UGA: Early-Bird deadline for SLIG registration

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 29, 2011

Summer is ending, and with the advent of fall we are drawing that much closer to the early-bird deadline for registration to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). It’s only a month away! If you register for SLIG after October 30, 2011 you will pay an increase of $50 ($400 for UGA members and $450 for non-members). The current registration cost is only $350 for UGA members and $400 for non-members. To register visit

Often genealogists are self-taught and gain most of our knowledge from books like Professional Genealogy and The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. But there are always gaps in any self-taught knowledge base. The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is designed to help fill in those gaps. Whether you are taking Paula Stuart-Warren’s American Records course to cement your basic and intermediate knowledge, or one of our more specialized courses—Advanced Land Records or Original Source Repositories for example—to take your research to the next level.

Sometimes our research  takes us to new countries and may even introduce us to records in new languages. At these times a knowledgeable guide can shave years off your learning curve. This year we are immersing students in four highly specialized areas: Welsh Research, Swedish Research, Midwestern Research, and Genealogical Librarianship. You may not think those last two require specialized knowledge, but have you ever tried to research in the Ohio Military Districts? Kory Meyerink sure has and he can guide you past the land mines. Drew Smith will help genealogical librarians learn how to best aid their patrons in their research adventures.

We are also offering a first-rate technology course with expert George G. Morgan. More and more we are seeing the genealogical arean transformed by technology--blogs, relational database software, online record collections, etc.--and it can be difficult to keep up. George G. Morgan will guide students past the pitfalls to a successful tech.

It’s especially important to register now if you want to take the Problem Solving course. The project submission is also due by October 30, 2011 and no registrations will be taken after that point (unless special permission is granted from the coordinator).

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held January 23, 2012–January 27, 2012 with a welcome social the evening of January 22, 2012. The Plenary Session will be presented Monday, January 23, 2012, at 7:00 PM by Thomas W. Jones. The topic is "The Genealogical Proof Standard: What It Is and What It Is Not" and is free to the public. A banquet will be held to honor graduates on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Awards will be presented at the banquet, including the prestigious Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA); Lou Szoucs will present the banquet program, subject TBD.

We will again be offering evening sessions. These sessions are open to both registrants and the public for $10/each. For a full schedule visit our website. Due to their smashing success in 2011 we will again offer vendor lunches Monday through Thursday. A standard lunch hour will facilitate these lunches and ensure students are able to attend without disrupting their regular class schedule. The vendor lunch schedule is available online and tickets can be purchased through the SLIG registration process.

We highly recommend staying at the conference hotel, the downtown Salt Lake City Radisson. The rate is $85/night for single or double occupancy; The UGA rate is available from January 19, 2012–January 30, 2012. RootsTech begins February 2, 2012 and also has a dedicated rate at the Radisson as well. If you are staying through both conferences please send an email to with the subject line SLIG/RootsTech Hotel and the dates you are staying to ensure your hotel reservations are processed correctly. Book your SLIG reservation at

About the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has been providing top-notch genealogical education for fifteen years. The courses are primarily focused at the advanced level, with Course 1: American Research and Records Parts 1 and 2 with Paula Stuart-Warren, providing a good intermediate foundation. SLIG is structured in "tracks". Each track equates to either a locality or a methodological subject. Each track provides at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction. Students choose one track for the week and leave with a deeper understanding of their chosen topic than a traditional conference can impart. SLIG is dedicated to providing a forum for the best genealogical educators in the field to present their knowledge to avid family historians.

About the Utah Genealogical Association
The Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) is an enthusiastic community of researchers who desire to improve their research skills and more effectively utilize genealogical resources within Utah. UGA provides genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on state and national family history topics, while promoting high standards and ethical practices.

UGA was formally organized September 25, 1971, and chartered December 1, 1971, by the State of Utah as a nonprofit educational organization. UGA is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.To learn more visit  Also follow us on /ugagenealogy and Twitter: @ugagenealogy

The South Davis Chapter’s next meeting will be on May 25th at 7:00 in the same location, which is 790 South 100 East, Bountiful. The public is invited to join us in hearing our speaker: well-known Genealogist and presenter Devin Ashby. He will be speaking on The Google Genealogist

All those with an interest in genealogy are invited to participate in the new South Davis Chapter as well as become a member of UGA.  Benefits of being a member of UGA will enable you to receive access to:
Virtual Chapter Meetings: These are online instructional meetings held the third Thursday of each month.
Educational Projects supported and organized by Barry Ewell, with three levels of expertise: Gold, Silver and Bronze
First Families of Utah: Recognizing and documenting prominent early Utah families
Utah Indexing Projects including,:  Births, Marriages, Death, and Burial Records
Access to Rare Utah Marriage records from 1851-1884
UGA Conference Planner: Guides UGA members through directing a conference, seminar, or fair
Speakers Bureau: A list of presenters reviewed and approved through UGA for classes and meetings with contact information
Crossroads Magazine: UGA's Quarterly magazine with articles on Genealogy and related subjects
Discounts for Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Discounts for Chapter Activities and Events
Discounts for the Semi-Annual UGA Family History Conferences
Pre-registration for most events