Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Mull and Ponder" with J. Mark Lowe!

SLIG's own course coordinator and instructor, J. Mark Lowe, will be presenting at the following events for the remainder of 2015:

October 10, 2015
Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia
Midlothian, Virginia

October 31 – November 1, 2015
Texas State Genealogical society Conference
Austin, Texas

November 6-7, 2015
Sevier County Tennessee Public Library – Genealogy Conference Sevierville, Tennessee

November 14, 2015
West Florida Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Pensacola, Florida

December 12, 2015
McCracken County Kentucky Genealogy Seminar
Paducah, Kentucky

Mark is the coordinator for the course entitled "Swing Across the South," which will be held at SLIG in 2016. While this course is sold out for 2016, it is an essential course for those conducting Southern research.

Southern research requires a careful understanding of how records were created, and how they have been maintained since their creation. Consideration of lost or missing records is included. The approach is interactive, with more time spent looking at records. Each day will start with a developed plan, leading to wise record choices, continuing with the analysis of information, followed with properly cited discoveries, ending with a review of evidence and a summary of what was learned, while leaving a next step for tomorrow. Additionally, the course covers basic records from Alabama, George, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and even Tennessee.

There are sti
ll eight courses left that have seats remaining for the 2016 institute. For more information, go to

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Judy Russell's Whirlwind Schedule

SLIG's own course coordinator and instructor, Judy Russell, will be presenting at the following events for the remainder of 2015:

October 7th
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"An Evening with Judy Russell"

October 9th
Church History Museum Auditorium, Salt Lake City, Utah
“After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA,”

Octobr 17th
Louisville Genealogical Society, Louisville, Kentucky
Family History Seminar and Book Fair

October 24th
Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana
Genealogy and Local History Fair

October 30th & 31st
North Hills Genealogy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fall Conference

November 7th
Fairfax Genealogical Society, Dunn Loring, Virginia
12th Annual Fall Fair

November 14, 2015
Hudson County Genealogical Society, Secaucus Public Library
"Genealogy and DNA"

December 5th
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, David Library of the American Revolution
"Autosomal DNA Testing"

Judy is the coordinator for the course entitled "Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy," which will be held at SLIG in 2016. While this course is sold out for 2016, it should be on everyone's list to take to improve their knowledge and skills as a genealogist.

Judy's course offers students an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the rich research resources of the law, including those generally available only at law libraries. Students will work with legal records and sources, gaining a better grasp of legal history and its implications for research as well as the skills to find and apply the law to solve genealogical problems. Individual sessions will focus on specific legal disciplines (criminal, civil, naturalization and the like) and students will have the opportunity to visit and use the resources of a major university law library.

There are still eight courses left that have seats remaining for the 2016 institute. For more information, go to

Friday, October 2, 2015

Angela McGhie's Upcoming Presentations

Angela Packer McGhie has focused her career in genealogy education. She is a course coordinator at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She has been an instructor at the National Institute for Genealogy Research in Washington, D.C., and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program from 2008-2014 and is now on the board of directors.

Her upcoming presentations for the remainder of 2015 are:

October 8th
New Jersey Chapter of APG
"Writing a Business Plan"

November 4th
Prince Georges County (Maryland) Genealogical Society
"Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors"

Angela is the coordinator for the Advanced Evidence Practicum, which will be held at SLIG in 2016. The course provides hands-on experience and is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to challenge themselves and put their research skills into practice. Participants work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give students experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions. Participants will practice using indirect evidence, broadening research to include the FAN club, resolving conflicts, and organizing evidence into a written summary. The research problems are varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them.

Participants will work individually on the each of the cases and then gather to discuss their progress with fellow classmates and the instructor. They will compare sources, strategies and methodologies, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author. This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.

The 2016 cases will be presented by:

  • Nancy A. Peters, CG
  • Paul Graham, AG, CG
  • Michael Hait, CG
  • Cathy Becker Desmarias, CG
  • Angela Packer McGhie
For more information, go to There are only a few seats remaining, so register today!

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