Monday, January 30, 2012

My Week at SLIG

This was the most amazing week! I got to visit with old friends and made a bunch of new ones. In addition I took several great classes and learned a lot.
Thomas W. Jones Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
In case you didn't know, this week I attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy held January 23 to January 27. SLIG is set up in "Tracks." There are six tracks. You choose a track and all the classes you take, all day long (from 8 in the morning till about 5 each night) are focused on one subject area. I attended Course 9 "Advanced Genealogical Methods" My instructor was Dr. Thomas Jones. Dr. Jones is a highly respected, very knowledgeable and slightly evil man. I say evil because I think he gets a kick out of trying to stump us. We had some very challenging cases to solve. Yes, there was HOMEWORK. He's a wonderful teacher and I had the best time.
Some of the other tracks offered were: Midwest U. S. Research; Swedish Research; Advanced New England Research; Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, and that's just a sampling.

For all of my genealogy pals out there, you should absolutely think about attending SLIG next year. The tracks are geared at all different expertise levels, so even if you are a beginner there is something for you. (For more on what SLIG is all about see: Susan Farrell Bankhead's blog, and Valerie Elkin's blog) Extra bonus, it is held right before a HUGE genealogy conference, RootsTech.

Christy Fillerup - Coordinator Extraordinaire 
That's right I'm still in Salt Lake City. I had five days of SLIG then I get four days of research at the Library to end all genealogical libraries (at least in my opinion) The Family History Library and then RootsTech will start. That's almost three full weeks of solid genealogy (plus eating and socializing with friends.) I'm in heaven.

Good Company at the banquet
The next SLIG will be held January 14-18, 2013. Registration opens on June 2, 2012. Sign up early to get the "early bird special" that's when prices are lower. (Sign up at Next year's tracks have already been announced (they may add some more "extra" classes as well.)  They are:
1) American Research and Records: Focus on Localities with Paula Stuart-Warren
2) Bridging the 1780-1830 Gap: New England to the Midwest (and points in between) with D. Joshua Taylor
3) German Research with F. Warren Bittner
4) A Genealogist's Guide to the Internet Galaxy with Thomas MacEntee
5) Researching in Washington, D. C. Without Leaving Home with Rick Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre
All Smiles
6) Hanging out a Shingle: Genealogy Marketing and Business Practices with Crista Cowan

Hope to see each and every one of you there.


  1. Kim it was so fun to meet you in person at last! I agree, I think Dr. Jones gets a bit too much joy at our stupor, but definitely worth learning from! lol
    See you in a few days!

  2. Hey Kim! I'm so glad you had a good time this year. We haven't gotten the info on next year up on the website but will in the next day or two. We are also offering next year:

    Researcher's Guide to the Internet Galaxy with Thomas MacEntee

    Writing a Quality Family Narrative with John Philip Colletta

    Advanced Genealogical Methods with Thomas W. Jones

    Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell

    Principles of Forensic Genealogy with Boston Univeristy

    Problem Solving with Judi Hansen

    Can't wait to see you all again next year!!

  3. Oh man... there are several that are screaming for me to choose them! I'm barely making it through decisions and choices for 2012 so 2013 isn't even on my radar yet. I suppose that it needs to be! Hopefully I'll make it to SLIG in the next few years. Thanks for sharing!

  4. It was great spending time with you and getting to know you at SLIG and RootsTech!

    Hope the (not so) Evil One is much much better.