Friday, November 29, 2019

Downtown Salt Lake City Eateries

Downtown Salt Lake City has so many cool little eateries. We have compiled a list of the many great restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the Hilton or a short drive.

Here are some of our favorites!

Blue Lemon - 55 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2583. Hours Monday - Thursday 7:00 am- 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Siegfried's Delicatessen - 20 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, (385) 355- 1912,
Deli Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Restaurant Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Closed Sunday.

Caffe Molise - 404 S West Temple Salt Lake City, (801) 364-8833. Hours Monday - Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm.

Eva Small Plates & Drinks - 317 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, (801) 359-8447. Hours Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe - 28 South State Street. #235, Salt Lake City, (801) 428-3051 (City Creek). Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Nauvoo Cafe - 15 East South Temple, Main Floor, Salt Lake City, (801) 539-3346. Hours Monday - Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday Closed.

Blue Iguana – 165 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, (801) 533-8900, Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

If you have any suggestions for great places to eat during SLIG, please be sure to comment here or on our SLIG Attendee Facebook group.

Please check out the Visit Salt Lake website for a concise directory of restaurants.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sale at AncestryDNA!

AncestryDNA is now $49--Sale ends Monday. Regularly priced at $99, you are saving 50%!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday with their friends and family!

From all of us at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Breakfast and Lunch Options at SLIG/Academy

Network and Enjoy Friends over breakfast or lunch during SLIG and Academy weeks. 

Specials Include:

Breakfast Special at Trofi Restaurant
Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with omelets made to order for $18.00 (tax and tip included). This price is open to SLIG and Academy participants and their guests by simply showing your name badge. No need to pre-order. Alternately, Trofi will offer regular menu items.

SLIG Lunch Special at Trofi: The Hilton will be serving a lunch buffet for SLIG participants and their guests for $20.00 (tax and tip inclusive) during SLIG week from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Click here for the menu. The five-day lunch package may be pre-purchased with special event registration, or participants and their guests may purchase separately on-site with a SLIG name badge.

Academy Lunch Special through Starbucks: The Hilton will be offering a lunch package during the week of the Academy through Starbucks. The special will include the choice of a Salad or a Sandwich, a Bag of Chips, and a Drink (20oz Coca Cola Beverage or 16oz Icelandic Bottle of water). The price is $12.00 (about 15% off the cost of items purchased separately). Tax and tip are not included. Participants may sit in one of three locations in the Hilton set aside for Academy students.

One-on-One Consultations

Back by Popular Demand!

Ever wanted to sit down with an expert for an hour to discuss your own research one on one? SLIG Extended offers the opportunity to do just that. 

DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary are available Saturday 18th through Tuesday 21st. And Research Consultations with Craig Scott are available evenings during SLIG week as well as Saturday - Sunday, January 18th and 19th.

A limited number of time slots are available. Registration is open to all participants of both SLIG and Academy. The consultants will reach out after registration is complete to set your consultation time.

Registration will be included with special events registration – on the SLIG Extended form, which includes SLIG Day at the FHL and the professional workshops.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He is the former Coordinator of the Military tracks at IGHR, SLIG and GRIP.

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGKaren Stanbary is an author and lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacan, Mexico. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.

Professional Workshops

New this year! 

Half-day workshops on topics for professionals.

Friday, January 24, 2020, 2:00–5:30pm

These workshops will feature hands-on opportunities to build and enhance the skills required to manage a professional's daily work.

Students should bring their own laptops; electricity will be provided at each desk.

Registration will be open to both SLIG and Academy participants through “SLIG Extended” - a special events registration form featuring SLIG Day at the FHL, Consultations, and the workshops.

Digital Presence and Resume Building for the Professional Genealogist 

Janell Esplin, Ancestry ProGenealogists

During this workshop, we will discuss the importance of having a professional digital presence for genealogical researchers. We will look at the differences between LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms and spend time creating and updating existing profiles, giving you the confidence needed to find the right professional space for you. We will also discuss and review best practices around your professional genealogical resume and what should and should not be included on this resume. We will go over formatting and bringing your professional experience together with your genealogical research experience. When you leave this workshop you will have a great LinkedIn profile and a resume to submit to any company looking to hire professional genealogists!

Janell is the recruiter for Content, Emerging Business, DNA Operations and Member Services at Ancestry and has been in her current role for 3 years. She has brought over 40 genealogists to the company and has filled over 150 other openings across the organization. She has a passion for supporting her business partners, ensuring that candidates have a great experience when working with Ancestry, and helping candidates find the right role at this amazing company. Prior to joining the Ancestry family, Janell was a Recreation Director in the human services field. Janell has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences: Psychology from Utah Valley University. Janell currently serves on the Human Rights Committee for a local residential facility, where she serves as Chairman. She is an avid soccer fan and in her spare time loves to read and spend time with her family.

This workshop is sponsored by Ancestry ProGenealogists.

Get Your Life Back: Organizational Tools for the Professional Genealogist

Jessica Taylor, Legacy Tree Genealogists

This workshop will dive into tools to help you balance your work life AND succeed as a professional genealogist. We’ll discuss scheduling and life balance tools, communication tools, project management, to-do lists, and more. Our focus will be less on the organization of genealogy documents and more on the management of everything else related to your genealogy career.

Jessica Taylor founded Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2004, which has since grown to a company of over 35 employees, with additional contractors spread across the globe. Legacy Tree is the highest client-rated genealogy research company in the world and the recommended research company of MyHeritage, 23andMe, RootsMagic, and more. Helping clients discover their roots, connect with biological family and preserve their legacies, while caring for our team of superstar professionals, is Legacy Tree Genealogists’ joy and passion.

This workshop is sponsored by Legacy Tree Genealogists.

Academy 2020: Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 7:00–8:30 pm

Join your colleagues to discuss topics relevant to your professional careers. Very light snacks will be served. 

Participants will be able to select one of the following topics to join with special events registration: 

  • Business: Managing Time and Work
  • Business: Successful Marketing Strategies
  • Clients: Compensation and Fees
  • Clients: Contracts and Clauses
  • Clients: Relations and Expectations
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Credentialing: AG
  • Credentialing: CG
  • DNA: Ethical Business Practices
  • DNA: Research Standards
  • Professional Development
  • Speaking: Preparing for the Lecture Circuit
  • Writing: Getting Published (non-peer-review)

Monday, November 25, 2019

SLIG 2020 Networking Social

One of the best benefits of attending SLIG is the ability to visit with old friends and make new ones. To help facilitate networking among SLIG students, there will be a networking social on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Attendees can relax, network, and enjoy a warm pretzel and grab a drink. A cash bar will offer a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase; no purchase required to participate.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in January 2020! Please make sure to include attending the social in your plans that week.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Happy Holidays!

The holiday shopping season is just around the corner! Make sure to include the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) on your wish list this year! 

What better gift to give yourself than a fantastic institute course that will elevate your genealogical education!

And there is no better way to start 2020 than to spend a week (or two) with your genealogy friends! For SLIG 2020, go here. For the Academy, go here.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ancestry ProGenealogists Scholarship Program - Deadline November 30th

Institutes are a great way to increase your professional genealogical knowledge, skills and abilities and now Ancestry helps to make it more affordable!

Ancestry has established a scholarship program to foster and support professional genealogists in their professional growth and development efforts. Once again, AncestryProGenealogists™ is sponsoring scholarships to Institutions. This year, 5 scholarships are being offered - 1 scholarship to each of 5 institutions: GRI, SLIG, MAAGI, Gen-Fed, IGHR .

Full details and applications are available at:

Deadline date for submissions is 30 November 2019.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Kory Meyerink to Keynote Academy Luncheon

Academy for Professionals 

Closing Luncheon and Keynote

Friday, 24 January 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, will keynote the closing luncheon for the 2020 SLIG Academy for Professionals. In keeping with the SLIG 2020 theme, Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future, Kory will help us work toward a brighter future:

“The Secret of Your Success: Networking Your Way to a Profitable Career”

Genealogists love what we do. Armed with amazing skills, a lot of persistence, and a heavy dose of self-reliance, we dig into the past with vigilance. Alone. Which could be a recipe for disaster, since our success is often directly tied to our ability to find the right answers, and the right people to work with.

Forty years in genealogy has given Kory Meyerink the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of this important and growing field. He has conducted research for clients and companies, mentored other genealogists, worked at the Family History Library, and written chapters and books.  He was the first acquisitions manager for a fledgling company now known as Ancestry, co-founder of ProGenealogists, and continues with AncestryProGenealogists as a research manager and a Master Genealogist. Somewhere along the way, he found time to serve on the board for the Utah Genealogical Association and launch the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)!

Closing luncheon tickets are included with Academy registration; guest tickets are available for an additional fee; RSVP is required.

Academy: Welcome Breakfast and Commemorative Event

SLIG Academy for Professionals 

Monday, 20 January 2020, 8:30–10:00am

Members of the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir will join us in this commemorative celebration in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his life and legacy. 

The choir is a diverse group of singers who have performed at the Stadium of Fire, the National Convention of the NAACP in San Antonio, Texas, the Eccles Theater, the Temple at Har Shalom Park City, and the Tabernacle on Temple Square, to name just a few places of import. 

The breakfast will formally kick-off the Academy in addition to paying tribute, and will include an introduction of the faculty.

Breakfast will be served. Tickets are included with Academy registration; guest tickets are available for an additional fee; RSVP is required. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SLIG 2020 Theme Announced

Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

As genealogists, we dig deeply to better understand our ancestors’ lives in the context of time and place. We seek for any little clue that will provide insight into the way they lived, what they did, and why they did it. We read multiple books and articles in a simple effort to understand their occupation, related hazards, and opportunities. We aren’t satisfied to know that they migrated from Delaware to Oregon with a brief stop in Kansas; we want to know why! And so we learn more about history, wars, bounty land, migration routes, and ethnic groups. We strive to understand those who moved for opportunity, and those who moved to seek refuge, and from what. 

At some point in time, we realize that not only do we carry the DNA of our ancestors, but also that their past is part of what made us who we are today. On-site research becomes so much more than access to records not available elsewhere; it becomes a cultural and emotional connection with that part of us that feels our heritage deeply.
To honor the past is to preserve it, appreciate it, understand it, and respect it. We hope this theme, and the special events related to it throughout SLIG, will foster a greater appreciation for and understanding of our past, the lives of our ancestors, and the heritage we each enjoy. 
We also hope that it will help each of us embrace the future.
Sometimes the future can be scary – so many unknowns.
New technologies, new challenges, new standards to meet when a previously-undeveloped resource like DNA hits the scene. But the excitement of a new find as the result of their application can rival hugging a new grandbaby when she arrives.
Embracing the future replaces fear with excitement, and hesitation with motivation and vision. Embracing the future of genealogy can also help us live more fully in the present, and better honor the past.
As SLIG celebrates its 25th anniversary, we will take a look at things past, present, and future. We will provide opportunities to learn, network, share, honor the past, and grow toward the future. And hopefully, through this unique educational experience called an institute, each student will each glean new information and skills that will help them to improve their own research future. 
We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 4, 2019

SLIG 2020 Themed Events, Courses and Lodging Updates

Themed Events: In concert with the SLIG 2020 theme, “Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future,” SLIG and Academy will feature the following special events:
  • General session keynote, Monday January 13th: “A Look at Genealogy’s Past, Present, and Future” with David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS.
  • Silver Anniversary Banquet, Friday, January 17th, a look at SLIG past, present, and future.
  • Welcome Breakfast and Commemorative Event, Monday, January 20th, held in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring members of the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir.
  • Academy Closing Luncheon keynote, Friday, January 24th: Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA.
Tickets to these events are included with course registration for the related program. Participants may also purchase guest tickets as needed.
Courses: We recently added a second session of Barbara Vines Little’s Virginia course; a few seats remain open through the registration system. A handful of seats also remain available in many other amazing courses - for both SLIG and Academy. Don’t forget to keep your UGA membership current - your $35 investment could save up to $150 in combined SLIG/Academy discounts.
Lodging: The lodging block is in the process of being expanded one more time to accommodate those who continue to register. If you haven’t been able to obtain what you need, please check back November 1st, or email for assistance.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Seats Available For These Great Courses!

 If you were on the fence, better register now.

   Immerse yourself in a week in-depth learning experience you won't forget. Our Institute has the best of the best genealogy instructors in the business. For 25 years we have been educating thousands of students to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional genealogist or sharpening their skills for personal pursuits. Meet new friends, broaden your knowledge, and have fun doing it, is what the SLIG experience is all about.

~ Classes Available ~

Course 1: Settlers in the New World and Immigrants to a New Nation:
Colonial Times to 1900

Course 2: Guide to Treasures Found in Federal Records

Course 3: Early US Church Records

Course 5: Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy

Course 6: Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War: Her Records, Her People, Her Laws We added a second session and still have a handful of seats available.

Course 7: Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State

Course 8: Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources

Course 11: Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence - Research Strategies

Course 12: Researching Like a Professional

Course 13: Applying Standards to Appraise Genealogical Work

Course 15: Technical Writing for Genealogists

Course 16: Guided Research and Consultation

Course 1: The Art of Writing Client Reports

Course 2: You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery

Course 4: DNA for the 21st-Century Professional

Course 5: Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy

Course 6: Writing and Documenting for Peer Review

Course 7: Project Management Essentials for the Professional Genealogist

Don’t wait! Sign up and join us for our silver anniversary celebration!

SLIG Website and information:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Double DNA Week: A Great Combination

"The practice of genealogy evidence evolves as new developments and technologies emerge." The second edition of Genealogy Standards was created to "keep pace" with emerging practices – most notably adding seven new standards relating to the use of DNA evidence.

Whether personal researcher or client-serving professional, it is imperative that we stay on top of these emerging practices. As it relates to the use of DNA as evidence, two of our more advanced SLIG courses come to mind:

  • "Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence – Research Strategies" with Karen Stanbary
  • "DNA for the 21st-Century Professional" with Angie Bush
One course is offered during SLIG 2020, the other in the SLIG Academy for Professionals. Two great courses about how to best use DNA, offered in back to back weeks. Let's take a look at each:

Angie indicates that as professionals, "it is imperative that we be as familiar and comfortable with using DNA test results as we are with using census and vital records." Her course will familiarize students with the resources, tools, and methodologies needed to integrate the use of DNA with traditional document research; and address how to apply DNA to research questions, present information to clients, and ensure an ethical approach. She is joined by Blaine Bettinger and Paul Graham as additional faculty. The course runs during the SLIG Academy for Professionals, 19-24 January, 2020.

Karen specifically developed this new course at SLIG's request to help students understand and implement the newly codified DNA-related standards. Karen and eight other faculty members will introduce previously unsolvable cases – all solved with the use of both DNA and documentary sources. Students may also participate in the "DNA Dreamers," where they will discuss real-life "stuck" cases and consider best next steps. Course sponsorship by FTDNA allows for extended sessions beyond those the normal SLIG schedule. The course runs during SLIG, 12-18 January 2020.

Both programs are held at the Hilton SLC Center, just blocks from the Family History Library. SLIG provides shuttles to/from the FHL after class to help you have time with your own research.

We invite you to come sink your teeth into one or both courses, and make sure you are prepared to meet today's updated standards with DNA evidence.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Josh Taylor Shares Why You Should Attend SLIG

With the multitude of educational opportunities available for genealogists it can be difficult to choose which to attend. While webinars, conferences, and seminars each provide essential elements to your genealogical education, an institute, such as the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) offers a rich and unique experience for every genealogist. 

First, the ability to spend an entire week immersed in a particular subject provides untold benefits, as it enables us to focus on our research as we learn techniques and skills from some of the world's leading instructors. Like a college "short-course" week, SLIG provides an in-depth look a variety of subjects, from Technology to Advanced Methodology. With courses for genealogists of all levels, SLIG can be a solid foundation for beginning genealogists or an added skill set for advanced researchers.

Second, the consistency of highly-skilled instructors in your course throughout the week. Not only do you truly get to know your course coordinator, most courses include a set number of instructors that will be with you throughout the week. This provides an opportunity to develop deeper questions, and in some cases can literally tailor the course to your own research needs. Instructors will provide their own personal knowledge to the course, enriching your experience. Hearing one or two approaches to the same topic can provide you with a deeper level of understanding and more ideas. SLIG is truly a place to learn and expand your genealogical knowledge. 

Third, the small course sizes (usually around 30) provide an incredible opportunity to network with your fellow classmates. Take time to learn about their research and experience, as they might even have some advice for you, or you for them. SLIG certainly offers the ability to collaborate and learn from another other, a unique offering in genealogical education. Most meals are unscheduled, offering the chance to spend a few moments alone or join some of your classmates for a quick bite. Ensure you make the most of this networking opportunity; you might meet a few cousins as well as some lifelong friends.  

Fourth, an added benefit of SLIG is its location - only a few blocks from the Family History Library. This means you have an immediate opportunity to practice what you have been learning in the classroom. The ability for this "hands-on" element of your week in Salt Lake City often helps in retaining the information you are learning each day. Within a few moments after each day ends you can easily find yourself wrapped up in the sources and methods you discovered only moments ago in class. 

Finally, SLIG can often solidify your research goals for the New Year. After spending a week engrossed in family history it is difficult to loose the momentum when you return home. SLIG provides the perfect setting to create your genealogical goals for the year. Many participants leave SLIG with their "to-do" lists ready and can quickly jump into their research when they return home. 

While it might seem a bit overwhelming, SLIG is a week not to be missed for any genealogist. With constant learning and innovative new research ideas, opportunities to network with others, and hands-on research in the Family History Library, SLIG might well be considered heaven for genealogists!

~ D. Joshua Taylor

Monday, September 23, 2019

Proposal Deadlines Coming Up in October

If you have ever wanted to coordinate a SLIG course, or submit a SLIG Colloquium Paper for discussion, the deadlines – October 1, 2019 and October 15, 2019 respectively – are coming up.

Course Proposal requirements for SLIG 2021 may be found here: One should not feel limited by the topic examples provided; feel free to email the Director to set a time to talk through a concept or check on potential interest level.

SLIG also accepts proposals for the SLIG Academy for Professionals and SLIG Virtual courses. Contact with the Director about the differences in structure and other details is advised prior to submission of a proposal. The same online form may be used for submission for these programs.

SLIG Call for Colloquium Papers for 2020 may be found here:
Papers are presented on the Saturday between SLIG and the SLIG Academy for Professionals, discussed by a panel of experts, opened to questions from those attending, and then refined and published in the Spring issue of UGA's Crossroads Magazine.

Additional information: Peg Ivanyo, Director

Friday, September 20, 2019

"A Look at Genealogy's Past, Present, and Future" with David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

SLIG 2020's General Keynote speaker has been announced!

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS will be presenting "A look at Genealogy’s Past, Present, and Future." An entertaining look at the past we cannot change and the future we could never have predicted. Some of our past accomplishments sprinkled with pitfalls and a future fueled bright with hope. Where will the genealogy ride take us in the coming decades?

David is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia. He is vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and an instructor for the British Institute.

There are still seats available in some great courses. Go here to make your selection and join us for our 25th year in 2020!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Project Management Essentials for Genealogy Research

In genealogy, a well-planned, well-managed project provides clarity, reduces risk, controls cost, and delivers value to the client. This course has been developed for the professional genealogist, that might be working independently, transitioning to an organization or experience in a larger organization. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals and best practices of project management through theories, cases, templates and hands-on exercises.

This course has an amazing lineup of instructors that will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on how they make things work smoothly behind the scenes. This course is recommended for a
ny genealogist that is looking to expand their business beyond themselves or wants to go and work at any of the larger companies (e.g., ProGenealogists, Legacy Tree, FamilySearch).

  • Brent M. Hansen, DBA, PMP, IPMA-C 
  • Christy Fillerup 
  • Laura Giometta, PMP 
  • Rebecca Groberg, PMP 
  • Jon Lambert 
  • Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA 
  • Karina E. Morales, AG 
  • Reed Shell, PMP 
  • Jessica Taylor 
  • Traci Vaughn-Grutta 

Led by Coordinator Brent M. Hansen, Brent is the Program Manager leading the projects of African Heritage at FamilySearch. As a Program Manager, he oversees all project work happening at FamilySearch for those of African heritage in the United States, the African Diaspora, and in Africa. In 2020, his team plans to share over 25 million records of people in the United States related to the enslaved period. His team is currently building capability and experiences for those of African descent to do family history research.

Let's get to know Brent's capable instructors a little better:

Christy Fillerup is a long-time professional genealogist and former Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly Managing Editor. She is tenacious in solving complex research problems. As the Editing Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists, she works with professional researchers from across the globe to translate research findings into an end product that a client can understand and appreciate.

Laura Giometta leads the Program Management Office (PMO) for FamilySearch’s
Engagement Division. She oversees all large projects and major initiatives happening across FamilySearch. She has a staff of several program managers that set program standards and manages cross divisional work. If something big is happening at FamilySearch, Laura’s team is likely involved in leading the effort. Prior to this role, Laura managed the records publication processes of FamilySearch. She is also a consummate researcher and professional genealogist in her time away from the office. Her specialty includes Italian 

Rebecca Groberg is no stranger to professional genealogical research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Germanic localities and has completed many research projects in that region. She worked as a professional genealogist before beginning employment with the world’s largest genealogical organization, FamilySearch International. There she works as a program manager, coordinating the efforts of multiple overlapping projects. Rebecca is a certified Project Management Professional and is passionate about affective project management skills. She sees great value in combining genealogical research processes with project management skills to produce better results.

Jon Lambert
 is the key manager at Ancestry ProGenealogists focusing on the client experience, team communication and sales in his role as Director of Global Client Relations. In his role, John oversees and trains the companies client relations managers who are each partnered with multiple research managers to help them with managing case loads, meeting deadlines, providing clear and appropriate communication to a client and helping clients define their expectations and goals for their research. Jon's greatest talents lie in his ability to communicate: both as a team and between genealogists and a client.

Kory L. Meyerink is not only a genealogist with a long resume of experience, but he is also an experienced professional project manager and business man. As a co-founder of ProGenealogists, Kory brought to life one of the largest genealogy consulting businesses in existence today and as such helped define the role of a project manager at that company. Now Ancestry ProGenealogists, Kory continues to work at the company as a research manager where he oversees a team of researchers and large numbers of client cases and is responsible for their management and quality from start to finish. In addition to his direct role as a project manager, Kory also has taken on the role of Master Genealogist where he assists in the development of best practices for case management and client relations in addition to the training and development of fellow genealogists and project managers.

Karina Morales leads the Content Strategy at FamilySearch for Latin America. This involved detailed research about the countries, archives, and records available. Her work translates into the digital capture of images and eventually into searchable records on FamilySearch. She travels extensively throughout Latin America. Prior to working at FamilySearch, Karina worked at ProGenealogists as a researcher.

Reed Shell leads an award-winning Project Management Office (Project Management Institute – Northern Utah – 2019) in FamilySearch’s technology division. His team helps put design, develop and implement the technology that people around the world use on the FamilySearch website. He understands well change management and agile project management. In his free time, he volunteers with the Project Management Institute and teaches for the University of Utah Professional Development.

Jessica Taylor founded Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2004. It has since grown to a multi-million dollar company, with over 35 employees and a thousand additional contractors spread across the globe. Legacy Tree is the highest client-rated genealogy research company in the world and the recommended research company of MyHeritage, 23andMe, RootsMagic, and more. Helping clients discover their roots, connect with biological family and preserve their legacies, while caring for our team of superstar professionals, is Legacy Tree Genealogists’ joy and passion.

aci Vaughn-Grutta is the muscle behind international research at Ancestry ProGenealogists without being a genealogist herself. As a Director of Operations for the company she has been integral in the expansion of the role of genealogists into project management as part of the company's "ideal state." She trains, oversees and assists research managers and team managers who oversee both large numbers of employees and handle 40+ client cases at a time. Her knowledge base and projects over the past few years have focused on cost management and budgets, setting standards for the client experience at Ancestry ProGenealogists, and expanding the management capabilities of the international teams.

These in
structors will share best practices and proven project management techniques. Students will be introduced to new ways of thinking about old problems and by the end of this course, they should have gained a good understanding and experience of the core competencies that make a successful project manager.

For more details and to register, go here.