Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018 FGS Conference in Fort Wayne! Yes, We Will Be There!


FGS opens on Wednesday, August 22nd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For those attending SLIG in 2019, you can get a preview of what you will experience, since 15 SLIG instructors and/or coordinators will be sharing their expertise throughout the conference. If you are still undecided about whether a week-long institute with expert instructors is for you and you are attending FGS, take this opportunity to see what you may be missing.

If you have questions regarding the Institute or just want to see what we are all about, pay us a visit at Booth 506.

Come see the many SLIG 2019 instructors before January and experience their brilliance!

SLIG Instructors (15)

Deborah Abbott, Ph.D.

Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor
Thu. 5:00-6:00 PM

Researching Funeral Home Records: Looking for the Dead!
Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM

Manuscript Collections in Libraries & Archives of Historical Black College and Universities
Sat. 5:00-6:00 PM

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., JD.

Breaking Down the Broadcasters: Discovering the DNA of Fort Wayne’s Famous
Thu. 8:00-10:00 AM

DNA Baby Steps
Thu. 3:30-4:30 PM

Visual Phasing Workshop
Fri. 2:00-4:00 PM

GEDmatch Workshop
Sat. 10:00-12:00 PM

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Luncheon: The Science Fiction Future of Genetic Genealogy
Sat. 12:15-1:45 PM

Advanced Third-Party Tools
Sat. 5:00-6:00 PM

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG.

BCG Certification Seminar
Wed. 1:30-3:30 PM

Angie Bush, MS.

No Chromosome Browser? No Problem
Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM

Charts and Diagrams: The Genetic Genealogist’s Bread and Butter
Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM

DNA Doesn't Prove Anything
Sat. 3:30-4:30 PM

Patti Hobbs, CG, BA.

National Genealogical Society Luncheon: Genealogy as a Journey of Discovery
Sat. 12:15-1:45 PM

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS.

Out-of-State Workarounds to In-State Record Shortages
Fri. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

When Sources Don’t Agree—Then What?
Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM

Planning and Executing Efficient and Effective Research: An Immigrant Case Study
Sat. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM.

Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon: The Top Ten Things I Have Learned in Nearly Four Decades of Genealogical Research
Thu. 12:15-1:45 PM

Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture: Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants
Thu. 3:30-4:30 PM

“She Came from Nowhere…” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM

Finding Treasures in the Hoosier Courthouse
Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM

“Hoosier Daddy?”: Tales of a Reluctant Blogger and How Blogs Can Enhance Your Genealogical Research
Sat. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Angela Packer McGhie, CG.

Research Methods 1: Creating an Effective Research Plan
Thu. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Research Methods 2: Executing Research and Analyzing Results
Thu. 2:00-3:00 PM

Research Methods 3: Testing a Case Against the Genealogical Proof Standard
Thu. 3:30-4:30 PM

Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon: Ten Practical Lessons I Learned by Applying for Certification
Fri. 12:15-1:45 PM

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS.

Society Management Workshop
Wed. 10:00-12:00 PM

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future
Wed. 4:00-5:00 PM

Doing DNA Right: The Ethical Side of Testing
Fri. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Bibles, Beds and Bobbins: Early Indiana Laws
Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM

Top 10 Myths about Copyright
Sat. 5:00-6:00 PM

Breaking Down the Broadcasters: Discovering the DNA of Fort Wayne’s Famous
Thu. 8:00-10:00 AM

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA.

Using NARA's Finding Aids and Website
Thu. 5:00-6:00 PM

When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were
Fri. 3:30-4:30 PM

Clues in Missouri Migration
Sat. 2:00-3:00 PM

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA.

Maps! Wonderful Maps!
Fri. 10:00-12:00 PM

Goldmine of Military Pensions
Sat. 2:00-3:00 PM

Maps! Wonderful Maps!
Sat. 10:00-12:00 PM

BCG Certification Seminar
Wed. 1:30-3:30 PM

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.

Leadership and Conflict Resolution Workshop
Wed. 1:30-3:30 PM

Building Context and Making Connections: Using JSTOR for Family History
Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM

Rich Venezia

Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM

Discovering Your Immigrant's Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
Sat. 2:00-3:00 PM

The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets 427
Sat. 5:00-6:00 PM

Ari Wilkins

Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
Thu. 5:00-6:00 PM

Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Research
Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM

Looking for My Babies: Freedmen Searching for Family
Sat. 2:00-3:00 PM

For complete FGS conference listings and updates, please visit the FGS conference website at

Registration is open right now for SLIG 2019! Visit

So much to learn! So many great teachers!

Friday, August 10, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Course Availability at a Glance

I love the little "people" and "full" icons we have by the courses this year.

But sometimes I want to see more. Are we down to the last 3 seats? Or just one? Or which courses still have seats, as opposed to full and taking wait lists?

Just ask the registration programmer, and voila! Instant report. It refreshes every 5 minutes, but one can also refresh using the yellow refresh button.

To access, navigate to the SLIG or SLIG Academy "Courses" page: 

Or go to the SLIG Registration Dashboard. ( > Registration > Register > Login).

If you haven't yet registered, this quick report should keep you abreast of the status of things. But don't get too comfortable waiting. "Seats Available" only reveals that there are more than 3 seats open at the moment; it doesn't provide a crystal ball prediction of when that number will drop to zero.

So, with all SLIG registration cycles - don't wait too long to pick that perfect course! And of course, if it is already full, make sure you are on the wait list; miracles do happen.

What is the SLIG Academy for Professionals?

This new program will follow SLIG 2019, beginning on Monday, January 21st, and will focus on professional development topics not offered at SLIG or elsewhere in a week-long, in-depth format.
As professionals, we spend a lot of time taking advantage of educational opportunities to learn more about methodology and/or record sources, but it is also essential that we spend time on other aspects of our professional development.

These courses are designed to round out the professional and to cover topics in-depth over the course of a week where currently they may only be covered in an hour-long lecture or webinar. From writing client reports to public speaking to understanding and utilizing DNA in your client research, these essential topics will assist the professional in ensuring that they have the essential knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to run a successful business.

The program will open with a special event to commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and end by Friday noon. Two meals are included with registration: Monday brunch and Thursday evening dinner.

Five courses are being offered:

  • The Art of Writing Client Reports, Angela Packer McGhie, CG (waiting list)
  • You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery, D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Building and Nurturing a Successful Genealogy Business, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • DNA and the 21st-Century Professional, Angie Bush, MS
  • Developing and Managing an Effective Institute Course, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ensure that you are a well-rounded professional by registering for the SLIG Academy today!