying to serve during one of the courses offered during SLIG 2023 and SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023.


Hive Minder job responsibilities include:

  • starting Zoom for each weekly class session;
  • managing closed captioning, breakout rooms, polls, and recordings;
  • assisting faculty and students with light tech and announcements;
  • taking attendance with the provided Airtable attendance tracker;
  • keeping SLIG staff aware of classroom and student issues or concerns.
Hive Minders receive:
  • a tuition waiver for the course for which they serve as Hive Minder;
  • training to be a Hive Minder;
  • a Hive Minder reference packet;
  • assistance and support from SLIG's Virtual Coordinator, Tech Assistant, and Director for emergencies and questions.

To apply to be a Hive Minder during SLIG 2023 or for SLIG Academy for Professionals, please complete the application at this Airtable link. The deadline for applying to be a Hive Minder for either event is June 30, 2022. All applicants will receive notification whether they have been selected via email by July 15, 2022. Persons may apply to be a Hive Minder at either or both events.

Did we mention that Hive Minders receive a tuition waiver?

Monday, May 30, 2022

SLIG 2023: Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780–1850

Have you lost an ancestor who lived in New England or New York between 1780 and 1850? Don't know where they might have gone? This course might help you "bridge the gap!"


Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780–1850, coordinated by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA, focuses on strategies and records for tracing families from New England to the Midwest between 1780 and 1850, grounded in the historical context of this vibrant period in American history. Specific topics will explore key New England and Midwestern sources, migration patterns, manuscript materials, historical overviews, military records, land and property acquisition, and case studies documenting various techniques. Specific focus is placed upon tracing families who passed through New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio (though other states are included).

Students will have the opportunity to work on an optional project to "map" the families each is researching, to find common migration pathways and historical connections.

Faculty includes:

  •  Annette Burke Lyttle, MA
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780–1850, is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 20-23. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more informaiton, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Friday, May 27, 2022

SLIG 2023: Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War

This could be your last chance to learn about Virginia genealogy from Barbara Vines Little!


Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War: Her Records, Her People Her Laws, coordinated by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNGS, FUGA, is intended for intermediate to advanced researchers seeking a broad knowledge of Virginia background and resources from the colonial period through the early 1800s. Commentary will be provided on unique resources, applicable laws, and the interpretation of information in specific record sources. Emphasis will be placed on records available either online or through microfilm loan programs; however, researchers will be introduced to records available only in manuscript form at either the local level or in larger research repositories.

Faculty includes:

  • Victor S. Dunn, CG
Watch this interviw with course coordinator Barbara Vines Little:


Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

SLIG 2023: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

Are you starting from scratch with figuring out DNA? Or do you have a basic handle on genetic genealogy and want to move towards an intermediate level of knowledge and skill? Do you want to master the basics of genetic genealogy research? Then this is the course for you!


Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, coordinated by Paul Woodbury, MEd, AG, is a hands-on course guiding participants through applications in a variety of investigative contexts. Participants will practice basic interpretation of Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, X-DNA, and autosomal DNA evidence within the context of traditional document research. Students will receive written feedback on daily homework assignments, in-class lab assistance, and a 15-minute DNA consultation to review a DNA goal and related results, and outline a research plan.

Faculty include:

  • Angie Bush, MS
  • Melissa A. Johnson, CG
  • Gretchen Jorgensen
  • Leah Larkin, PhD
  • Dana Leeds
  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Tanner Tolman
This course has no prerequisites, and is designed for participants with no background in genetics as well as those with a basic understanding but who want to move on to an intermediate level.

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Monday, May 23, 2022

SLIG 2023: Behind the Scenes at FamilySearch: Technology and Features

You already likely know about FamilySearch as the go-to website for anyone wanting to research their ancestors. Did you know that FamilySearch is also an organization with a proud 128-year history and that constantly grows and keeps current with new opportunities? This new course will provide you with unique insights and resources to enhance your genealogical efforts.


Behind the Scenes at FamilySearch: Technology and Features, coordinated by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, will guide you in exploring the many features and products FamilySearch has to offer. At FamilySearch, it is all about the individual and the experience you will have either in person or online.

Faculty includes:

  • John Alexander, MA, MLIS
  • Daniel Atwell, MLIS
  • Brandon Baird AG
  • Daniele Batson AG
  • Rebekah Grow
  • Debbie Gurtler, AG
  • Sandy Joseph
  • Robert Kehrer, MBA
  • Savannah Larson
  • Rachel Crump Matheus
  • Whitney Peterson
  • Robert Raymond, MS
  • Lynn Turner, AG
  • Janell Vasquez
  • Lauren Vasylyev
FamilySearch: Technology and Features is scheduled to meeet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Will We See You at the NGS Family History Conference?

The 2022 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference takes place this week, May 24–28, 2022, in Sacramento, California––and SLIG will be there!


Come visit SLIG's booth at the NGS Conference. We will be located at booth 214 in the Expo Hall inside the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center.


PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

Sign up in person at the SLIG booth for your chance at winning an AncestryDNA test kit.

While you are at the SLIG booth, be sure to have all your SLIG questions answered by members of the SLIG Committee.

Many of SLIG's course coordinators will be making scheduled visits to the SLIG booth. Come chat with them about their courses and interests:

  • Wednesday, May 25

    • 10:00 am–11:00 am: David E. Rencher (SLIG 2023––Behind the Scenes at FamilySearch: Technology and Features)
    • 5:00 pm–5:30 pm: D. Joshua Taylor (SLIG Fall Virtual 2022––Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records; SLIG 2023––Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780–1850)

  • Thursday, May 26

    • 9:30 am–10:00 am: Kelvin L. Meyers (SLIG Fall Virtual 2022––Record Loss: Overcoming Destroyed, Missing or Non-Extant Records; Sources and Techniques/Methods)
    • 4:30pm–5:00 pm: Karen Stanbary (SLIG Fall Virtual 2022––Proving Your Pedigree with DNA; SLIG 2023––DNA Dreamers: Integrating DNA Evidence to Resolve Complex Cases; SLIG Academy 2023––DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments)

  • Friday, May 27

    • 9:30 am–10:30 am: Debbie Gurtler (SLIG Fall Virtual 2022––Advanced Hispanic Research)
    • 10:30 am–11:30 am: Angela Packer McFhie (SLIG Fall Virtual 2022––Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum; SLIG Academy 2023––The Art of Writing Client Reports; SLIG Academy 2023––Intermediate Evidence Analysis Practicum; SLIG Academy 2023
    • 11:00 am–12:30pm: Rebecca Whitman Koford (Capitol Kin: Research Ancestors Who Lived in Washington, D.C.)
We look forward to visiting with you at NGS in Sacramento!

Friday, May 20, 2022

SLIG 2023: Advanced Techniques: Material Culture Research Techniques for Genealogy

Are you an intermediate or advanced genealogist who wants to try something new? Are you interested in historical research methodology? Social history? Telling your ancestor's story? Learn how research in material culture can enhance your genealogical work.


Advanced Techniques: Material Culture Research Techniques for Genealogy, coordinated by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR, will help you bring your ancestors to life. Material culture is the story and history of objects created and used by humans. This branch of social history can inform and strengthen the stories you tell about your ancestors. In addition, the study, research, and analysis of material culture encourage better and more complete research techniques.

Faculty includes:

  • E. Lee Eltzroth
  • Tammy Hepps
  • Lauren K. Peightel
  • Marian Pierre-Louise
Watch this interview with course coordinator Gena Philibert-Ortega:




Material Culture is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG 2023 courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

SLIG 2023: Capitol Kin: Researching Ancestors Who Lived in Washington, D.C.

Seat of government. Federal district. City without a state. Directly governed by Congress until partial home rule was granted in 1973. The District of Columbia presents unique challenges for the genealogical researcher. Offered for the first time in 2023, this course will help you find your Washington, D.C., ancestors.


Capitol Kin: Researching Ancestors Who Lived in Washington, D.C., coordinated by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, will be offered during SLIG 2023. From the Revolutionary period and into the 1900s, this course provides an in-depth look at researching ancestors who lived in the District of Columbia. This is not a tour of D.C. repositories––these presentations are designed to assist researchers in navigating the sometimes-convoluted system of records available for finding residents of the District. The course utilizes intermediate and advanced methodologies as well as underused sources, including those at the National Archives. Sessions will provide a deeper historical and social context for residents, including ones focused on African American resources.

Faculty includes:

  • Leslie Anderson, MSLS
  • Gary Ball-Kilbourne, MDiv, PhD, CG
  • Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
Capitol Kin is scheduled to meet online January 23–27, 2023. All SLIG courses will be offered virtually this year. (See you in person in Salt Lake City in 2024!)

See the SLIG 2023 Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG 2023 registration opens Saturday, July 16, at 10:00 am MDT.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

SLIG Virtual 2020: Have You Registered Yet?

Seats are still available for some of the SLIG Virtual 2022 courses. Grab yours while they last!

Some seats are still available for:
  • Intermediate Foundations (coordinated by Annette Burke Lyttle, MA)
  • Proving Your Pedigree with DNA––1 seat available (coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG)
  • Advanced Hispanic Research (coordinated by Debbie Gurtler, AG)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA)
    • 9:00 am session––3 seats available
    • 12:00 pm session
  • Record Loss: Overcoming Destroyed, Missing or Non-Extant Records; Sources and Techniques/Methods (coordinated by Kelvin Meyers)
You can register for any of these courses here.

Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records (coordinated by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA) is filled. But you can still put your name on a waitlist in case openings occur. Sign up for a waitlist here.

We look forward to seeing you at SLIG Virtual 2022!

Monday, May 9, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual Registration Begins May 14

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens May 14, 2022, at 12:00 pm MDT.


Course Information: Still wondering which course is right for you? Check these courses out!
  • Intermediate Foundations, coordinated by Annette Burke Lyttle, MA
  • Proving Your Pedigree with DNA, coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records, coordinated by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA
  • Advanced Hispanic Research, coordinated by Debbie Gurtler, AG
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG FUGA
  • Record Loss: Overcoming Destroyed, Missing or Non-Extant Records; Sources and Techniques/Methods, coordinated by Kelvin L. Meyers

Registration Website: Our registration system has a new web address. PLEASE update your SLIG registration bookmark! Find us at https://registration.ugagenealogy.org/

Tips for preparing for a smooth registration experience:
  • Join UGA (Utah Genealogical Association) or renew your UGA membership at least 24 hours before registration so the system has time to update and correctly apply the UGA discount to your order.
  • Create or login to your SLIG registration account--this is different from your UGA account--at least 24 hours before registration. Please confirm that your information is still current (name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) and update as necessary.
  • Review these SLIG policies you must agree to when registering:
  • Does your desired course have prerequisites? Do you meet them? Courses with prerequisites: Proving Your Pedigree with DNA, Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, and Overcoming Record Loss. The course offerings website has more information about prerequisites.
Waitlists: If your desired course sells out before you complete your order, you will be automatically waitlisted and sent back to the course selection page where you can choose another course to register for. After placing an order, you may add yourself to the waitlist for another course in the registration dashboard.

Interested in taking more than one course? On the day of registration, you may register for only one course. Please email the registrar to request the opportunity to enroll in an additional course: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org. Beginning May 16, the registrar will review those requests on a case-by-case basis. If your desired second course sells out, please put yourself on the waitlist right away in case your request is approved.

We hope the registration process goes smoothly for you and look forward to supporting your educational goals!






Monday, May 2, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Back again with all new cases!


Coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA, the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum challenges advanced researchers to solve a different tough case each week. Participants will gain experience in planning research, conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions.

The online environment for this course facilitates the time necessary to work individually on each case and then to join classmates and the instructor to discuss approaches, sources, strategies, methodologies, and difficulties. Most students plan to spend 10 to 20 hours each week to work on the cases and write up a summary of findings.

This course is designed for advanced genealogists. Students should have advanced skills in researching in all types of genealogical records and solving tough genealogical problems.

Prerequisites:

  • An advanced level methodology course, or
  • Equivalent experience.
Additional informaiton about prerequisites is available on the SLIG website.

Faculty include:
  • Sharon Hoyt, CG
  • Robbie Johnson, CG
  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Mark Wentling, MLS, CG
  • Paul Woodbury, MEd
Two sessions of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum are scheduled to meet on Wednesdays, September 7 through October 12, 2022:
  • Session 1: 9:00 am to 11:00 am Mountain Time.
  • Session 2: 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm Mountain Time.
This course is offered each fall with different case studies each year.

Watch this interview with course coordinator Angela Packer McGhie:





See the SLIG 2022 Fall Virtual Courses web page for more information, including updates.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens Saturday, May 14, at 12:00 noon MDT.

Friday, April 29, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records

Are you exhausting everything online as you undertake reasonably exhaustive research? Probably not.


Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records, coordinated by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA, will be offered during SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 for the first time in a multi-week format. This course specifically teaches advanced search skills for subscription family history websites while also focusing on unindexed digitized materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other repositories across the United States. Many hands-on opportunities will be provided. The online environment for this experience is perfect for instant exploration of websites and applying the new skills you are learning.

Additional faculty include:

  • Melinda Kashuba, PhD
  • Cheri Hudson-Passey
  • Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Mastering Online Searches is scheduled to meet Thursdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Mountain Time, September 15 through November 17, 2022.

Watch this interview with course coordinator, Josh Taylor:





See the SLIG 2022 Fall Virtual Courses web page for more information, including updates.

The recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Salt Lake Insitute of Genealogy Scholarship may choose to use the award to attend this course at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022. For information and to apply: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 1.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens Saturday, Mary 14, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Record Loss: Overcoming Destroyed, Missing or Non-Extant Records; Sources and Techniques/Methods

What do you do when the records you need to answer your research question are not there?

Few experiences frustrate genealogists more frequently or intensely than discovering that records are missing. The reasons for missing documents are many: burned courthouse; clerks tossing "obsolete" records; autograph hungers; relatives who just had to have that ancestral record; environmental factors such as heat, flood, humidity, insects; war; ink fading from time or sunlight. Sometimes just the distance an ancestor had to travel to the courthouse might mean that the hoped-for deed, will, or vital record was never filed.


Record Loss: Overcoming Destroyed, Missing or Non-Extant Records; Sources and Techniques/Methods, coordinated by Kelvin L. Meyers, will show you that in many cases, it's possible to overcome the problem of missing records. You will learn strategies, alternative sources, and techniques to find the information you thought was lost when that record could not be found.

Additional faculty include:

  • Deborah A. Abbott, PhD
  • Jen Baldwin
  • Victor S. Dunn, CG
  • Sharon Batiste Gillins
  • J. Mark Lowe, FUGA
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
Record Loss is scheduled to meet Thursdays, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Mountain Time, September 15 through November 17, 2022.

See the SLIG 2022 Fall Virtual Courses web page for more information, including updates.

The recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship may choose to use the award to attend this course at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022. For information and to apply: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Deadline for applying is May 1.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens Saturday, May 14, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

Monday, April 25, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Advanced Hispanic Research

Do you have Hispanic ancestors? Do you want to become proficient in researching Hispanic genealogy? Competent researchers in Hispanic family history are in high demand. This course will help you advance your research skills to the next level.

Advanced Hispanic Research, coordinated by Debbie Gurtler, AG, will be offered during SLIG Fall Virtual 2022. Instruction will be provided on records and resources for almost every Spanish-speaking country. This course will help you to:

  • Extend your Hispanic research knowledge beyond the basics for the southwest United States, Latin America, and Spain;
  • Gain in-depth knowledge in civil registration, census, and parish records;
  • Acquire new skills using notarial records, military records, and other out-of-the-ordinary record types;
  • Identify migration patterns throughout the Hispanic colonial world;
  • Locate records and record collections found in archives around the world.
Additional faculty include:
  • Brandon Baird, AG
  • Arturo Cuellar, AG
  • Henrietta Martinez-Christmas
  • Lynn Turner, AG
  • Lauren Vasylyev
Some experience reading documents in Spanish is very helpful, but not required.

Watch this interview with course coordinator Debbie Gurtler:





Advanced Hispanic Research is scheduled to meet Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Mountain Time, September 15 through November 17, 2022.

See the SLIG 2022 Fall Virtual Courses web page for more information, including updates.

The recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship may choose to use the award to attend this course at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022. For information and to apply: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Deadline for applying is May 1.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens Saturday, May 14, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

Friday, April 22, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Proving Your Pedigree with DNA

Back by popular demand!

Proving Your Pedigree with DNA, coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG, will lead you in applying your DNA analysis skills to the documentation of one of your ancestral lines back to a second great-grandparent couple. Learn to incorporate genetic evidence in a proof of parentage as part of a fully documented compiled genealogy meeting Genealogy Standards. First taught during SLIG Fall Virtual 2021 and receiving excellent reviews, this is the intermediate level DNA course you need.

Highlights of the course:

  • Practical step-by-step examples
  • Hands-on practice with your own DNA results and research project
  • Weekly private one-on-one consultations with expert faculty members
By the end of the course, you will have:
  • A source cited lineage, including proof of biological parentage that meets Genealogy Standards;
  • A graphic descendant tree;
  • A unique, student-generation "Golden Nuggets" Quicksheet.
Prerequisite: Completion of a beginning-level DNA course.

Additional faculty include:
  • Nicole Dyer
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG FUGA
  • Paul Woodbury MEd, AG
  • Jennifer Armstrong Zinck, CG
Proving Your Pedigree with DNA is scheduled to meet Fridays, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm Mountain Time, October 21 through November 18, 2022.

See the SLIG 2022 Fall Virtual Course webpage for more information, including updates.

The recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship may choose to use the award to attend this course at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022. For information and to apply: Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Deadline for applying is May 1.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens Saturday, May 14, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Intermediate Foundations

Are you an advanced beginning or intermediate genealogist? Do you want to improve your skills to prepare for more advanced genealogy education? Check out the Intermediate Foundations course being offered during SLIG Fall Virtual 2022!

Coordinated by Annette Burke Lyttle, MA, this course provides an in-depth institute course to elevate your knowledge and skill level. You will expand your ability to find and analyze a number of record types and learn to conduct research using best practices and follow genealogical standards.

You will gain experience in your new skills through homework involving original records. A closed Facebook group will provide further conversation with participants and the instructors.

Additional instructors for this course include:

  • Angie Bush, MS
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
  • Nancy Peters, CG, CGL
  • Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Rich Venezia
Intermediate Foundations is scheduled to meet Thursdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Mountain Time, September 7, through November 17, 2022.

See the SLIG 2022 Fall Virtual Courses web page for more information, including updates. This course is taught each fall.

SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 registration opens Saturday, May 14, at 12:00 Noon MDT.

SLIG offers an Intermediate Foundations Scholarship providing tuition for this course. For information and to apply: SLIG Intermediate Foundations Scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Friday, April 15, 2022

WANTED: Hive Minders for SLIG Fall Virtual 2022

Hive Minders make our virtual classrooms function smoothly, addressing challenges that arise. If you are comfortable with technology, consider applying to serve during one of the courses offered during SLIG Fall Virtual 2022.


Hive Minder job responsibilities include:

  • starting Zoom for each weekly class session;
  • managing closed captioning, breakout rooms, polls, and recordings;
  • assisting faculty and students with light tech and announcements;
  • taking attendance with the provided Airtable attendance tracker;
  • keeping SLIG staff aware of classroom and student issues or concerns.
Hive Minders receive:
  • a tuition waiver for the course for which they serve as Hive Minder;
  • training to be a Hive Minder;
  • a Hive Minder reference packet;
  • assistance and support from SLIG's Virtual Coordinator, Tech Assistant, and Director for emergencies and questions.
Courses offered during SLIG Fall Virtual 2022 may be viewed here.

To apply to be a Hive Minder during SLIG Fall Virtual 2022, please complete the application at this Airtable link. The deadline for applying is May 1, 2022. All applicants will receive notification via email whether they have been selected.

A separate call for Hive Minders during SLIG 2023 and SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023 will arrive in June.

Did we mention that Hive Minders receive a tuition waiver?

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

RootsTech SLIG Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to our RootsTech SLIG Giveaway Winners!

Visitors to SLIG's virtual booth at RootsTech last week were invited to enter one or both of two giveaways. We are pleased to announce the two recipients who were selected by random drawings:

  • Paid tuition to participate in the Intermediate Foundations course at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022: Cynthia Hilomen of California.
  • Early registration for any one course from among those offered at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022, SLIG 2023, or SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023: Karen Ramon of Massachusetts.
Didn't win? Didn't enter? Check out the scholarships providing tuition for upcoming SLIG events at SLIG Scholarship Opportunities. The deadline for applying for SLIG scholarships is May 1.

Curious to watch the random drawings in action? Find them here: 






Saturday, February 26, 2022

May 1st Deadline to Apply for SLIG Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for several scholarships available to participants in upcoming SLIG events. The deadline for each SLIG-specific scholarship is May 1, 2022. Look over the summaries below, and click on each scholarship title for links to additional details and application procedures.


UGA Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship

The UGA Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship provides a guaranteed seat and full tuition to one course of choice at either SLIG 2023 or SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023. This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement.

Laura G. Prescott Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship

The Laura G. Prescott Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship provides a guaranteed seat and full tuition to one course of choice at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022, SLIG 2023, or SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023. (In years when SLIG meets in person, this scholarship also covers lodging.) Applicants may be of any age or skill level but should exhibit a passion for genealogy, appreciate the importance of education and standards in our field, and serve the community through volunteerism.

SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees

The SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees provides a guaranteed seat and full tuition to one course of choice at SLIG 2023. (In years when SLIG meets in person, this scholarship also can include a waiver for one night's lodging during SLIG at the Hilton.) Applicants should meet these qualifications: (1) never have attended, nor will be attending, any of the national genealogical institutes prior to SLIG 2023; (2) have previously sought to improve their genealogical education through formal or informal means; (3) have an intermediate or above level of research knowledge and skills, and are ready for an in-depth learning experience; and (4) have identified a SLIG 2023 course that meets their ongoing educational objectives.

MyHeritage Chris Darrington Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship

The MyHeritage Chris Darrington Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship provides a guaranteed seat and full tuition to one course of choice at SLIG 2023. Applicants may be of any age or skill level (most SLIG courses require at least an intermediate level of skill) and have a genuine passion for family history, a strong desire to improve their research skills through quality education, and an enthusiasm for serving the genealogical community.

SLIG Intermediate Foundations Scholarship

The SLIG Intermediate Foundations Scholarship provides a guaranteed seat and full tuition to the Intermediate Foundations course offered at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022. For more information about the Intermediate Foundations course, click this link. Applicants should meet these qualifications: (1) have a strong working knowledge of basic genealogical research principles and have had several years of experience applying those principles using a variety of record sources to identify ancestors and confirm relationships; (2) have utilized a variety of formal and informal educational opportunities to obtain and strengthen knowledge, and now feel ready for an in-depth, curriculum-based learning experience; (3) have time available each week during the course to spend at least three hours in class sessions plus five to ten hours to complete homework; and (4) have reviewed the course description and outline to identify how this course will help meet their educational objectives.

Applications for each of the above SLIG scholarships are due by May 1, 2022.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the SLIG-specific scholarships, several other scholarships are available for institute education: the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship, the American Society of Genealogists Scholar Award, and the Board for Certification of Genealogists Paul Edward Sluby Sr. Scholarship for African American Students. Each has its own provisions, requirements, application procedures, and deadlines.

Monday, February 21, 2022

SLIG at RootsTech 2022


Got questions about the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy? Get answers to all your questions at our virtual booth at RootsTech 2022 from March 3rd through 5th. SLIG committee members will be available live to talk with you about SLIG Fall Virtual 2022, SLIG 2023, and SLIG Academy 2023. Look for us at the RootsTech Virtual Expo Hall.


While you visit the SLIG virtual booth, be sure to enter one of this year's giveaways. Register for an opportunity to win:
  • A guaranteed, tuition-paid seat in the Intermediate Foundations course taught by Annette Lyttle, MA, at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022; or
  • A guaranteed seat in the course of your choice at SLIG Fall Virtual 2022, SLIG 2023, or SLIG Academy 2023. This prize does not include the tuition, simply the opportunity to register early for the course of your choice and skip the registration day rush.
Not signed up for RootsTech 2022 yet? It's entirely virtual this year! Check out all the details at RootsTech online. See you there!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

MyHeritage Establishes New SLIG Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Chris Darrington Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship. Established by MyHeritage, this scholarship honors the memory of the late Chris Darrington (1983-2020). 

Chris was the MyHeritage Conference Events Manager, where he managed the exhibit booth, gave demos, and provided assistance to users at genealogy conferences across the United States. A long-standing MyHeritage employee, he previously worked with the Utah-based Sales team and was one of their top-rated salespeople for six years. 

As the representative responsible for coordinating MyHeritage's annual sponsorship of the SLIG Shuttle, Chris always went the extra mile—visiting SLIG, creating a rapport with the SLIG committee and faculty, and demonstrating an interest in the program overall.


Chris always assisted people with great patience, kindness, and humor, and had a natural rapport with genealogy enthusiasts who appreciated his genuine passion for family history. 

Following Chris’s example, applicants should have a genuine passion for family history, a strong desire to improve their research skills through quality education, and an enthusiasm for serving the genealogical community.

Applicants are required to submit a short essay addressing the above qualifications, along with a letter of recommendation. A committee will review applications at MyHeritage; the winning candidate will be provided full tuition and a guaranteed seat in the SLIG course of their choice. 

SLIG would like to specifically thank Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, for his leadership in creating this scholarship and his ongoing support of SLIG and higher education for genealogists in general.

Applications open on February 15, 2022, and are due no later than May 1, 2022. Full details can be found here: https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=620

SLIG Announces New Director

We are pleased to announce that Amberly Beck will take the reins as the new director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), effective February 1, 2022.

Amberly joined the SLIG committee in January 2021 to fill a short-term assignment, and quickly won the hearts of students and faculty alike with her efficient management of the tasks at hand and polished demeanor. When the Assistant to the Director position came open, she was a natural fit. 

The appointment to director was made in October by Kelly Summers, then-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), and ratified by the UGA Board of Directors, preparatory to the retirement of Peg A. Ivanyo, who has served in that position for the past seven years.


Amberly is a professional genealogist, speaker, and blogger. Her love for genealogy began as a child pouring over family photos with her grandmother and became a serious research endeavor over 20 years ago. She specializes in French research, is partway through her accreditation journey with ICAPGen, and is working on her BCG portfolio.

Amberly is the mother of three incredible boys, holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and lives in Utah with her family.

Speaking of her appointment, Amberly said: “I am honored and humbled by the trust Peg and UGA have placed in me to serve SLIG as the next director. SLIG is a vital part of the genealogy community and I look forward to building on the legacy created by Peg, and all of those who came before her.” 

We feel confident that SLIG’s future is in good hands. Welcome, Amberly!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

SLIG Announces Upcoming Courses

One of our favorite parts of the banquet at SLIG – or in this care, the virtual wrap-up event – is the "Great Course Reveal." As always, we offer some favorites and introduce some surprises.

SLIG is pleased to announce the following program dates, formats, courses, and coordinators for the upcoming program year – fall 2022 through spring 2023. 


SLIG Virtual

September 8 - November 17, 2022

Entering its seventh year, SLIG Virtual was explicitly designed to give students time to dig deep into their studies throughout the week between sessions from the comfort of home and on their own schedule. Courses include a full SLIG curriculum with over twenty-five hours of instruction, delivered via Zoom for several hours each week. This program begins with an all-participant orientation on September 8th. 

  • Intermediate Foundations; coordinated by Annette Lyttle, MA
  • Proving Your Pedigree with DNA; Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records; D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA
  • Advanced Hispanic Research; Debbie Gurtler, AG
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum; Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
Preliminary descriptions are available at SLIGVirtual.ugagenealogy.org. Full details and weekly outlines will be published in April. Registration opens May 14, 2022, at 12:00 noon MDT.

SLIG 2023

January 22 - 27, 2023 (Virtual this Year!)

SLIG previously announced that SLIG will be held virtually one more year to ensure the safety of our participants during the ongoing pandemic. So, grab your slippers and join us for a whole week of virtual education. You may choose from the following:

  • Behind the Scenes at FamilySearch: Technology and Features; coordinated by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS
  • Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwestern, 1780-1850; D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Advanced Techniques: Material Culture Research Techniques for Genealogy; Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
  • Metes & Bounds Land Platting; Gerald H. Smith, CG
  • Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy; Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
  • Capital Kin: Researching Ancestors Who Lived in Washington, D.C; Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
  • African American Genealogy Methods and Strategies; LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG
  • Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War: Her Record, Her People, Her Laws; Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNGS, FUGA
  • Introduction to Genetic Genealogy; Paul Woodbury, MEd, AG
  • Meeting Standard Using DNA Evidence: Case Studies Illustrate Sound Research Strategies and Decision-Making; Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding; Michael Hait, CG, AG
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods; Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL
  • Evidence-Based Writing for Genealogists; Melissa Johnson, CG
  • Guided Research and Consultation; Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Preliminary descriptions are available at SLIG.ugagenealogy.org. Full details and weekly outlines will be published by May. Registration opens July 16, 2022, at 10:00 am MDT.

SLIG Academy for Professionals 2023

February 9 - April 20, 2023 (Now Always Virtual)

Offering professional development courses for those employed in the industry or preparing to seek employment in the industry, this program is now in its fifth year. Originally designed to run in Salt Lake City the week following SLIG, the program moved to a virtual, multi-week format in 2021 due to the pandemic. 

And that is where it will stay due to strongly-expressed preferences of both faculty and students. The curriculum demands and the format allows for more in-depth study and project work between sessions.

The following courses will be offered in 2023:

  • DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments, coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy; Catherine B.W. Desmarais, CG
  • The Art of Writing Client Reports; Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
  • Writing and Documenting for Peer Review; Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA
Preliminary descriptions are available at SLIGAcademy.ugagenealogy.org. Full details and weekly outlines will be published by May. Registration opens July 16, 2022, at 2:00 pm MDT.

Mark Your Calendars

Make sure registration dates/times are on your calendar. Most courses will fill quickly (as often within seconds to minutes). Additional faculty, outlines, and registration procedures will be announced at a later date.

We hope to "see you" at SLIG this upcoming year!

SLIG.ugagenealogy.org


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Where's Waldo? or the Fall Certificates?

Where's Waldo? Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? I Spy? 

WHERE ARE THE CERTIFICATES?

An introductory note from the director:


Our committee hails from coast to coast and states between. In this virtual environment, we can work from anywhere, and always have. So, when the registrar, Zachary Hamilton, recently relocated to the midwest, took on the task of printing, stuffing, and mailing certificates last fall we didn't expect any challenges. Nor did we expect to be chasing down lost certificates in mid-January. Yet, here we are. 


Truly, you just can't make this stuff up!


Thanks Zachary, for finding and sharing the "rest of the story."


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We have grown concerned over the past few weeks about the certificates for SLIG Virtual 2021. We expected them to take a minute to arrive. Who wouldn't when they were sent amid the holidays? But the further we ventured into January, the more concerned we became. 


Location! Location! Location!: The mailing of certificates took place from Missouri. And not just anywhere in Missouri, a very very very small town Missouri. The population of the closest town to our Registrar (Zachary) was 226 people in the 2020 census, and the entire county hosts roughly 7,500 people. 


While there is a lot to be said about small-town life, apparently the smooth operation of the United States Postal Service is not one of them...


Timing is Everything: Certificates for Virtual went out in three batches. Two of the batches (containing the bulk of courses) were sent the week following Thanksgiving and the following week in early December. The last batch of certificates went out closer to Christmas due to a flaw in the printing: a psychedelic warped corner that made a better kaleidoscope than a professional certificate. 


All of these were taken to Zachary's close-by small town USPS branch with no knowledge of what was to come.


Investigation Begins: After weeks of waiting and wondering, and plenty of concerned emails and messages, Zachary went searching.

A truly small town: A call to the local USPS office that accepted the certificates found that – bad news piece number one – the certificates had not left when expected. The small-town branch apparently operates on old and sometimes malfunctioning equipment; large envelopes are often difficult for the machines. 


This results in such items being stockpiled and then taken (often a week or two later) to the larger post office in the nearby city of Springfield, Missouri. 


Not like the registrar wouldn't have been happy to drive the certificates to Springfield himself (~50 min drive) had he been informed!

Big City for the Holidays: So it appears that the certificates were bundled and taken to the "big city" about 2 weeks after they had been originally dropped off, and right in the heaviest part of the Christmas shipping season. The last batch was not delivered until early January. 

Did they go out? Sadly, the story doesn't end there.


Stuck in a Storage Room: As can sometimes happen around the end of the year (look up the horror stories online), the certificates were placed aside for "later shipping" in a storage room. And there they sat, and sat, and sat. 


Until Detective Zachary spent his breaks at SLIG working with the postal service to track them down. Days went by as the USPS searched and searched. 


Alas, as we were wrapping up SLIG, the news came in: the elusive certificates were nicely stacked and forgotten on the back of a shelf in a storage room.

On the Road Again: And now, another holiday over, the certificates should be making their way to students homes. 

Hopefully we never again have to play "Where's Waldo?" with your important mail!