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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
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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.”
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May 6, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
May Virtual Chapter Meeting
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May 6, 2018 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA DNA Special Interest SIG May Webinar
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
October 10, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter: 19 October 2017

Make Your Own Family Map Using Google's My Maps

Presenter: Francie Kennedy 
Date and Time: Thursday, 19 October 2017 

Put your ancestors on the map and share it with your family! Using the straightforward tools provided free in Google’s My Maps, Francie will demonstrate how to create and edit maps showing places your family lived, migration routes, and different generations, adding notes, photos, and icons depicting their unique history. Annotated mapping can be an inspiring interactive tool to share with young people in family history. Even at a distance, collaborators can create maps and view the shared information. These mapping tools are also useful for planning a research trip to another state such as mapping out archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries to visit makes route planning simpler. Including relevant phone numbers, web sites and opening hours all in one place organized geographically is genius. On a trip, use the map like a journal, and record what you discover each day, add photos, and allow those at home to follow along virtually on your trip. We will focus on family maps in this guided tour of Google’s My Maps, and introduce many useful ideas for your own maps. Inspired with ideas for unique maps you can share with family members and can continue to add to in the future, you may wish to review this webinar and follow along step-by-step. All you need is a free Google account to use the online tools.

Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory, and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories. She often stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes, and integrating these resources in new ways. Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new understanding of the world we live in and a sense of our own place within the world. Francie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and speaks to genealogical societies on a variety of topics ranging from Google to geography. Past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS), Francie attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and is a fourth generation native Californian. More information about her is on her Association of Professional Genealogists web page and her blog.

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October 10, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA SIG: 17 October 2017

October's DNA SIG webinar is titled, “The tools at AncestryDNA and how they can be used to solve a genealogical question.”

Presenter: Angie Bollard
Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA.

Dig into a family line you don't know much about, destroy your brick walls, and make your genealogy soar into your ancestors with “The tools at AncestryDNA and how they can be used to solve a genealogical question.” Angie Bollard is an Ancestry Progenealogist who will lead us on a quest for mastery at Ancestry, for genetic genealogist.

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October 10, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Eastern Idaho FH Conference 14 Oct

UGA is pleased to support the Eastern Idaho Family History Conference "Finding Connections in Your Family Tree".  The conference will be held 14 October 2017 9-5, at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Walk-in registrations will be accepted beginning at 7:00 am, Saturday, October 14

  • 35 individual classes in 5 sessions
  • Vendor booths and presentations
  • Give aways and door prizes
  • Digital syllabus access with optional printed syllabus
  • Optional box lunches available

View the Detailed Session Schedule

Go to the Official Conference Website and Blog

Registration Information

Included in Registration

  • Full day of sessions
  • Electronic Syllabus (PDF)

Register for the 2017 Eastern Idaho Family History Conference


September 7, 2017 By: Peg Ivanyo
FamilyRoots Expo: Sept 15-16, St. George
Have a weekend to learn from amazing instructors, visit a large trade floor, and enjoy some great entertainment?  Join us at the FamilyRoots Expo in St. George Sept 15-16. Stop by booth 106 to say 'hi'.
September 4, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA SIG Meeting September 19th
Register today for our September DNA Special Interest Group meeting, featuring Stephanie Saylor.  She will present "Help!  When you Need Somebody."  This presentation covers where to find help aids, and people to assist you with your genetic genealogy.  
Registration is free and open to the public.
September 4, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter Mtg. Sept 21st
Our September 21st Virtual Chapter Meeting will feature Michael L. Strauss, AG, presenting "Researching Your WWI Ancestor".  Live Virtual Chapter meetings are free to the public.  Archived presentations are available to UGA members.
Pre-register to assure a spot at our webinar.  It will begin at 7:00 MDT September 21, 2017.
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August 29, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Eastern Idaho Family History Conference
Join us in Idaho Falls October 14th for the Eastern Idaho Family History Conference.  Register online through midnight September 30th, or at the conference beginning 7:00 am on October 14th.  The registration fee of $15 includes a digital syllabus, but a printed syllabus is available for purchase.  
  • 35 individual classes in 5 sessions
  • Vendor booths
  • Giveaways and door prizes
  • Optional box lunches available
View a detailed class schedule here.

August 5, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Call for Publications
Share your experience with genetic genealogy and how it has expanded your genealogical research by submitting an article on your experience, a ‘how to’ on how you solved you seeming genetic glitch, or a hint from your future self to help a younger you further their research. Do not be shy, we have people here willing to help you share what you have learned.

To submit an article on genetic genealogy for publication on our Facebook page, UGA Blog, UGA Newsletter, or in the Crossroads UGA’s quarterly publication please email Stephanie Saylor ( so that we can edit and assist you in sharing your knowledge with the DNA Special Interest Group.