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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 hospitality@slig.ugagenealogy.org for assistance.