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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ARE YOU GOING TO BE ATTENDING THE SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY THIS JANUARY?

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has a stellar line-up of courses with nationally-known instructors! Spend a week meeting the following genealogy experts:

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
D. Joshua Taylor
Debra Mieszala, CG
Karen Mauer Green, CG
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG
Terry Koch-Bostick
Craig Roberts Scott, CG
Judy Russell, JD, CG
Warren Bittner, CG
Mark Lowe, CG
Michael Hait, CG
Debbie Abbot, Ph.D.
Pam Sayre, CG
Rick Sayre, CG
Angela Packer McGhie
Apryl Cox, AG
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
David Rencher, AG, CG
Kelly Summers, AG
Linda Gulbrandsen, AG
Ray Clifford, AG
Raymon Naisbitt, AG
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG
John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG
Kimberly Powell
David Ouimette, CG
Harold Henderson, CG
J. Fonkert, CG
William Litchman
Judith Hansen, CG
Gena Philibert-Ortega
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., CG
Luana Darby, MLIS
Beverly Rice, CG

Start the New Year off right by giving yourself the gift of learning from these genealogy experts and gathering the knowledge and expertise to break down your brick walls! Don't delay--register today! http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8

Monday, November 25, 2013

GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST GIFT OF THE SEASON - REGISTER FOR SLIG 2014!

Black Friday is only 4 days away! You don't have to wait until then to give yourself the best gift of the season! Register to attend SLIG 2014 in January. It will be a memorable week! You will enjoy attending a course with nationally-known instructors and get to socialize and network with your genealogy colleagues. What better way to start the New Year? Don't delay as there are only a few spots left in five of the eleven courses. Course descriptions can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=51 and registration can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8.

Monday, November 4, 2013

EASTERN EUROPEAN FAMILY HISTORY COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT THE SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY IN JANUARY 2014!

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce that a bold, new course is being offered at their popular Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2014. Since 1996 the Institute has been a national leader in innovative education for family historians and 2014 will be no different.

New this coming year will be the first course to specifically focus on the complexities of researching in Eastern Europe. Also new will be some changes in the structure of the course that makes it more responsive to the specific needs of the students who are attending. This innovative approach was conceived by the course coordinator, Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA, who is also the original founder of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Millions of people immigrated to North America from the lands between the Baltic Sea on the north to the Adriatic, Aegean and Black seas to the south, leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Three to five generations later, their descendants are finding it very hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. But, now there is hope! This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research.

Meyerink explained that “In addition to classroom lectures, this course includes hands-on help at the Family History Library as well as break-out sessions tailored to the specific needs of the registered students and their ancestry.” Now, for the first time ever, a major institute is creating specific classes based on a survey the students fill out after they register.

Key foundational classes are planned, which will be followed by several hours of country-specific classes, focusing on what the students have asked to learn about. Currently registered students are already submitting their requests. In addition, there will also be several hours of personal, hands-on help for research at the famous Family History Library.

Director of the 2014 Institute, Christy Fillerup noted that “The instructor list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Eastern Europe research and includes Daniel Schlyter, Kyle Betit, Wade Hone and author Lisa Alzo, among others.”

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City from 13 to 17 January 2014. For more details, including the foundational classes, see the description for course 7 at the Institute’s website at www.infouga.org. Early bird registration, for this course only, has been extended to 11 November 2013.

20 countries, 6 teachers and consultants + the Family History Library = One fantastic week for you and your Eastern European ancestors! Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SLIG 2014 EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS TOMORROW! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE REDUCED PRICE NOW!

SLIG’s Early-Bird Registration ends on October 31, 2013! Ensure you get yourself a spot in one of the few remaining courses. The following courses still have seats left:

· American Research and Records: Focus on Families

This intermediate level course covers 19th-21st century U.S. records and strategies beyond the basics with a specific emphasis on researching families and individuals. Don’t miss a chance to spend a week with nationally known instructors Josh Taylor, from the Genealogy Roadshow; Debra Mieszala, CG; and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. This course is certain to help you break down those brick walls!

· Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?

Accreditation or certification? This course will explore both options. The topics will guide you through the processes of applying and determining which one (or both) are right for you. Spend a week with credentialed instructors who provide expert guidance and advice and who are available to answer your questions.

· Researching in Eastern Europe

Millions of people immigrated to North America leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Descendants find it hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research.

· Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogist to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on at least five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. There is nothing like directed case studies and practice to further your genealogical knowledge and expertise.

· Problem Solving

Have a brick wall in your research? This unique course is tailored to your individual research needs! Enhance your problem solving skills while working on your personal research project for a particular ancestor or ancestral couple. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a week dedicated to researching your family!

· Utilizing Social History

This exciting new course--offered for the first time in 2014--is designed to help you put the flesh on the bones of your ancestors and bring them to life. No longer is genealogy about simply listing the begets, it is about telling your ancestor’s story.

Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed athttp://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8. More information on each of the tracks can be accessed at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=51.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

WINNER OF THE JIMMY B. PARKER SCHOLARSHIP FOR SLIG 2014

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Susan LeBlanc as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. LeBlanc’s application exemplifies the culture of giving back to the community as demonstrated by Jimmy B. Parker.

Ms. LeBlanc is an accredited genealogist, who began researching her family history over forty years ago. She is a native of Portland, Oregon. For the past fifteen years, she has volunteered in the LDS Family History Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. She enjoys assisting others with their research, teaching classes, and writing for publications and her blog. She provides translations in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Her additional volunteer services include the Genealogical Conference of Oregon, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Ms. LeBlanc will be attending the course entitled “American Research and Records: Focus on Families.”

Monday, October 21, 2013

SLIG 2014 EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS ON OCTOBER 31, 2013!

SLIG’s Early-Bird Registration ends on October 31, 2013! Ensure you get yourself a spot in one of the few remaining courses. The following courses still have seats left:

· American Research and Records: Focus on Families

This intermediate level course covers 19th-21st century U.S. records and strategies beyond the basics with a specific emphasis on researching families and individuals. Don’t miss a chance to spend a week with nationally known instructors Josh Taylor, from the Genealogy Roadshow; Debra Mieszala, CG; and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. This course is certain to help you break down those brick walls!

· Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?

Accreditation or certification? This course will explore both options. The topics will guide you through the processes of applying and determining which one (or both) are right for you. Spend a week with credentialed instructors who provide expert guidance and advice and who are available to answer your questions.

· Researching in Eastern Europe

Millions of people immigrated to North America leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Descendants find it hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research.

· Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogist to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on at least five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. There is nothing like directed case studies and practice to further your genealogical knowledge and expertise.

· Problem Solving

Have a brick wall in your research? This unique course is tailored to your individual research needs! Enhance your problem solving skills while working on your personal research project for a particular ancestor or ancestral couple. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a week dedicated to researching your family!

· Utilizing Social History

This exciting new course--offered for the first time in 2014--is designed to help you put the flesh on the bones of your ancestors and bring them to life. No longer is genealogy about simply listing the begets, it is about telling your ancestor’s story.

Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8. More information on each of the tracks can be accessed at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=51.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

REMINDER--DEADLINE FOR JIMMY B. PARKER SCHOLARSHIP IS OCTOBER 15TH!

Don't wait to get your application in for the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship! The deadline is next Tuesday, October 15th! See the details below.
--Debra A. Hoffman

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce we are now accepting essays for the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship. Full tuition to SLIG 2014 will be awarded to the student whose essay and application exemplify the culture of giving back to community, lived by Jimmy B. Parker. The scholarship will be awarded by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to luanadarby@gmail.com:
1.      A one-page essay detailing how attending SLIG will help you prepare to give back to the genealogical community.
2.      A short biography, including previous volunteer and research experience.
3.      The name of the course you would like to attend.
4.      A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefited from your volunteer service.

The winning essay will be posted on the UGA blog at http://ugagenealogy.blogspot.com/. 

The Salt Lake Institute runs from January 13-17, 2014 and the winning student will have their choice of the following tracks:

1.      American Research and Records: Focus on Families (with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
2.      Researching New York: Resources and Strategies (with Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS)
3.      Research in the South (with Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA)
4.      Advanced Research Tools: Land Records (with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL)
5.      Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both? (with Apryl Cox, AG and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL)
6.      Producing a Quality Family Narrative (with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
7.      Researching in Eastern Europe (with Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA)
8.      Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
9.      Advanced Genealogical Methods (with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
10.  Problem Solving (with Judith Hansen, MLS, AG)
11.  Utilizing Social History (with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR)

Applications and essays are due by October 15th and the winner will be announced October 30th

Monday, September 30, 2013

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR THE AMERICAN RESEARCH AND RECORDS: FOCUS ON FAMILIES COURSE


Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2013. Don't miss out on the opportunity to take this intermediate-level course that provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. 

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG; Debra Mieszala, CG; and D. Joshua Taylor will focus on topics more related to researching families and individuals. Informative and interactive classroom hours delve into significant records and strategies that take you beyond basic research tools both online and off. 

On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research. This course alternates years with a course focused on localities. 

The following topics will be covered:
* From Clues to Records: Step-by-Step Planning
* Vital Records – Strategies and Substitutes
* US Census Records – Beyond the Basics: Non-Population and Special Schedules
* U.S. Passport Applications
* Church Records: Locating and Excavating
* Institutional Records: Extensive Family Details
* Clustering and More: Maximizing Your Online Searches
* More than Just People: Lessons and Hints from Public Directories
* Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research: Resources, Methods, and Skills
* The Grey and the Blue: Beyond Pensions
* Optional time in classroom for groups to discuss their project
* The Write Stuff: Family Histories with Substance and Appeal
* Researching the Occupations of Our Ancestors
* The Three Rs: Reading, 'Riting, and Research In School Records
* Finding Family Gems in Manuscript Repositories and Special Collections
* Computer Lab at the Family History Library
* One-on-one consultations at the Family History Library

Don't delay--register now!

Friday, September 20, 2013

REMINDER--DEADLINE FOR JIMMY B. PARKER SCHOLARSHIP IS OCTOBER 15TH!

I was honored to be the first recipient of the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship last year. Through the generosity of Jimmy's family, I was able to realize my dream of traveling to Salt Lake City for the first time. Not only was I able to spend a week learning from leading experts in the genealogical field at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, but I was also able to research my ancestors at the Family History Library. It was a fantastic educational experience and one I will never forget! Get your application in and good luck!
--Debra A. Hoffman


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce we are now accepting essays for the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship. Full tuition to SLIG 2014 will be awarded to the student whose essay and application exemplify the culture of giving back to community, lived by Jimmy B. Parker. The scholarship will be awarded by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to luanadarby@gmail.com:
1.      A one-page essay detailing how attending SLIG will help you prepare to give back to the genealogical community.
2.      A short biography, including previous volunteer and research experience.
3.      The name of the course you would like to attend.
4.      A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefited from your volunteer service.

The winning essay will be posted on the UGA blog at http://ugagenealogy.blogspot.com/. 

The Salt Lake Institute runs from January 13-17, 2014 and the winning student will have their choice of the following tracks:

1.      American Research and Records: Focus on Families (with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
2.      Researching New York: Resources and Strategies (with Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS)
3.      Research in the South (with Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA)
4.      Advanced Research Tools: Land Records (with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL)
5.      Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both? (with Apryl Cox, AG and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL)
6.      Producing a Quality Family Narrative (with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
7.      Researching in Eastern Europe (with Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA)
8.      Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
9.      Advanced Genealogical Methods (with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
10.  Problem Solving (with Judith Hansen, MLS, AG)
11.  Utilizing Social History (with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR)

Applications and essays are due by October 15th and the winner will be announced October 30th

Monday, September 16, 2013

LET SLIG HELP YOU WRITE A MEMORABLE FAMILY HISTORY

As genealogists, our goal is to leave a family history with “substance and appeal.” We want to weave together the pieces of our ancestor’s experiences into a memorable story that accurately portrays their life. The SLIG course “American Research and Records: Focus on Families” can help you achieve that goal. The class provides coverage of the traditional records, such as vital, census and church records. However, it goes beyond those records to cover institutional records, manuscripts and school records. Additionally, board-certified genealogist Debra Miezala will cover writing a memorable family history.

Along with the classroom expertise there will be time for groups to discuss their project as well as time for research at the Family History Library. An added benefit is having the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with the instructors and genealogical experts, Debra Mieszala, CG; Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS; and Josh Taylor.

This class provides the unique experience of classroom learning coupled with research time at the renowned Family History Library all under the guidance of nationally-known genealogy experts! Register now before October 31st to take advantage of early-bird registration. Start the New Year off right by joining us for this exceptional opportunity to expand your genealogy skills and expertise!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

REGISTER NOW FOR SLIG'S "RESEARCHING IN EASTERN EUROPE" COURSE

How can you spend a week exploring 20 countries with six teachers and consultants and access the renowned Family History Library? The answer is by registering for SLIG’s “Researching in Eastern Europe” course!

From the lands between the Baltic Sea on the north to the Adriatic, Aegean and Black seas to the south, millions of people immigrated to North America leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Three to five generations later, their descendants are finding it very hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. But, now there is hope! This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research.

In addition to classroom lectures, this course includes hands-on help at the Family History Library as well as break-out sessions tailored to the specific needs of the students and their ancestry. Now, for the first time ever, a major institute is creating the specific classes students want in response to their research needs!

Join course coordinator Kory L. Meyerink along with fellow instructors Kyle J. Betit, Lisa Alzo, Daniel M. Schlyter, Kellie Scherble Hale and Wade Hone for a fantastic week of learning and research! Don’t miss it! Register now before October 31st and take advantage of Early-bird registration, http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

SLIG COURSE: "CREDENTIALING: ACCREDITATION, CERTIFICATION, OR BOTH?"

BCG and ICAPGen will again offer a joint course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, January 13-17, 2014. Both organizations’s credentials were founded in 1964 and this is a fitting way to celebrate credentialing while providing detailed requirement and application information. 

While two of the twenty sessions are jointly given, each organization has nine sessions to present, discuss and utilize exercises in their credentialing process. 

BCG’s instructors are Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, (co-coordinator with Apryl Cox, AG); F. Warren Bittner, CG; Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL; J. Mark Lowe, CG; and Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL. 

ICAPGen's instructors are Kelly Summers, AG; Linda Gulbrandsen, AG; Ray Clifford, AG; and Raymon Naisbitt, AG. David Rencher, CG, AG will speak on cross-credentialing. 

For more information including a detailed schedule, see the “Tracks” menu item at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=8. The course is ideal for anyone who would like more information on credentialing processes.

Friday, September 6, 2013

SLIG OFFERS NEW SOCIAL HISTORY CLASS IN 2014

There is an exciting new course in the SLIG line-up for 2014. Entitled “Utilizing Social History,” the course is designed to help you put the flesh on the bones of your ancestors and bring them to life. No longer is genealogy about simply listing the begats, it is about telling your ancestor’s story.

Course Coordinator Gena Philibert-Ortega is working with four well-known and expert instructors to provide a week-long, in-depth look at social history. From finding images to determining what your ancestors ate to the games they played, the coverage is diverse and will have you uncovering the uniqueness of your family.

Don’t delay in registering as the Early-bird deadline of October 31st is quickly approaching! Registration can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

SLIG'S PROBLEM SOLVING COURSE--A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Will you tell us a little bit about what makes your SLIG course unique among genealogical education offerings?

Problem Solving is unique in that a student learns new skills and techniques by working on their own research problem during the week.

Their ultimate success depends upon the problem chosen, their preparatory work putting together their project submission, and availability of records easily available in the Family History Library or Internet resources.

The Problem Solving course is a directed practicum: the student, with the assistance of interested consultants and peers (fellow students in the group) enhances and applies specific methodology, analysis, and evaluation skills in research. The format of the problem-solving course is designed for each student to receive specific help on his/her own project, and also to learn from study of the other student submissions and from the research and methodology discussion and suggestions given for the other projects. Brief discussion of specific records, analysis or evaluation techniques, or writing suggestions will be included as consultants see need.

Each problem solving student chooses his own curriculum – by focusing on one ancestor, ancestral couple, or particular genealogical question.

Choose a problem that is of personal interest and is not under constraints imposed by others. Research being done for hire or for possible submission for CG or AG should not be used, because of time/research constraints imposed by client or submission requirements of being only own work.

The Problem Solving course takes place in 3 parts: designing, working, and sharing.

Designing:  after registering and before Oct 30, each student submits a Problem Solving Project, with the following elements: a short 1 page summary of the Problem,  pertinent research logs, family groups, pedigree, maps, time line, and five page report about the research problem being submitted.

Working:  During SLIG, daily meetings held with assigned group reporting on progress of extensive research, analysis and evaluation of own project.

Sharing: After SLIG: each student completes a new written summary of their research project, discussing sources used, new findings or lack of findings, conclusions and what to consider next in future research. 

IF at the end of SLIG week, the group consensus is that research possibilities have been exhausted for the problem, leaving no further avenues to pursue, the student is encouraged to put the project “on the shelf” – writing a final evaluation report which states final conclusions with supporting evidence, and details research steps, sources and analysis. The summary should be shared with those interested including fellow PS Group members and consultants.

Why would you recommend a student attend SLIG in general?

They are able to focus on genealogy and genealogical endeavors for a week away from family, work, and other distractions. They gain skills and understanding they can use personally and professionally and will make new friends who share a passion for genealogy and could provide a network when assistance may be needed outside their local area. Above all, SLIG can be a week of fun, while enhancing skills.

Any parting thoughts or advice?

Genealogy and family history is both fun and addictive. The more you learn about research techniques and analysis strategies the more successful you will be. The more you learn about ancestors and their lives and how they faced their problems the more you learn about yourself. Embrace all on your family and learn from each. Enjoy their successes and sorrow for their disappointments and failures.

Friday, August 30, 2013

REGISTER NOW FOR THE AMERICAN RESEARCH AND RECORDS COURSE WITH PAULA STUART-WARREN


Please join me in Course 1, American Research and Records: Focus on Families. I would like to share a little bit about me and am looking forward to learning more about the 2014 SLIG students.

One of the ways I began my research pursuits was visiting the state archives here in Minnesota and devouring the info in finding aids. Then I began ordering boxes of original records and some were not to research my own family, but were for expanding my knowledge. I wish more people would visit archives, courthouses, library special collections and other places to research in the billions of pieces of paper that are not microfilmed or digitized. It’s such a rewarding experience.

One of the most rewarding things about being a genealogical educator is sharing that knowledge with others. I get to experience joy when students and readers report back on what they found or how I helped them solve a brick wall issue. I love problem solving and I hope that shows during the one-on-one consultations that are part of the intermediate American Records course at SLIG.

Two of the big advantages for attending SLIG are the instructors and the accessibility to the Family History Library. The instructors represent many years of experience and knowledge in a myriad of areas. I love being able to instruct about a particular time period, technique, or set of records and telling the students to go to the FHL right after classes and put that info to immediate use.

The camaraderie and friendships that develop out of SLIG are phenomenal. I love chatting with other instructors and I still keep in contact with students from as long ago as the second year of SLIG.

There are still some seats open in Course 1. Sign up today and be a part of a fantastic group of students who will be learning great things, making new friends, and having fun, too. We are not serious every moment and there is time for sharing your knowledge and your research issues, too. Check here http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8 to see the course titles, instructors, and the consultants. They are all wonderful educators, too.

See you in January in Salt Lake City!

Paula

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2014 SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY (SLIG)

SLIG’s Early-Bird Registration is only weeks away, ending on October 31, 2013! Ensure you get yourself a spot in one of the few remaining courses. The following courses still have seats left:

  • American Research and Records: Focus on Families
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records
  • Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
  • Problem Solving
  • Utilizing Social History
  • Researching in Eastern Europe 
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location! 

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SLIG'S ADVANCED EVIDENCE ANALYSIS PRACTICUM!

Check out Angela McGhie's blog, http://genealogyeducation.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-higher-level-of-learning.html, for rave reviews on SLIG's "Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum" course. Darcie Hind Posz shares her experience from last year. She encourages those that want an "intense genealogical educational experience...[to] accept the challenge and experience the Practicum!"

There are also reviews of the course by Corey Browder Oiesen; Harold Henderson, CG; Melinda Henningfield; Barbara Ball; and Anne Gillespie Mitchell.


The first section of the Practicum has filled and a second section has been opened. There are 15 places for students who would like to experience this course. Take the challenge and register for the Practicum. Don't delay as early-bird registration ends on October 31st.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

UGA awards 2012 honors

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce the association awards presented for the year 2012.  We are thankful for the service and lasting legacies these people have given to the genealogy community and to the Utah Genealogical Association. 

Luana Darby was given the Distinguished Service Award for her many years of service to the organization.  She was tireless as president from 2009 to 2010 and accomplished many great projects during her tenure as president.  She was president of UGA during the very successful National Genealogical Society conference in Salt Lake in 2010 which strengthened UGA's financial standing and has benefited the society in the years since.  All of this work was accomplished while Luana was finishing her Masters in Library Science and preparing for her genealogy credentials as well as doing client work.  She was meticulous as UGA president as she is meticulous in her genealogy research.  In 2012 she came back to fill a need as treasurer and again went through UGA's finances carefully, finding lost money and making sure everything was running smoothly.  We are happy to be able to work with her and happy to present to her the Distinguished Service Award for 2012.

Christy Fillerup was also given the Distinguished Service Award for 2012 for her many years of service in various aspects of the organization.  Christy has been a major driving force in UGA and has been a major part of UGA's success in recent years.  Christy's willing attitude and cheerful volunteering has solved many political and financial crises.  She has stepped in and offered to do heavy lifting in jobs with imbalances between committees and paid workers.  As Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Director she has been precise and forward thinking--putting together and effectively managing a wonderful team of people to run the institute.  She is a great friend, with a willing smile and we are proud to have her on the UGA team.

Kimberly Powell is the 2012 Silver Tray recipient for genealogical publishing.  The UGA board of directors has chosen to honor Kimberly for her work at About.com and her books that allow new genealogists learn about family history in an inviting way while still holding to strong standards of research and scholarship.  Kimberly is a professional genealogist, web developer, and genealogy blogger who has served as Vice President of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is the author of Everything Family Tree, 2nd edition, and the Everything Guide to Online Genealogy.  She has helped the community with how-to articles, free genealogy lessons, and extensive lists of online genealogical resources.  Kimberly shares her love for genealogy and passion for good research.  UGA is proud to honor her for building a solid gateway for beginner genealogists that raises the bar for everyone learning to do genealogy research.

And the 2012 Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association is Linda Turner Gulbrandsen.  Linda has done wonderful things in her 4 years as  International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists Commissioner, strengthening that organization and raising the bar for the genealogy community.  Linda is an AG in the Midwestern Region and is currently the Manager of the US/Canada Research Consultation Services for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  She has served in publications and marketing for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and held numerous positions on the board of the Utah Genealogical Association including assistant director of the 2000 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  In the last 4 years she has led ICAPGEN to great innovation including free monthly mentoring classes, online mentoring classes and breaking the levels program into chunks that are more accessible to up and coming genealogists.  She has lead the organization in strategic planning and presided over the development of a new website and new testing areas.  She co-edited Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills. 

Congratulations to all of our UGA Awards recipients.  We appreciate your contributions to genealogy education and the advancement of sound genealogical research. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Registration for the Spring South Davis Conference is open.

The UGA South Davis Family History Fair  April 19-20 will be at Woods Cross High School.
Friday evening's session will be DENISE MAY LEVENICK, "The Family Curator", speaker and author of  "How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records"  The title for her presentation is "Treasures in the Attic: Every Keepsake Has a Story."  This will begin at 7:00 pm Friday evening and is free to the public.

Saturday's program will start at 8 am with a keynote address by DAVID RENCHER, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch - entitled "Preserve the Pensions – The Community Makes a Difference!"


On Saturday, the fair will have classes on many different subjects relating to family history and great vendors will be showing all the newest in Family History products.

Cost for the fair is only $10.00 for UGA members and $15.00 for non-UGA attendees. The cost includes the syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all classes.  The printed syllabus will be $15.00 for UGA members and $20.00 for non-UGA attendees.  Register at the UGA website UGAgenealogy.org.

Come and join us for the 16th year of this great community event!!  

If you would like to attend for free, SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER by contacting Kim Mason at kimberrmason@gmail.com.

We'll see you there!
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