Saturday, September 10, 2022

Summit of Excellence: Climbing to New Heights in Genealogical Education


The next week the Utah Genealogical Association is proud to host its annual conference, the Summit of Excellence. A multi-track four-day event, the conference will feature speakers in 50 sessions on a wide range of genealogical topics. Building from last year’s celebration of UGA’s 50th anniversary, this year’s conference theme is Climbing to New Heights and focuses on celebrating UGA’s mission to help genealogists reach “new heights” in skills, knowledge, methodology, and professional development through quality educational resources.

In this effort the conference will highlight a “Basecamp” day on Wednesday, September 14th focusing on fundamental skills for all genealogists which is free to attend. This will be followed by three more jam-packed days of genealogy topics ranging from methodology to storytelling, and ethnic research to migration.

Headlining the entire conference, the Summit of Excellence is excited to announce the Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA will be giving a Keynote address, “Climbing to New Heights in Genealogical Education.” A long-time partner in UGA’s many educational endeavors, Angela will highlight building an educational plan as a genealogists and resources available to climb to new heights. Anyone, beginner to advanced researcher, looking to create educational goals and learn to expand their research knowledge will want a front row seat to hear Angela’s address and learn from a member of our community that has dedicated herself to genealogical education. The Keynote will follow “Basecamp Day” on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00 PM MT.

Don’t miss your chance to attend the Keynote, and all the amazing educational experiences to be found at the Summit of Excellence. Registration is open until Monday, September 12th at 11:59 PM MDT. Register now at or find full conference details at


Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA has a passion for teaching genealogy. She is the Education Director of the National Genealogical Society and a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Angela enjoys coordinating courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, as well as teaching at other genealogy conferences and institutes.

Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. She is a past chapter president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and currently serves as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund. She has published articles in UGA’s Crossroads magazine, the APG Quarterly, and the NGS Magazine.