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 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:

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 

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 The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.

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