Saturday, December 20, 2014

Evening Events at SLIG 2015!

Evenings at the 20th Annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy are packed with exciting events. Please consider adding the following to your original registration.

Colloquium Banquet: The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will hold its first annual SLIG Colloquium on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Leaders in our field will come together for a day of discussion on topics such as inter-field integration and DNA. SLIG participants and guests are invited to join us in celebrating this exciting event that evening at the Academic Colloquium Banquet. Banquet tickets are $45; colloquium presenters will present a synopsis of their colloquium presentations.

Plenary session: Our 20th anniversary plenary speaker will be Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG. She will present "What's the Evidence?” on Monday, January 12th at 7:00 PM. The plenary is open to both SLIG students and the public - feel free to bring your travel buddy with you. Please RSVP through the registration system for planning purposes.

Premier Viewing of Genealogy Roadshow: Join hosts of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, Josh Taylor and Mary Tedesco, for a preview of the new season’s first episode. The screening will be held following the plenary session on Monday, January 12th at 8:15 pm and will be followed by an open Q&A with the hosts. There is no charge for this event.

Evening Classes: Your days at SLIG are likely spent pouring over exhaustive amounts of information. Our evening classes are set to enhance your research skills with technology and context. Four classes are available at a cost of $10 each:

Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 PM:
  • "Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context,” John Philip Colletta, PhD. 
  • "Tech No Genealogist Should be Without: Powerful Solutions for Surviving the Data Avalanche," Valerie Elkins. 
Thursday, January 15th at 7:00 PM:
  • "Geo-Genealogy: Finding and Interpreting Where your Ancestors Lived,” presented by Jay Fonkert. 
  • "Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation,” Ron Arons
Mini-Problem Solving Roundtable:
On Wednesday, we are offering a peek into our problem solving course where students bring their own research problem to discuss. Roundtables will be set-up based on a focus area or region and time period, each with a professional on hand to lead the discussion and guide the group in developing next research steps. It's like crowd-sourcing your research problem. Participation is free, but seating is limited, so make sure you sign up. You will be asked to submit your region or focus area and time period immediately following registration and be prepared to discuss your research problem at your roundtable at the event.

Last Genealogist Standing: Craig Scott will offer his fun and popular game show, "Last Genealogist Standing,” on Wednesday evening at 8:30 PM. There is no charge for event and registration is not required.

Completion Banquet: David Rencher, AG, CG, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch will give the keynote address at our 20th anniversary completion banquet to be held Friday, January 16th at 7:00 pm. The banquet is preceded by a networking social (no host cash bar) at 6:00 PM. While students will receive their completion certificates at the end of their class, the banquet provides an opportunity to celebrate the week, confirm new acquaintances, and get a sneak peak at what’s coming for 2016. The Utah Genealogical Association will announce the newest Fellow of UGA (FUGA) and give out several other awards at the banquet. While included with SLIG registration, a ticket is required. Guest tickets are available for $60.

To add Evening Events to your Registration: Go to the SLIG website (, SLIG Registration page. Click on “use this link” (under “Current Registration Info for SLIG 2015) to retrieve your registration with your email address and SLIG confirmation number. You will then be able to add the evening events of your choice to your existing registration. If you have forgotten your confirmation number, you can email the to obtain it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

THIS WEEK ONLY -- Special PMC Discount for SLIG Attendees

As a special benefit to SLIG registrants, APG has extended the Early-Bird deadline for APG’s Professional Management Conference. This week only -- until Friday, 21 November -- you can still receive more than 20% off your PMC registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” PMC 2015 will take place the Thursday and Friday before SLIG (8-9 January 2015) at the downtown Salt Lake City Hilton.

Register now at

Registration for the 2-day conference is open to ALL genealogists. PMC gives you access to unique education, networking, and professional development designed to help professional genealogists -- seasoned business owners as well as those entering the industry -- achieve success. This includes:

  • 15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS taught by experts including Tom Jones, Judy Russell, and Elissa Scalise Powell covering topics such as professional writing foundations, client communication, and setting fees.
  • $139 IN SPONSOR GIFTS. Each PMC attendee receives: An online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value) and a one-year subscription to online data-backup service BackBlaze ($50 value).
  • DISCOUNTED LUNCH on 8 January. A generous donation from sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35! (Seating for this lunch is limited and already more than 85% filled.)
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY ANCESTRY CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • PMC POSTER SESSIONS are an informal, interactive opportunity for professional genealogists from around the world to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas.
  • DOOR PRIZES, NETWORKING OPS, AND MORE! Valuable door prizes tailored to professional’s needs, APG’s annual member meeting, and Friday evening’s APG dessert reception make PMC 2015 an event not to miss!

Register for PMC 2015 at


The focus of PMC is the following classes and workshops covering topics that showcase “Professional-Grade Genealogy”:

  • “You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right,” by Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS (3-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “DNA and Genealogical Proof,” Angie Bush, MS
  • “Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills,” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many ‘Clients,’" by Angela Packer McGhie
  • “Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest,” by James M. Beidler
  • “Genealogy Professionals Needed: Help Adoptees Discover Their Genealogical Roots with DNA,” by CeCe Moore (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues,” by Christina Grover
  • “Finding the Law,” by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • “Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today,” by Anastasia Harman (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)
  • “Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees,” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • “Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener,” by Kimberly T. Powell
  • “Taxes and the Professional Genealogist,” by James M. Beidler
  • “Mind Maps for Genealogy,” by Ron Arons, MBA
  • “Self-Publishing for Genealogists,” by Thomas MacEntee
  • “So You Want to Be a Genealogical Speaker,” by Billie Stone Fogarty

Visit for full lecture details and speaker biographies and to register to attend PMC 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Latest Updates from SLIG and APG's PMC

2015 SLIG Institute

SLIG is happy to announce that there are four seats available in Track 3: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy. If you are interested in attending this course in January, please contact Valerie Hansen, SLIG Registrar at She will facilitate the registration. Act now before they are booked as they won't last long!

Track 3: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy - This course provides genealogists with the knowledge needed to correctly incorporate DNA results into their family history. Beginners will receive foundational knowledge in the basics needed to understand the application of genetics for genealogical research purposes. Those with prior knowledge of DNA will be able fill in holes in understanding and be introduced to tools and techniques with practical, hands-on exercises.

This course will use real-life genetic results and family histories to demonstrate DNA inheritance patterns, how to analyze DNA test results, and how to correlate that analysis with traditional documentary research to arrive at soundly reasoned genealogical conclusions. A discussion of biology will provide baseline information needed to fully understand DNA results used for genealogical purposes without spending time on discussions more useful to biologists than genealogists. Attendees should be able to use their knowledge and current tools to analyze Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), autosomal DNA (atDNA), and X-DNA test results, as appropriate for any given kinship theory, as positive or negative evidence to correlate with the documentary evidence from traditional research.

There are also seats remaining in these three courses:
  • Track 10: Finding Immigrant Origins 
  • Track 2: Research in Original Source Repositories
  • Track 7: Resources and Strategies for U.S. Research Part 1

The course descriptions can be found at:

2015 APG PMC

The early-bird deadline is approaching for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) Professional Management Conference (PMC). Register by Saturday, 15 November 2014, to save nearly 20 percent off of registration. Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register today 

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event
The 2015 PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on providing professional genealogists with opportunities for networking, advanced education, and professional and business development:
  • $139 in attendee gifts (for each registrant) from PMC sponsors: A one-year subscription to BackBlaze, an online data-backup service ($50 value) and an online professional-development course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value).
  • 15 breakout sessions taught by experts including Tom Jones, Judy Russell, and Elissa Scalise Powell covering topics such as DNA, professionals writing, setting fees, and improving client communication.
  • Keynote address by Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan, on Thursday, 8 January, will focus on professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a PMC sponsor.
  • Discounted Lunch with David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, on 8 January. A generous donation from PMC sponsor FamilySearch makes lunch just $10 instead of $35!
  • The annual APG member meeting and the complimentary APG dessert reception.
Register today for PMC 2015 at The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.
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