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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Do You Need A Last Minute Gift?

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has some course openings  ... what better gift than receiving a week spent taking your genealogical education to the next level! 

The following courses have openings:
  • Course 2: Immigrants to the United States after 1890
  • Course 5: Researching New York: Resources and Strategies
  • Course 7: 1619-2019 African-American Genealogy
  • Course 8: Exploring Native American Research
  • Course 10: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
  • Course 12: Researching Like a Professional
  • Course 13: Burned Counties and More: Overcoming Record Loss
  • Course 15: Writing a Quality Family Narrative

What a great last minute gift to receive or to give to yourself! 

Registration can be accessed here.

Friday, November 30, 2018

SLIG and SLIG Academy Countdown Checklist

We are counting down to SLIG and SLIG Academy  – and the countdown clock seems to move more rapidly during the holidays for some reason!

Here is a list of action items; please 'check it twice' to make sure you are ready by each deadline noted:

  1. Special Events RSVP and Guest Tickets: Please register for special events - commemorative event, closing dinner - by Dec 13th if you haven't already.
    • We just updated the system to make it easier to request special meals. If you don't need one, please select "menu as published." If you do but already registered for special events, the registration team will be in touch in the next couple of weeks via email.
    • Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to add special events to your existing reservation as well as how to view selections already made.
    • Email the registrar to modify special event selections already made.
  2. Tech Day and Optional Tours: If you plan to attend SLIG Tech Day (Saturday, Jan 19th) or take one of the optional city tours (Sunday, January 20th) and haven't already signed up, please do so as quickly as possible to assure a reserved seat in the class, workshop, or tour of your choice.
    • While there is no "deadline", space is limited; and unsold seats will be made available to UGA members not attending SLIG on December 15th.
    • Use the separate form on the SLIG Registration page. 
  3. Badge Name, etc. Please review/edit your personal information – name badge, certificate name, city/state/country – by January 2nd (now is even better). We only merge the information provided; we won't be correcting it.
    • Make sure you check for spelling, completeness, and use upper/lower case characters in all proper names except state codes which should be two uppercase letters.
    • Detailed instructions here.
  4. Lodging: 
    • If you need to modify your lodging reservation, please email hospitality@slig.ugagenealogy.org. Although we have now transferred data to the hotel database, the hotel is unable to access it to make modifications or send confirmations until after the cancellation date. The good news is that we will now be able to adjust reservations more quickly.
    • If you need to cancel your lodging reservation, please do so immediately rather than wait until the Dec 13th deadline so we can replace your reservation with someone from a waitlist at the group rate if at all possible.
    • Last, but not least: please remember that cancellations made after Dec 13th are not eligible for a deposit refund.
  5. Cancellation Deadline: We are always sad to see these come in, but we know life sometimes changes when we are busy making other plans. This is a gentle reminder that tomorrow – Friday, 11/30, 11:59 pm Mountain Time – is the cancellation deadline. No refunds are available after that date, but you will receive the electronic and print syllabus.
Need help by phone?  Our committee lives all over the United States, from the east coast to west. Most are available by email or social media. But for phone assistance, please call 801-259-4172 after 9:00 am and before 5:00 pm in the time zone noted:
  • SLIG Registrar, extension 2: Pacific Time
  • SLIG Director, extension 3: Mountain Time
  • UGA Administrator (finance, membership), extension 1: Mountain Time
Items to watch for:
  • You may receive a letter from your course coordinator (or forwarded from them through this system) if you have homework or other things which you need to prepare.
  • We will send additional information in a few weeks about dining and transportation and such.
We look forward to seeing you in January!

Peg Ivanyo, Director

Thursday, November 29, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Update Information

About this time of year, the registration team finds interesting tidbits that don't look quite right on a name badge or participant roster – names in all caps, fictitious city names . . . Or perhaps you just received your credentials - you definitely want to add those to your certificate name, right?

Your SLIG Registration Account Information 
is now OPEN TO REVIEW AND EDIT. 

BEFORE Jan, 2, 2019:


Select "Account Information" on the left-hand menu


Review and update your information
Click "Save & Return"


You must Click "Save & Return" or the changes will be lost.

Thanks! We'll see you there.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Need your DNA questions answered? SLIG is offering DNA Consultations!

Need help with your DNA questions? Available for SLIG students to take advantage of during the week following SLIG: DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary. For information on how to register for this and other special events, please refer to this FAQ.

DNA Consultation
January 21-22, 2019

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGIndividual consultations are available on Monday and Tuesday following SLIG to help you focus in on your specific DNA research challenges.

Students may register for both SLIG Extended and SLIG DNA Extended; SLIG will work with coordinators to avoid overlap of sessions. Consultation time: one hour.

Students should bring all of their related research in print or digital format and be prepared to provide a short overview of the focus question at hand.

Student Requirements

  • Participation is restricted to those registered for a SLIG course
  • Registration will be included with Special Events, which open on September 15

Fee

$90

Can't get enough genealogy? SLIG Extended to the rescue!

Can't get enough genealogy? Two programs are available for SLIG students to take advantage of during the week following SLIG: Guided Research and Consultation with Craig R. Scott, and DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary. For information on how to register for this and other special events, please refer to this FAQ.

Guided Research

January 19-24, 2019

Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA

This optional event provides SLIG students the opportunity to stay and research with guided assistance and obtain consultation about their research. Students will meet in small groups daily to discuss research challenges and receive guidance.

Craig R. Scott, coordinator, will meet with all students Saturday evening at 7:00 pm for introductions and provide the weekly schedule. He will also be available throughout the week for additional consultation as necessary.
Students should bring all of their existing research in print or digital format and be prepared with a focused research question specific to a time frame, location, and individual or couple.

The last group meeting will be held on Thursday, but sufficient lodging is available for students to stay on through Saturday for additional research as desired. The Family History Library will be open on Monday until 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm., and Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Student Requirements

  • Participation is restricted to those registered for a SLIG course
  • Registration will be included with Special Events, which open on September 15
  • Lodging arrangements should be made separately; the SLIG block rate is available

Tuition

$375

Friday, November 23, 2018

It is Black Friday!

And the start of the holiday shopping season! 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 2019 than to spend a week (or two) with your genealogy friends!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Countdown to SLIG 2019!

With less than two months to go before SLIG 2019 and SLIG Academy begins ... where did 2018 go??? ... now is the time to make sure you are ready to enjoy a wonderful week or weeks next January in Salt Lake City.

One thing you need to do is ensure that you have registered for any Special Events you might want to attend during the week, such as:

  • Receptions, Luncheons, or Banquets
    • Don't forget to not any special needs
  • SLIG Night at the FHL
    • FHL Orientation Tours
    • Classes and Labs
  • Orientation
  • Plenary Session
  • SLIG Extended: Guided Research and Consultation
  • SLIG Extended: DNA Consultation with Karen Stanbary

You can also indicate whether you are interested in any volunteer opportunities.

There is a detailed blog post that provides instructions and screen shots to walk you through the process. 

Don't delay! Complete your registration today to ensure you can enjoy a worry-free holiday season knowing you are prepared for SLIG come January 2019!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Intermediate Foundations with Sara Anne Scribner, CG

Intermediate Foundations
Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (MDT beginning March 12th)

Sara Scribner, CG
Sara Scribner, CG
10 weeks of instruction with a special assignment in lieu of class during RootsTech week (February 26th).

Students who select this course already have some experience in genealogy, but aren’t quite ready for an advanced class. They have conducted research in federal census records, vital records (birth, marriage, and death), obituaries, and newspapers. They’ve learned their family’s traditions. Using Ancestry or FamilySearch, they’ve looked at results in indexed databases and then gone a step further to find and study some original documents. They’ve thought about assembling the information gathered from documents they’ve found, but haven’t yet written a proof argument or case study. They know they are in transition from one level of expertise to a higher one, but aren’t sure what’s next, what success will look like, or how to achieve it.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate

Technical Requirements

This course will meet online using Zoom Meetings. Sessions will be recorded for personal review and available for up to 30 days following the end of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own equipment and adequate bandwidth to participate actively in the course. Webcams and noise-cancelling headphones are strongly advised. Additional technical information will be sent to registered participants via email.
Students should have a (free) FamilySearch account and either an Ancestry account or access to Ancestry at a nearby family history center or other facility.
Homework: Assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions.

Other Requirements

The following books will be helpful to understanding materials presented in the course and to completing homework, but are not required: Board for Certification of Genealogists Genealogy Standards, Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence Explained, and Val D. Greenwood The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy.

Other Instructors

  • Angie Bush, MS,
  • Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Cari A. Taplin, CG

Technical Coordinator

  • Pat Richley-Erickson

Schedule

Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
  • 5:30 - 9:00 pm MST (5 February 2019)
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (12 February - 16 April 16 2019); MDT begins March 12th 
  • Two 75-minute lecture/work periods, with a 10-minute break

Tuition

  • Regular Price: $420.00
  • UGA Member Price: $380.00
Don't delay, register today and be ready to advance your genealogical education to the next level!

Friday, November 9, 2018

SLIG 2019: Optional Tours and Activities


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is offering two optional tours this year to enhance your institute experience! These tours require separate registration and payment. Information can be found here.

Tour Option 1: Salt Lake City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - $35
8:45 am to 12:00 noon
(Boarding begins at 8:30 am)


This Salt Lake City tour will take you to view the city sights in a comfortable heated trolley. You will first ride to Temple Square where you will attend the world's longest running broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Immediately following the broadcast, your driver will take you on a 19-mile professionally-narrated tour of Salt Lake City sights. Stops for picture taking and additional commentary will be made at the Lion House, Utah State Capitol Building, This Is The Place Heritage Park and Red Butte Garden/Natural History Museum. Please bring any winter clothes you may need to feel more comfortable during brief exits from the bus.

Tour Option 2: Park City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - $55
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
(Boarding begins at 1:15 pm)


Join us for an afternoon sightseeing tour of Park City, the Wasatch mountains, and Olympic Venues. Experience amazing mountain views as your professional driver takes you to Park City to view Main Street and other Park City sites, and visit the Salt Lake City Olympic Park and Village. Transportation will be by heated van unless we have a larger group, in which case we will use the trolley described above. Please bring your winter clothing and snow boots for this tour since you may want to get out for a few minutes to look around and take pictures.

Friday, November 2, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month



In tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, the following
organizations are holding special events throughout the month of November:

  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives and Records Administration
    • November 3: NARA is hosting Native American Stories Family Day
    • November 23: Celebration with Wampanoag National Singers and Dancers held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA.
    • For more events, see here.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Park Service
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
    • November 17-18: Hopi Tribal Festival
    • November 23: The museum is hosting a "Family Fun Friday" where Native culture will be demonstrated through hands-on activities, etc.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum



While not being held in November, SLIG 2019 has a course dedicated to Native American Research with Coordinator Rick Fogarty. Rick and his talented team of instructors will educate students on how to break down their brick walls for their Native American ancestors. Find more information on the course, the schedule, and registration here.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

SLIG 2019 Course Highlight: What Does it Take to Have a Successful Genealogy Business?

What does it take to have a successful genealogy business? Are you thinking about opening one? Are you interested in improving your existing business? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this course is for you!


Instructors

  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

Prerequisites


  • This course requires active interaction and participation. At the end of the week, each student will have a unique business plan crafted from each day’s homework.
  • Sessions include hands-on activities. Students should bring a laptop computer with a word-processing and a spreadsheet program installed. Nightly homework assignments will include income and expense accounts, creating a weekly calendar, marketing and promotion, and business plans.

Daily Goals


  • Day 1 we focus on setting goals for our business and the tools for measuring and monitoring the health of our business: finances. Students with existing businesses may want to bring three-years of balance sheets and income and expense statements.
  • Day 2 we concentrate on client relations beginning with the inquiry through the final report and invoice. These steps are combined with time allocation and management to create a weekly calendar.
  • Day 3 the discussions focus on client reports, marketing, promotion, and time management. Students develop the marketing and promotion piece for their business plans.
  • Day 4 is devoted to creating future plans for education and credentialing; developing financial projections; creating marketing plans; and time management. Students use the homework pieces as the basis for creating a business plan.
  • Day 5 we discuss expanding our businesses beyond client research to include revenue streams like writing and speaking.

Registration


For details, go here. To register, go here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2019 SLIG Academy Highlight: You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery

Do you suffer from Glossophobia?

Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. The word glossophobia derives from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. Some people have this specific phobia, while others may also have broader social phobia or social anxiety disorder.


Josh Taylor and his team of expert instructors will help students during this intensive week to explore key components of public speaking for genealogists: 
the “business of speaking,” outlining contracts, pricing, legal considerations, and marketing techniques; “knowing your audience,” focusing on crafting an array of presentations, keeping lectures current, and answering conference proposal requests; “development,” including details on developing handouts, slide presentations, and other visuals; and “delivery,” centered on finding a speaking style, avoiding pitfalls, structuring your presentations, and the opportunity to present two “mini-sessions” to solicit feedback and advice from fellow students and course instructors. 

The ability to transform an initial concept to a full-fledged presentation delivered in front of an audience might seem like a daunting adventure for many professionals. This interactive course is ideal for existing speakers seeking to brush up on their skills and expand their portfolios and anyone seeking to explore how public speaking might align with their aspirations.

For more information and registration go here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2019 SLIG Academy Highlight: Developing and Managing an Effective Institute Course

This weekend, J. Mark Lowe will be entertaining and educating attendees at the 2018 Fall Seminar of the Alabama Genealogical Society. Mark's topic is "Genealogy's Deeper Well: When the Easy Stuff Runs Dry." Mark is a lifelong genealogist and enjoys opportunities to share his knowledge and expertise. More information on the event can be found here.

In January 2019, Mark will be at the 2019 SLIG Academy to coordinate his course, "Effective Institute Course." With guidance by experienced classroom instructors, participants will learn effective tools to prepare and maintain a successful course of study. Participants will prepare a detailed scope, sequence, and define course learning outcomes. Participants will also discuss how to include opportunities for complex problem solving, decision making, research planning and brainstorming activities in the classroom. The courses defined by participants during the week will be reviewed with faculty towards designing and improving balanced courses of instruction that insure student involvement. Together participants and faculty will work towards developing a course with successful learning activities, available resources, and prepared instructors.

For more information on the course, go here. To register, go here.

Monday, October 8, 2018

SLIG Registration Series: Special Events

Registered for SLIG? or the SLIG Academy? Your next step should be to sign up for special events related to that program. This includes RSVP for the plenary, selecting your meal for the banquet, purchasing guest tickets, signing up for SLIG Night at the Family History Library, even registration for SLIG Extended. All nicely organized into one events form - per program.

Here are the steps (instructions and screenshots update 11/29/18):

Step 1: Return to the SLIG Registration page by navigating to SLIG.ugagenealogy.org > Registration > Register or go directly to: sligregistration.ugagenealogy.org and log in with the email or username and password you created when you set up your account.
Note: If the screen doesn't look like this one, you are in the wrong place:


Step 2: Click on the bright blue "Special Events" box next to the SLIG or Academy registration box.


Step 3: Navigate through each page. Even though you see this pretty menu at the left, you need to go through the pages in order one by one. The menu will only help you get back to something to make changes once you have completed the page; it won't help you jump forward.


Step 3a,  Meal Events: On this page, you will RSVP for meal-related events. Tickets are included with tuition. You may also purchase a guest tickets.

Dietary information: Note that when a meal event is selected, the menu options appear. Unless you need a special meal, just click on the first item "Menu as Published." If you have dietary concerns beyond those available, or a combination of those listed, please select "Dietary Services: Other" – a text box will open for you to provide the details. The reception items will be labeled, no selection required here.

Other Meals: there are no pre-paid meal options for SLIG this year, but ther are plenty of discounted options available on-site. Don't forget to read about them under "Dining at SLIG" on the website.


Step 3b,  SLIG Night at the FHL: On this page, you will RSVP for SLIG Night (required answer - attending or not), and sign up for tours or classes/labs. Make sure you check "tour not needed" to bypass that middle section if you don't wish to take a tour, and "None selected" under courses/labs if you only wish to come to research and eat refreshments. 


Step 3c,  Special Events: On this page, you will RSVP for the plenary session and the orientation session (everyone is requested to attend this year). 

SLIG Extended: This page also includes registration for the new "SLIG Extended" program - where you can stay and research with guided assistance, or obtain a DNA consultation.  These are held during the week after SLIG, but are part of your SLIG registration.


 Step 3d,   Disability Services and Service Opportunities:
If you plan to bring a wheelchair or scooter, we need to know in order to assure adequate access in your classroom and handicapped access to the shuttle. So, PLEASE check the box if this applies.
If you have other needs, a text box will appear to provide details.

Also on this page: optional volunteer opportunities.



Step 4: Review the Summary and Finish.
The darker colored "Summary" box at the left indicates you have navigated all of the pages and are ready to review. At this point you can click on another page to go back, or use the "back" button to make changes. If everything is accurate, click on "Finish".

You must click "Finish" to save!


You will then see a final summary with this message: "Your selections have been recorded ..." At that point you can click on the PayPal link to pay any amount due, or exit and pay with a check.


Where did that information go? It has been blended together wtih your original course order, so you can see it all in one place.  And you can review your order or invoice at any time.

Review any order or invoice anytime you want: 

a. Return to your registration dashboard by clicking on the SLIG home icon (the mountains) in the top left corner of the browser.

b. Select "Enrollments" from your menu to see your complete registration summary by program - course, prior options, and new special event options - all combined into one.
c. Select "Invoices" to view your invoice. Select your invoice from the list at the top, and it will open a full invoice with a PayPal link and mailing address at the bottom.

This process is similar for the Academy: Just log in and look for the bright blue button by the Academy registration form.

Note: To receive invitations to hosted events from organizations like AncestryProGen or LegacyTree Genealogists you should have already checked the box on your original registration form. It looked like this:

Tech Day and Tours?  Look for a separate form on the Registration Dashboard and follow the same steps. This will not blend together with your SLIG or Academy registration - it will show as a separate registration and invoice.


More questions? 
Email the registrar: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org

We look forward to seeing you at SLIG!

Friday, October 5, 2018

SLIG 2019 Highlight - Gothic Script Course

F. Warren Bittner will be back at SLIG in 2019 coordinating his course on Gothic Script and Fraktur.

German handwriting is troublesome with seven forms of the letter s, h’s that look like f’s, e’s that look like n’s, p’s that look like nothing every seen before, and r’s that are just plain upside down. Students in Reading German Records will learn to read Gothic Script and Fracture Typeface and have fun in the process. This course will include German genealogical vocabulary and Latin terms. By the end of the course students will have the tools needed to read basic German genealogical records.

Kathy Holland blogged about her previous experience in Warren's course here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program now accepting applications!

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 establish a scholarship program to foster and support professional genealogists in their professional growth and development efforts. Four scholarships are awarded to help cover certain expenses of attending one of four U.S.-based genealogical institutes. 

Applicants must submit an application including a current resume, institute preference, and a 500 to 700 word essay.

Submission deadlines along with more details can be found on their website.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

SLIG Virtual Course - Intermediate Foundations - Registration Opens on Saturday, September 29th!

SLIG has a new virtual course coming in the Spring of 2019! Entitled "Intermediate Foundations," it is for students who have some experience in genealogy, but are not quite ready for an advanced class. 

Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (MDT beginning March 12th)

Registration opens Saturday, September 29nd, 9:00 am MDT.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Coming in Spring 2019!

SLIG has a new virtual course coming in the Spring of 2019! Entitled "Intermediate Foundations," it is for students who have some experience in genealogy, but are not quite ready for an advanced class. The details are below.

Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (MDT beginning March 12th)

Registration opens Saturday, September 29nd, 9:00 am MDT.

Sara Scribner, CG

Sara Scribner, CG
Ten weeks of instruction with a special assignment in lieu of class during RootsTech week (February 26th).

Students who select this course already have some experience in genealogy, but aren’t quite ready for an advanced class. They have conducted research in federal census records, vital records (birth, marriage, and death), obituaries, and newspapers. They’ve learned their family’s traditions. Using Ancestry or FamilySearch, they’ve looked at results in indexed databases and then gone a step further to find and study some original documents. They’ve thought about assembling the information gathered from documents they’ve found, but haven’t yet written a proof argument or case study. They know they are in transition from one level of expertise to a higher one, but aren’t sure what’s next, what success will look like, or how to achieve it.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate

Technical Requirements

This course will meet online using Zoom Meetings. Sessions will be recorded for personal review and available for up to 30 days following the end of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own equipment and adequate bandwidth to participate actively in the course. Webcams and noise-cancelling headphones are strongly advised. Additional technical information will be sent to registered participants via email.

Homework: Assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions.

Other Instructors

  • Angie Bush, MS,
  • Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Cari A. Taplin, CG

Technical Coordinator

  • Pat Richley-Erickson

Schedule

Tuesdays, 5 February - 16 April 2019
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm MST (MDT beginning March 12th)
  • Two 75-minute lecture/work periods, with a 10-minute break

Tuition

  • Regular Price: $420.00
  • UGA Member Price: $380.00

Record Loss only in the South? Think Again!

I used to think of "record loss" as being related to "burned counties" and a "Southern" researcher's problem. I was wrong on both counts.
As this map of the United States published by FamilySearch will attest, fires were not limited to the Southern states. My eye quickly zoomed in on that bright red color at Baker County, Oregon where my third great-grandmother, born in Delaware, died.
Records loss: https://goo.gl/7s8eDK
According to Kelvin L. Meyers, coordinator of the SLIG 2019 Overcoming Record Loss course, record loss was not limited to fire. Losses can also occur from heat, humidity, insects, war, etc. The list goes on and on. 
Lest I still not be convinced, FamilySearch published yet another map: marriage record coverage. Those midwestern and western states in which I spend most of my research time are - yup, you guessed it - red. Not to mention most of Pennsylvania and part of Delaware! 
Marriages: https://goo.gl/Eawouq
For someone whose primary focus is typically England or Slovakia, only researching in the states when still working on brick walls, this is not good news
Perhaps I should be taking Kelvin's course!
He writes:

"We all face it: record loss. 

"Whether the courthouse burned, the clerk tossed them, the relative, autograph hunter, lawyer or surveyor took them, they succumbed to heat, humidity, insects or fading ink or war or distance from the courthouse which was a barrier to their creation—the records we want—the records that could answer our questions aren’t there. 
"The solution: In many cases, it is possible to overcome the problem, but it requires diligence, perseverance, and willingness to look beyond the obvious."
Thanks to the logistics wizards, we were just able to open some additional seats in Kelvin's course. If you haven't yet registered for SLIG, and you see a lot of red in those images above, this might be a good course to help soften the view.

Peg Ivanyo, director
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy





Friday, September 14, 2018

SLIG Events: Optional Tours

Join us for one or more of the optional tours on the Sunday between SLIG and the new SLIG Academy.


Salt Lake City Sightseeing Tour

Sunday, January 20, 2019
8:45 am to 12:00 noon
Boarding begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $35
Utah Capitol Building
This Salt Lake City tour will take you to view the city sights in a comfortably heated trolley. You will first ride to Temple Square where you will attend the world's longest-running broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Immediately following the broadcast, your driver will take you on a 19-mile professionally-narrated tour of Salt Lake City sights. Stops for picture taking and additional commentary will be made at the Lion House, Utah State Capitol Building, This Is The Place Heritage Park and Red Butte Garden/Natural History Museum. Please bring any winter clothes you may need to feel more comfortable during brief exits from the bus.


Park City Sightseeing Tour


Sunday, January 20, 2019

1:30 to 5:30 pm
Boarding begins at 1:15 pm
Cost: $55Park City Utah

Join us for an afternoon sightseeing tour of Park City, the Wasatch mountains, and Olympic Venues. Experience amazing mountain views as your professional driver takes you to Park City to view Main Street and other Park City sites, and visit the Salt Lake City Olympic Park and Village. Transportation will be by heated van unless we have a larger group, in which case we will use the trolley described above. Please bring your winter clothing and snow boots for this tour since you may want to get out for a few minutes to look around and take pictures.


Other Information

Accessibility: Both the bus and the van are easily boarded in front of the Hilton. Wheelchair accessibility may be limited; please email director@slig.ugagenealogy.orgfor more information.

Registration: Please use the SLIG Tech Day and Tours Registration form to sign up for one or both of these events beginning Saturday, September 15th.

Academy Events: Closing Dinner with Josh Taylor

"Balancing it All: Prioritizing Your Professional Pursuits"
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS


Professionals and budding professionals often find it difficult to keep things balanced, produced on time, commitments in check, and still have fun along the way. Decisions about education, credentialing, writing and publishing, employment, and speaking abound. And that brings us to the delicate balancing act with time. How does one manage all the demands and multiple directions, much less work on their own research or enjoy a personal life along the way?

To address this topic we have invited D. Joshua Taylor, one of the industry's top professionals, to address us. Hands in multiple pots? Check. Impact in a wide variety of areas from publications to television? Check.

Join us to wrap up our first annual Academy for Professionals and learn from Josh about how to "balance it all."

Academy Events: I Have a Dream

SLIG Announces the format for the commemorative event to be held at the beginning of new SLIG Academy for Professionals.

 Out Of The Mountain Of Despair A Stone Of Hope
  Words inscribed on his memorial from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous
 “I Have a Dream” speech at the  Lincoln Memorial on 28 August 1963.
Featuring Rev. Paul Neal Nelson


Fifty-five years ago Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. It almost wasn't shared, not being part of the original script prepared for his speech to be given during the March on Washington for civil rights. Taylor Branch (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the first volume of his history of the American Civil Rights Movement: Parting The Waters) tells us that the great contralto Mahalia Jackson urged Dr. King to “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” and he did so in an improvised section of that speech.

An estimated 250,000 people from all over the country attended that event, in addition to the audience reached by live coverage by the three major television outlets. Dr. King’s “Dream” continues to inspire many today. Please join us in commemorating the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., champion of equality, hope, and healing for America. Reverend Paul Neal Nelson, Assistant Pastor of New Bethany Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. will invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he interprets King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

This program will be held on Monday, January 21st at 11:15 am. Lunch will be served. Tickets are included with Academy registration with RSVP. Guest tickets are available for an additional fee.

SLIG wishes to also recognize LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, for her role in supporting and planning this event – just one of the many ways in which she has assisted SLIG in moving key pieces forward over the past year.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SLIG Extended Details announced

Tuition and details for the new "SLIG Extended" option announced at last year's SLIG banquet with the course reveal are now available. The program is open to SLIG students wishing to stay for additional research and consultation.

Two programs are available for SLIG students to take advantage of during the week following SLIG: Guided Research and Consultation with Craig R. Scott, and DNA Consultations with Karen Stanbary. 

Guided Research and Consultation
January 19-24, 2019
Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA

This optional event provides SLIG students the opportunity to stay and research with guided assistance and obtain consultation about their research. Students will meet in small groups daily to discuss research challenges and receive guidance.

Craig R. Scott, coordinator, will meet with all students Saturday evening at 7:00 pm for introductions and provide the weekly schedule. He will also be available throughout the week for additional consultation as necessary.

Students should bring all of their existing research in print or digital format and be prepared with a focused research question specific to a time frame, location, and individual or couple.
The last group meeting will be held on Thursday, but sufficient lodging is available for students to stay on through Saturday for additional research as desired. 

DNA Consultation

January 21-22, 2019
Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Individual consultations are available on Monday and Tuesday following SLIG to help you focus in on your specific DNA research challenges. Students may register for both SLIG Extended and SLIG DNA Extended; SLIG will work with coordinators to avoid overlap of sessions. Consultation time: one hour.
Students should bring all of their related research in print or digital format and be prepared to provide a short overview of the focus question at hand.

Student Requirements
  • Participation is restricted to those registered for a SLIG course
  • Registration will be included with Special Events, which open on September 15
  • Lodging arrangements should be made separately; the SLIG block rate is available
Family History Library

The Family History Library will be open during SLIG Extended/Academy week on Monday until 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm., and Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Occasional shuttles will be available.

Tuition and additional information may be found here.