Sunday, July 9, 2017

Registration Ongoing for SLIG 2018

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) continues registration for the January 21-26, 2018 institute with courses and rooms available at the Hilton SLC Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Saturday, July 8, was the first day of registration for SLIG 2018.

While the two courses Advanced Genealogical Methods and Establishing Proof with DNA  were filled in the first 10 minutes, there continues to be one seat left in the Pennsylvania German Research taught by Michael D. Lacopo.

Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, Advanced Land Tools: Maps with Richard C. Sayre and Digging Deeper: Pre-1837 English Research  by Paul Milner are filling fast.

Many other course options are still available. Consider registering to attend Original Source Repositories by John Philip Colletta and Taking Your Research to the Next Level by Paula Stuart-Warren.

For those seeking regional and/or ethnic research, seats remain in the following courses: Researching Your Swedish and Finnish Ancestors, In-Depth Sources for Portuguese Research, Exploring Quaker Records--At Home and Abroad and the Research in the Great Lakes Region.

The Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum by Angela Packer McGhie presents a challenging and popular experience for those seeking to prepare research in a professional manner.  Family historians might consider a new course being offered, Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age by Dina C. Carson.

Register today! SLIG 2018 will be fun! There is something for everybody! C'mon--join us in January!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Are You Registered for SLIG?

This year's registrants to SLIG who register on the first day will receive their own personal meme to post to their social media (should they want to do so!).

Are you registered for SLIG? Seats still available in most of the courses. It will be fun! Join us!

SLIG Registration Successfully Started

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) opened registration this morning for SLIG 2018.

Within the first few minutes, Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones and Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA by Karen Stanbary filled.  Those interested in these courses should sign on to the waiting lists.

All other courses have some seats left to fill, and registrants are encouraged to sign up today.  Waiting lists are available for all courses, however.

SLIG is a wonderful opportunity for a unique, quality Institute experience walking distance away from the world famous LDS Family History Library.

C'mon--join us! Sign up today!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SLIG Creates Own YouTube Channel

The new SLIG YouTube channel plans on being another learning resource for genealogists.

Currently, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) channel does house several promotional videos produced for SLIG 2018. Released this week, several entertaining shorts entitled SLIG is An Institute, SLIG is Unique, and SLIG is Quality are available for viewing on the channel. Another short featuring Judy Russell will be introduced Friday, July 7.

The popular promotional video recently released on social media featuring speakers and students from SLIG 2017, Come to SLIG, is also featured on the new channel. All promotional videos to date have been edited by Richard Gillespie, owner of Fast Cuts Edits.

Also found on the channel is a 47 minute instructional video graciously donated by presenter Paula Stuart-Warren, Taking Your Research to the Next Level. This can be found at Paula Stuart-Warren on SLIG YouTube

All videos may be viewed at  at SLIG YouTube. Subscribe today for updates!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship Awarded for SLIG 2018

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Ellen Blakeslee as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship for 2018. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. Blakeslee's application exemplified the culture of giving back to the community as demonstrated by Jimmy B.Parker.

After 16 years as an Over-the-Road tractor trailer driver, Ellen retired to follow her
Ellen Blakeslee
passion for genealogy. With 39 years of research experience gained in her spare time, 
Ms. Blakeslee started her own genealogy business but still finds time to actively volunteer in her community in Georgia.  She volunteers for the Newton County Library Heritage Room, the Newton County Historical Society Archives and the Family History Center in Conyers, while also editing Jeans and Genes, the quarterly newsletter for the Rockdale County Genealogical Society. She also serves as Treasurer for the Georgia Chapter of Association of Professional Genealogist (APG). 

Ellen credits her mother with her passion for genealogy. She used to take her as a young child from cemetery to cemetery, sharing stories and introducing her to her ancesters.

Ms. Blakeslee will be attending Course 1 entitled “Taking Your Research to the Next Level.” She plans to use the knowledge she gains to continue her volunteer work and expand her teaching skills in the genealogical community.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) awards 2018 Scholarship

Emily Kowalski Schroeder
The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce Emily Kowalski Schroeder as the winner of the SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees for 2018. The competition was strong and many candidates submitted worthy applications. The committee determined that Ms. Schroeder's application effectively conveyed her desire for a more in-depth learning experience at an intermediate (or above) level.

Ms. Schroeder is currently a self-taught genealogist and is ready to attend an institute to gain in-depth knowledge of specific genealogical research resources and methods. She wants to further her genealogical education to make herself a better, more efficient, and more confident researcher and storyteller of her family's history.

Emily is passionate about getting youth involved in genealogy, and, in 2014, she started Growing Little Leaves, a website and blog dedicated to providing readers with free, hands-on activities for getting children interested in family history. Over the past three years, Emily has taught beginner genealogy classes for both children and adults in her local area.

Ms. Schroeder will be attending Course 2 entitled "The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region." She is looking forward to meeting and interacting with professional genealogists and genealogy enthusiasts from around the country and world. She is excited to share research challenges and develop network connections.

She is a  scientist, with degrees in meteorology from Valparaiso University and Penn State University. Emily is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, and currently lives near Indianapolis with her husband, two children, and kitties.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FTDNA Joins SLIG as Sponsor of DNA Course

We are pleased to announce that Family Tree DNA has joined SLIG as sponsor of the DNA course for SLIG 2018.

Course 13: "A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA," coordinated by Karen Stanbary, incorporates hands-on exercises, case studies, and analytical software in a lab-type setting throughout the course.

This sponsorship makes it possible for SLIG to provide additional staffing during those labs, as well as key reference documents for ongoing use, enhancing the student experience without the cost of additional tuition.

"Founded in 2000, Family Tree DNA pioneered the field of genetic genealogy and is the first company to offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Family Tree DNA offers the world’s most comprehensive matching database, helping to unlock family history and find DNA matches across the globe. 

"With a simple cheek swab, our advanced suite of tests provides interactive tools for users to further their research, determine ethnic and geographic origins, and discover shared ancestry across all lines. Testing through Family Tree DNA will help you break through brick walls and connect more dots on your family tree! 

"We also offer free-to-join volunteer led group projects covering genealogical topics from surnames, geographical regions, haplogroups and more. Family Tree DNA strives to continue bringing genealogy to life with innovation and exceptional user experiences."

Thank you FamilyTree DNA!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Two Practicum Formats: SLIG and SLIG Virtual

Prefer to lounge in your pajamas while solving difficult genealogical problems? Need to coordinate your study and research around a busy schedule? Or do you prefer to test your mettle in a formal classroom setting? Or perhaps a combination of both? The Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum offers two formats to choose from.

Last year (2016), SLIG introduced its first annual Virtual Practicum. To say it was popular would be an understatement. We ending up running two sections, and even then carried a waiting list. Needless to say, it is back by popular demand. But it did not replace SLIG's unique and ever-popular course, the on-site Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum. That course also filled with a waiting list. Both courses are coordinated by course developer, Angela Packer, McGhie, CG.

SLIG 2017 fall Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum case instructors (left to right): Bethany Waterbury, Eric Stroschein, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Cari Taplin, and the course coordinator, Angela Packer McGhie.

So, which to choose? Both offer a hands-on experience working on five complex cases, one per day (on-site), or one per week (virtual). Both give students experience in researching complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions. Both provide a guided discussion with the case instructors and interaction with other students in the course - one in a classroom and one online. 

To clarify the difference, I quote from a blog post written by Debra Hoffman on 7/2/16, "One Great Course: Two Great Formats":

"The virtual format offers the ability to participate in this course from the comfort of your own home while still being able to interact with fellow classmates and the instructor in a virtual environment. Additionally, there are no travel, food or lodging costs and working students do not need to take time from their job to participate.

"The on-site format provides students to interact with other advanced genealogists in person, not just just those in their class. One of the best benefits is the opportunity to research at the Family History Library, which is within walking distance from the institute. 

"The week-long course also provides the benefit of dedicated time to focus on the case studies without the distractions of daily life. . .

"Participating in either format, or in both, provide an excellent opportunity to elevate your genealogical education to new heights! And one you can only get through SLIG."

The Fall 2017 SLIG Virtual Practicum showcases four of the five case studies presented at SLIG 2017 in January, along with one new, previously un-presented case.

Registration for the 2017 fall Virtual Practicum opens on 1 July 2017, at 9:00 am MDT for SLIG 2017 participants, and at 12:00 noon for all.  Full details at:

Registration for SLIG 2018 opens on 8 July 2017 at 9:00 am MDT. Full details at:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Course 14:

 Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum


Angela Packer McGhie, CG

This hands-on experience is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to challenge themselves and put their research skills into practice. Participants work on five complex genealogical research problems — a new one each day. The objective is to give students experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions.

Participants will practice using indirect evidence, broadening research to include the FAN club, resolving conflicts, and organizing evidence into a written summary. The research problems are varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them. Participants will work individually on the each of the cases and then gather to discuss their progress with fellow classmates and the instructor. They will compare sources, strategies and methodologies, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.

Level of Instruction


Special Note!

This course will hold its first meeting on Sunday, 21 Jan 2018, and meets each afternoon thereafter; the remainder of the time is spent individually researching the cases.

Case Instructors:

Kimberly Powell

Kimberly T. Powell is a professional genealogist, author, editor, educator, and volunteer. She is past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and chairs its Professional Development Committee. She is a coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and also teaches at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Kimberly was the genealogy expert for from 2000 - 2016, and is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has had articles published in BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She is the proud recipient of IGHR's Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize (2010), the Utah Genealogical Association's Silver Tray award for genealogical publishing (2012), and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Association of Professional Genealogists (2016) for her service and dedication to the association.

Karen Stanbary

Karen Stanbary is a professional genetic genealogist. She is a regular instructor in Beginning Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Proving Your Pedigree (Genealogical Proof Standard) for the Newberry Library in Chicago. She lectures on a variety of DNA topics in institutes and local and national venues. She specializes in Midwestern U.S. research, Chicago-based research, Mexican research, complex problem-solving and DNA analysis.

Paul Woodbury

Paul Woodbury is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Genetics and Family History. Paul fell in love with genealogy when he was eight years old. Since he was sixteen he knew he wanted to be a genetic genealogist, so he is particularly pleased to work in the field full-time. He currently works as a senior researcher and DNA specialist for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He is also actively pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on research topics related to these fields.

Karen Matheson

Karen Matheson has been doing genealogical and family history research for 25 years and currently works as a professional genealogist. She served five years as the Director of the Round Rock Family History Center, and is the immediate Past-President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society, and currently serves as the Editor of their quarterly publication, The Chisholm Trail.

Karen has served as Chapter Rep for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, as Secretary of the Texas State Genealogical Society, and as the 2013 Conference Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Karen was a committee member and a presenter at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas. In February 2012, Karen was a featured guest on the morning show for Austin's local FOX TV station. Karen had the opportunity to assist a Williamson County cold case detective with a missing person's case, and was an on-site genealogist in Austin, Texas for the taping of Genealogy Roadshow.

Karen moved to Northern California in 2014, where she is a member of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society. In January 2016 Karen became the administrator of the Gen Proof Study Groups, the study of Thomas W. Jones' book, Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Angela Packer-McGhie, CG

Angela Packer McGhie is a professional genealogist, lecturer and instructor. She is a course coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), as well as an instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records in Washington, D.C., the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Angela has served on the education committee for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), as past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, and as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program. She presently serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Education Fund and on the ProGen board of directors.

Please visit our web page for complete course description and bio at

Monday, June 12, 2017

Thoughts on Attending SLIG from a 2017 Scholarship Winner

Winner of the Jimmy B. Parker scholarship for the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Paula Furick, shared her thoughts on attending SLIG: 

"I was fortunate to attend SLIG 2017; I took Tom Jones’ Advanced Genealogical Methods. Little did I know how it would change my skill level and my participation in genealogical research! Spending five days on a topic allowed me to immerse myself in Dr. Jones’ frame of reference. He led us sequentially into more and more complex problems, and this, I realized about a month later, changed the way I approach  new research problems. Another exciting facet of the experience was the opportunity to meet and discuss genealogy topics with other people who ‘get it’. No glazed-over eyes here! Consider seizing the opportunity to attend and participate!"

Are you interested in supplementing your SLIG tuition payment with a scholarship? There are two SLIG-sponsored scholarships available, and information about outside scholarship opportunities posted on the SLIG website.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fall 2017 SLIG Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Fall 2017 SLIG Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum


Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Back by popular demand, SLIG will offer the Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course again in 2017. This unique course tests a student's ability to plan, research, analyze, correlate, and solve a complex genealogical research problem.

This SLIG course challenges students as they work through five complex cases, one each week from October 7th through November 11th. The five cases for the Virtual Practicum include four of those selected for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course taught in Salt Lake in January 2017.

Virtual Practicum participants have a week to work on the case and then they gather together online on Saturday to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the case study author/instructor. They have a chance to compare strategies, methodologies, difficulties and results before the instructor demonstrates the case solution. This gives participants experience in working on a wide variety of genealogical problems.

Student Requirements

This course is for advanced students. Previous participation in an advanced methodology course at SLIG, GRIP or IGHR, or equivalent experience and training, is recommended.
You should have a minimum of 10 hours per week during the course to work through the complex cases.
We will be using webcams to participate in video chats for the group discussions. If you do not have a webcam, you can participate via audio. All students should have a headset with a microphone to eliminate background noise.

Course Schedules

Saturdays, beginning 7 October through 11 November 2017:

 Session 1: 10am to 12pm (MDT)

 Session 2: 12:30 to 2:30pm (MDT)


Registration Fee: $350

Registration will open on Saturday, 1 July:

9:00am MDT: early registration for SLIG 2017 participants.
12:00pm MDT: open registration.

Case Instructors
  • Bethany Waterbury 
  • Eric Stroschein
  • Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA
  • Cari Taplin, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Please visit our website for full description at (look for the tab on the left).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA

Course 13:

 A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA


Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

This course is designed for genealogists who are familiar with traditional genealogical research strategies and are interested in learning how to incorporate DNA test results into relationship proofs. This course will cover Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, analysis, correlation and interpretation. Examples will incorporate the three major testing companies and many tools available for analysis and correlation. Hands-on exercises and case studies will be used to demonstrate how DNA analysis can confirm and expand a pedigree. The emphasis is on the use of DNA test results to solve genealogical brick wall problems using the Genealogical Proof Standard. Participants will leave the course with atDNA analysis software installed with their own data and the skills needed for continuing analysis.

Level of Instruction


Suggested Requirements

Anticipated Target Audience: those well-versed in traditional genealogical research and now wish to add DNA information to confirm and advance their pedigrees and those who wish to use DNA information to blast through genealogical brick walls.

Suggested Prerequisites

Participants will derive the most benefit if they have tested autosomal DNA with at least two of the major testing companies: 23andMe, FTDNA, AncestryDNA. We expect that the participant has at least one test uploaded to GEDmatch. Additionally, it would be most helpful if the participants have tested at least one person's mtDNA (full-sequence) and one person's Y-DNA (minimum 37 markers). While specific previous DNA institute courses are not required, we recommend the participants work through the exercises in Genetic Genealogy in Practice and study the answers prior to the institute. The focus will be on problem-solving using DNA test results. We will not cover beginning DNA topics, including inheritance patterns. Participants will need a fully functional laptop (not a chromebook, nor tablet) and the ability to use the operating system and work through internet searches without instruction. This is a fast-paced course. There will not be time to assist participants with technical computer issues.

Other Instructors

  • Melissa Johnson, CG
  • Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
  • Paul Woodbury, BS
Please visit our web page for full course descriptions and bio at

Monday, June 5, 2017

Going To Jamboree? Check Out Our Instructors!

Are you heading to the 48th Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Conference this week? If you are, be sure to check out these SLIG 2018 instructors who will be presenting there.

Check out these fine presentations:

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

FR003 Beginning Your Italian Research
TH033 Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing For Genealogical Problem Solving
SA038 “She Came from Nowhere…” A Case Study Approach to a Complex Genealogical Problem

Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

Workshop: TH-B Artifact Archaeology: Explore Family History Heirlooms and Ephemera
SA18 Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women
SA034 Uncle Sam Wants You: Women’s Lives During World War I
SU012 Grandma Was an Alien: Marriage and Citizenship in the 20th. Century

Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CG

SA020 History and Research in England’s American Colonies
SA037 Brick Wall or Black Hole: Knowing When to Stop
SA055 If I’da Known the Future, I’da Got Here Sooner

Paul Allan Woodbury

Workshop: FR-E Getting Your Feet Wet: Genetic Genealogy Case Study Workshop
TH004 Diving In from the Other Side: European DNA Case Studies
TH029 Genetic Genealogy Heir Hunting: Who Has the DNA You Need?
SA019 The Next Generation: Young Genealogists and Your Society

Michael L. Strauss, AG

FR008 Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Finding Your Ancestors in the CCC
FR032 Decoding Secret Societies: Sisterhood in Fraternal Organizations
SA002 Your Family in WWI: From Home Front to Battlefield
SA009 Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy

Please check the Jamboree website or app for official times.

For more information on these instructors, please check our website at

Thursday, June 1, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Advanced Land Tools: Maps

Course 12:

 Advanced Land Tools: Maps


Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Maps are a useful, essential tool to conduct effective genealogical research. Applications include locating and visualizing ancestors in time and place, locating boundaries, discovering and following family groups, identifying migration routes, and organizing and correlating information to discover relationships. The class sessions will expose students to a wide range of maps, repositories, and genealogical strategies. Students will gain an understanding of land division systems in America and learn the basics of landing platting and its application to genealogical research. Students are shown a variety of finding aids to locate unfamiliar place names, to identify and search for maps online and in archives useful in their genealogical research, and how to evaluate a map for its application in solving a genealogical research problem.

Through visits to map repositories and hands on exercises students will experience the variety of maps and map-related products available to the genealogist such as cadastral, topographic, fire insurance, military maps, gazetteers of various kinds, and atlases. Several computer labs will provide the opportunity to discover online resources and the advances in technology such as historic geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn how to create their own maps using Google tools to support new avenues of research and create personal and professional satisfaction.

Source: Wikipedia

Level of Instruction

Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Prerequisites

A basic knowledge of land records and familiarity with a basic text such as Patricia Hatcher's Locating Your Roots : Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records.

Other Instructors
  • Melinda Kashuba, PhD
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Gerald H "Jerry" Smith, CG
Please visit our web page for full course and bio at

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy

Course 11:

 Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy


Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

This course offers students an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the rich research resources of the law, including those generally available only at law libraries. Students will work with legal records and sources, gaining a better grasp of legal history and its implications for research as well as the skills to find and apply the law to solve genealogical problems. Individual sessions will focus on specific legal disciplines (criminal, civil, probate and the like) and students will have the opportunity to visit and use the resources of a major university law library.

Black's Law Dictionary; Source: Wikipedia

Suggested Prerequisites

Students must have conducted onsite genealogical research at one or more courthouses and should be familiar with common court and probate records and with basic legal terminology. Completion of a basic course in genealogy and law (SLIG 2015 or 2017, GRIP 2014) is recommended.

Other Instructors

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
George R. Ryskamp, JD, AG
Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

For full course description and bio, please visit

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Advanced Genealogical Methods

Course 10:

 Advanced Genealogical Methods


Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Students in Advanced Genealogical Methods will learn how to use and assemble evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten in the passage of time. The course will address advanced use of evidence from a variety of genealogical records and research in populations for which the usual records are in short supply. Students also will learn how to develop written proof summaries to show their conclusions' accuracy and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Requirements

This intense course is targeted to high intermediate genealogists who have completed an intermediate level methodology course or who have equivalent experiences, and whose research includes original land and probate records or digital or microfilmed images of land and probate records.

Other Instructors

Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

For full course description and bio, please visit

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age

Course 9:

 Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age


Dina C. Carson, MA

This course will cover the four stages of any publishing project from the creative beginnings and research during the planning stage, to the challenges many family historians find while writing about relatives — near and far, to the tools that make production simpler so that the book can be given or sold in print or electronically, to letting interested parties know that the book is available.

Source: matuska, CC0 Public Domain.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate to Advanced: students should have done enough genealogical research on at least one family line to be able to craft a number of story arcs covering the lifespan of at least one ancestor using more than birth, death, marriage and census records.

Suggested Requirements

Students should bring research on one family with which they are able to tell stories from personal memory as well as from genealogical research, and a second family that is more distant in time. The course will illustrate ways in which to write about people, places and events using techniques that help bring more distant ancestors to life in the storytelling. Students should have their research on these two family lines available to them, including images of people and documents as we will be discussing the best way to integrate research into the storytelling, and into the final book, eBook or online source.

Other Instructors

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Mona Lambrecht, MA
Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Pat Roberts
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Please check out this short video and open your eyes to writing.

Please visit our web page for detailed course description and speaker bio at

Thursday, May 18, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories

Course 8:

 Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories


John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA

The materials in the Family History Library are so colossal and far-ranging that genealogists sometimes neglect to venture into the wider world of resources not available on microfilm or in digitized format. This course takes the mystery and trepidation out of using repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. What these repositories are and how they differ from one another; how to access the treasures that pertain to your ancestors; how to use those materials to reconstruct your ancestors' lives -- these issues and more are addressed. Instructors 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.

Alabama Department of Archives and History. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Level of Instruction

Beginner to Intermediate

Other Instructors:

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Patricia Smith-Mansfield, State Archivist of Utah
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS

Please visit our web page for full description and speaker bio at

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Exploring Quaker Records - at Home and Abroad

Course 7:

 Exploring Quaker Records - at Home and Abroad


Steven W. Morrison, MPA

Ancestry estimates a 50/50 chance of having at least one Quaker connection if your ancestor lived or moved through the Mid-Atlantic region before the American Revolution. This course explores US Quaker meeting records in depth, but also sources in Britain and Ireland. As meticulous record keepers, Quakers collected some unique records and many original records are now available on-line. Untold "brick walls" may be breached with a broader understanding of Quakers and their unique migration patterns.

Level of instruction

Intermediate to Advanced

Other Instructors

Thomas Hamm, PhD
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Darris G. Williams, AG

Visit our web page for full description and bio at

Thursday, May 11, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: In-depth Sources for Portuguese Research – Azores, Brazil, Portugal

Course 6:

 In-depth Sources for Portuguese Research – Azores, Brazil, Portugal


Michael J. Hall

This course will be an in-depth examination of the various church and civil Portuguese language records that are highly used in conducting Portuguese research. These records include baptismal, marriage, death, passports, and ethnic newspapers. Key Portuguese words and phrases will be identified, examined and discussed as a preparation for the in-depth study of the before-mentioned records. Understanding the patterns associated with each of the records, such as dates will give the student a working knowledge of each record type, and its importance.

In addition, a practical application workshop will follow each class which will give the student a hands on experience with mentors to assist. The practical application workshop, and case studies regarding the use of these records, will provide an in-depth knowledge that will enable the student to conduct Portuguese research with only a basic understanding of the language and patterns associated with Portuguese records.

Suggested Requirements

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet for project work during the week.

Other Instructors

Al Viera
Lauren Wake

Luís Teixeira map of the Azores (c. 1584). Source: Wikipedia

For complete information and bio, please visit our webpage at:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Utilizing a Full Array of Sources for Researching your Swedish and Finnish Ancestors

Course 5:

Utilizing a Full Array of Sources for Researching your Swedish and Finnish Ancestors


Elaine E. Hasleton, AG and Jeff Svare, AG

This course will discuss not only the most-frequently used records such as the church and census, but it will also include in-depth instruction into the probate and court, taxation, land property, military, minorities, and DNA resources.

Additional information will be shared about local organizations, National Archives online catalogs, as well as Scandinavian-American organizations and their record availability. Case studies regarding the use of these records will provide an in-depth knowledge you have never had before!

Instruction Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Other Instructors

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG
more TBD

1730 Map of Scandinavia. Source: Wikipedia 

For complete information and bios, please visit our webpage at

Thursday, May 4, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Digging Deeper: Pre-1837 English Research

Course 4: 

Digging Deeper: Pre-1837 English Research


Paul Milner, MDiv

This course will provide an in-depth look at pre-1837 English research methodologies, resources, and tools, including the laws that created the records. It will address all levels and classes of society from the landed classes to paupers; law abiding citizens and criminals; tradesmen to professionals.

1747 Map of England. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Level of Instruction

This course will target intermediate to advanced students, who hopefully know where in England their ancestors are and have done some English research. The course will address the fundamentals but take them further using case studies and less familiar records and resources.

Suggested Prerequisites

The students in the weeks prior to the class will be expected to read a book on English history to provide context. Recommendations will be made closer to the time. Students will also be surveyed ahead of time to understand their research and geographical experience.

Other Instructors

Ronald Hill, PhD, CG, FASG
Diane C. Loosle, AG, CG

Please visit our webpage for full description and bio: 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State

Course 3:

 The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Between 80,000 and 110,000 German-speaking immigrants arrived in the American colonies before the onset of the Revolution, with the port of Philadelphia being the favored port of disembarkation. Pennsylvanians of German ancestry accounted for 50 to 60 percent of Pennsylvania's population in 1760 and 33 percent in 1790. These men and women became the illustrious "Pennsylvania Dutch" ancestors of many genealogists today.

This course focuses on the push and pull factors that brought these immigrants to America, what their lives were like, and how a deeper understanding of the social history of this immigrant group can make for a better researcher. Unique record groups specific to this ethnic migration will also be discussed. The Pennsylvania Germans were Germans first, and Pennsylvanians second, so understanding the wealth of information available in Pennsylvania records and repositories compromises a great deal of class time. ALL researchers with Pennsylvania roots prior to 1850 will benefit from the wealth of information gleaned in classes devoted to land records, church records, military record, courthouse records, and more.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Requirements

An understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standard is necessary in all levels of genealogical research, and this class is no exception. This class is tailored for the intermediate and advanced researcher. Previous research experience in on-site courthouse and archival work will be helpful; simply knowing you have a Pennsylvania German ancestor will not. The class will function under the assumption that you have experience in research methods beyond and Although the German experience will be a focus of this class, any student who wants to learn more about Pennsylvania research pre-1850 will go home with plenty of new knowledge.

Other Instructors

Luana Wentz Darby, MLIS, AG
Michael L. Strauss, AG
Gerald H "Jerry" Smith, CG

Check out the full schedule and Dr. Lacopo's bio at 

Going to the NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh? Stop by booth 326 and talk to us. We have 13 additional courses offered in 2018. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region

Course 2:
 The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region

Cari A. Taplin, CG and Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS

 This course will take students through genealogical and historical research in the Great Lake region of the United States and Canada. This inland waterway was vital to the westward expansion of both countries, as well as a resource for defense, commerce, shipping, and travel. The fluidity of the boundary between the two nations created a mingling of the people living along the border territories, states, and provinces, and researchers often find their border-dwelling ancestors with ties in the other country. This course will cover the history, geography, methodology and record sets, both American and Canadian, that researchers will need to access when researching ancestors in this region.

Cari A. Taplin, CG 

Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Suggested Requirements
Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet for project work during the week.

Other Instructors
John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA
David Ouimette, CG, CGL
Judy G. Russell, JC, CG, CGL

For more information on this or our other 13 courses, please visit:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Taking your Research to the Next Level

Taking your Research to the Next Level

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

It's time. We all reach the point where we need to learn about other resources and delve more deeply into those we already know. This is the way we take our research to a higher level, solve problems, and advance our family history. This course provides in-depth learning on 19th-21st century U.S. resources and the methodology for using them. We probe deeper into the content, origin, location, and interpretation of records. It's not just listening to lectures, but interactive classroom time that takes you beyond basic research tools. On-site Family History Library support and a computer lab from course instructors provide one-on-one assistance and guidance with your own research.

Suggested Prerequisites

Experience researching in a variety of records and repositories, familiarity with and other family history websites, reviewing at least one basic genealogy guide, and previous classroom learning related to family history.

Suggested Requirements

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or tablet for project work during the week.

Other Instructors:

Luana Darby, MLIS, AG
Cindy Ingle
Debra Mieszala, CG


Paula is a Certified Genealogist® working in genealogical and historical research, consulting, and writing. She focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, problem solving, and Native Americans. Paula has researched onsite across the U.S. She’s been a Course Coordinator for SLIG since 1997, lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, and in 30 states and Canada.

A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she is currently on the Board of Directors of the FGS. She is a faculty member of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has written for Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, and has her own blog,

For more information about this course please visit

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Millennial Genealogist At South Davis.

Zachary Hamilton is also known as  "The Millennial Genealogist". 
He grew up in southern Missouri and has spent most of his adult life in Idaho. Despite his young age, Zachary has been participating in his own family's research for nearly 20 years. Professionally, Zachary has been a family history researcher and presenter for 3 years. Many of his presentations focus on using new technology and techniques to accomplish and share well done traditional genealogy research. He commonly presents at conferences, fairs, family discovery days and family history centers all over eastern Idaho. He has also presented as a guest speaker in courses at BYU-Idaho and previously served as the assistant director of the Rexburg Family History Center. He attended Boise State University and BYU-Idaho. Zachary likes pie (strawberry rhubarb) and Star wars.

Zachary will be presenting 3 classes at the conference. In Genealogy on the Go, you will have the opportunity to learn how to blend technology with family history research.

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