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Get in early to guarantee choice

Have you been suffering in silence this summer as genealogist after genealogist posted about their wonderful experiences at what The Legal Genealogist calls “summer camp for genealogists”?

Wishing you’d been there at the last Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, before its move next year to the University of Georgia at Athens?

Looking with envy at those who were at LaRoche College for the June courses and will be there soon for the July courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)?

If you’ve been missing out because your summers are too busy with other things to think about taking a week for genealogy summer camp, then maybe a genealogy winter camp is just what the doctor ordered.


Think about attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, January 22-27, 2017. The course line-up for 2017 is amazing, and it’ll be one rare genealogist who can’t find something that’s exactly what’s needed.

And registration for the 2017 courses — some of which are bound to fill up in minutes — opens tomorrow, Saturday, July 9th, at 9 a.m. Mountain time.

You can find a detailed description of all of the SLIG courses online at the Utah Genealogical Association website where the registration link will magically appear on Saturday morning.

It won’t surprise you to know that one I personally recommend is called The Family History Law Library. Rick Sayre and I coordinate this course and we cover the basic legal concepts and legal research approaches for genealogists with a special emphasis on the resources available just down the street at the Family History Library. Warren Bittner and David Rencher join in, with their expertise on German and Irish law, so we cover the waterfront: common law and civil law. We’d love to see you in class!

And there’s much more to choose from. Just to whet your appetite, here’s the 2017 course list:

Taking Your Research to the Next Level
Coordinator: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy
Coordinator: Cyndi Ingle

Diving Deeper into New England
Coordinator: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War
Coordinator: Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS

Utilizing a Full Array of Sources for Researching your Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic Ancestors
Coordinator: Elaine E. Hasleton, AG and Jeff Svare, AG

Adding Social History to Your Genealogy
Coordinator: Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

Settlers in the New World and Immigrants to a New Nation: Researching Ancestors from Overseas
Coordinator: John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA

Researching in Washington, D.C., Without Leaving Home
Coordinator: Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Advanced Genealogical Methods
Coordinator: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

You be the Judge: A Practicum Using Standards to Evaluate Genealogical Work
Coordinator: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

DNA Boot Camp: Practical Application
Coordinator: CeCe Moore

The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit
Coordinator: Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG and Amber Goodpaster Tauscher

Advanced Evidence Practicum
Coordinator: Angela Packer McGhie, CG

• And, just to repeat, The Family History Law Library
Coordinators: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Some of these courses will fill in a matter of moments. So you want to be ready to go at 9 a.m. Mountain time (11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central, 8 a.m. Pacific) to be sure you’ll get just the course you want.

Registration is $495 ($445 for members of the Utah Genealogical Association and, yes, you can join and get the member discount but if you don’t have your member login access by tomorrow morning, don’t pay by PayPal! Either pay by check or email the UGA administrative assistant ( for an invoice!). Room reservations at the Salt Lake Hilton should be handled through the UGA website to get a group discount.

See you in Salt Lake City!

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