Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dining at SLIG, Part 1

Where do I eat while attending SLIG?

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

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

Here are some of the highlights for 2018:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes: Debra Hoffman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Announced

Application Deadline December 31, 2017

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

The five genealogical institutes and their dates are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SLIG Night at the FHL Details

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
5:30 - 8:45 pm
Sponsored by ICAPGen
Hosted by the Family History Library

Classes and labs
Light refreshments
Time to relax and research

New this year:  The FHL remodel provided us with two new large classrooms, increasing our seating capacity.  Still, seating is limited, so register early to attend.

    Classes and labs include:
    5:45 pm  
    Class:   “Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard" 
    by David Ouimette, CG, CGL
    Class:   "Source Citations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" 
    by Diana Elder, AG
    Lab:      “German Online Sources" by Baerbel Johnson, AG
    Class:   “Pre-1850 U.S Research" by Julie Stoddard , AG

    7:00 pm   
    Class:   “Evidence Analysis Maximizes Research" by Robert M. Call, AG
    Class:   “Write it Up: Tools of the Trade" by Diana Elder, CG
    Lab:      “Online Detecting 201" by Beth Taylor, AG
    Class:   "Friends, Associates, and Neighbors (FAN Club) Research" 
    by Julie Stoddard, AG
    Class:   "Overview of the Accreditation Process" by ICAPGEN Officer

    Registration is required and will open on Tuesday, November 14th.  

    While the Family History Library will be open to the public during this event, the classes, labs and refreshments are open to SLIG participants only.

    Classes and labs descriptions here.

    See you soon for all kinds of SLIG fun!

    Monday, November 6, 2017

    SLIG 2018 Mid-Week Evening Events

    Join us to research, learn, and network as you weave your Ancestral Tapestry through SLIG week.

    The creation of a tapestry requires many skilled hands working together. Our mid-week events are sponsored by many organizations in an effort to provide a rich SLIG experience.

    Ancestry ProGenealogists Networking Event
    Tuesday, January 23rd, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Curious about Ancestry ProGenealogists? Take a short walk or ride the SLIG shuttle to their office for this open house with light refreshments.  

    SLIG Night at the FHL
    Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30 - 8:45 pm

    Sponsored by ICAPGen and hosted by the Family History Library (FHL), this evening features classes and labs, light refreshments, and time to relax and research.

    Limited seating available in classes and labs; registration required; shuttle available.

    Class schedule

    Research at the State Archives
    Thursday, January 25th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

    Whether you have ancestors that hail from, passed through, or not, you won't want to miss this opportunity to get your hands on original records. The Research Room will be open with staff available and light refreshments served. Shuttle provided.
    Archive information

    Information for all events for SLIG 2018 from Sunday afternoon for new attendees to the final banquet for all is available online. SLIG 2018 Schedule of Events

    Pre-registration for these and other events opens on Tuesday, November 14th. Log into your SLIG registration using your email and confirmation number to add your selections.

    More later for more fun during SLIG week in 2018!

    Behind the Scenes at SLIG: Valerie Hansen

    Valerie Byrd Hansen is another dynamic member of the Salt Lake institute of Genealogy (SLIG) 2018 committee. 

    Eight years ago Valerie joined the SLIG committee and today still serves as the registrar for all the events that SLIG handles: SLIG itself; the fall Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum taught and coordinated by the impressive Angela Packer McGhie, CG; and the newest event, Tech Day, on January 20, 2018.
    Valerie Byrd Hansen

    Living in St. Helens, Oregon--which, by the way, is NOT the St. Helena of volcano renown--does not keep her from doing what she does best: helping other people, fixing issues, and making friendships. Valerie  is quick to praise SLIG, "I've met so many people through SLIG. It is totally amazing and rewarding!'

    Her favorite memory of SLIG is attending with her both her mother and her mother-in-law. Atta girl, Valerie, for making genea memories with your family!

    Valerie was asked what she would do with six more hours in her day. As supervisor of a medical records department by day, and as wife, mother and grandmother 24 hours a day, Valerie's first thought was that she would get more sleep. Her final thought, however, is that she would spend more time with her family and working on her SLIG, of course!

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

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    SLIG 2018 Hosts First Tech Day!

    The first SLIG Tech Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018.  SLIG's amazing speakers and guest lecturers will present four hands-on workshops, nine classes/demonstrations, and two mini-labs. 

     Check out the schedule of exciting classes!  Tech Day Information

    Half-day workshops on Saturday morning feature Gena Philibert-Ortega and Pat Roberts guiding 3 hours of hands-on experience with  Evernote and Ancestry, respectively. 

    After lunch, Cari Taplin will share Google's My Maps while Kimberly Powell presents Scrivener during the last two half-day workshops. 

    Workshops require personal laptops with any pre-requisite software or online tools installed. (Please review specific pre-requisites, if any, listed with the workshop.) Electrical outlets will be available for each student. 

    Not up for 3-hour workshops?  Then consider the nine other 90-minute courses: Cyndi Ingle teaches three tech classes (coordinating programs in the Cloud, foreign language tools and timelines), Dina Carson is presenting 2 courses on best publishing and imaging practices, while Mona Lambrecht will share tips on staying sane while creating a family archive, Elissa Scalise Powell updates our writing skill set and Kimberly Powell creates spreadsheet magic, and instructs us in social network as an analysis tool.

    Three mini-labs from 7-8:30 pm are also available: Elissa Scalise Powell will boost our PowerPoint skills and Ron Arons will fascinate with mind mapping.

    Don't miss out! Pre-registration is required to assure seat availability; registration for special events will open on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

    Join us at Tech Day 2018! 

    Monday, October 30, 2017

    Rich Venezia to Keynote SLIG 2018 Plenary Session

    Rich Venezia, in keeping with this year's theme, will present Common Threads: Weaving Our Ancestral Tapestries at the Plenary Session, Monday evening, January 22. All SLIG participants and instructors are invited; a RSVP is requested.

    Rich Venezia
    Aside from his uninhibited and infectious laugh, Rich has received renown in genealogical circles for his Tedx Pittsburgh Talk, "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" and experience as a member of the research team for two seasons of the PBS show, Genealogy Roadshow.  He is also a popular speaker for conferences and groups.

    Venezia founded his own company, Rich Roots Genealogy, in 2013. In 2015, he received his Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.  Rich has helped clients find their roots in Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Prussia, St. Kitts, Sint Eustatius, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States.  His specialty is 20th century immigrant ancestry and immigration records.

    Join us for SLIG 2018 fun with Rich Venezia!

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Behind the SLIG Scenes: J. Paul Hawthorne

    SLIG is amazing, isn't it? The instructors and the students are the magic--but who sets up the magic?  The magical SLIG committee, that's who!  Before SLIG 2018 happens, this blog will feature each dynamic member of the committee.

    J. Paul Hawthorne is a familiar face to to those who follow him on Facebook, Instagam, and Twitter. His gentle humor often features hats, masks, and digital appendages. Paul jumped at the chance when asked to join the committee as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator for SLIG in 2016.

    Named for his paternal grandfather, James Boardman Hawthorne and his father, Paul Hawthorne, he started adding the “J” before his middle name when he joined the family tractor business in Southern California.

    Paul says he enjoys the comradery between the committee members, the leadership of the Director, Peg Ivanyo, and the freedom within a framework that fits his personality.

    His favorite SLIG memory is as a "first-timer." Paul shares that at his first Welcome Reception, he was overwhelmed. He not only saw all his genealogy heroes, but about half of the students there were actually teachers that he had learned from at conferences! He was intimidated, but he “stepped up to the plate and did his best”.

    Paul likes a deep blue color because it is like his thoughts. These same thoughts were responsible for the unique and imaginative #mycolorfulancestry color coded Excel family tree charts that went viral last year. Keep on thinking, Paul! 

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

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    SLIG 2018 Theme: Ancestral Tapestries

    The Fruit and Vegetable Market
    designed by Zeger Jacob van Helmont and Augustin Coppens
    woven by Urbanus Leyniers; Wikimedia Commons
    Tapestries have been used for centuries to tell stories, warm or decorate walls, and celebrate special occasions. 

    They are uniquely woven with solid vertical (warp) yarns that don’t show and horizontal, non-continuous (weft) yarns creating the pattern in a way that allows the final design to show on both sides. One can only begin to imagine the detailed effort required to manage the multiple colors woven into the tapestry that creates each part of the story.  

    I somehow imagine my heritage being much like a tapestry -- woven of the bits and pieces, successes and failures, special events and challenges, celebrations and cultural traditions from each of my ancestor’s lives. While my personal tapestry may be unique, just like the market scene shown above it naturally shares common threads with many others.

    This theme, Ancestral Tapestries, will be woven throughout SLIG 2018 into keynote addresses, special events, contests, and other activities.  While it is but a backdrop to the academic program we come to attend, it will hopefully provide occasional moments to celebrate, study, and explore the threads we have in common, as well as the unique heritages from which we descend.

    I look forward to seeing you at SLIG!

    Peg Ivanyo, director

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    SLIG Announces 2018 Banquet Keynote Speaker

    We are pleased to announce that John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA, popular genealogical speaker, will be the keynote speaker for the SLIG 2018 banquet. He will present "Deceptive Threads in the Tapestry: The Words of Our Ancestors' English."

    "Dr. Colletta is a highly engaging speaker. I look forward to hearing him explore the words that weave our ancestral tapestries together," stated Peg A. Ivanyo, SLIG Director.

    The completion banquet is set to begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 26th, 2018. The banquet will announce contest winners and the annual UGA awards--including the coveted Silver Tray Award and announcement of the 2016 FUGA (Fellow of UGA)--with a catered meal, and the keynote address.

    The banquet will be preceded by a no-host bar and networking social. Tickets are required to attend. The banquet ticket is included with SLIG tuition (RSVP required); guest tickets are available for an additional fee.

    See you there!

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Visit Us at the 2017 FGS Conference in Pittsburgh!

     SLIG reps will be at the FGS 2017 National Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania August 30–September 2. Come on by and talk to us! We will be at booth #322 in the huge Exhibitor Hall (see map below). Our director Peg Ivanyo and Marketing Specialist Patti Gillespie will be there to answer questions about our exciting 2018 lineup of 14 classes, plus a bonus virtual class this fall.

    A special appearance by Course Coordinator, Michael J. Hall, will be there to answer questions about his course "In-depth Sources for Portuguese Research – Azores, Brazil, Portugal".

    Got questions? We have the answers!

    BOOTH 322

    Please visit for our class lineup. Seats still available!

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Going to the FGS Conference? Check out our SLIG Instructors!

     Are you heading to Pittsburgh for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 conference? So are we and so are a lot of our SLIG 2018 instructors! This is a great opportunity to listen to some of the best genealogy instructors in the world.

     These instructors will be at our Institute this January. Seats still available for several courses!

    Teacher Session
    Paula Stuart-Warren W-103
    Your Society Can’t Afford to Do a Seminar? Here’s How!
    Wed. 9:30-10:30 AM
    What Next? Hands-on Research Planning
    Fri. 2:00-4:00 PM

    Cyndi Ingle W-129
    Calling All Members: Your Society’s Website Needs Help
    Wed. 3:30-4:30 PM
    Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy
    Fri. 9:30-10:30 AM
    Back to Basics: Research Planning and Execution Online
    Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM

    Cari Taplin W-102
    How to Find Volunteers and Keep Them!
    Wed. 9:30-10:30 AM
    Build Membership and Participation with Small Groups
    and SIGs
    Wed. 2:00-3:00 PM
    Casting the Net: Denominational and Ethnic Newspaper
    Fri. 9:30-10:30 AM

    Judy G. Russell T-211
    Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon:
    Professional Ethics: Yes, No, Maybe and Maybe Not?
    Thu. 12:15-1:45 PM
    Courting Pennsylvania: The Courts of the Keystone State
    Fri. 8:00-9:00 AM
    “Deemed a Runaway”: Black Laws of the North
    Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM
    BCG Education Fund Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture:
    Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Society and
    Corporate Genealogical Standard
    Sat. 8:00-9:00 AM
    BCG Certification Seminar
    Thu. 2:00-4:00 PM

    Michael D. Lacopo T-223
    Finding and Using German Church Records
    Thu. 3:30-4:30 PM
    Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American
    Fri. 9:30-10:30 AM
    Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans
    Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM
    Paul Milner F-305
    Scottish Civil Registration: How to Access, Use, and Interpret
    Fri. 8:00-9:00 AM
    Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
    Fri. 3:30-4:30 PM
    Locating British Mining Records
    Sat. 3:30-4:30 PM
    Thomas W. Jones T-202
    Using “Correlation” to Reveal Facts That No Record States
    Thu. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    When Sources Don’t Agree, Then What?
    Thu. 5:00-6:00 PM
    When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?
    Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM
    Pamela Boyer Sayre T-214
    Using NARA’s Finding Aids and Website
    Thu. 2:00-3:00 PM
    Federal Records Relating to Rivers and Canals
    Fri. 5:00-6:00 PM
    Where Would You Go If You Had Five Days in Washington, D.C.?
    Sat. 2:00-3:00 PM
    Rick Sayre T-204
    Using Maps to Further Your Pennsylvania Genealogical Research
    Thu. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Finding Your Ancestor in Military Bounty Land Applications
    Thu. 5:00-6:00 PM
    BCG Certification Seminar
    Thu. 2:00-4:00 PM
    David McDonald T-210
    International Society for British Genealogy and Family History
    Luncheon: Iklamore? What Did You Say?
    Thu. 12:15-1:45 PM
    Coal & Steel: Industrial-era Migration
    Thu. 5:00-6:00 PM
    Catholic Records: Genealogy’s Gold Standard
    Fri. 2:00-3:00 PM
    Transcription & Analysis: Getting the Most Out of Your Research
    Sat. 2:00-4:00 PM
    Kimberly T. Powell S-429
    Land Records of the Pennsylvania State Archives
    Sat. 2:00-3:00 PM
    Cool Beans! My Ancestor Was a Farmer
    Sat. 5:00-6:00 PM
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