Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Taking your Research to the Next Level

Taking your Research to the Next Level

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

It's time. We all reach the point where we need to learn about other resources and delve more deeply into those we already know. This is the way we take our research to a higher level, solve problems, and advance our family history. This course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. We probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. It's not just listening to lectures, but interactive classroom time that takes you beyond basic research tools. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

Suggested Prerequisites

Experience researching in a variety of records and repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, reviewing at least one basic genealogy guide, and previous classroom learning related to family history.

Suggested Requirements

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet for project work during the week.

Other Instructors:

Luana Darby, MLIS, AG
Cindy Ingle
Debra Mieszala, CG


Paula is a Certified Genealogist® working in genealogical and historical research, consulting, and writing. She focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, problem solving, and Native Americans. Paula has researched onsite across the U.S. She’s been a Course Coordinator for SLIG since 1997, lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, and in 30 states and Canada.

A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she is currently on the Board of Directors of the FGS. She is a faculty member of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has written for Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, and has her own blog,

For more information about this course please visit

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Millennial Genealogist At South Davis.

Zachary Hamilton is also known as  "The Millennial Genealogist". 
He grew up in southern Missouri and has spent most of his adult life in Idaho. Despite his young age, Zachary has been participating in his own family's research for nearly 20 years. Professionally, Zachary has been a family history researcher and presenter for 3 years. Many of his presentations focus on using new technology and techniques to accomplish and share well done traditional genealogy research. He commonly presents at conferences, fairs, family discovery days and family history centers all over eastern Idaho. He has also presented as a guest speaker in courses at BYU-Idaho and previously served as the assistant director of the Rexburg Family History Center. He attended Boise State University and BYU-Idaho. Zachary likes pie (strawberry rhubarb) and Star wars.

Zachary will be presenting 3 classes at the conference. In Genealogy on the Go, you will have the opportunity to learn how to blend technology with family history research.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

DNA and more DNA!

The 20th annual South Davis Conference will be offering two classes on DNA this year.

Finding Haplogroup Happiness :This class explains how haplogroups can be more than a haphazard aid in your research. Come see several examples of how haplogroups can cut your research time into a heavenly half. We will be looking at simple ways to incorporate haplogroups into your personal research style. 

Take 2! will be presented by Stephanie Saylor at the South Davis Family History Fair on the 22nd of April 2017. This class gives you a tour of 2 sites (GEDmatch and Promethease) and explains how they help you to get more from your DNA results. GEDmatch has wonderful tools to further your genetic genealogy research. Promethease allows you to pull up information from your raw data on medical and other implications of your DNA results.  

Stephanie Saylor holds a degree in biology and worked in research before transitioning to genetic genealogy. She currently teaches and organize genetic genealogy webinars, with Kent Jaffa and Peg Ivanyo, for Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest group and gives classes and presentations upon request. 

She firmly believes that solid research techniques can help us get to know our ancestors on a deeper level, even when traditional documentation is missing or conflicting, and she hopes to be able to help others who have an interest in genealogy use biology, and genetics gain the confidence needed to further their research goals.

You can see information on Stephanie’s presentations, handouts, and research aids on’s DNA page.

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