2022 Course Proposals



SLIG offers courses taught at intermediate to advanced levels on the following: local, state, regional, ethnic, and international topics; specific record groups, including DNA; methodology, standards, writing, and new technologies. SLIG also seeks in-depth courses on topics of import to genealogy professionals and budding professionals, such as technical writing, business, and project management. 

Courses with hands-on learning opportunities are encouraged. Courses that fill educational needs not addressed elsewhere are generally preferred. Complete details and requirements are provided below and should be reviewed thoroughly prior to submitting an inquiry or proposal. Potential course coordinators are encouraged to seek advice from the director or other mentors to assure a clear understanding of institute goals and expectations.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Inquiries are accepted at any time. Compensation structure will be provided in reply to initial inquiry; a sample proposal is available for review.


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is pleased to accept course proposals for the 2022 Institute, scheduled to be held at the Salt Lake City Center Hilton, 9-16 January 2022, and the Academy of Professionals to follow, 18-21 January 2022.

Proposals for SLIG are encouraged on intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced genealogical and historical studies and topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • North American regions or states 
  • Country, language, or ethnicity-specific research 
  • Specific record types or groups 
  • Skill-building courses such as the application of standards, documentation, or advanced analysis 
  • Related or new technologies, practices, strategies, and methodologies

Proposals for the Academy of Professionals are encouraged on intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced professional development topics:

The director has an expressed interest in courses that will elevate student understanding through hands-on application; however, purely lecture-based courses are also appropriate. Applicants should consider the optimal delivery method for their specific type of course. Of additional interest are unique topics that meet needs not otherwise met through available education.

In keeping with the SLIG philosophy of providing advanced education on a breadth of topics, proposals for "niche" courses that serve a smaller participant base are accepted. All courses, including those highlighting new methods or technologies, must be appropriate for students with intermediate to advanced research skills.

SLIG additionally requests proposals on topics of import to those working in the genealogical professional or supporting roles to the profession, and those with goals to become employed in the profession. Example topics may be seen at the SLIG Academy for Professionals 2020 on this site. 


All courses should focus on building a strong, in-depth, progressional, knowledge base for participants.

Courses should be outlined to cover a minimum of 25 hours of instruction time, including labs and consultations. The SLIG schedule includes 20 classes held in 75- minute increments, four per day, Monday through Friday. Courses with a heavy research or project schedule may meet for a preliminary session on Sunday afternoon, or consider additional after-hours labs. Courses with homework assignments may meet briefly before or after the daily lectures. 


  • Inquiries: You may submit an inquiry, or a draft proposal at any time for feedback. If your inquiry is for a year beyond 2022, please indicate that in your correspondence.
  • October 1, 2020: Course Proposals due
  • November 1 through 15, 2020: Notification of proposal status; contracts offered
  • December 2, 2020: Signed contract, photo for publication, and other forms due
  • December 16, 2020: Artwork and other proofs due
  • January 16, 2021: Courses announced at SLIG 2021

Proposal Structure

All required items should be assembled into ONE document and submitted in PDF format.
Please include the following in your proposal:

Coordinator Information

The role of the coordinator is to plan and prepare an in-depth course on the topic, recommend topic experts as additional instructors, coordinate materials preparation, and communicate with the SLIG director as necessary. One coordinator, highly recognized for their body of work on the proposed topic, is preferred to streamline communication; reasoning should be provided in your proposal if two are required.

  • Name as it should appear on marketing materials, to include post-nominals
  • Postal and e-mail addresses and phone numbers
  • Short bio (for marketing purposes)
  • Long bio or resume/CV for review
  • A small photograph (not intended for publication)

Course Information

  • Full Course Title
  • Short Title for Marketing Purposes (60 characters or less)
  • Overall Course Objectives
  • Description of course objectives and expectations - as will be published for marketing purposes 
  • Level of instruction - Intermediate, Intermediate to Advanced, High Intermediate,
    Advanced . . .
  • Anticipated target audience - Subset of students at the level of instruction (to include any courses students may have already taken or other elements to assist us in identifying persons likely interested in such a course).
    Examples: "Participants have conducted research in libraries, archives, and courthouses" or "Participants have identified their ancestral village of origin and accessed parish registers available online or on microfilm" or "Participants are likely members of ISOGG, DNA-related discussion groups, follow DNA-focused blogs, or manage a DNA Project." 
  • Prerequisites, if any
  • Special Requirements, to include labs, technology support, and student equipment.
  • Support required from outside organizations - i.e., software vendors or local archives - must be identified, but do not need to be pre-arranged.

Detailed Course Schedule

  • 20 classes/labs by title and proposed instructor (email director for sample layout)
  • Clarifying descriptive notes as needed
  • In-class or FHL labs and other activities must be clearly noted

Proposed Instructors

  • Name and short bio for each proposed instructor.
    SLIG has a long-standing tradition of utilizing at least 3 instructors (including the coordinator) in each course to provide a variety of teaching styles and perspectives, as well as to ensure topic experts are utilized. The number of classes taught do not need to be divided evenly. Feel free to email the director with questions before outlining your course.
  • All instructors, whether they have previously taught at SLIG or not, will be individually reviewed and considered for approval.


Please answer the following questions:

  • Why do you feel this course would add value to SLIG?
  • How does this course differ from other courses on similar topics held at SLIG or elsewhere?
  • Has this course been taught before? Please list where and when (all).
  • Will the course be taught elsewhere in the calendar years prior to and following SLIG 2020? If so, where and when? Preference is given to courses not offered in the same format elsewhere within the immediate year prior to or following SLIG. Feel free to email the director with questions concerning this timeline if needed.

Questions and preliminary inquiries may be submitted to the SLIG Director. Proposals should be submitted using the form below. You may be contacted for clarification at any time prior to the final notification of proposal status.

Submission Form