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A wonderful week at SLIG

Today is the final day of the weeklong 2014 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and The Legal Genealogist has only one thing to say about it.

So… once again…

2014SLIGThe term of the day:


As in “feeling or showing thanks : feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act.”1

That’s the word I suspect would roll off the tongues of everyone who attended or taught (or did both!) at this amazing Institute, where genealogists gather to learn more about the ins and outs of the records and research methods and more that make us better at what we do.

For myself, let me offer my particular gratitude to:

Christy Davies Fillerup, SLIG director, and her amazing staff, for smoothing the rough edges, making sure that everything began and ended on time, that the equipment worked and that nothing distracted us from the learning and teaching experience. And for letting me have such fun the first night as the plenary speaker presenting “Who in the World Was Paul Knop?”

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Apryl Cox, AG, coordinators of the Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both? course, for allowing me to present “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.”

Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS, coordinator of the Researching New York: Resources and Strategies course, for allowing me to present “Justice in the Empire State: Legal Records in New York.”

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FAGS, coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical Methods course, for allowing me to present “Bringing Law to Bear on Complex Genealogical Problems.”

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, coordinators of the Advanced Research Tools: Land Records ? course, for allowing me to present “Buying the Farm… or Selling, Mortgaging, Inheriting It (and more).”

• And most especially, all the students attending SLIG who listened so attentively to me and to all the coordinators, instructors, and lecturers, who asked such wonderful questions that stretched us all to our limits, and whose own knowledge and enthusiasm and skill helped us educate ourselves.

It has been a fabulous week. So the term of the day can’t be anything but grateful.


  1. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary ( : accessed 17 Jan 2014), “gratitude.”
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