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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Want to know the key to solving your genealogical problem?



Come to SLIG's Plenary session to find out!

Our 20th anniversary plenary speaker will be Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG. She will present "What's the Evidence?” on Monday, January 12th at 7:00 PM. The plenary is open to both SLIG students and the public - feel free to bring your travel buddy with you. Please RSVP through the registration system for planning purposes.

Whatever our genealogical problem--whatever the brick wall or whatever the identity crisis—the key to solving it lies in three simple words: What’s the Evidence? But, of course, we also have to learn how to answer that question in the most productive ways. In this year’s keynote address, Elizabeth Shown Mills will offer a variety of strategies to guide you through the process of developing your answers, whether you’re working with classic evidence such as land plats or the latest DNA tests.

About Elizabeth Shown Mills:
For three decades as a professional genealogist and historian, Elizabeth Shown Mills has specialized in developing innovative research strategies and principles that have helped genealogy achieve recognition as an academic discipline as well as a professional career and a meaningful hobby. 

In 1986, Elizabeth launched the groundbreaking Advanced Research Methodology track at the Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Over the next quarter-century that track would train many of today’s leading genealogists, and many of the principles developed there are today in common usage in our field—from the FAN Principle to the Evidence Analysis Process Map. In 1987, she assumed editorship of the peer-reviewed National Genealogical Society Quarterly, building it into the field’s premier “teaching journal” across her 16-year tenure. In 2001, as co-writer and editor, she released the now-standard textbook, Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians.

In 2007, Elizabeth published the definitive guide to sources and citation, Evidence Explained—winning Library Journal’s coveted “Best Reference 2007” designation. Subsequently, she served on the team of academics and professional genealogists who developed the curriculum for Boston University’s Professional Certificate in Genealogical Research. At her website, EvidenceExplained.com, she continues to teach through her blog QuickTips, through periodic QuickLessons that focus on research methodology, and through a trio of public forums for evidence analysis, citation, and record usage.

In between these ventures, Elizabeth has authored nearly a thousand articles that have been published not only in magazines and newspapers but also peer-reviewed journals in the fields of genealogy, history, literature, and sociology. Her dozen other books range from translated colonial records to the historic novel Isle of Canes and the new expanded edition of the now-classic university-press monograph, The Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles of Color.

Elizabeth well-knows the power of evidence, when carefully used, and regularly shares her expertise with live and media audiences internationally.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Evening Events at SLIG 2015!

Evenings at the 20th Annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy are packed with exciting events. Please consider adding the following to your original registration.

Colloquium Banquet: The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will hold its first annual SLIG Colloquium on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Leaders in our field will come together for a day of discussion on topics such as inter-field integration and DNA. SLIG participants and guests are invited to join us in celebrating this exciting event that evening at the Academic Colloquium Banquet. Banquet tickets are $45; colloquium presenters will present a synopsis of their colloquium presentations.

Plenary session: Our 20th anniversary plenary speaker will be Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG. She will present "What's the Evidence?” on Monday, January 12th at 7:00 PM. The plenary is open to both SLIG students and the public - feel free to bring your travel buddy with you. Please RSVP through the registration system for planning purposes.

Premier Viewing of Genealogy Roadshow: Join hosts of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, Josh Taylor and Mary Tedesco, for a preview of the new season’s first episode. The screening will be held following the plenary session on Monday, January 12th at 8:15 pm and will be followed by an open Q&A with the hosts. There is no charge for this event.

Evening Classes: Your days at SLIG are likely spent pouring over exhaustive amounts of information. Our evening classes are set to enhance your research skills with technology and context. Four classes are available at a cost of $10 each:

Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 PM:
  • "Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context,” John Philip Colletta, PhD. 
  • "Tech No Genealogist Should be Without: Powerful Solutions for Surviving the Data Avalanche," Valerie Elkins. 
Thursday, January 15th at 7:00 PM:
  • "Geo-Genealogy: Finding and Interpreting Where your Ancestors Lived,” presented by Jay Fonkert. 
  • "Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation,” Ron Arons
Mini-Problem Solving Roundtable:
On Wednesday, we are offering a peek into our problem solving course where students bring their own research problem to discuss. Roundtables will be set-up based on a focus area or region and time period, each with a professional on hand to lead the discussion and guide the group in developing next research steps. It's like crowd-sourcing your research problem. Participation is free, but seating is limited, so make sure you sign up. You will be asked to submit your region or focus area and time period immediately following registration and be prepared to discuss your research problem at your roundtable at the event.

Last Genealogist Standing: Craig Scott will offer his fun and popular game show, "Last Genealogist Standing,” on Wednesday evening at 8:30 PM. There is no charge for event and registration is not required.

Completion Banquet: David Rencher, AG, CG, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch will give the keynote address at our 20th anniversary completion banquet to be held Friday, January 16th at 7:00 pm. The banquet is preceded by a networking social (no host cash bar) at 6:00 PM. While students will receive their completion certificates at the end of their class, the banquet provides an opportunity to celebrate the week, confirm new acquaintances, and get a sneak peak at what’s coming for 2016. The Utah Genealogical Association will announce the newest Fellow of UGA (FUGA) and give out several other awards at the banquet. While included with SLIG registration, a ticket is required. Guest tickets are available for $60.

To add Evening Events to your Registration: Go to the SLIG website (www.slig.ugagenealogy.org), SLIG Registration page. Click on “use this link” (under “Current Registration Info for SLIG 2015) to retrieve your registration with your email address and SLIG confirmation number. You will then be able to add the evening events of your choice to your existing registration. If you have forgotten your confirmation number, you can email the sligregistrar@ugagenealogy.org to obtain it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

THIS WEEK ONLY -- Special PMC Discount for SLIG Attendees

As a special benefit to SLIG registrants, APG has extended the Early-Bird deadline for APG’s Professional Management Conference. This week only -- until Friday, 21 November -- you can still receive more than 20% off your PMC registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” PMC 2015 will take place the Thursday and Friday before SLIG (8-9 January 2015) at the downtown Salt Lake City Hilton.

Register now at www.apgen.org/conferences.

Registration for the 2-day conference is open to ALL genealogists. PMC gives you access to unique education, networking, and professional development designed to help professional genealogists -- seasoned business owners as well as those entering the industry -- achieve success. This includes:

  • 15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS taught by experts including Tom Jones, Judy Russell, and Elissa Scalise Powell covering topics such as professional writing foundations, client communication, and setting fees.
  • $139 IN SPONSOR GIFTS. Each PMC attendee receives: An online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value) and a one-year subscription to online data-backup service BackBlaze ($50 value).
  • DISCOUNTED LUNCH on 8 January. A generous donation from sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35! (Seating for this lunch is limited and already more than 85% filled.)
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY ANCESTRY CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • PMC POSTER SESSIONS are an informal, interactive opportunity for professional genealogists from around the world to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas.
  • DOOR PRIZES, NETWORKING OPS, AND MORE! Valuable door prizes tailored to professional’s needs, APG’s annual member meeting, and Friday evening’s APG dessert reception make PMC 2015 an event not to miss!

Register for PMC 2015 at www.apgen.org/conferences.

PMC SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

The focus of PMC is the following classes and workshops covering topics that showcase “Professional-Grade Genealogy”:

  • “You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right,” by Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS (3-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “DNA and Genealogical Proof,” Angie Bush, MS
  • “Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills,” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many ‘Clients,’" by Angela Packer McGhie
  • “Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest,” by James M. Beidler
  • “Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover Their Genealogical Roots with DNA,” by CeCe Moore (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues,” by Christina Grover
  • “Finding the Law,” by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • “Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today,” by Anastasia Harman (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees,” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • “Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener,” by Kimberly T. Powell
  • “Taxes and the Professional Genealogist,” by James M. Beidler
  • “Mind Maps for Genealogy,” by Ron Arons, MBA
  • “Self-Publishing for Genealogists,” by Thomas MacEntee
  • “So You Want to Be a Genealogical Speaker,” by Billie Stone Fogarty

Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for full lecture details and speaker biographies and to register to attend PMC 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Latest Updates from SLIG and APG's PMC


2015 SLIG Institute

SLIG is happy to announce that there are four seats available in Track 3: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy. If you are interested in attending this course in January, please contact Valerie Hansen, SLIG Registrar at sligregistrar@ugagenealogy.org. She will facilitate the registration. Act now before they are booked as they won't last long!

Track 3: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy - This course provides genealogists with the knowledge needed to correctly incorporate DNA results into their family history. Beginners will receive foundational knowledge in the basics needed to understand the application of genetics for genealogical research purposes. Those with prior knowledge of DNA will be able fill in holes in understanding and be introduced to tools and techniques with practical, hands-on exercises.

This course will use real-life genetic results and family histories to demonstrate DNA inheritance patterns, how to analyze DNA test results, and how to correlate that analysis with traditional documentary research to arrive at soundly reasoned genealogical conclusions. A discussion of biology will provide baseline information needed to fully understand DNA results used for genealogical purposes without spending time on discussions more useful to biologists than genealogists. Attendees should be able to use their knowledge and current tools to analyze Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), autosomal DNA (atDNA), and X-DNA test results, as appropriate for any given kinship theory, as positive or negative evidence to correlate with the documentary evidence from traditional research.

There are also seats remaining in these three courses:
  • Track 10: Finding Immigrant Origins 
  • Track 2: Research in Original Source Repositories
  • Track 7: Resources and Strategies for U.S. Research Part 1

The course descriptions can be found at: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68.

2015 APG PMC

The early-bird deadline is approaching for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) Professional Management Conference (PMC). Register by Saturday, 15 November 2014, to save nearly 20 percent off of registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register today atwww.apgen.org/conferences/. 

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event
The 2015 PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on providing professional genealogists with opportunities for networking, advanced education, and professional and business development:
  • $139 in attendee gifts (for each registrant) from PMC sponsors: A one-year subscription to BackBlaze, an online data-backup service ($50 value) and an online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value).
  • 15 breakout sessions taught by experts including Tom Jones, Judy Russell, and Elissa Scalise Powell covering topics such as DNA, professionals writing, setting fees, and improving client communication.
  • Keynote address by Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • Discounted Lunch with David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, on 8 January. A generous donation from PMC sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35!
  • The annual APG member meeting and the complimentary APG dessert reception.
Register today for PMC 2015 at www.apgen.org/conferences. The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Early-Bird Registration Ends Today!


The Early Bird gets the worm or in this case, the discount!

2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Are you still debating whether to attend the 20th Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), which will be held January 12-16, 2015. If so, delay no longer as Early-Bird registration ends on October 31, 2014! Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout. Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

APG's Professional Management Conference
If the great courses are not enough to entice you to register now, perhaps being able to attend two great events back-to-back will be the deciding factor. Again in 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists is holding their Professional Management Conference (PMC) on the Thursday and Friday before SLIG. You can see the great line-up of speakers and events at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html#schedule.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Virtual Professional Management Conference at https://virtualpmc2015.eventbrite.com.


Accommodations
Both SLIG and the PMC will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people. Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to experience two great genealogical events back-to-back! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Early Bird Gets to Spend a Week with Paula Stuart Warren!



 Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS and her expert team of instructors will be providing students with an in-depth course on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Students will learn how to probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. Informative and interactive classroom hours will 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.

     The instructors for the week-long course are:


  • John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
  • Debbie S. Mieszala, CG
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

     To see the schedule and lecture topics, see http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68. Early-bird registration is available through October 31, 2014. Register at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12 while there are still seats available!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SLIG 2015's Early-Bird Registration Ends in Two Days!


Early-Bird registration ends on October 31, 2014!

SLIG's Track 10, entitled "Finding Immigrant Origins" still has seats remaining. Join David Ouimette and his cast of talented instructors for an exciting and informational week!



Instructors:
· David Ouimette, CG
· Trish Tolley, AG
· John Colletta, PhD
· Suzanne Adams, AG
· Jeff Svare, AG
· Lynn Turner, AG

David's course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. The course begins by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. Additionally, historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad are examined. Methodologies for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins are reviewed. The course illustrates principles and practices for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries. The instructors will demonstrate techniques for effective online research of immigrant ancestors. Finally, the course explores chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 31st is Only 8 Days Away! Don't Miss Out on SLIG's Early-Bird Pricing!




2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Are you still debating whether to attend the 20th Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), which will be held January 12-16, 2015. If so, delay no longer as Early-Bird registration ends on October 31, 2014! Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout. Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

APG's Professional Management Conference
If the great courses are not enough to entice you to register now, perhaps being able to attend two great events back-to-back will be the deciding factor. Again in 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists is holding their Professional Management Conference (PMC) on the Thursday and Friday before SLIG. You can see the great line-up of speakers and events at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html#schedule. Early-bird pricing for APG's PMC ends on November 15th.

Accommodations
Both SLIG and the PMC will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people. Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to experience two great genealogical events back-to-back! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Register Now! SLIG 2015 Early-Bird Registration Ends on October 31st!

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.

Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees. SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.

2015 Tracks

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.The following three tracks still have seats remaining:

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)

This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)

This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)

This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Great Combination...Just Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

Utah Genealogical Association


2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Are you still debating whether to attend the 20th Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), which will be held January 12-16, 2015. If so, delay no longer as Early-Bird registration ends on October 31, 2014! Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout. Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

APG's Professional Management Conference
If the great courses are not enough to entice you to register now, perhaps being able to attend two great events back-to-back will be the deciding factor. Again in 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists is holding their Professional Management Conference (PMC) on the Thursday and Friday before SLIG. You can see the great line-up of speakers and events at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html#schedule.  

Accommodations
Both SLIG and the PMC will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people. Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to experience two great genealogical events back-to-back! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Finding Immigrant Origins" Still Has Seats Remaining!

SLIG's Track 10, entitled "Finding Immigrant Origins" still has seats remaining. Join David Ouimette and his cast of talented instructors for an exciting and informational week!
Instructors:
· David Ouimette, CG
· Trish Tolley, AG
· John Colletta, PhD
· Suzanne Adams, AG
· Jeff Svare, AG
· Lynn Turner, AG

David's course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. The course begins by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. Additionally, historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad are examined. Methodologies for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins are reviewed. The course illustrates principles and practices for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries. The instructors will demonstrate techniques for effective online research of immigrant ancestors. Finally, the course explores chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - January 12-16, 2015

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31,m 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.

Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees. SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.

2015 Tracks

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.The following four tracks still have seats remaining:

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)

This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)

This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)

Wars by their nature create records; however records are created in the aftermath of war also. There is the pension application file(s) or a bounty land application file(s). But there is so much more in addition to these records. There is pension law, payment ledgers, payment vouchers, public and private claims, correspondence, state claims, soldiers homes, and burial records. This course will cover these topics in-depth.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)

This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great Genealogical Guidance from Craig Scott!


What books and periodicals would you recommend for military researchers? Are there any lesser-known texts you advise?

In order to be a good researcher you have to understand the war, the types of units that a person could belong to and the records that were created before and after the war. So a good war history is important. Unit histories are also important. More important though are the finding aids created to assist in finding the records. The best example is PI 17, The Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, RG 94 which describes records about people in the Army.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a genealogical educator? What advice would you give for those who would follow in your footsteps?

The most rewarding part of being a genealogical educator happens when a student comes to you after the fact and says that they applied what they learned with success. According to some people it takes 10,000 to 15,000 hours to master something. You have to start down that road in some direction sometime. Three things need to be learned, the war, the units, the records and then putting it all together to create a research strategy. Put yourself on the spot. Be a person that people know they can get the right answer from, even if it is not immediate. Never stop learning or reading.

Will you share something with us that students may not know about you? Perhaps a non-genealogical hobby?

I am pretty much an open book and wear my life on my sleeve. So if you know me at all you probably know all there is to know. I really don’t have time for anything other than genealogy and reading history. The one thing that I want to do is write. I don’t have as much time as I would like to focus on writing. I try to write every day, but the projects are huge.

Any parting thoughts or advice?
Create an education plan for yourself. Don’t forget conferences and institutes. Learn to be happy as a lecturer. Teach yourself to be patient enough to not only see what a record says, but to hear what it has to say also.

Don't miss a great opportunity to learn about military records from the experts! To find out more about Craig's course, go to http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=339. The registration page can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12. 

Register today as early-bird registration ends on October 31st.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What Record Set is the Most Under-Utilized? See Which One Craig Scott Identifies


What record set to you believe is the most under-utilized? What advice would you give students in using this record set?

Treasury Records are by far the most underutilized records in genealogy. Pension Ledgers and pension payments are just the tip of the record iceberg. Treasury Records, RG 217, are the coolest records, but you have to dig for them.

Craig covers these and many other useful records in his SLIG course, "Post-War Military Records." For more information, see http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=339. To register, go to http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SLIG Can't "Stump Craig"! Learn More About His Military Course in January 2015

Recently, SLIG posed questions to military expert, Craig Scott. He answered them all...none of which stumped him! They will be shared over the next couple of posts. 

Why would you recommend a student attend SLIG in general?

There are few opportunities for focused, topic-related genealogy education. Combine that with the location in Salt Lake City and the Family History Library and it is a win-win situation.

Will you tell us a little bit about what makes your SLIG course unique among genealogical education offerings?
I have been coordinating Military Records tracks at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP over the past decade as they could fit into the institute schedules. This is the first time that the focus has not been on the war, but the records created after the war. Focusing for entire week on these records allows for a more in-depth examination.

To learn more about Craig's course, check out the website at http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=339. The registration page can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12.



Friday, August 29, 2014

MORE WITH PAULA STUART-WARREN!


When did you first start researching your family history? Was there a moment when you knew you were “hooked?”

​I began in earnest in 1982. I had been taking history courses all along while my children were young. One sparked an interest in a St. Paul business of my grandaunts and that led me to learning more about them. Then I learned my family wasn't always from St. Paul. I was off and running! I delved into records in courthouses and archives, read old newspapers, and gathered the stories of my ancestors who came to the U.S. from eight other countries.

​What record set to you believe is the most under-utilized? What advice would you give students in using this record set?

​Original manuscripts are vastly under-utilized. These hold gems that tell of births, deaths, marriages, migrations, family issues, economics of the family, photos and much more. The finding aids that exist today are extensive and I talk about them in many of my sessions at SLIG. I often hear of past students' success in finding needed details after searching out such records in historical societies, archives, and special collections libraries.

​What books and periodicals would you recommend for ​intermediate to advanced researchers? Are there any lesser-known texts you advise?

​I suggest these researchers look for older publications from repositories that include descriptions of holdings and often these descriptions are not online today or aren't as comprehensive. If someone has reached this level of research, they should have a wide variety of books in their home library. Histories, guides, record abstracts, and others.

​What is the most rewarding thing about being a genealogical educator? What advice would you give for those who would follow in your footsteps?
​I love seeing that proverbial light bulb go off in a student's head. You can tell by the eyes that brighten and the notes that are quickly scribbled. Seeing a student immediately go online to consult a library catalog, finding aid, or database tells me that what I just explained was important to them.

I turned down the first opportunity that I was offered to make presentations at a large genealogy conference. I wasn't ready and knew I needed more experience and knowledge to share competently with my audiences. I also knew that I needed to keep-up-to date but that each person brings something wonderful to the sessions. ​

​Will you share something with us that students may not know about you? Perhaps a non-genealogical hobby?

​I used to have several hobbies before family history took over my life! I was an excellent seamstress, dabbled in calligraphy, and my flower and vegetable gardens were lovingly tended. Nowadays, my passion beyond genealogy is my grandchildren. Seeing them grow and become interested in knowledge is fascinating. My youngest grandson has asked to drive by all the places where his ancestors lived. We have started that journey.

Any parting thoughts or advice?

​Keep learning. Family history resources, techniques, and methodology are constantly evolving. Don't be an island. Interact with others such as at SLIG. Once you have attended you will be saying the same things as the returning students. It's a good habit. ​

Join Paula in January 2015 by registering for her course entitled "Resources and Strategies for US Research." For more information go to http://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=330. The registration page can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Words of Wisdom from Paula Stuart-Warren



1. ​Why would you recommend a student attend SLIG in general?

​Being in a class with others who have the same interests can't be beat. The comraderie that develops is special. The instructors get to know you and you them. The sharing of knowledge and experience that happens is unique to the institute setting.

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

​This course is an intermediate level of instruction and offered in two parts. You don't need to take them in any order. My fellow instructors and I don't just lecture, we teach and interact with the students. A class project lets each person shine in their own way. The one-on-one consultations at the FHL provide an opportunity to go directly to the finding aids and records to solve a research issue.


Paula will share more of her insight in the next blog later this week. Stay tuned!

Check out Paula's course at http://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=330. You can register at: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

John Philip Colletta on SLIG!


John Philip Colletta, a renowned genealogist, gives us insight on sources and the benefits of attending SLIG!

What record set to you believe is the most under-utilized? What advice would you give students in using this record set? 

Court records in general are under-utilized because accessing and searching them takes time and effort. But they contain a wealth of information about our ancestors. I encourage family historians to explore the records created by our federal courts, 1789-1911, which are in the 13 regional archives of our National Archives and Records Administration (RG21). The court’s docket book may serve as an index. Newspapers, too, report the docket when the court is in session. Federal Cases, a thirty-volume set in any law library also helps to identify federal court suits involving specific ancestors.

What books and periodicals would you recommend for intermediate to advanced researchers? Are there any lesser-known texts you advise? 

I subscribe to the major scholarly genealogical periodicals, such as the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, The American Genealogist, and so forth. Their articles are the best in the field and offer a tremendous variety of lessons—and enjoyable reading—for all family historians.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a genealogical educator? What advice would you give for those who would follow in your footsteps? 

Helping people learn more about their own heritage, ancestor by ancestor, is very gratifying, because I know how much it means to them personally. More than that, though, meeting people, one on one, across the country, who are engaged in family research is great fun. It broadens in a most delightful way the horizons of my own experience and knowledge. Genealogists are the best!

Why would you recommend a student attend SLIG? 

SLIG provides a tremendous amount of practical instruction in an ideal setting a few blocks from the LDS Family History Library… and at a very reasonable cost, too! The physical environment is comfortable and the faculty, staff and attendees all share their knowledge, experience and personalities in a genial atmosphere. A week at SLIG adds up to a lot more than a week at SLIG. It is more than an educational institute. It is a coming together of fellow ancestor hunters from across the country, a festival of sharing and camaraderie.

Take advantage of the early-bird registration pricing available until October 31, 2014! Don't miss this opportunity to benefit from John's expertise. For more on John's course, see http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=331. To register, go to http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Getting to know...John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.


SLIG is happy to have John Philip Colletta coordinate his course, "Research in Original Source Repositories" in January 2015. In this course, he explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. We caught up with John to ask him some questions, so that you could get to know him better.
When did you first start researching your family history? Was there a moment when you knew you were “hooked?”
One summer when I was 13 or 14 and whining about having nothing to do, my mother suggested I create a family tree. She had just read an article about it in Family Circle magazine. I began interviewing my two grandmothers and took to genealogy in a big way immediately.

Do you have a pet ancestor? Can you tell us a little bit about what makes this person so special to you as a researcher? 

No, I have no “pet ancestor.” I feel particularly close to my mother’s mother’s parents, though, Andrew and Frances Noeth. They were born in Bavaria and came to Buffalo, New York, in 1886. Since my mother was very close to her grandparents (their back yards adjoined and the fence had a gate in it), I have heard more stories about Andrew and Frances Noeth than any other ancestors. It’s almost as though I knew them. Temperamentally, however, I feel a closer kinship to my father’s Sicilian ancestors.

You can read more about John's class at http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=331.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Seats Remaining in the Following SLIG 2015 Tracks

There are still seats available in the following SLIG tracks for 2015. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
Wars by their nature create records; however records are created in the aftermath of war also. There is the pension application file(s) or a bounty land application file(s). But there is so much more in addition to these records. There is pension law, payment ledgers, payment vouchers, public and private claims, correspondence, state claims, soldiers homes, and burial records. This course will cover these topics in-depth.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records.

Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie & Kimberly Powell)
This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions.

The registrations page can be accessed at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12. Don't miss this great educational opportunity!

Friday, July 25, 2014

First Annual SLIG Colloquium to be Held in January 2015

     The first annual SLIG Colloquium will be held in January 2015. 

     This colloquium will consist of the reading and discussion of four papers meant to advance our profession. For example, anything that puts forward a new theory, a new analysis tool, or a new way to look at a genealogical problem.

     The colloquium will be held January 10, 2015, the Saturday before the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City. The event will consist of a networking lunch (prices to be determined) and an evening banquet. The evening banquet will be open to the public and will include a brief overview of the papers presented.

     The papers will be edited and combined into a publication available for purchase through the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. This will be an annual event and hope that it aids the genealogy profession by creating a body of advanced literature. 

     Paper submissions are due to Christy Fillerup no later than October 1st. They will be reviewed by a selection committee and four papers will be chosen for presentation. More than four papers may be chosen for publication. 

     Please send questions to sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship for SLIG 2015 Announced

     The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Patti Gillespie as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship for 2015. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. Gillespie's application exemplified the culture of giving back to the community as demonstrated by Jimmy B.Parker.

     Ms. Gillespie is the Virtual Professional Management Conference (PMC) Coordinator for APG. She has resided in Wise County, Texas for the past thirty years and was a founding member of the Wise County Genealogical Society. She is a volunteer for numerous organizations and is committed to giving back to the genealogical community.
 
     Ms. Gillespie will be attending the course entitled “Diving Deeper into New England.” 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In-depth Learning with Paula Stuart-Warren at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in 2015


     Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS and her expert team of instructors will be providing students with an in-depth course on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. Students will learn how to probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. Informative and interactive classroom hours will 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.

     The instructors for the week-long course are:

  • John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
  • Debbie S. Mieszala, CG
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

     To see the schedule and lecture topics, see http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68. Early-bird registration is available through October 31, 2014. Register at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12 while there are still seats available!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Craig R. Scott - Military Records Expert


     In January 2015, Craig R. Scott, CG, will be providing SLIG students with a week-long intensive course focused on post-war military records. "Following a twenty year career in the U.S. Navy and a short stint as a Washington, D.C.[, Craig] started his professional genealogical career as a researcher in the Washington, D.C. area. He began lecturing at national conferences in 1990...He continues to spend many weeks and weekends on the road lecturing and speaking at genealogical institutes and society meetings."[1]

     Craig will be assisted by a team of expert instructors including Debra Mieszala, CG; Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL; and Michael Hall.

     The topics to be covered include:
  • Pension Law
  • Pension Application Files
  • Payment Ledgers
  • Payment Vouchers, Last Payment Vouchers, Final Payment Vouchers
  • Colonial Bounty Lands
  • State Bounty Lands
  • Federal Bounty Lands
  • Homestead Act and the Military
  • Public and Private Claims
  • Post-war Correspondence
  • State Claims to the Federal Government
  • Soldiers Homes
  • Veteran's Administration Records
  • Veterans Burial Records
  • Obtaining Military Records and Awards
  • Fraternal and Lineage Societies
     
     For specific details on each of the topics above, please see http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68.

     This week promises to be a great learning experience and will expand your knowledge of military records. Register at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12.

[1] Craig R. Scott Bio, Craig R. Scott, CG (http://www.genealogybrickwall.com/biography/ : accessed 2 July 2014).

Monday, June 30, 2014

Are You Researching Your German Ancestors and Have a Desire to Jump the Pond?


If you would like a course that will help you successfully research your German ancestors and cross the pond, then this course is for you! Warren Bittner is the coordinator for SLIG's "Advanced German Research" course in 2015. This advanced methods course is designed for genealogists with basic church book experience who are ready to develop advanced skills.

"F. Warren Bittner, CGSM, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with thirty years of research experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University. His master’s thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and in 1989-1990 he studied Chinese at a graduate level at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

"He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated contracts to microfilm and index records at 102 archives in seven countries and where he planned the German book acquisitions and internet publications. Before that he worked for four years in the extraction unit of the Family History Library, where he was coordinator of third-party indexing projects and where he developed and trained volunteers in Spanish indexing projects. He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories.

"In 2010 he was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and he is a former member of the board of directors for Utah Genealogical Association. He made several appearances on the PBS television series, Ancestors 2. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the National Genealogical Society, Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and the Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter, and the Sacrament German Society. He is married to Nancy Ruth Christensen and is the father of three children.[1]

[1] Bio for Warren Bittner, Genealogical Speakers Guild (http://www.genealogicalspeakersguild.org/member_details.php?member=BittnerW : accessed June 30, 2014).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

John Philip Colletta - One of SLIG's Popular Instructors!



John Philip Colletta is the coordinator for SLIG's course entitled "Research in Original Source Repositories." The purpose of the course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories. By the end of the week, you will not only know a great deal about original source repositories, you will also feel confident and comfortable using them.

John will be joined by other renowned instructors:
  • Patricia Smith-Mansfield, State Archivist of Utah
  • Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL
  • Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
You can find out more about John on his website at http://www.genealogyjohn.com/html/about.htm.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spotlight on David Ouimette, CG

     David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of records worldwide for family history research. He has conducted research and analyzed archival materials in dozens of countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He has contributed articles to many magazines and journals and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.

     David is the course coordinator for "Finding Immigrant Origins" at SLIG in 2015. This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. Students will begin by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. The historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad will be examined. M
ethodologies for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins will be reviewed. The course will also illustrate principles and practices for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries. Additionally, techniques for demonstrating effective online research of immigrant ancestors will be shown. The course explores chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

     Additional information on the course can be found at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php? lv=p&epg=68. You can register at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Are You in Search of Your Ancestors's Immigrant Origins?

     SLIG's is offering "Finding Immigrant Origins" in January 2015. This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. Students begin by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. Historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad are examined. Methodologies are reviewed for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins. Principles and practices are illustrated for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries and for effective online research of immigrant ancestors. Additional topics include chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find an immigrant’s ancestral village.

The expert instructors are:
· David Ouimette, CG
· Trish Tolley, AG
· John Colletta, PhD
· Suzanne Adams, AG
· Jeff Svare, AG
· Lynn Turner, AG

Below are the specific topics that will be covered during the week-long course:
o Identifying the Immigrant within the Family and Community
o The Ebb and Flow of Immigrants to America: Colonial Times to WW II
o Ethnic Migration Paths (and the Pushes and Pulls of Immigration)
o Family and Local Records: Histories, Biographies, and Newspapers
o Vital Records, Parish Registers, Probate, and Cemeteries
o U.S. Customs and Immigration Lists, 1820-1957
o Censuses, City Directories, and Name Lists
o Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Early 20th Century
o Immigration to Colonial America
o UK and Irish Immigration
o Localizing the Surname: Dictionaries and Heat Maps
o Online Immigration Research: Computer Lab
o Eastern European Immigration
o Scandinavian Immigration
o German Immigration
o Italian Immigration
o Hispanic Immigration
o Chain Migration: Polish Case Study
o Interpreting the Place Name: Linguistics, Maps and Gazetteers
o DNA Evidence of Ancestral Origins

Spots still remain in this course, so register today to save yourself a seat for this informative track. It promises to provide the knowledge to help you determine your ancestor's immigrant origins! You can register at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

SLIG's Course 6 in 2015 Covers Post-War Military Records

     The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2015 is offering a course on Post-War Military Records. Researchers are usually familiar with Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) and Pension Records, but how about payment records?

     In this course, Craig Scott, CG, FUGA, will cover payment ledgers and payment vouchers. Payment ledgers are the method by which the government keeps track of payments made to pensioners. They provide information about migration and death of a pensioner and can act as a census. Payment vouchers, last payment vouchers and final payment vouchers may provide additional information not found in pension application files. The contain information about the death of the pensioner and his heirs.

     This course will take you beyond the traditional military records and open up more research avenues for you to explore with your ancestors. You can find out more about the course here: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=p&epg=68. Registration can be accessed here: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Friday, June 13, 2014

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Tomorrow!

Be ready to register at 9:00 a.m. (MT) at www.slig.ugagenealogy.org

     The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is a week-long intensive educational experience that takes students deep into their track of choice. Instead of a breadth of topics, like a conference, this institute brings you a depth of knowledge. Come and enjoy a week of learning with the nation's top genealogy educators just steps from the Family History LibraryTracks this year include:

  • The Family History Law Library
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods
  • Finding Immigrant Origins
  • Advanced German Research
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy
  • Advanced DNA Analysis
  • Diving Deeper into New England
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

     Find more information atwww.slig.ugagenealogy.org.SLIG is offering attendees overnight rooms at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center at a special room-rate of $129 per night (single/double/triple/quad). This room rate is for overnight stays within these dates: 4 January-21 January 2015. To guarantee this rate, please reserve your room online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/SLIG15. Additionally, you may contact the Hilton Salt Lake at (801) 328-2000 and reference the code “SLI” to obtain the rate (please note you MUST reference “SLI” to receive the discounted rate). You may make reservations at this special rate through 10 December 2014. However, rooms at this rate are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so early reservations are recommended. If you have any challenges or have questions, please email the hotel liaison.

     Booking a room in the SLIG room block includes complimentary wireless Internet access in your guestroom and complimentary self-parking. Staying at the host hotel is an important way to support the association and ultimately keep overall meeting costs as low as possible. APG/SLIG commits to a block of rooms at these hotels on behalf of conference attendees and has a financial obligation to fill those blocks. Please help us to avoid potential penalties and control costs for future events by staying at the official hotel. Staying within the block is also more convenient and helps you stay connected with the informal activities and networking opportunities that occur at the hotel during the conference.

     Information about the Hilton Salt Lake City Center may be found here: www.hiltonsaltlakecity.com.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Registration for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Begins Saturday, June 14th!

     Registration for SLIG 2015 opens on Saturday, June 14, 2014! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and ​the ​courses fill fast. The following tracks are being offered:

  • The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
  • Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
  • Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
  • Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
  • Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie)

     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.

     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 Thursday and Friday 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.
​For more information: http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Next Steps After Registering for SLIG 2015

     So, it is Saturday, June 14th and you have just successfully registered for the course of your choice in next year's Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Congratulations!

     Now what, you ask yourself? Why make your hotel reservations of course! Not only can you register for your SLIG course (http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42), but you can also make your hotel reservations (https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SLIG15).

     We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees. SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.

     You can find out more about the hotel by visiting their webpage at http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/utah/hilton-salt-lake-city-center-SLCCCHH/index.html?wt.srch=1. The hotel's website provides a list of their amenities and services.

     Don't forget when making your plans to attend SLIG next year that the Association of Professional Genealogist's Professional Management Conference (PMC) will be held the Thursday and Friday before the Institute begins. This is a great opportunity to be able to attend two genealogical events in close proximity. While PMC registration is not open yet, you can monitor their website (https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html) for more information.

     Start planning to start the New Year off right by immersing 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.

     Mark your calendars for next Saturday!

Monday, June 9, 2014

SLIG 2015 - Not Every Record is Online!

Have you conducted research in original source repositories?

John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., is the coordinator for the course entitled "Research in Original Source Repositories." This course is designed to "take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories. By the end of this week, you will not only know a great deal about original source repositories, you will also feel confident and comfortable using them."

Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of the "wider world of historical resources not available from the Family History Library, not available anywhere in published form—in print, microfilm, or online. This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections."

"What are these repositories? How do they differ from one another? How do you find the ones you need for your research? How to you access the treasures they contain that pertain to your ancestors? How do you use those materials to reconstruct your ancestors’ lives?"

John's team of expert instructors include: Patricia Smith-Mansfield; Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL; Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL; and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. These "i
nstructors of honed expertise and substantial experience demonstrate their lessons using numerous examples and case studies. They share practical hints and helps, conveying the thrill and satisfaction of handling and deciphering antique documents. Course participants will attend an orientation session at the Utah State Archives Research Center, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the state-of-the-art records repository adjacent to the Center."

Registration begins this Saturday at 9:00 AM Mountain time. Don't miss this opportunity to hone your skills locating those harder-to-find sources. It might be just what you need to break through that brick wall.

Course information can be found at http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=331. Registration information can be found at http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Searching for Your Immigrant's Origins? SLIG Registration Opens Saturday, June 14th!

     This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. Students begin by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. This includes the historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad. The course covers the methodologies for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins. Additionally, the material will illustrate principles and practices for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries. Techniques will be demonstrated for conducting effective online research of immigrant ancestors. Coverage of chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help students find their immigrant’s ancestral village.

Davide Ouimette, CG along with his team of expert instructors will cover the following topics during the week:

o Identifying the Immigrant within the Family and Community
o The Ebb and Flow of Immigrants to America: Colonial Times to WW II
o Ethnic Migration Paths (and the Pushes and Pulls of Immigration)
o Family and Local Records: Histories, Biographies, and Newspapers
o Vital Records, Parish Registers, Probate, and Cemeteries
o U.S. Customs and Immigration Lists, 1820-1957
o Censuses, City Directories, and Name Lists
o Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Early 20th Century
o Immigration to Colonial America
o UK and Irish Immigration
o Localizing the Surname: Dictionaries and Heat Maps
o Online Immigration Research: Computer Lab
o Eastern European Immigration
o Scandinavian Immigration
o German Immigration
o Italian Immigration
o Hispanic Immigration
o Chain Migration: Polish Case Study
o Interpreting the Place Name: Linguistics, Maps and Gazetteers
o DNA Evidence of Ancestral Origins

Course information can be accessed here: http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=332. SLIG information can be found at http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42.

Don't miss an opportunity to spend a week learning more about how to determine your immigrant ancestor's origins!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Join "The Legal Genealogist" and Team for SLIG's "Family History Law Library" Course in January 2015

     Interested in apply basic legal concepts and legal research approaches to your genealogy? If so, the "Family History Law Library" course is for you!

     Course coordinators Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL have put together a week long course that will cover law concepts appropriate for genealogists. The course will "will require the student to employ these concepts with hands on exercises using the resources of the FHL. Topics will include courts and their records, estate laws, legislative records, pensions, and property law. Additionally, elements of both English common law and Roman law will be introduced through classes on the legal concepts found in Irish, German, and French law that relate to research in those countries and their relevance to research in the United States."

     Claire Bettag, CG and David Rencher, AG, CG round out the instructor team. Specific lecture topics include:


  • Case Studies in Legal Research and Analysis [Russell/Sayre]
  • Civil Law: France and its Legal Records [Bettag]
  • Civil Law: Germany and its Legal Records [TBA]
  • Common Law: Ireland and its Legal Records [Rencher]
  • Family Law and its Records [Russell]
  • Federal Courts and their Records [Russell]
  • Immigration and Naturalization and their Records [Russell]
  • Probate and its Records [Russell]
  • State Courts and their Records [Russell]
  • State Property Law and its Records [Russell]
  • Legislative and Executive Records [Sayre]
  • The Serial Set et al Illustrated (case studies and usage concepts) [Sayre]
  • The Claims Committees of the Congress [Sayre]
  • Military Pension Laws [Sayre]
  • Federal Land Law – The Public Domain [Sayre]
  • Federal Land Law – Disposing of Public Land [Sayre]

     See http://www.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=324 for the course details and http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42 for general information on SLIG. Registration opens at 9 AM Mountain Time on Saturday, June 14th...only ten days away! Make sure you reserve your spot early as this promises to be a popular course.
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