Schedule of Events


Enjoy the Journey!

As we make our way through records, archives, interviews, road-trips, and educational experiences, we oft-times forget to slow down, soak up the view, and enjoy the journey along the way.

Sometimes the path is a bit rocky and difficult to navigate, if not downright elusive. It is rarely straight, but the next find often awaits just around the next bend. There is potential in every turn: the thrill of uncovering the smallest piece of evidence, the joy of discovering a new friend, or the surprise of making a major breakthrough. Each path traveled creates memories to be cherished throughout our genealogical pursuits.

We hope this year's SLIG experience will create wonderful memories as well as enhance your ability to " Enjoy the Journey!"

For more information and to make certain you get tickets to the banquet, to order extra tickets if needed, and to register for other special events, please refer to this FAQ.

On-Site Registration

Sunday, 13 January 2019, 2:30 - 5:30pm
Pick up your name badge, syllabus, tickets, and other materials in the Canyon Room, Hilton on the second floor.

Monday, 14 January 2019, 7:00 - 8:20am
Pick up your name badge, syllabus, tickets, and other materials in the Registration Office, Hilton on the second floor off the foyer.

Orientation - For ALL students this year: new and returning!

Sunday, 13 January 2019, 5:30pm
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. Must be present to win.

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. Food will be appropriately labeled to accommodate dietary restrictions.

General Session

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

General Session Keynote: "We’re All In The Same Boat Now!"
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGLLaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, in keeping with this year’s theme, "Enjoy the Journey," will present We’re All In The Same Boat Now. Her specialty is African American families that came out of slavery. She has a passion for educating all Americans about the lives of these ancestors, and advancing the goal of telling the whole story of our American Mosaic.

LaBrenda earned the Certified Genealogist credential in 2015, was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016, and now serves as the Board’s Treasurer. She is also a Facilitator in Boston University’s online Certificate in Genealogical Research Program, and is currently serving as the mentor to the ProGen 37 Study Group.

Photo opportunities for large groups will follow.

SLIG Central

Open Daily, 9:00am - 6:00pm; closes Friday at 12:45pm
Join us here to enjoy a mid-morning refreshment break, visit Maia's Bookstore, check out UGA information, buy some SLIG swag, peruse the BCG portfolios, use the charging stations, and take advantage of plenty of room to relax and network.

SLIG Shuttle to the Family History Library (FHL)

Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00 - 9:00pm
Friday, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Departs in front of the Hilton; drops and picks up in front of the Family History Library.

We realize that researching at the Family History Library is a key part of your SLIG experience. The FHL is a short 3-block walk, but then Salt Lake City blocks are not very short (each one equals 1/8 mile). Therefore, SLIG runs shuttles daily, Tuesday through Friday, after classes, as well as for all scheduled labs and consultations, until the FHL closes at 9:00 pm. Thanks to MyHeritage for sponsoring the shuttle again this year. For departure times, please see the schedule posted in the hotel lobby, FHL lobby,and in the front of your syllabus.

The shuttle ends Friday at 6:00 pm to avoid conflict with the closing banquet.

SLIG Night at the Family History Library 

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Family History LibraryWednesday, 16 January 2019, 5:15 - 8:30pm
Sponsored by ICAPGen and hosted by the Family History Library, the evening will include classes and labs, light refreshments, and time to relax and research.

Limited seating is available; registration is required and will open on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 9:00am MDT.

Networking Social

Friday, 18 January 2019, 5:30 - 6:45pm
No-host cash bar available

Completion Banquet and Awards

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

Banquet Keynote: "A Most Enjoyable Journey"
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGSIn keeping with this year's theme, Dr. Jones will share with us parts of his genealogical journey - the beginning, the challenges, and the transitions, with humorous moments and insights along the way. Join us to celebrate his successes, soak up his wisdom, and wish him well as he formally retires as coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods course this year.

The completion banquet will include the annual UGA Silver Tray and FUGA awards, door prize announcements, the 2020 course reveal, and the keynote address. Tickets are required to attend and are included with SLIG registration, but RSVP via the registration form is required. Guest tickets are available for an additional fee.

Banquet Menu

Sour Lemon Drop Salmon Filet & Rosemary Mojo Chicken Breast, Creamy Asiago Polenta & Roasted Squash Medley, Mixed Field Green Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese with Dried Cranberries and Citrus Vinaigrette, and Bear Lake Raspberry Cheesecake. This menu is nut free.

Dietary options:

  • Diabetic: Regular menu with dessert substitution (Fresh Mixed Berry Cup)
  • Gluten Free: Regular menu with dessert substitution (Fresh Mixed Berry Cup)
  • Vegetarian: Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Eggplant Coconut Curry over Roasted Heirloom Potatoes, Bear Lake Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Vegan: Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Eggplant Coconut Curry over Roasted Heirloom Potatoes, Bear Lake Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Lactose Free: Regular menu with salad, side, and dessert substitutions (Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Roasted Potatoes, and Fresh Mixed Berry Cup).


Tech Day

Saturday, 19 January 2019
SLIG Tech DayPlease review the workshop and class descriptions and schedule at a glance to avoid registration overlap. If you are registered for Tech Day, please proceed to your assigned classroom to obtain Tech Day materials.

  • Workshops 8:30am - noon, 1:30 - 5:00pm
  • Classes 8:30 - 10:00am, 10:30 - noon; 1:30 - 3:00pm, and 3:30 - 5:00pm

You can view detailed information regarding Tech Day, which includes class descriptions, and a complete schedule.

SLIG Extended

Week of January 19-24, 2019
An optional event with separate registration which provides the opportunity to obtain research or DNA consultation with guided assistance. The Guided Assistance Course will begin at
7:00 pm on Saturday evening, January 19th, and meet daily thereafter. DNA consultations will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, January 21-22 only. See full details here.

Optional Tours and Activities

Sunday, 20 January 2019
See Salt Lake City sights, view the world's longest running broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Music and the Spoken Word, or take in the Rocky Mountains and Olympic venues. Two optional tours are available; see details here. Information about other sightseeing opportunities over the weekend between SLIG and the Academy may be found here.