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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.