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

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

DNA and more DNA!

The 20th annual South Davis Conference will be offering two classes on DNA this year.

Finding Haplogroup Happiness :This class explains how haplogroups can be more than a haphazard aid in your research. Come see several examples of how haplogroups can cut your research time into a heavenly half. We will be looking at simple ways to incorporate haplogroups into your personal research style. 

Take 2! will be presented by Stephanie Saylor at the South Davis Family History Fair on the 22nd of April 2017. This class gives you a tour of 2 sites (GEDmatch and Promethease) and explains how they help you to get more from your DNA results. GEDmatch has wonderful tools to further your genetic genealogy research. Promethease allows you to pull up information from your raw data on medical and other implications of your DNA results.  

Stephanie Saylor holds a degree in biology and worked in research before transitioning to genetic genealogy. She currently teaches and organize genetic genealogy webinars, with Kent Jaffa and Peg Ivanyo, for Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest group and gives classes and presentations upon request. 

She firmly believes that solid research techniques can help us get to know our ancestors on a deeper level, even when traditional documentation is missing or conflicting, and she hopes to be able to help others who have an interest in genealogy use biology, and genetics gain the confidence needed to further their research goals.

You can see information on Stephanie’s presentations, handouts, and research aids on’s DNA page.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Do More With Your Family History Research.

It's time to register for the 20th Annual South Davis Conference. Come and join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Woods Cross high school, where you will have the opportunity to learn to do more with your family history research. With over 70 classes and labs, there is something for everyone.

 Do you want to learn more about German research? Military records? LDS research? How well do you understand the new apps that work with FamilySearch family tree? Have you had your DNA tested and are now wondering what your next steps are?

Here is just a sampling of some of the classes offered at the South Davis Family History Conference:

  • Find Haplogroup Happiness
  • Record Jurisdictions in Denmark and Norway
  • Profile of the 19th century German emigrant
  • British records online
  • Fixing Family Tree
  • What's in the Utah State Archives
  • How to tell the best ten stories of your life
  • Early LDS newspapers
  • US chruch records
  • Hidden treasures on
  • Scanning for better results
  • Metadata - writing on the back of your digital photos

In addition to classes and labs, there will also be an opportunity to scan your photos as will as meet with consultants to help with your research.

For more information and to see a full list of classes, please see our website:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

SLIG at the 2017 NGS Family History Conference

 The annual National Genealogical Society's Family History Conference will be held 10-13 May 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our SLIG 2018 team will be there in full force along with many course coordinators and instructors.

 When you're strolling through the exhibit hall, stop by booth 326 and talk to our Director, Peg Ivanyo. We have many new courses available in 2018 and some classics coming back.

 SLIG 2018 Course Coordinators and Instructors at NGS


W126 Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors
T217 Beyond Population: Researching in the Special Census Schedules


W125 The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories in Your Research


W158 North Carolina in the War of 1812
F325 Researching a Revolutionary War Ancestor in North Carolina and Virginia


T251 Silent Border Crossings: Tracing the Elusive Immigrant Who Left Only Breadcrumbs for Clues


W159 Understanding Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
T203 Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snares of Yesteryear’s English
S433 Lectures vs. Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale? ($)
F313 The Library of Congress: An Introduction and Overview


W133 Preserving the past, protecting the future: FGS + RPAC ($)
W121 The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search
T242 DNA and the Hidden Half of the Family (LS)
S403 Courting North Carolina: The Courts of the Tarheel State
F307 Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Professional and Personal Genealogical Standard


S459 “She Bore Her Suffering with Christian Fortitude”: Using Religious Newspapers and Periodicals
F317 “She came from Nowhere…” - A Case Study approach to a difficult Genealogical Problem.


F355 Refugees, Claims, and Conscription: Your Ancestors During the Reconstruction Era


T247 Newspapers and Periodicals at the Library of Congress
T202 When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were (LS)
S413 Clues in Missouri Migration


W148 The Mexican War—An Important War for Southern Research
T211 BCG Certification Seminar
F324 Using Maps of the Southeast United States to further your Genealogical Research
F305 Finding your Ancestor in Military Bounty Land Applications


F305 Finding your Ancestor in Military Bounty Land Applications
W153 Planning “Reasonably Exhaustive” Research
S431 Citing Your Sources: Comedy or Tragedy? ($)
S427 Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How
F351 Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion (LS)

Please check the NGS online schedule for specific dates and times.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ron Tanner to Keynote 

UGA South Davis Family History Conference

We hope you will be joining us for the 20th annual South Davis Family History Conference, “Family Puzzles; Finding All the Pieces.” 
The program, to be held Saturday, April 22nd at the Woods Cross High School will feature Ron Tanner, group product manager for the Family History Department of FamilySearch as the keynote presenter.  
He will present the “Future of FamilySearch FamilyTree,” as well as a breakout session, “How to Solve Family Tree Problems.” Ron leads a team with responsibilities for Family Tree, Search, Memories, Mobile, and other companion products.
Special guest speakers include Richard G. Sayre and his wife, Pamela Boyer Sayre, frequent coordinators at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Gina Strack, from the Utah State Archives. 
Over 70 break-out sessions are available from which to choose, on topics ranging from getting started to more advanced subjects such as using land records and research in specific countries. 
Book scanning, photo scanning, and some personal consultations will be available, along with plenty of time to visit vendors.
Rob Adamson, a prominent local artist, will display panels that depict many of his grandparents and scenes from their lives.
Registration includes the full day of sessions, an electronic syllabus, and optional entry for the door prize drawings.  A printed syllabus and a box lunch may be purchased separately. 
UGA members who register online by April 15th will receive a registration discount. Additional information and registration may be found at
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