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Course registration opens Saturday July 8

It’s that time of year again, when genealogists from around the country — and the world — suffer while colleague after colleague mentions what wonderful experiences each is having at what The Legal Genealogist calls “summer camp for genealogists.”

When so many people look 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).

Or turn green at the thought of the courses coming up soon at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in its first iteration after the move to the University of Georgia at Athens.

If this describes you, and 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 21-26, 2018. There are some terrific courses being offered — some for the first time — and it’ll be one rare genealogist who can’t find something that’s exactly what’s needed.

And registration for the 2018 courses — some of which are bound to fill up in minutes — opens Saturday, July 8th, 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 Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy. This course offers students an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the rich research resources of the law, with a chance to work with legal records and sources, gain the skills to find and apply the law to solve genealogical problems — and even get a field trip to visit and use the resources of a major university law library. Brent Belnap, Tom Jones, Dave McDonald, George Ryskamp and Rick Sayre are on the team here, and we’d love to see you in class!

And there’s much more to choose from. Just to whet your appetite, here’s the 2018 course list:

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

The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes Region
Coordinators: Cari A. Taplin, CG and Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS

The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State
Coordinator: Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Digging Deeper: Pre-1837 English Research
Coordinator: Paul Milner, MDiv

Utilizing a Full Array of Sources for Researching your Swedish and Finnish Ancestors
Coordinators: Elaine E. Hasleton, AG and Jeff Svare, AG

In-depth Sources for Portuguese Research – Azores, Brazil, Portugal
Coordinator: Michael J. Hall

Exploring Quaker Records – at Home and Abroad
Coordinator: Steven W. Morrison, MPA

Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories
Coordinator: John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA

Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age
Coordinator: Dina C. Carson, MA

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

Advanced Land Tools: Maps
Coordinator: Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA
Coordinator: Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Advanced Evidence Practicum
Coordinator: Angela Packer McGhie, CG

• And, just to repeat, Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy
Coordinator: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

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 $525 ($475 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 Saturday 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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