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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. (https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=575)
Waitlists:
  • 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: https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=444
Lodging:
  • Please read the updated procedures posted online: https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=346 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: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org or 801-259-4172, registrar
  • Lodging: hospitality@slig.ugagenealogy.org or 801-259-4172, director
  • UGA membership, Paypal issues: info@ugagenealogy.org 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!

Learn more about records to advance your research!

Are you interested in a records-based course to elevate your genealogical education?

If so, check out the courses we are offering in 2020:



  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, Coordinators: Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA
  • Guide to Treasures Found in Federal Records, Coordinator:  Michael L. Strauss, AG
  • Immigrants to the New World, Colonial to 1900, Coordinator: John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA
  • Early U.S. Church Records, Coordinator: Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG 

Registration opens this Saturday! See SLIG's website for more details!

SLIG is offering courses on Chinese and Advanced Hispanic Research in 2020

Are you interested in a course on a particular ethnicity? 

If so, check out the courses we are offering in 2020:



  • Chinese Genealogy Research, Coordinator: Kelly Summers, MS, AG
  • Advanced Hispanic Research, Coordinators: George R. Ryskamp, JD, AG, FUGA and Debbie Gurtler, AG

Registration opens this Saturday! See SLIG's website for more details!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Which Writing Course is Right for Me?



Genealogists can never learn too much about how to write and write well. With three writing courses between SLIG and the Academy for Professionals in 2020, students have a tough choice to make.

So, what is the difference? How do you know which one will help you best further your work at this time?


Here is a short synopsis about each course:

SLIG Course 15: Technical Writing for Genealogists - Melissa A. Johnson, CG
Many skilled genealogists with excellent analysis and correlation skills have trouble communicating their thought processes and presenting evidence in writing. Students in this course will overcome these roadblocks and gain essential skills needed to convey complex concepts in genealogical work products, including:

  • proof arguments
  • affidavits
  • research reports. 
The course will cover important issues including documentation, establishing proof, use of citations, DNA evidence, and legal and copyright issues. Students will become more comfortable with important skills such as analyzing, organizing, and presenting complex evidence; resolving conflicts; reporting a variety of meaningful and negative findings; using DNA evidence in writing; and qualifying information, theories, and proof. The course will focus on meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard, and writing in a professional, clear and concise manner for a variety of audiences.

SLIG Academy Course 1: The Art of Writing Client Reports - Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Writing effective research reports can be a difficult skill to master. This course will provide instruction and hands-on experience creating each section of a report. A team of professional genealogists will share their expertise in technical writing, evidence analysis, incorporating visual elements, organizing material, time-saving strategies, and documentation. They will share examples of a variety of reporting formats covering simple to complex research problems from a variety of professional perspectives. Participants will learn both by evaluating provided reports and writing a research report during the week. Students should bring a laptop to work on practice exercises in class and complete writing assignments.

SLIG Academy Course 6: Writing and Documenting for Peer Review - Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA
Peer review is an essential element of every academic pursuit, including genealogy. The vetting of articles and other work products ensures that the author or applicant is conforming to standards dictated by that discipline. Within the field of genealogy, our scholarly journals present peer-reviewed written work adhering to best practices and genealogy standards. Peer reviewers/judges for our credentialing bodies—the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Genealogists (ICAPGen)—determine whether our knowledge, our analysis, and final products demonstrate consistent high-quality work. Study groups and writing groups present us with opportunities to act as peer reviewers ourselves. This course will examine the peer-review system from several angles, arming students with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve success.

While a tough choice, students can choose to take more than one since they are not all offered in the same week and reinforcement is always helpful!

For more details, go here.

SLIG's State-based Courses Being Offered in 2020



Are you interested in learning more about a particular state to elevate your genealogical education?

Do you conduct genealogical research in Maryland or Virginia and would like to obtain more detailed knowledge to make your research more effective?

If so, then you may be interested in:

  • Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, Coordinator: Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNGS, FUGA
  • Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State, Coordinator: Debra A. Hoffman

Registration opens this Saturday! See SLIG's website for more details!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

SLIG is Offering Three DNA Courses in 2020

DNA courses continue to attract students as more and more genealogists are adding the skill to  their toolbox. 

SLIG will be offering the following DNA courses in 2020 to continue to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively use and integrate DNA into their research:



  • Meeting Standards: Using DNA Evidence, Coordinator: Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Coordinator: Paul Woodbury, Med

For the professional, the SLIG Academy is offering:

  • DNA for the 21st-Century Professional, Coordinator: Angie Bush, MS

Registration opens this Saturday! See SLIG's website for more details!

Are you interested in Advanced Methodology?

What part of your genealogical education would you like to elevate this year? 

If it is advanced methodology, check out the courses we are offering in 2020:

  • Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy, Coordinator: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Applying Standards to Appraise Genealogical Work, Coordinator: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • Meeting Standards: Using DNA Evidence, Coordinator: Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods, Coordinator: Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL
  • Researching Like a Professional, Coordinator: Michael G. Hait, CG, CGL

SLIG is also offering Guided Research and Consultation with Craig Scott, MA, CG, FUGA.

Registration opens this Saturday! See SLIG's website for more details!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Experience the Power of a Personal Guide for Your Research

Experience the power of having your own personal guide for an entire week as you research both online and in the Family History Library. 

Students will review progress and findings in regular group meetings and in one-on-one consultations throughout the week as they work on their own personal research projects. Assistance will be available as needed during specific research hours.

Students should bring their own research project – all notes, prior research, copies of records, etc., along with their own laptop for research – and be prepared to provide a short overview of their goals and project.


Peg Ivanyo, SLIG director, shared:
"I had the opportunity to sit down with Craig Scott to learn more about this course while at NGS in May – how it would work, what students might experience, and what they could reasonably expect. 'But first,' I said, 'I need to ask you a question.'
"I pulled out the material I had retrieved at the National Archives at St. Louis the previous day. One question led to another, and to another. By the time we finished, Craig had lined up the documents in chronological order, interpreted their meaning, provided insight into the nuances, and helped me identify where additional records might be found - those important next steps! 
"We then chuckled at the fact that he had just demonstrated exactly what it would be like if I were a student in this course every day all week long. Now, I could definitely spend a week like that!"
Students should note that this is a full, week-long course. It is not possible to take this and another SLIG course at the same time. However, optional one-hour consultations will be available to purchase separately and will be offered in the evenings. 

The course will meet at the Hilton on Sunday, then at the Family History Library daily. RSVP will be required for morning shuttles to the FHL.

With a little help, you can elevate your research to the next level!

Go HERE for more information. Registration opens this Saturday! 

Registration: Waitlist Management

There are two ways to Waitlist a course:

Courses may be waitlisted during the registration process using the registration form. They may also be waitlisted using our new Waitlist Management system, which also allows you to view and modify waitlisted courses.

You do not need to be registered for a program in order to waitlist a course.

FIRST, please log into your SLIG Registration Account:
SLIG.ugagenealogy.org > Registration > Register
/or/
sligregistration.ugagenealogy.org.

While registering for a course:

If you have not yet registered for the program in which you wish to waitlist a course or session, AND you wish to register for one course and waitlist another, please do the following:


  1. Click on the green "Register Now" button for the program:
  2. Select the course or session for which you do wish to register, and click "Next":
  3. If you change your mind, and don't wish to register for a course, select "Waitlist Course only" and click "Next":
  4. Select the course or session(s) you wish to waitlist and click "Next" (you may select up to 3 per program in SLIG and Academy):
  5. If you also registered for a course or session, continue to work through the registration form to the end and click on "Finish."
    If you only selected items to waitlist, the form will automatically skip to the end and give you this message:
  6. To view and manage your newly waitlisted courses/sessions, please use the instructions below. 

Without registering for a course OR to modify waitlist choices:

If you have already registered for a program or are already waitlisted for a course in that program,  please do the following:
  1. To view your enrollments, invoices, and waitlisted courses, please use the "Registrations" section on the left-hand menu of your registration account Home Page:
  2. Click on "Waitlist Add/Drop" to view what courses/sessions are available to be waitlisted:
  3. If there are no full courses, then there will be no courses to waitlist and you will receive this notice:
  4. Select up to 3 courses or sessions per program and click on "Update my Wait List". You will receive a pop-up notification that your waitlist has been updated. "Close."

  5. On the left-hand menu, click on "Waitlist Summary" to view details about all courses for all programs in which you are waitlisted, including the date/time added and status:
  6. If you have withdrawn yourself from a waitlist, that status will be shown in your summary:
  7. IMPORTANT: Only the most recent action concerning a course or session will be reflected on your summary. If you remove your name from a waitlist, then put it back on, you will be placed on that waitlist based on the new date/time of the action.

Restrictions: You may waitlist up to three (3) courses per program - 3 for SLIG, 3 for Academy. If you attempt to add a 4th, you will receive an error message requiring you to refine your selections.

Where to get help: In the event you encounter challenges using the waitlist system, or you need to correct an accidental error, please reach out to our amazing registration team: registrar@slig.ugagenealogy.org.

A Word of Caution: With this new waitlist management privilege comes a lot of responsibility – please "click and update with caution." The registrar will have access to a waitlist change log to review to resolve disputes. And while that log may also be useful to correct an inadvertent error, they will not have the authority to turn back time on a poor decision. Please make changes very carefully!

Timing: Waitlists sometimes clear rapidly – such as when we are able to expand the number of seats in a course. They also sometimes take right up until the day before SLIG to open up. And sometimes a seat never opens. Please consider registering for your second or third choice course while waiting to ensure you have a positive SLIG experience.






Thursday, July 4, 2019

A Well-Planned, Well-Managed Project

We can all use more understanding of the organization and proven processes to help in the work that we do. 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. The instructor team includes:

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

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals and best practices of project management through theories, cases, templates and hands-on exercises. Ensuring that you are delivering business value by assessing a project’s case, identifying key people and their relationship to your project, capturing essential requirements, developing effective communication and establishing quality metrics to guide in the development of the genealogy research plan and the delivery of your project. Define genealogy project scope to provide clarity for project delivery and define project scope for the team. Manage your project within the planned budget and schedule by managing change and identifying and managing risks, assumptions, and constraints. Track the delivery of business value and close projects out cleanly. The instructors will share best practices and proven project management technics. You will be introduced to new ways of thinking about old problems. 


By the end of this course, you should have gained a good understanding and experience of the core competencies that make a successful project manager.

For more information, go here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

SLIG Videos

I'm admitting my age here, but I still recall the days when we had to be front and center on a precise day and time to watch a favorite television show. No other option - except perhaps the summer rerun. And that didn't seem unreasonable or inconvenient at the time. After all, playing softball was more important anyway! Ah, but I digress.

When my children were growing up, we had VHS tapes we could pop in to record a show, and the more popular videos could be purchased for repeated watching. Now, that was entertainment in comfort! I listened to audio tapes on the way to work. But we still went to the library to get books.

Now? I "read" books on Audible and Blinkist, study course materials in electronic format, access the standards on Kindle, ask "Alexa" to play my favorite tunes, and "Siri" to define an unknown word. Technology continues to change the way we learn - about things. So, naturally, I look to video to learn anything from how to change spark plugs in a hybrid vehicle to how to improve my genealogy research logs. On demand. No fuss.

Introducing: SLIG Video Shorts


SLIG is pleased to introduce yet another way to learn about an upcoming course. Yes, we still have very thorough course descriptions, detailed outlines, and specific prerequisites. But now, thanks to our new Tech/Video Coordinator, Irene Rossman, you can also learn about a course via video.

Irene has interviewed each of the course coordinators directly. Who better to help you learn why you might want to take a specific course and if it is a good fit for your education needs?

    To watch them one by one, just go to the courses page and look for the video icon:


    Then click on "Read more" and scroll to the bottom of the course page to watch the interview to learn about the course, the requirements, and the expected outcomes.


    Don't forget to "like" the video when you are finished by clicking on the heart on the top right side of the video screen.

    Or, you can view them in groups on YouTube


    YouTube Playlists include:



    But wait, there's more. . . 


    Want to learn more about SLIG in general – what it is, when it is held, when to register, and what to expect? Check out this 30-minute video interview by Connie Knox on GenealogyTV. Connie started GenealogyTV in August 2018 and it has been exploding with regular new viewers since.

    Last, there are a handful of video shorts showing the types of activities you might find at SLIG - you can see those right on our Facebook page.

    Feedback is always desired


    I hope to see you at SLIG this year - whether in a virtual course this fall, or in one or both of the January programs. Please let me know if the videos were helpful in making your course selection!

    Peg Ivanyo, Director


    Friday, June 28, 2019

    Simplified Qualification Procedures - DNA Practicum

    Announcing: Expanded, Simplified DNA Practicum Prerequisites

    We recognize that many genealogists qualify to take this highly-specific course, but not all have reached an advanced level of research with sufficient background knowledge through the same path.

    To simplify the qualification procedure for the All-DNA Virtual Advanced Analysis Practicum, course coordinator Angela Packer McGhie has included a few additional examples to the list. 






    For those who do not meet both of the prerequisites as presently published, she will also accept a "summary of education and experience" in lieu of a paper. Students may register now, with either the paper or the summary due July 20th.



    If you have already registered, and the expanded list removes your need to submit a paper or summary, please notify the registrar so they can update your enrollment.

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Introduction to Genetic Genealogy with Paul Woodbury, MEd

    In this hands-on course, students will master the basics of genetic genealogy research through hands-on application in a variety of investigative contexts. They will create testing plans incorporating such elements as which individuals to test, the types of tests to take and the companies to be used. They will also evaluate chances of success and needs for additional testing for a research objective given a set of test results, develop research plans given a set of DNA test results, and learn to abide by genetic genealogy ethics and standards. Participants will practice basic interpretation of Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, X-DNA and autosomal DNA evidence within the context of traditional document research and evaluation of Y-DNA and mtDNA.

    Paul will be joined by the following additional instructors:

    • Angie Bush, MS
    • Melissa A. Johnson, CG
    • Gretchen Jorgensen
    • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

    Students will identify and evaluate likely relationships based on shared autosomal DNA and tree data, as well as explore possible sources of shared DNA for X-DNA matches. They will also interpret ethnicity reports for Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA test results and formulate estimates regarding ethnic origins of the first few generations of ancestry. 

    Additional skills participants will gain will include performing modern research, creating “quick and dirty” trees in the pursuit of an objective, collaborating and corresponding with genetic cousins, correctly citing genetic genealogy sources, organizing research to enable discovery, evaluating which approaches and methodologies would be best to utilize in a given research case, and incorporating DNA evidence into genealogical proof arguments.

    Students should have experience in intermediate research in traditional genealogy and access to the test results of one autosomal DNA test.

    For more information, go here.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    In 2020, Celebrate 25 Years with SLIG!

    In January 2020, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is celebrating 25 years -- its silver anniversary -- of bringing quality instruction to students to elevate their genealogical education to new heights.

    SLIG will be held starting Sunday, January 12th, and concluding with a banquet on Friday, January 17th. The following fifteen courses are 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 4: Advanced Research Tools: Land 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
    • Course 7: Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State
    • Course 8: Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources
    • Course 9: Advanced Hispanic Research
    • Course 10: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
    • Course 11: Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence--Research Strategies
    • Course 12: Researching Like a Professional
    • Course 13: Applying Standards to Appraise Genealogical Work
    • Course 14: Advanced Genealogical Methods
    • Course 15: Technical Writing for Genealogists 

    The Academy will be held the following week, January 19th to the 24th, and the following seven courses are available:

    • Academy Course 1: The Art of Writing Client Reports
    • Academy Course 2: You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery
    • Academy Course 3: Building and Nurturing a Successful Genealogy Business
    • Academy Course 4: DNA for the 21st-Century Professional
    • Academy Course 5: Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy
    • Academy Course 6: Writing and Documenting for Peer Review
    • Academy Course 7: Project Management Essentials for the Professional Genealogist

    Registration for SLIG will open at 9:00 am MDT on Saturday, July 13th, with registration for the Academy opening at 2:00 pm MDT.

    To facilitate quick check-out with your course, special events are added to
    your registration separately.

    Lodging reservations also open on July 13th.

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    Learn How to Build and Nurture a Successful Genealogy Business

    Thinking about opening a genealogy business? Interested in improving your existing business? This course is for you.

    Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG; Teresa Steinkamp McMillin; and Angela Packer McGhie will work with students through active interaction and participation. At the end of the week, each student will have a unique business plan crafted from each day’s homework.

    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.

    This course has the following required textbook: 


    Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor. Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2018.

    To see daily plans, go here.



    Monday, June 24, 2019

    Learn Advanced Genealogical Methods with Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL


    Students in Advanced Genealogical Methods will learn how to assemble and use evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten over the passage of time. 

    The course will address advanced use of evidence derived from a variety of genealogical sources and will explore research techniques for populations for which the usual records are in short supply. Students will also learn how to document their research and develop written proof summaries to reach accurate conclusions and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians.

    Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL will be assisted by his instructor team including:

    • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
    • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
    • Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA
    • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
    • Paul Woodbury, MEd

    This intense course is targeted to high intermediate genealogists who have completed an intermediate level methodology course or who have equivalent experiences. Their research has led them to encounter relationships that cannot be documented only with direct evidence. They have taken at least one DNA test.

    Students are encouraged to obtain and read Mastering Genealogical Proof prior to the start of the course. [Jones, Thomas W., Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 26–27.]

    Students will need access to a computer with Internet access to participate fully in the course.


    Registration for SLIG 2020 opens July 13, 2019 at 9:00 am MDT. For more information, go here.

    Friday, June 21, 2019

    DNA and the 21st Century Professional

    DNA testing has grown in popularity to the point that the public and many amateur genealogists equate DNA testing to genealogy. As professional genealogists in the 21st century, it is imperative that we be as familiar and comfortable with using DNA test results as we are with using census and vital records. 

    The purpose of this course is to:

    • Familiarize professionals with educational resources; 
    • Provide tools and methodologies to streamline the integration of documents and DNA; 
    • Apply DNA tests results to genealogical research questions; 
    • How to present that information to clients in an understandable format; and 
    • The ethical issues surrounding DNA testing.

    Students should have an excellent working knowledge of the Genealogical Proof Standard and have test results with AncestryDNA and MyHeritage (may be uploaded). Students should also feel comfortable using research logs or journals and preparing written reports. 

    This course will require familiarity of DNA testing types, and the five major vendors that offer genetic ancestry testing.

    Angie Bush, MS will be joined by:

    • Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
    • Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

    to provide a wonderful institute experience to the students.

    For more information, go here.

    The Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy

    Come explore your potential role in the fast-growing field of forensic genealogy with Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG and her instructor team, including:

    • Angie Bush, MS
    • Kelvin L. Meyers
    • Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG

    The instructorsall who are all experienced, practicing forensic genealogists—will introduce students to a broad spectrum of topics. Mornings will be spent exploring business practices, work products and skill development, while afternoons will delve into the types of work in which forensic genealogists engage. Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to establish or strengthen their own forensic genealogy practice.

    This course is intended for those with advanced genealogy research skills who are interested in learning more about the field of forensic genealogy as a career. You will find it helpful to be familiar with Genealogy Standards (Washington, DC: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2014) and Elizabeth Shown Mills, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018).

    For more information, go here.

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Writing and Documenting for Peer Review

    Peer review is an essential element of every academic pursuit, including genealogy. The vetting of articles and other work products ensures that the author or applicant is conforming to standards dictated by that discipline. Within the field of genealogy, our scholarly journals present peer-reviewed written work adhering to best practices and genealogy standards. 

    Peer reviewers/judges for our credentialing bodies—the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Genealogists (ICAPGen)—determine whether our knowledge, our analysis, and final products demonstrate consistent high-quality work. 

    Study groups and writing groups present us with opportunities to act as peer reviewers ourselves. This course will examine the peer-review system from several angles, arming students with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve success.

    Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA along with her instructor team, including:
    • Jill N. Crandell, MA, AG
    • Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG
    • Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL
    • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
    • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
    • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

    will provide expert guidance. Students should be familiar with the standards outlined in Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition, especially those pertaining to writing and documentation, and should also be familiar with the following concepts: indirect and direct evidence; original and derivative records; and authored narratives.

    Students at this level should be familiar with and have the listed books. There are no required textbooks for this course, but students may find it useful to have numbers 1, 2, and 3 on hand during the week.

    Students should bring a laptop or tablet with them or be prepared to use the Family History Library computers for the first and second homework assignments.

    Each student should bring a writing sample to be used in the self-editing homework and the live-editing exercise.

    Students will receive a PDF of an NGSQ article in the month before the course. Read the article three times, analyzing and taking notes regarding the evidence, the logic, the organization, and the writing.

    For more information, go here.

    You Are Invited ... to Speak Publicly!

    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.

    D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS and his team of instructors, including:

    • Angie Bush, MS
    • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
    • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

    will provide an intensive week explores key components of public speaking for genealogists:


    • Business of speaking,
    • Marketing techniques,
    • Development, and
    • Delivery


    Students will also have the opportunity to present two “mini-sessions” to solicit feedback and advice from fellow students and course instructors.

    A variety of speaking opportunities will be discussed, including traditional one-hour sessions, seminars, workshops, webinars, institute courses, public programming, continued education courses, and national and regional conferences.

    This course requires active interaction and participation. Students registering for the course will be asked to prepare two 10-15-minute presentations for interactive sessions during the course. Presentations will relate to topics agreed upon in advance between the student and the course coordinator.

    Sessions include hands-on activities, students should bring a laptop computer with Word, PowerPoint and/or Keynote installed. Optional homework assignments will include work on developing lecture ideas and general presentation preparations.

    For more information, go here.