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October 7, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter October 18th Webinar
 The UGA Virtual Chapter October 18th meeting will feature Devin Ashby, "10 Easy Tasks at".
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October 7, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA DNA Webinar Oct 16th

Presenter: Eric Wells 
Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018 
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Eric WellsEric Wells takes you on a tour of the very basics of what you need to know in ”DNA testing for Beginners.” He will discuss DNA testing companies, what you can expect to see when you get your results, what kinds of DNA tests are available, and outline places you can look to find more information when you are ready to learn more.

August 10, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA SIG August 21st webinar
Date: 21 August 2018
Title: Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence
Facilitator: Stephanie Saylor
Presenter: Blaine Bettinger
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., has been a genealogist for more than 25 years, and took his first DNA test in 2003. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.
Y-DNA and mtDNA are two DNA tests that could possible clarify your research questions. “Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence” is a straightforward presentation explaining the use of these DNA tests and how you can use them in your genealogical research followed by a question and Answer session with Blaine Bettinger.  Registration is open to UGA members only, to register sign in at or visit for a list of up-coming webinars open to the public.
August 10, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter August 16th webinar
To register for this webinar go to the Virtual Chapter section of
July 21, 2018 By: Peg Ivanyo
SLIG 2019 Schedule at a Glance

We are as excited as you are for January to come because that means a week dedicated to genealogy! What could be better than that?


To whet your appetite for what the week will hold, we are highlighting some of the great events that will be held during the week of January 13th through January 18th. Additional details will be posted in August, along with the opportunity to register and RSVP.





On-Site Registration

Sunday, 13 January 2019, 2:30 - 5:30pm 

Monday, 14 January 2019, 7:00 - 8:20am

Please note the shortened hours on Sunday to accommodate our modified schedule.


Orientation - For All Students this year, new and returning!

Sunday, 13 January 2019, 5:30 pm

All students are encouraged to attend orientation this year. We will provide information to help you make the most of your SLIG experience, introduce instructors and committee members, and kick off the week with a few door prizes.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 13 January 2019, 6:15 - 7:30pm

Light hors-d'oeuvres, time to network with friends and start making new ones. No announcements to interrupt your time to visit (make sure you attend orientation for those), but make sure you stay for the brief entertainment, which will begin about 7:00 pm.


General Session Keynote

Monday, 14 January 2019, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Photo opportunities for large groups will follow


SLIG Central

Open Daily, 9:00am - 6:00pm; closes Friday at 12:45 pm

Mid-morning refreshment break, Maia's Bookstore, UGA information, SLIG swag, BCG portfolios, charging stations, and plenty of room to relax and network.


SLIG Shuttle to the Family History Library (FHL)

Tuesday through Thursday 4:00 - 9:00 pm

Friday, 4:00 - 6:00pm


Miscellaneous Special Events by Invitation

Tuesday and Thursday, 15 and 17 January 2019, evenings

To participate, you must opt-in at the time of registration to receive invitations from third-party hosts.


SLIG Night at the Family History Library

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Sponsored by ICAPGen and hosted by the Family History Library, the evening will include classes, labs, light refreshments, and time to relax and research.


Networking Social

Friday, 18 January 2019, 6:00pm

Photo opportunities, networking, and cash bar


Completion Banquet and Awards

Friday, 18 January 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Banquet ticket included with SLIG tuition; guest tickets available to purchase

The completion celebration banquet will include the annual UGA awards - to include the coveted Silver Tray Award and announcement of the 2019 FUGA (Fellow of UGA), announcements of the themed contest winners/door prizes, a catered meal, and the keynote address. Tickets are required to attend; the cost of the banquet is included with SLIG registration, but RSVP is required; guest tickets are available for an additional fee.


Tech Day

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Back by popular demand! This optional event, which includes classes on workshops of genealogy technology topics, is open to participants of both SLIG and the SLIG Academy and is held on the Saturday separating the two. 


SLIG Expanded

Week of January 21-25, 2019

Ever wanted to stay and research with the guidance of the experts? SLIG Expanded provides the opportunity to obtain consultation or guided assistance; it is available to SLIG participants on the week following SLIG.

July 21, 2018 By: Peg Ivanyo
New Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship

SLIG is honored to have been selected to host the new scholarship fund in honor of this amazing woman!


"In recognition of the professional accomplishments of our friend and colleague, Laura G. Prescott, and her contributions to the area of education in genealogy, a scholarship for tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) has been established," writes Polly FitzGerald, co-coordinator of the efforts to start this new scholarship. The scholarship will be funded through tax-deductible donations to the Utah Genealogical Association.


Laura is known throughout the genealogical community for her passion for genealogical education in the areas of teaching, writing, research, and more. She worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for seven years before starting her own research business, was a lecturer at conferences, seminars, and workshops at all levels, and has written articles on a wide range of genealogical topics for the field’s journals. She served as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and was director of Ancestry Academy, Ancestry’s collection of educational webinars presented by leading genealogical educators.


The Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship will be open to amateur, transitional, and professional genealogists who exhibit a passion for genealogy and appreciate the importance of education in our field. Desirable candidates will be those seeking to maintain high standards in genealogy, while also giving back to the community through volunteerism within the genealogical community (serving on society boards, conference committees, family associations) or through promoting genealogy in the world at large (through pro bono projects in cemeteries, adoption research, unclaimed persons, e.g.). Applicants will be asked to explain their reason for taking a particular SLIG course, and also to list education and experience, both paid and volunteer. 


A committee will evaluate scholarship applications and choose one winner annually to receive full tuition to his or her choice of course at the traditional Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah, or to one of its alternative programs during the year. Details about applying for the scholarship for attendance at SLIG in January 2020 will be forthcoming.


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, facilitated by the Utah Genealogical Association, is a five-day program of instruction and practical exercises featuring in-depth study of specific aspects of genealogical research. It occurs each January in Salt Lake City and the courses are coordinated and taught by leaders in the field. SLIG also offers the SLIG Academy for Professionals onsite in January, and several virtual learning programs.


Those wishing to donate to the Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship may do so in one of these ways:

  • Via PayPal, to with "Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship” on the line labeled, “Add a note.”
July 16, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA Virtual Chapter July Webinar
July 21st, 7:00pm MDT
July 16, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA DNA SIG July Webinar
DNA Special Interest Group Webinar, July 17th, 7:00pm MDT
Come and cruise some chromosome browsers to take a drive to a smoother ride through your genetic genealogy research. Tour multiple chromosome browsers to see how it can expand your horizons. Discover what different results mean. Get hints on how to use this tool in your research by working along with the class through three activities designed to help participants understand how to use different aspects of chromosome browsers in their personal research. We will cover the chromosome browsers offered at 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA, as well as how the GEDmatch chromosome browsers work with all 3 major testing companies.
Stephanie holds a degree in Biology and actively worked in research for several years before completing several genetic-genealogical-related courses, including the Advanced DNA course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Advanced DNA Practicum at the Forensic Genealogy Institute. The presentations and workshops, she gives combine her background with a firm belief in sound research and a love of genealogy. Stephanie Saylor is an active and professional genetic genealogist
Registration is open to UGA members only, to register sign in at or visit for a list of up-coming webinars open to the public.
June 12, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
June 21st Virtual Chapter Meeting
Free and open to the public.  Register at
June 12, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
June 19 DNA SIG - Eric Wells presenting
Meeting type: UGA members only
Registration on
Location: GoToWebinar
Date: 19 June 2018
Title: Discovering John Huber Christopher
Facilitator: Stephanie Saylor
Presenter: Eric Wells
Genetic genealogy can be hard. Sometimes it is important to take a step aback and see how someone else solved their genealogical conundrums using genetics to move forward with our own research. Eric Wells will take you step by step through his research process in his case study “Discovering John Huber Christopher.”
Registration is open to UGA members only, to register sign in at or visit for a list of up-coming webinars open to the public.
May 6, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
May Virtual Chapter Meeting
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  To register:
May 6, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA DNA Special Interest SIG May Webinar
Meeting type: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  To register go to
Registration on
Location: GoToWebinar
Date: 15 May 2018
Title: Understanding DNA for Genealogy
Facilitator: Stephanie Saylor
Presenter: Jim Brewster
DNA testing is becoming an integral tool in the genealogist tool kit, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? “Understanding DNA for Genealogy” discusses three types of DNA testing and how they can help you!
For a list of up-coming webinars open to the public, go to  Register at
April 17, 2018 By: Peg Ivanyo
SLIG Calls for Proposals

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) continues to reach out to advanced, experienced teaching professionals in the genealogical community for new course content, presentation, and publication proposals.
The following Calls for Proposals are now open:

SLIG 2020 Course Proposals: SLIG offers courses on local, state, regional, and international topics taught at an intermediate level or above; specific record types, skills, methodology, and related technologies or strategies are preferred at a high-intermediate to advanced level. Courses with hands-on learning opportunities are encouraged as well as those that fill educational needs not addressed elsewhere. 

The deadline for course proposals is August 1, 2018; inquiries are accepted at any time.

SLIG Tech Day: SLIG will hold its second annual Tech Day on January 19, 2019 – the Saturday that follows SLIG and runs prior to the new SLIG Academy. Proposals are being accepted for half-day workshops and 1.5 hour classes on technology-related topics that enhance genealogical research and documentation. 

Deadline: June 1, 2018.

5th Annual SLIG Colloquium: This invitational event brings together thought leaders of the industry to present and discuss key genealogical topics in an effort to create a greater understanding of the tenets of genealogy. Selected papers will be presented, discussed, and subsequently published in Crossroads magazine. Interested parties may submit an abstract for consideration. 

Deadline: August 1, 2018.

Complete details and submittal forms for each of these opportunities are available at
April 12, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA Virtual Chapter April Webinar
March 13, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA DNA Special Int Group March Meeting
Meeting type: UGA MEMBERS ONLY
Registration on
Location: GoToWebinar
Date: 20th March 2018
Title: DNA Successes in--and Despite of--Endogamy
Facilitator: Stephanie Saylor
Presenter: Lara Diamond
Waiting o n Picture
Lara Diamond will give examples of how genetic genealogy can be difficult when dealing with ancestors who came from populations where all married within that group and how the resulting endogamy can be overcome within a genealogical time frame.
Registration is open to UGA members only, to register sign in at or visit for a list of up-coming webinars open to the public.
March 13, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA Virtual Chapter March 2018 Meeting
March 13, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
South Davis Family History Conference
February 27, 2018 By: Peg Ivanyo
Mark Your Calendars: SLIG Dates

SLIG Virtual
Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

8 October - 17 November 2018

SLIG 2019
High-intermediate to Advanced Education;
15 courses on topics from which to choose

13-18 January 2019

New! SLIG Academy for Professionals
21-25 January 2019

February 9, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA Virtual Chapter February Meeting
February 8, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA Special Interest Group February Mtg

Help! When You Need Somebody

Presenter: Stephanie Saylor
Date and Time: Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Stephanie SaylorDiscover resources that will help you shed your questions and find the power to conquer your genealogical concerns in “Help when you Need Somebody.” Stephanie Saylor enjoys helping others who have an interest in genealogy use biology and genetics gain the confidence needed to further their research goals.

December 31, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA Virtual Chapter January Mtg

What's In Your Attic And What To Do About It

Presenters: Janet Hovorka and Don Carpenter, PhD 
Date and Time: Thursday, 18 January 2018 

Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. This Father and Daughter team wants to do better. What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes? Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan? Where do they put the most important items so that all of the family can find them? How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?

Janet HovorkaJanet Carpenter Hovorka received a BA in History and an MS in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim own Family ChartMasters, the official printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies, and, a new online service that helps family history enthusiasts connect to professionals to get the specific help they need. Janet is also the author of the Zap The Grandma Gap book and workbooks to help people connect with their family by connecting them to their family history. Janet shares her passion for the nutrition family history brings to the soul on her two blogs and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is a past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches library science, business, and genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College.

Don CarpenterDon A. Carpenter has a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Utah and BA and MA degrees from BYU. He retired as Associate Commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education (State Board of Regents) and has also served as Assistant Dean at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Don was president of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, president of the National Association of State Approving Agencies, and president of the Jordan (Utah) School Board. He currently serves as a volunteer collecting histories at the LDS Church History Library.

December 13, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA Special Interest Group: January Mtg

January: Phasing of Autosomal DNA

Presenter: David Pike
Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Registration: This presentation is for UGA members.  Please log in to the UGA website to register.

David PikeEach of our parents gave us half of their autosomal DNA. Our parents are more than just a part of our memories. David Pike, a professor of mathematics current FHSNL (Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) Board Member and Past President, discussed how to phase your DNA and what you can do with it in his presentation “Phasing of Autosomal DNA.”

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October 29, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA Special Interest Group November Mtg

Autosomal DNA As Battering Ram for That Brick WallPresenter: Barbara Rae-Venter 
Date and Time: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 

Barbara Rae-Venter, master genetic genealogist, uncovers the method behind Lisa Jensen’s path to the discovery of her biological parents. Barbara Rae-Venter J.D., PhD. contributes to the genealogical community as a search angel (helping adoptees find their families), and teaches classes for, gives classes for conferences, and administers a DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA to help her solve her own research struggles, yet also finds times to work as a consultant.  This webinar is free and open to the public.

October 29, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
More Evidence, Less Inference

Presenter: Karen Clifford 
Date and Time: Thursday, 16 November 2017 

Karen CliffordThe value of spending extra minutes on existing evidence usually results in saving hours later. Planning, organization, and evaluation are powerful tools in a technological world. Some of the answers to your problems may be in what you have already considered.

Karen Clifford is an Accredited Genealogist® researcher and teacher with three genealogy credentials, Midwestern Region, Southern States Region, and the Mountain West Region. She has been working in family history and teaching classes in college genealogy and computer technology for more than 30 years in California and Utah and presently teaches at Brigham Young University where her husband, Dr. Ray Clifford, is an Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. She has written eight textbooks on genealogy and is President of GRA (Genealogy Research Associates, Inc.), which provides genealogy services for others. She has served as Director of the Monterey, California Family History Center and on Boards of Directors of many organizations, including the Utah Genealogy Association, Federated Genealogical Societies, and The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and has given 100s of family history presentations. More information about her is on her website.

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October 11, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Online Databases for Utah Researchers
An excellent resource for Utah research is the Utah Digital Newspapers database, hosted by the Marriott Library at University of Utah.  This is an easy-to-use website that allows a researcher to browse by county or search the entire database.  Early newspapers included a significant amount of details about the daily lives of settlers in Utah, and should be among the first sources searched for this state.