SLIG Fall Virtual Courses 2021

Course Details and Tuition: We expect these details to be posted by mid-May, along with a handful of other updates.

Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA

Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGAThis hands-on experience is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to challenge themselves and put their research skills into practice. Participants work on five complex genealogical research problems — a new one each week. The objective is to give students experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions.

Participants will practice using indirect evidence, broadening research to include the FAN club, resolving conflicts, DNA, and organizing evidence into a written summary. The research problems are varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them. Participants will work individually on the each of the cases and then gather to discuss their progress with fellow classmates and the instructor. They will compare sources, strategies and methodologies, discuss difficulties encountered, and receive guidance from the case study author.

This course is designed for advanced genealogists who have sufficient experience and education to work on complex genealogical problems.


Thursdays, October 14–November 18, 2021
Session 1: 9:00–11:00 am MDT
Session 2: 12:00 noon–2:00 pm MDT

Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources

Kelly Summers, MS, AG

Kelly Summers, MS, AGLearn about the records, tools and resources needed to discover Chinese ancestry. Identify records that may contain the original Chinese family name character and the location in China where the Chinese ancestral family originated. Locate and examine Chinese Clan Genealogies (Jiapu) and practice extracting important genealogical information. Gather and organize resources to use when helping others with Chinese genealogical research.


Wednesdays, September 8–November 17, 2021
5:00–8:15 pm MDT

Intermediate Foundations

Annette Burke Lytle

Annette Burke LytleTo read announcement about new coordinator, see blog post

Students who select this course already have some experience in genealogy, either self-taught or from a beginner’s course. They’re looking to enhance their research skills from home around their busy schedule but still receive an in-depth, institute-intense course, and build on their existing knowledge and experience. The course will expand their ability to find and analyze intermediate record types such as local and federal land, military, immigration, and naturalization, and find the underlying laws. They’ll also learn how to conduct research using best practices and following genealogical standards.

Homework will allow students to practice new skills and to work in original records. Understanding will be enhanced by a homework review session in the week that follows, instructor presence in a closed Facebook group the week following their class session, and a homework key.



Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the Former Russian Empire and USSR

Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG

Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG Students in Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the former Russian Empire and USSR will develop an understanding of the records, and research methods for tracing families in this region, and learn skills in searching, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from Russian records. The course includes instruction and practice in the Russian alphabet and handwriting, progressing to guided analysis of various source documents. Students will also learn about the historical and geographical context of the region, methods for tracing immigrant origins, and how to navigate to relevant records. This course is for those researching their own family history or who have clients or library patrons with heritage from lands that were part of the former Russian Empire or USSR. It is also for those who are interested in broadening their research knowledge for potential future research in this area. The emphasis will be on European areas of the former empire/union and on Christian and Jewish families.


Wednesdays, September 15–November 17, 2021
11:00 am–2:00 pm MDT

Proving Your Pedigree with DNA

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGThis new course is still under development. Description coming soon!


To be announced

Researching New York: Resources and Strategies

Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Karen Maurer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA Research in New York is complicated by its urban-rural extremes and its 400-year, multi-ethnic history. This course tackles those complexities, arming the researcher with the knowledge needed for success in this difficult state.

We will cover New York’s history as it impacts the research process, and examine in detail the records that have been created and preserved. Broad topics include immigration/migration, laws and the legal system, military records, ethnic groups, vital records, land and property, urban research, turnpikes/canals/railroads, local government/institutional records, probate, newspapers, directories, censuses, and more.


Tuesdays, September 14–November 16, 2021
11:00 am–2:15 pm MDT

Week-long courses only for those on SLIG wait lists

Advanced Research Tools: Land Records

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGALand genealogy is as important as people genealogy for overcoming family history research barriers. This course explores land distribution in the current United States by colonial powers, private land claims, federal land records at both the National Archives and the General Land Office, and local-level county or town deeds. Students will learn about the Public Land Survey System and the metes and bound system. Course content illustrates the use of land records to prove kinship. Use of software and Internet resources for finding land records, mapping, and deed platting is demonstrated and practiced in hands-on labs or classroom exercises.


Monday through Friday, September 27–October 1, 2021
Invitations will be sent to those on the SLIG 2021 waitlist in the order listed.

Advanced Techniques for Mastering Online Searches and Uncovering Digital Records

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Explore the world of digitized records and repositories. This course specifically teaches advanced search skills for subscription family history websites while also focusing on unindexed digitized materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other repositories across the United States. A series of hands-on workshops/labs provide students with guided experiences using online tools discussed during class sessions.


Monday through Friday, October 4–8, 2021
Invitations will be sent to those on the SLIG 2021 waitlist for 2A or 2B in the order listed.

The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Between 80,000 and 110,000 German-speaking immigrants arrived in the American colonies before the onset of the Revolution, with the port of Philadelphia being the favored port of disembarkation. "Pennsylvanians of German ancestry accounted for 50 to 60 percent of Pennsylvania's population in 1760 and 33 percent in 1790."1 These men and women became the illustrious "Pennsylvania Dutch" ancestors of many genealogists today.

This course focuses on the push and pull factors that brought these immigrants to America, what their lives were like, and how a deeper understanding of the social history of this immigrant group can make for a better researcher. Unique record groups specific to this ethnic migration will also be discussed.

The Pennsylvania Germans were Germans first and Pennsylvanians second, so understanding the wealth of information available in Pennsylvania records and repositories comprises a great deal of class time. ALL researchers with Pennsylvania roots prior to 1850 will benefit from the wealth of information gleaned in classes devoted to land records, church records, military record, courthouse records, and more.

1Farley Grubb, “German Immigration to Pennsylvania, 1709 to 1820,” The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XX:3 (Winter 1990), 417-436 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).


Monday through Friday, October 25–29, 2021
Invitations will be sent to those on the SLIG 2021 waitlist in the order listed.