Friday, May 22, 2015

Less Than A Month Until 2016 SLIG Registration Opens!

The countdown to the opening of 2016 SLIG registration has begun! With less than one month to go, have you chosen your preferred course?

With thirteen tracks to chose from, there is a topic to suit everyone.

  • Methodology courses covering advanced topics, legal concepts, evidence analysis, problem-solving and writing a quality family narrative.
  • Records-based courses covering land and church records.
  • Technology courses covering beginning to advanced DNA analysis.
  • Location-based courses covering research in New York, the South, and the United States.

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Don't miss it on the best genealogical education opportunity for 2016!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Class Highlight: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum with Angela Packer McGhie

If you learn by doing, this hands-on, case study based class is an opportunity to put your research skills to the test! Participants work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day, then gather to discuss what was found.

The objective is to give students experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and researching conclusions. Participants will work individually on each of the cases then gather to discuss their progress with fellow classmates and that day’s expert instructor.

The case studies are varied, offering students the opportunity to stretch their minds and skills in directions the research they are used to
may not normally take them. The ensuing discussion about sources used, strategies implemented, and difficulties encountered will challenge your thinking and broaden your perspective.

Mind Maps for Genealogy author and frequent SLIG participant Ron Arons said, “SLIG was fantastic! The Advanced Practicum challenged me beyond my expectations and introduced me to areas and record sets to which I had not previously been exposed. Probably the best aspect of the practicum was seeing how other participants used completely different approaches to solve the same problems. Enlightening, for sure.

Have questions about the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, and if it’s the right class for you? Email us at 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Class Highlight: Writing a Quality Family Narrative with John Philip Colletta

It’s inevitable: At some point in your family history research, it will hit you—this is an amazing story! If publishing your family’s story is something you’ve thought about, whether you’ve spent years researching generations of your family or are just getting started, this is the class for you. John Philip Colletta has been engaging SLIG participants for years with his vivid case studies and examples of transforming genealogy data into engaging, printed stories.

This course will help you learn how to compile your material, write your biography, choose an organizational numbering system, and document, edit, and proofread the saga of your family—on paper or electronically.

Classes explore how to enliven your prose with family lore, treasure heirlooms, local history, maps, and illustrations. One in-class writing exercise with follow-up critique will help you improve practical skills, share your talents, and exchange ideas with the instructors and fellow students.

2014 class participant Michelle Ercanbrack said, “As a fan of Dr. Colletta’s fascinating book Only a Few Bones, I was excited to take his class. His writing techniques and prompts are so clever! His thoughtful feedback of each student’s writing assignment, combined with hearing everyone’s stories and the ensuing discussion, was my favorite part of the class. I left motivated to keep writing because I had so many new ideas!”

Have questions about Writing a Quality Family Narrative, and if it’s the right class for you? Email us at 

For more about John Philip Colletta, visit his site at
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