Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SLIG Scholarship Opportunities

SLIG is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the following SLIG scholarships.

SLIG Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship: Named in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, this scholarship recognizes those who have “demonstrated commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement.” Parker’s legacy of more than 50 years of service serves as the guideline for the application essay detailing how attending SLIG will help the applicant enhance their ability to serve or prepare them to give back to the genealogical community.

SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees: Affectionally called the “SLIG Newbie Scholarship,” this opportunity was created in 2016 to provide entrance opportunities for students who have not yet attended an institute. Applicants must have intermediate or higher level research skills, must have met the pre-requisites for the course which they elect to attend, and must not have previously attended any of the national institutes prior to SLIG 2019.

Deadline: Applications for both scholarships are due no later than June 1, 2018. Winners will be announced by June 30, 2018 and will receive a full tuition waiver for their course of choice in either SLIG 2019 or the new SLIG Academy for Professionals.

Complete details for each of these opportunities and links to information about scholarships available through other organizations may be found at

Monday, April 16, 2018

SLIG Calls for Proposals

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) continues to reach out to advanced, experienced teaching professionals in the genealogical community for new course content, presentation, and publication proposals.

The following Calls for Proposals are now open:

SLIG 2020 Course Proposals: SLIG offers courses on local, state, regional, and international topics taught at an intermediate level or above; specific record types, skills, methodology, and related technologies or strategies are preferred at a high-intermediate to advanced level. Courses with hands-on learning opportunities are encouraged as well as those that fill educational needs not addressed elsewhere. 

The deadline for course proposals is August 1, 2018; inquiries are accepted at any time.

SLIG Tech Day: SLIG will hold its second annual Tech Day on January 19, 2019 – the Saturday that follows SLIG and runs prior to the new SLIG Academy. Proposals are being accepted for half-day workshops and 1.5 hour classes on technology-related topics that enhance genealogical research and documentation. 

Deadline: June 1, 2018.

5th Annual SLIG Colloquium: This invitational event brings together thought leaders of the industry to present and discuss key genealogical topics in an effort to create a greater understanding of the tenets of genealogy. Selected papers will be presented, discussed, and subsequently published in Crossroads magazine. Interested parties may submit an abstract for consideration. 

Deadline: August 1, 2018.

Complete details and submittal forms for each of these opportunities are available at

Monday, April 9, 2018

SLIG Instructors at OGS - A Must See!

 Going to Ohio? Be sure to check out our instructors participating at this week’s Ohio Genealogical Society’s conference in Columbus, Ohio! The conference is being held on April 11th. – 18th. Many great topics! Past SLIG instructors will be there too!

Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D.

1.     WORKSHOP: “Beginning Genealogy: Finding Your Way to the Past”
2.     “Vital Records: The Cornerstone of Genealogical Research”
3.     “African American Roundtable”

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

1.     Keynote: Thursday morning “Pistol Packing Grandma”
2.     “Dear Mr. President: Finding Claims and Special Pension Requests”
3.     “Finding Ohio Families (in Western Manuscripts) Who Blazed New Trails”

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

1.     WORKSHOP: “Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Ancestors Who Were Enslaved”
2.     “A Critical Step in Evaluating Old Documents”
3.     “Gleaning Genealogical Information about Enslaved Ancestors from the Probate Files of Slaveholding Families”

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

1.     WORKSHOP: “Pennsylvania Courthouse Research: Adventures in the Keystone State”
2.     “’She Came from Nowhere’: Using Social History in Your Research”
3.     “Using mtDNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving”

Rich Venezia

1.     “Pittsburgh Preview: Researching in the Steel City”
2.     “Italians in America: Their Records, Their Stories”
3.     “Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors”

Ari Wilkins

1.     “Studying Free People of Color in Apprentice Records”
2.     “The Great Migration: Twentieth Century African American Migration”

Please check the conference guide for times and room numbers or click here:

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