Thursday, October 20, 2016

SLIG's Storyteller - John Philip Colletta

John Philip Colletta will be at the 2016 Association of Personal Historians (APH) Conference in Fort Worth, Texas from October 23rd to 26th. He will be the keynote speaker and won't the audience be in for a treat! He will also be presenting a workshop as well.

There is no doubt that John has a way with words. On the conference website, just the first sentence of an introduction of John leaves the reader wanting more.

"It’s the night of March 4, 1873. And deep in the Mississippi back country, raging flames consume a store, along with the five people sleeping inside."

The APH website also provides information on a podcast that Life Story People Podcast host Steve Pender had with Dr. Colletta. 

In January 2017, SLIG is excited to have John coordinating Course 7: Settlers in the New World and Immigrants to a New Nation: Researching Ancestors from Overseas. There are still seats remaining and he will be regaling his students on the immigration saga—the dramatic and momentous stories of ancestors leaving their homeland for a new life in America. This course explores sources and methods for reconstructing the lives of ancestors who came from foreign lands. John's courses provide information and entertainment and an opportunity to elevate your genealogical education!

See for more information or to register.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SLIG and the FHL - Putting Your Knowledge into Practice!

One of the benefits of attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is the close proximity to the Family History Library (FHL). 

FamilySearch provides the following information on the library:

"The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930Approximately 200 cameras are currently digitizing records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions."

To make the most of your research trip, review the following information:

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  • For information on tours and a group visit:
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Having the FHL so close to the Institute provides the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in your course...that is an unbeatable combination!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

SLIG 2017 Instructors in Texas

Are you going to the Texas State Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference this month in Dallas? I hope you are because SLIG has three outstanding 2017 instructors that will be there. Cyndi Ingle, Kelvin L. Meyers, and Judy G. Russell, JD, CG℠ , CGL℠. Also, 2016 SLIG instructor, Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, will also be presenting!

 The conference is being held October 28 – 30, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the Crowne Plaza. Tickets are still available and we highly recommend attending. Details can be found on the TSGS’ web page at

 Cyndi Ingle will be presenting the following classes:

·       A Guided Tour of Cyndi’s List 2.0
·       The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
·       Pin Your Ancestors Down with Google Maps & Google Earth
·       Crafting Successful Searches (Workshop)

Judy Russell will be presenting the following classes:

·       The Ethical Genealogist
·       “No Person Shall … Gallop Horses In the Streets” – Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
·       “Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
·       Order in the Court – Hands-On with Court Records (Workshop)
·       No Vitals? No Problem! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence (Workshop)

Kelvin Meyers will be presenting the following classes:

·       And In Local News…My Ancestor Made the Newspaper
·       My Ancestor the Texas Ranger, Proving his Service

Deborah Abbott will be presenting the following classes:

·       Strategies & Techniques of Slave Research
·       Beginning Genealogy: Finding Your Way to the Past

 Be sure to check out this great genealogy conference and tell your friends!
#SLIG2017  #TxSGS2016 

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