2015-01-11 15.34.46Friday night, January 16, 2015, we celebrated our week of study at the 20th annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. We gathered for the evening banquet at the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Hotel, Salt Lake City.  SLIG Director, Christy Fillerup, welcomed the group.

The Hilton provided a buffet assortment of salads, string beans, mashed potatoes, chicken, salmon, and to make you drool, cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake.

After the meal, Utah Genealogical Association President, Bret Petersen, presented the Silver Tray Award to Judy Russell for her scholarly contributions to the field of genealogy. The special UGA Fellow Award went to both Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre. I can’t think of better recipients for these awards. They have each selflessly contributed for many years to the genealogical community.

David Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, titled his keynote address, “You’ve Been to the Salt Lake Institute – Now What?” He talked about our intense study this week and how some of us may question how we’ll be able to remember it all?

Rencher encouraged, “At the very moment you need it, information comes to you,” and “Generations will be able to build on your findings.”

He mentioned finding a special letter among artifacts saved by his aunt. The letter was written in 1913, by Arizona Senator, Henry F. Ashurst, to Rencher’s great-grandmother, Charlotte Jensen. The letter led Rencher to research the family’s homestead in Forest Dale, Apache, Arizona, and the problems they faced with 18 other families who had settled the area to be later removed with the reservation boundaries were changed.

Rencher put a photo of his great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Peter Jens Jensen, on the screen. That’s when the people at a back table started waving their arms and shouting. Turns out, D. Joshua Taylor, shares the SAME GREAT-GRANDFATHER!!! Amazing.

Rencher wrapped up by encouraging us. He said, “The knowledge you have gained this week will be valuable. You will know what to do.”

Christy Fillerup announced this was her last year as Director of SLIG. Selflessly for four years, Christy needs to devote more time to her job the Editor of the APGQ Magazine.

Peg Ivanyo is the new SLIG Director for 2016.

UGA President, Bret Peterson, awarded Christy Fillerup with the Presidential Award of Merit. It was a touching moment, so deserved.

Finally, Peg Ivanyo announced the line up  for 2016… [drum roll]…

  • Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy, by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Resources and Strategies for U.S. Research Part 2, by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS
  • Research in the South, by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, by Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • Early U.S. Church Records, by David McDonald, CG
  • Writing a Family Narrative, by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods, by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, by Angela McGhie
  • Getting More Out of Genetic Genealogy Research: Intermediate to Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques, by Angie Bush, MS and CeCe Moore
  • Solving Problems Like a Professional, by Michael G. Hait, CG
  • Beginning Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, Ph.D.
  • Research in New York, by Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS
  • Problem Solving, by Luana Darby, MLIS

It’s such a great line up. Which course will you take?

Registration opens 20 June 2015, 9:00 AM (MT) at www.SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.