Friday, July 12, 2019

Registration and Lodging Final Prep

As you are aware, registration opens tomorrow for both SLIG (9:00 am MDT) and Academy (2:00 pm MDT). Lodging also opens at 9:00 am MDT.

Grab and Go Day vs Special Events Registration:
  • Saturday is “grab your course and run” day. No special events registration to slow you down.
  • Mark your calendars for August 10th - we will open registration for special events, and SLIG Extended on that day.  These will be announced over the next few weeks; skeletal information is on the website to help you plan.
UGA Membership Discounts
  • It is best to have your membership updated prior to registration.
  • If you are just renewing your UGA membership, it will take 15 minutes to be synced up with our system. If you are in a rush, exit without paying and contact the registrar to apply the discount. Then return and pay by invoice. This will save us having to do refunds.
Planning your travel schedule?
  • Please review the event schedules for both SLIG and Academy posted online before booking your airfare.  
  • If you are attending either SLIG or Academy, you will be invited to attend the free SLIG Day at the FHL, Saturday, 1/18, and you will be eligible to register for consultations during either week, as well as Academy Professional workshops on Friday 1/24. 
  • Bottom line: SLIG begins on Sunday, ends on Saturday 1/18 for those who wish to have the full experience. Academy begins on Saturday 1/18 for those who wish to come in early, and ends after workshops on Friday afternoon, 1/24.
Policies update:
  • The registration and cancellation policies were recently updated (since June) to reflect policies written elsewhere - now they are all in once place. Please read them prior to registering, as you will be required to check a box indicating your agreement. (
  • If you don’t get the course you want, it can be waitlisted. If you happen to be the last one to attempt to get a course, and don’t, you will be automatically waitlisted and asked to select another course. 
  • At any time, you can see what programs for which you have enrolled, and which courses you have waitlisted and their status from your main menu. You can now also modify your waitlisted courses through add/drop. Please read the instructions carefully - and make changes with caution. Registration FAQ:
  • Please read the updated procedures posted online: and use the link posted there to book your room.
  • In spite of appearances, this link will NOT be valid until 9:00 am tomorrow.
  • If you are not able to get the room nights you need, just reserve what is available and put your additional dates needed in the reservation. We have the ability to manage those requests quickly this year. In fact, quite possibly by the end of the day. Yea!
    (a side email to let us know of your request will help as well).
  • Please do not call the hotel; they do not have access to our block and won't have accurate answers - if they try to answer you at all; remember this is a group rooming block to get tax-free status; different rules.
Email courtesies:
  • If you register for a SLIG program, you will need to receive occasional email from this address. 
  • Please do not mark incoming email from any SLIG address as spam. That blacklists the account and affects everyone who does wish to receive it. Instead, please just delete what you don't wish to read and/or reply to this email and ask us to remove your account! (Note: The latter action will also remove your registrations; we must have the ability to communicate with you).

Need help? 
Please contact us: 
  • Registration: or 801-259-4172, registrar
  • Lodging: or 801-259-4172, director
  • UGA membership, Paypal issues: or 801-259-4172, UGA
Please note that Saturday will be a very busy time for all of us in our efforts to support registration and lodging. If we miss your call, we will get back to you in the order contacted.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

SLIG Lodging for 2020 Opens Saturday

The Institute is held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The property features comfortable meeting space, large networking areas, and four-star comfort. Each room includes a compact refrigerator, work desk, and a safe large enough to fit a laptop. All rooms are non-smoking.The Hilton is located at 255 South West Temple, approximately three "Salt Lake City" blocks from the Family History Library. SLIG will be offering complimentary shuttle service to the FHL for labs and after classes.

Why Stay at the Institute Hotel

Besides the convenience of being on-site with everything easily accessible, and having all the comforts of home in this plush environment, staying at the host hotel helps keep SLIG registration fees reasonable. We thank you in advance for your support and hope you enjoy your pampered Hilton stay.

Hilton 2-queen bedroom

Group Rate

SLIG participants may reserve lodging at the group rate of $144.00 single, double, triple, or quad, allowing you to choose individual privacy or an economical shared experience. Rates apply to standard King and 2-Queen rooms; premium rooms and suites may be available at varying rates upon request. 

Guests in the block also receive complimentary self-parking in the underground garage (value $18/day) and complimentary wireless internet in the guest room (value $9.95/day). Microwaves are available upon request for $10/night (limited availability and not guaranteed).

Participants may piggy-back Hilton Awards nights onto their reservation. Rooms booked in the block are eligible for Hilton Honors points.

The Reservation Process

To ensure the most economical rate possible for our participants, SLIG utilizes a "group rooming list" process, which brings all lodging reservations under our organizational umbrella. While reservation confirmations may reflect the current lodging tax rate, tax will not be applied upon check-out.

Reservations must be made using the Passkey reservation link provided by the hotel for our exclusive use. Reservations made outside this block are not eligible for the SLIG group rate or tax-free status. 

A one-night lodging deposit will be required at the time of booking and will be paid directly to the hotel through the Passkey system. Changes and cancellations must be made directly through SLIG until after the final cut-off date in mid-December.

SLIG 2020: Book Now 
(will open 9:00 am MDT, Saturday, July 13th)

Professionals need to polish their skills too!

Registration for SLIG's Academy 2020 opens on Saturday, July 13th at 2 pm MDT.

Take a look at the courses the Academy has geared for the professional:

  • The Art of Writing Client Reports, Coordinator: Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery, Coordinator: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Building and Nurturing a Successful Genealogy Business, Coordinator: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • DNA for the 21st-Century Professional, Coordinator: Angie Bush, MS
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, Coordinator: Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG
  • Writing and Documenting for Peer Review, Coordinator: Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA
  • Project Management Essentials for the Professional Genealogist, Coordinator: Brent M. Hansen, DBA, PMP, IPMA-C

See SLIG's website for more details and to decide on the best course for you!