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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dining at SLIG, Part 1

Where do I eat while attending SLIG?

There are plenty of options, both at the Hilton and within a short walk. This is the first of a series of posts covering dining options available during SLIG 2018.

SLIG works with the Hilton each year to make sure they have plenty of economical dining options available for both breakfast and lunch - from grab and go kiosks to restaurant specials.  

Here are some of the highlights for 2018:

Trofi Bistro: Trofi offers a continental breakfast, a full breakfast buffet with omelets made to order, and a menu. SLIG participants may purchase the full buffet at an all-inclusive discount.


New this year: no need to pre-purchase breakfast discounts or commit to multiple days.

Starbucks: Small, but efficient, this Starbucks offers beverages, pastries, soups, and sandwiches from 6 am to 2 pm daily.

Grab and Go Kiosk:  Set up just for SLIG, the kiosk will offer soup, salad, sandwiches, and snacks during lunch Monday through Friday. Students may eat in nearby SLIG Central. 

Grab and Go items will also be available from Starbucks on SLIG Tech Day.

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops will offer a daily lunch special during SLIG.

More information about these options may be found on the SLIG Dining page just posted:  SLIG.ugagenealogy.org > Dining Options.

Behind the Scenes: Debra Hoffman

Another dynamic member of the Salt Lake institute of Genealogy (SLIG) 2018 committee, Debra A. Hoffman, lives in New Windsor, Maryland. She brings to the committee 35 years of family research experience and five years business experience as owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. 

Debra is a great asset to SLIG: she sought and has received a foundational genealogical education. She completed the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Home Study Course in 2001 and began her Brigham Young University (BYU) Family History Certificate in 2005 and completed it in 2012. During this process, Debra states that “I met Angela McGhie [in 2007] and she introduced me to the ProGen Study Group in 2008. Her friendship increased my more active participation in the genealogical community.”  She is currently "on the clock" while working toward her certification.

Debra Hoffman
By 2013 Debra began not only attending SLIG and other national institutes, she also began speaking at genealogical societies and libraries.  She is recognized for her award-winning writing with articles appearing in the Carrolltonian, Der Kurier, Bluegrass Roots, Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Debra has a quiet, positive, get-it-done leadership style that proves her reliability and dependability. Recognized as such, she was recruited to begin working on the SLIG committee in 2013; in 2015 she was tapped as Assistant to the SLIG Director, Peg A. Ivanyo; in 2016 she concurrently accepted the leadership position of Administrative Assistant to Malissa Ruffner, Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed).

When asked what is the best part of working on SLIG, Debra replied, “The best part, for me, about working on SLIG is working with Peg Ivanyo. I am constantly in awe of her energy, her creativity, and her organizational skills. She cares about making the SLIG experience an incredible one for every student who attends SLIG. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her and learn from her.”

Passionate about assisting others in gaining a quality education, Debra recommends SLIG. Unable to pinpoint a specific favorite memory of one course or one topic, she states, “I do not have a favorite memory as each year is an incredible experience!”


Until next time, the next committee member, and the next Behind the Scenes for SLIG 2018!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Announced

Application Deadline December 31, 2017


Ancestry recently announced that it is now accepting applications for the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarships to genealogical institutes, established to "foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts." 
"The AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program will provide four scholarships that will cover tuition, round-trip standard economy airfare (Ancestry may substitute appropriate ground transportation for awardees who live within 300 miles of the applicable institute), and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of the four institutes listed below.  The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment in writing." 

The five genealogical institutes and their dates are as follows:

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed)
Washington, D.C.
July 16-20, 2018

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
Pittsburgh, PA
June 24-29, 2018 or July 22-27, 2018

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
Amherst, NY
July 29-August 3, 2018

Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)
Athens, GA
June 2-7, 2018

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
Salt Lake City, UT
January 13-18, 2019

Those applicants interested in selecting SLIG 2019 as their institute of choice will not be aware of the course offerings before the application due date.  For that reason, we offer the opportunity to have open dialogue with the director if you feel it is needed to help you rank SLIG in order of attendance preference on your application.

The deadline for submission is 11:59 Pacific Time on 31 December 2017, if submitted electronically; if mailed, it must be postmarked by 31 December 2017 and received by 5 January 2018.



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