Two major upcoming events, now open for registration, can help you do just that.
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference
Washington, D.C., 21–24 August 2019
This annual conference features four full days of lectures, a large exhibit hall of vendors, a society showcase, and a chance to visit the National Archives, Library of Congress, the DAR Library, and other attractions in the nation's capital. Lectures are offered on a wide variety of topics and skill levels. You can view the program, register for the conference, and/or register for a local hotel at the conference website.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Salt Lake City, Utah: 12–17 January 2020
Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, this venerable institution, sponsored by the Utah Genealogy Association, always sells out quickly. Meant for researchers who relish the chance to spend a week immersed in genealogy instruction by the country's top instructors, the institute is a way to learn from national experts in the "capital of genealogy."
This year's classes are as follows:
- Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy, Judy Russell, CG, CGL
- Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, and Pamela Sayre, CG, FUGA
- Guide to Treasures Found in Federal Records, Michael Strauss, AG
- Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNFS, FUGA
- Chinese Genealogy Research, Kelly Summers, AG
- Applying Standards to Appraise Genealogical Work, Jeanne Bloom, CG
- Meeting Standards: Using DNA Evidence, Karen Stanbary, CG
- Technical Writing for Genealogists, Melissa Johnson, CG
- Advanced Genealogical Methods, Paul Graham, AG, CG, CGL
- Immigrants to the New World, Colonial to 1900, Dr. John Colletta, FUGA
- Early U.S. Church Records, Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
- Maryland: Researching in the Old Line State, Debra Hoffman
- Advanced Hispanic Research, George Ryskamp, AG, FUGA, and Debbie Gurtler, AG
- Researching Like a Professional, Michael Hait, CG, CGL
- Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Paul Woodbury
- Guided Research and Consultation, Craig Scott, CG, FUGA
Registration for all the classes opened on Saturday, 13 July. If you are interested, you will want to read more about the classes, instructors, and schedule on the SLIG website. Register quickly, however, as there are already wait lists for some of the classes!
Postnomials: Those initials after the instructors' names indicate their various certifications.
- AG—Accredited Genealogist, received from the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)
- CG—Certified Genealogist, received through the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
- CGL—Certified Genealogical Lecturer, received through the BCG
- FNGS—Fellow of the National Genealogical Society
- FVGS—Fellow of the Virginia Genealogical Society
- FUGA—Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society