SLIG 2022 Courses

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

Records & Resources

Operation Jumpstart: Beyond the Basics of Military Research

Michael L. Strauss, AG

Michael L. Strauss, AGThis course is intended to take students to the next level by digging deeper in the Compiled Military Service Records, Pensions, Private and Public Military Acts and Laws, Dog Tags, Federal and State Bounty Land among other topics. This will be done by both conventional lecturing and the using critical thinking exercises.

Advanced Land Tools: Maps

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGAMaps are a useful, essential tool to conduct effective genealogical research. Applications include locating and visualizing ancestors in time and place, locating boundaries, discovering and following family groups, identifying migration routes, and organizing and correlating information to discover relationships. The class sessions will expose students to a wide range of maps, repositories, and genealogical strategies. Students will gain an understanding of land division systems in America and learn the basics of landing platting and its application to genealogical research. Students are shown a variety of finding aids to locate unfamiliar place names, to identify and search for maps online and in archives useful in their genealogical research, and how to evaluate a map for its application in solving a genealogical research problem.

Through visits to map repositories and hands on exercises students will experience the variety of maps and map-related products available to the genealogist such as cadastral, topographic, fire insurance, military maps, gazetteers of various kinds, and atlases. Several computer labs will provide the opportunity to discover online resources and the advances in technology such as historic geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn how to create their own maps using Google tools to support new avenues of research and create personal and professional satisfaction.

On Beyond Zed: Hands-on with Advanced Legal Analysis

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGLThis new course is still under development. Description coming soon!

Regional & Ethnic Resources

Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia (Austrian Empire) and the Russian Empire

Emily H. Garber, MA

Emily H. Garber, MAJewish genealogy is different. Throughout much of European history people of the Jewish faith have been on the margins culturally and strictly regulated economically and socially. They maintained their own languages, educational and internal governmental structures, and cemeteries. Jewish communities developed their own customs despite living within the greater non-Jewish community.

The Austrian and Russian Empires were two of the three major powers who between 1772 and 1795 partitioned the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. With the Commonwealth’s division, the empires took possession of lands that included a large percentage of the eastern European Jewish community. This course will provide a foundation for family history research of Jewish people who lived in the Kingdom or Crownland of Galicia and Lodomeria (commonly known as Galicia or Austrian Poland) and the Pale of Settlement (established by the Russian Empire to contain their newly acquired Jewish population). Today, these areas include Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine. This diverse area includes numerous languages and cultures including: German, Ukrainian, Yiddish, Polish, and Russian.

In most European societies records for Jewish people were kept separately from those of other religionists. Laws and policies restricting Jewish people affected what we may or may not find today both in terms of records and their content. Understanding the context of past Jewish life is basic to developing one’s family history and critical for locating and understanding records (including genetic genealogy test results) that may hold information about Jewish forbearers.

Advanced New England Research: From the Colonial Period to the Early 1900s

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLSBeginning with the colonial period and moving to the 1900s, this course offers an in-depth look at New England research, specifically focusing on advanced methodologies and underused sources. Individual sessions will provide a deeper historical and social context for those tracing New England families, providing specific resources for each Connective, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Advanced Southern Research and Sources

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGAThis course will address more advanced methods in Southern research and look at lesser-known records and resources that can aid in tracing Southern families. Accessing manuscript collections, understanding transportation routes and records, searching occupational records, and locating court and estate records (and the laws the underpin them) will be the major concepts covered. Methods for compiling and documenting Southern families will also be discussed. Problem-solving activities throughout the week will be used to cement these methodologies.

International Research & Languages

Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Michael D. Lacopo, DVMGerman immigrants have long been a part of the immigrant story of America beginning with the thirteen families that settled Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1683, and continuing with the five million German speakers that flooded our shores in the century before World War I. Most Americans can claim German ancestry but are hesitant to make that leap across the Atlantic. Learn from several knowledgeable speakers on both sides of the ocean how to navigate German genealogy. From history and geography to record groups and archives, you will leave this course abundantly equipped to break down your German genealogical brick walls. Fluency in German is not necessary to take this course.


Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

Paul Woodbury, MEd

Paul Woodbury, MEdIn this hands-on course, students will master the basics of genetic genealogy research through hands-on application in a variety of investigative contexts. They will create testing plans incorporating such elements as which individuals to test, the types of tests to take and the companies to be used. They will also evaluate chances of success and needs for additional testing for a research objective given a set of test results, develop research plans given a set of DNA test results, and learn to abide by genetic genealogy ethics and standards. Participants will practice basic interpretation of Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, X-DNA and autosomal DNA evidence within the context of traditional document research and evaluation of Y-DNA and mtDNA.

DNA Dreamers in Action: Writing Proof Arguments

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGThis course’s objective is for students to craft a genealogical proof argument demonstrating that a conclusion about a genetic relationship meets the Genealogical Proof Standard. Genealogical proof arguments are complex source-cited narratives that explain the evidence and reasoning that support a conclusion. When the conclusion addresses a genetic relationship, the proof argument discusses and integrates DNA evidence with evidence from documentary research. A convincing proof argument details the evidence in a meaningful and organized sequence. Proof arguments incorporating DNA evidence include reader-friendly tables and figures showing how numerical DNA data do—or do not—help support hypotheses about genetic relationships.

This hands-on course is designed for those students who have completed research about a biological relationship and now wish to “write it up” into a polished complex proof argument. We will study examples and principles in the morning. Students will have the opportunity to incorporate the morning’s learning into their own proof arguments during private writing time in the afternoon and as homework. Faculty will be available during afternoon private writing time for consultation. Each day concludes with a paired peer review experience.


Applied Genealogical Methods Workshop: Hands-on Skillbuilding

Michael G. Hait, CG, CGL

Michael G. Hait, CG, CGLGenealogists often achieve their best learning through experience. Through a unique blend of lectures and instructor-led exercises, students will work directly with documents. The skills taught throughout the week will focus on the research process, so that students will be able to apply their new experience to any research problem they may encounter in the future. These include source citation, document transcription, research planning, evidence analysis, evidence correlation, and resolving conflicting information. The course also includes a week-long homework assignment in which students will write a complete report for their own files, documenting a research problem of their own choosing.

This course fits seamlessly into the continuum of SLIG’s methodology courses. At the end of the week, students will also discuss opportunities for further skillbuilding, so that they can continue to develop their research skills and experience.

Critical Thinking Methods for Your Genealogy Breakthroughs

Jan M. Joyce, AG, CG, CGL

Jan M. Joyce, AG, CG, CGLWhat if you could use processes and tools that access your brain in new ways…to solve your genealogical challenges? You have these abilities, and in this course, you will access them and explore the ones that best maximize, well, you!

Critical thinking includes concepts, analysis, evaluation, and correlation. This exciting new course brings the framework of critical thinking to your genealogical research work, processes and conclusions! Daily themes include brainstorming, power searching for online and offline records, applying a literature review process for discovery, and practicing active learning while reading articles and watching webinars.

The course is interactive with many hands-on activities including working with partners, roundtable discussions, exercises, and games.

Advanced Genealogical Methods

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGLStudents in Advanced Genealogical Methods will learn how to assemble and use evidence to rediscover ancestral origins, identities, and relationships that have been forgotten over the passage of time. The course will address advanced use of evidence derived from a variety of genealogical sources and will explore research techniques for populations for which the usual records are in short supply. Students will also learn how to document their research and develop written proof summaries to reach accurate conclusions and create a credible record of their findings for present and future generations of family historians.

Writing & Publication

Evidence-Based Writing for Genealogists

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

Melissa A. Johnson, CGMany skilled genealogists with excellent analysis and correlation skills have trouble communicating their thought processes and presenting evidence in writing. Students in this course will overcome these roadblocks and gain essential skills needed to convey complex concepts in genealogical work products, including proof arguments, affidavits, and research reports. The course will cover important issues including documentation, establishing proof, use of citations, DNA evidence, and legal and copyright issues. Students will become more comfortable with important skills such as analyzing, organizing, and presenting complex evidence; resolving conflicts; reporting a variety of meaningful and negative findings; using DNA evidence in writing; and qualifying information, theories, and proof. The course will focus on meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard, and writing in a professional, clear and concise manner for a variety of audiences.

Proficiency Development

Becoming an Accredited Genealogist Professional: The Why, the What, the How

Diana Elder, AG and Lisa Stokes, AG

Diana Elder, AGLisa Stokes, AGEarning the Accredited Genealogist credential with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) is an excellent way for a professional to demonstrate their research proficiency in a chosen region. Benefits include strengthened research skills, confidence in performing client work, and respect in the genealogy community. This course will cover the requirements for each level of the testing and give attendees valuable information and practice needed to pass each level. Attendees will receive peer and mentor feedback on their work and learn from reviewing the work of their peers.

Guided Research and Consultation

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGAExperience the power of having your own personal guide for an entire week as you research both online and in the Family History Library. Students will review progress and findings in regular group meetings and one-on-one consultations throughout the week as they work on their own personal research projects. Assistance will be available as needed during specific research hours.