SLIG Day at the Family History Library

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1:30 - 11:00 pm ICAPGen - SLIG sponsor

Sponsored by ICAPGen and hosted by the Family History
Library (FHL)

ICAPGen-Sponsored Events Family History Library

  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm – Classes & labs
  • 1:30 - 4:00 pm – Consultations (15 minutes each)
  • 2:45 - 3:45 pm – Classes & labs
  • 4:00 - 4:30 pm – FHL tours
  • 4:45 - 5:30 pm – ICAPGen reception with light refreshments

JB’s dinner special: 5:30–7:00 pm. Half sandwich, soup and salad bar, and drink. $10 tax and tip inclusive. Participants can pre-purchase with special events registration for SLIG day at the Family History Library.

Extended Research for SLIG Students and Faculty

  • 8:45 pm – Gather per provided instructions
  • 9:00 pm – FHL closes to the public 
  • 9:00 - 11:00 pm – SLIG Lock-in

ICAPGen Consultations:

  • Attendees should come with a clear focus for the consultation and be prepared with all related documents.
  • Questions should be specific to the time frame, i.e. translation of a document, short review of completed research and suggestions to move forward.
  • Sign-ups will be taken at the FHL on the 2nd Floor of the library and consultations provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

ICAP-Sponsored Events Schedule

1:30 - 2:30pm
Lab Organize Your Research with Google Drive Part 1 Diana Elder
Lab Elements of an Effective ICAPGen Level 1 Project Jana Greenhalgh, Mindy Taylor
Lab Overland Journey: Resources and Stories Susan Skilton
Lab Using the Tools on GEDmatch Julie Stoddard
Class Beginning German Research / Intermediate German Research Fritz Juengling
Class Using US Military Records for Solving Genealogical Problems Julie Merrill
Class Tools and Techniques for Finding Living People Lisa Stokes
2:45 - 3:45pm
Lab Organize Your Research with Google Drive Part 2 Diana Elder
Lab ICAPGen Level 2 & 3 Testing Overview and Tips for Testing Success Mindy Taylor
Lab Online Resources for Finding German Ancestors Baerbel Johnson
Lab Using Spreadsheets to Track Research Lisa Stokes
Class Immigrant Origins: Making the Connection to Your Homeland Suzanne Russo Adams
Class African American Research Methodology Julie Merrill
Class Research Log – Best Practices Susan Skilton

Lab and Class Descriptions

Organize Your Research with Google Drive Part 1 (Lab, 1:30 pm)

Do you work from multiple devices? Laptop, desktop, work computer, home computer, smartphone, iPad? Learn how to utilize the free tools at Google Drive and Google Docs to help you keep your genealogy research organized. In this lab you’ll get started with Google Drive, learn about storing and viewing files in Google Drive, and discover how to sync files to your computer. We’ll discuss how to organize and search your files within Google Drive and how to collaborate with others. You’ll learn how to upload your image files, scanned records, and saved research documents to Google Drive to access them from any device. (NOTE: Requirement for class - a free Google account.)

Elements of an Effective ICPAGen Level 1 Project (Lab, 1:30 pm)

In order to pass the first level of testing for accreditation through ICAPGen, applicants must submit a four-generation research project. This class will give an overview of the required elements of the project including the report, research logs, supporting documents and charts. Emphasis will be placed on how to write an effective research report. Samples will be provided for all of the required elements of a Level 1 client report (objective, background section, evidence analysis, future research suggestions, conclusion, etc.) Attendees will learn how the Level 1 project is rated and how to avoid common mistakes. Time will be reserved for a Question/Answer period.

Overland Journey: Resources and Stories (Lab, 1:30 pm)

Jump in to research of an overland journey ancestor and try out the different record sets which contribute to building that ancestor's profile.

The overland journey is better documented than we might think, with online journals and records of the journey start and finish available for many of the pioneers. We take a good look at some of these resources. The lab will also look at some resources which provide information on the pioneer's life before, during, and after the journey overland from East to West. Students will practice using databases to track and find information on lives for pioneers.

Using the Tools on GEDmatch (Lab, 1:30 pm)

Come learn DNA strategies for solving your research problems using the tools available on GEDmatch. This lab will provide hands-on practice with both their free and their Tier 1 tools ($), such as their comparison searches, chromosome browser, triangulation tool, matrices, and more. To get the most out of this class, it would be beneficial but not required to upload at least one DNA kit to GEDmatch several days before the class and also sign up for at least one month of the Tier 1 tools.

Beginning German Research / Intermediate German Research (Class, 1:30 pm)

This class will introduce basic research of Germany, including record types, resources, and websites.

Using U.S. Military Records to Solve Genealogical Problems (Class, 1:30 pm)

Drafts, Service Records, and Pension files can provide a wealth of genealogical information. How do you find these types of records? How do you know they are for your family members with common names? What can be learned from each type of record? I will answer these questions and more with examples of each type and genealogical problems solved with them.

Tools and Techniques for Finding Living People (Class, 1:30 pm)

Professional genealogists need to find living people when working on projects such as locating heirs in probate cases, identifying family members for military repatriation cases, and reuniting families in adoption cases. Family researchers often want to find living relatives in order to gather information and records, invite collaboration, find DNA donors, or plan family gatherings. Learn about tools and techniques, such as obituary research, people finder websites, and databases important for finding living people.

Organize Your Research with Google Drive Part 2 (Lab, 2:45 pm)

What free tools are available at Google Drive to help keep your genealogy research organized and accessible across all of your devices? Learn how to write reports and transcribe records into Google Docs, create research logs with Google Sheets, add document links to records you have saved within your Google Drive files and share your work with other family members or genealogists. Discover the powerful collaborative tool that is the comment feature which allows you to give and receive feedback from others. Learn how to use Google Slides for presentations or family reunions. Experiment with Google Keep, Google My Maps, and more. Take your research to the next level with Google! (NOTE: Requirement for class - a free Google account.)

ICAPGen Level 2 & 3 Testing Overview and Tips for Testing Success (Lab, 2:45 pm)

Learn about the ICAPGen Level 2 & 3 testing process, including what each test section will cover, available resources to help you prepare, and tips to make your testing experience successful. This class will give an overview of the general topics covered in the Document Interpretation and General Questions sections of the Level 2 test. It will also cover the required elements of the Level 3 test and what to expect from the oral review.

Online Resources for finding German Ancestors (Lab, 2:45 pm)

Learn where to find indexes and images of records from the former German Empire online. Most websites are free. Some subscription websites are included.

Using Spreadsheets to Track Research (Lab, 2:45 pm)

Spreadsheets are used to build tools such as research logs, timelines, census surveys, and research plans to help researchers track their findings. In this hands-on lab, attendees will practice using research tools created in Microsoft Excel.

Immigrant Origins: Making the Connection to Your Homeland (Class, 2:45 pm)

In this session we will talk about a variety of ways to make the connection to your ancestor’s homeland. This can often be one of the most difficult challenges in family history research –learn a variety of ways to make that connection including identifying the immigrant within their family and community, surname distribution, collateral research, DNA and more.

African American Research Methodology (Class, 2:45 pm)

To conduct African American research you need to understand family structures, recording of names, birth dates, birth places and migration patterns. Several case studies will be presented to guide you through the different search methods used to find African American families.

Research Log – Best Practices (Class, 2:45 pm)

Track your research in a research log efficiently and with a purpose. Use time-efficient ways to document your searches and sources, and employ best practices for ease of understanding the succinct entries in the research log for both researcher and reader. We will look at how to set up a research log, and how to make entries in it which will show the source reviewed, purpose of search, and abstracting the results with annotations.

Lab and Class Presenters

Suzanne Russo Adams, AG

Suzanne Russo Adams, AGSuzanne Russo Adams, AG, is an accredited genealogist in Italian research. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS in sociology, a BA in family history/genealogy, and a Master's degree in European History and is using her skills as a Senior Content Strategist at Suzanne has served as a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), and currently as a commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). She was a lead researcher for NBC's U.S. Season 1 of Who Do You Think You Are? and is also the author of Finding Your Italian Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide (Ancestry, 2008).

Diana Elder, AG

Diana Elder, AGDiana Elder, AG, is a professional genealogist and author. She is accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States and is the Presentation Specialist for The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Diana has a Bachelor of Science in education from Brigham Young University and combines her love of teaching and genealogy in several ways. She is the author of the bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and creator of the “Research Like a Pro” study group and e-Course. Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast and share research tips on their website,

Jana Greenhalgh, AG

Jana Greenhalgh, AGJana Greenhalgh, AG, is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in England research. She graduated from BYU in 2003 with a BA degree in Genealogy & Family History. She has been an instructor for BYU-Idaho’s online family history degree program, served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association, and currently serves as the Level 1 Chair for ICAPGen’s Testing Committee. She has presented at various genealogy conferences and has enjoyed being involved with RootsTech as an Ambassador for the past four years. Jana and her husband Brent live in Lehi, Utah with their seven children, and just for fun, they share their family history adventures via social media and online at

Baerbel K. Johnson, AG

Baerbel K. Johnson, AGBaerbel K. Johnson, AG, a native German, is an international research specialist at the Family History Library. Her expertise includes strategic use of diverse online resources to find ancestors.She holds degrees in Family and Local History Studies and Sociology from Brigham Young University, and has more than thirty years of extensive experience in European family history research with emphasis on Germany. She likes to teach and frequently lectures at various conferences. She also specializes in finding German emigrant origins.She has published a number of journal articles, contributed material for several books, and lectured at various conferences. Her personal interest is in “putting flesh on the genealogical skeleton” by placing each individual within a proper social and historical context. Baerbel is a member of NGS, the German Professional Genealogists Association, and the German Society for Computer Genealogy.

Fritz Juengling, AG

Fritz Juengling, AGFritz Juengling received his Doctorate in Germanic Philology from the University of Minnesota. He is an Accredited Genealogist researcher for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden through ICAPGen, and certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library.

Julie Merrill, AG

Julie Merrill, AGJulie Merrill, AG, is accredited in the Mid-South United States. She is currently employed as a Research Manager for Ancestry ProGenealogists and has been the principal researcher for two Episodes of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Having a passion for finding families has driven her almost thirty years of experience. She is a frequent lecturer at national and local genealogical conferences and seminars. Southern States, African American, LDS Pioneer, and Scandinavian Research are her specialties.

Susan Skilton, AG

Susan Skilton, AGAccredited by ICAPGen in Pacific States research, Susan Skilton AGⓇ has developed specializations in California and New York, and often uses DNA results as a component of her research for clients. She works as a Genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists. Susan holds a BA in Mass Communication and German from UC Davis, and an MA (Germanic Studies) and a BEd (German and English, Secondary) from the University of British Columbia. She speaks to groups on topics of California history and genealogy, and has published articles on genealogy, history, and historical societies. The author of a book published by Arcadia on the history of her hometown, Susan volunteers for her local historical society and for her local DAR chapter. Susan loves spending time with family, travel, and hiking.

Julie Stoddard, AG

Julie Stoddard, AGJulie Stoddard, AG, is accredited in the US Mid-South region and has been researching for over 15 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family History-Genealogy from Brigham Young University and is pursuing a master's degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde, with a thesis on autosomal DNA. Julie is the author of the BestSteps Genealogy Blog.

Lisa Stokes, AG

Lisa Stokes, AGLisa Stokes, AG, is accredited through ICAPGen in the US Mid-South. Her paternal roots are from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia and she loves the challenge of southern research. She has worked as the research fellow at Brigham Young University on the DPAA Project (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency), helping the US Army find the family members of our missing heroes from past conflicts. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Brigham Young University and loves to teach classes, lecture, and coach others in overcoming research challenges. At ICAPGen, she is a Study Group Leader and also serves on the Presentation Committee.

Mindy Taylor, AG

Mindy Taylor, AGMindy Taylor, AG, is a professional genealogist, teacher, and presenter. She is accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) in the England region and has a deep love for the history, culture, and arts of England. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Design and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Mindy works as a researcher for Price Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah and serves on the presentation committee for ICAPGen.