Monday, August 18, 2014

Forensic Genealogy Institute Registration Opens Sept. 9th

FGI Offers Two Brand-New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Forensic Genealogists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – August 12, 2014 – Registration for the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will open on September 9, 2014, at 1 pm EST. The educational arm of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), FGI will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent courses:

  • Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum
  • Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases

Registration for each course is $445, which includes 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in just three days, minimizing travels costs and time away from family and work. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

“In keeping with CAFG’s goals to promote and maintain high standards of professionalism, the fourth FGI enlarges and expands upon the curriculum offered at the previous institutes,” said Leslie Brinkley Lawson, CAFG President. “The 2015 program offers must-have education, training, mentoring, and professional development to those thinking of careers in forensic or genetic genealogy.

The “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” provides hands-on experience in researching various types of forensic cases, working with clients (including interviews and contracts), writing forensic reports or affidavits (students will write three reports), and participating in or observing a mock trial to defend a forensic report. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.

The “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases” course applies DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. This area of forensic research is expanding rapidly, and genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand. Enrollment is limited to 60 students. For full details of each course’s curriculum, as well as faculty biographies, visit

About CAFG

Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships. Learn more at

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Genealogy Institute in Illinois

I was excited to see an announcement about another new genealogy institute on Facebook today.
The first Genealogical Research Institute on the campus of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois will be held May 28th through June 1st in 2015.

The institute will offer four tracks, including:
  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle of Cyndislist)
  • Advanced methodology and analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day)
  • Intermediate sources and research (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)
  • Germanic research sources and methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)
For more information see:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Registration Opens for APG’s Professional Management Conference 2015

DNA, Genealogical Standards, Setting Fees, and Adoption Research 
among 16 Sessions Offered over 2 Full Days

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 July 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today opened registration and announced the theme and speakers for its 2015 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The theme for the event, now in its 18th year, is “Professional-Grade Genealogy.” Thirteen speakers from a variety of backgrounds will cover key topics for professional genealogists, including DNA, time-management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking. PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on instruction for the professional genealogist, providing opportunities for networking as well as professional and business development. The event will be held the 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As genealogy continues to grow as a profession, so must educational opportunities designed for the professional,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “To accommodate the need for professional education and offer the networking opportunities our attendees enjoy, we have expanded APG’s Professional Management Conference program to two full days. We are also offering some new aspects to the event to engage and involve attendees.”

What’s New at APG’s PMC 2015
This year’s event includes 16 sessions held over two full days, including four workshops and many topics that offer practical advice for business owners. Also new this year will be PMC Poster Sessions, unique networking opportunities providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. See for deadlines and instructions on submitting proposals for a Poster Session.

Register Now for APG’s PMC 2015
Attendance at PMC is open to APG members and to non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 15 October 2014. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at Registration for virtual access to select sessions (Virtual PMC) will open later this year.

Speakers and Topics Will Include:
  • Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—Three-part Workshop: You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right
  • Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof
  • CeCe Moore—Workshop: Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law
  • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Workshop: Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills and (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees
  • Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"
  • Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
  • James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest and (2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist
  • Anastasia Harman—Workshop: Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today
  • Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy
  • Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists
  • Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker
  • Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult conversations with Clients and Colleagues

A Week of Genealogy
APG’s PMC kicks off more than a week of genealogical activities in Salt Lake City. Beginning after PMC, genealogists can enjoy Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), also held at the Hilton Hotel SLIG features week-long, in-depth instruction on more than 10 genealogical subjects. More details available at

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GRIP -- Seats Still Available at Genealgy Summer Camp

Do you want to attend a genealogy summer camp? There is still space available in the following
courses at the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP):

GRIP, Pittsburgh, July 20-25, 2014
  • Determining Kinship with the Genealogical Proof Standard -- Thomas W. Jones
  • Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives -- D. Joshua Taylor
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools For Digging Deeper -- Paula Stuart Warren
  • Finding and Documenting African-American Families --J. Mark Lowe and Deborah Abbott
GRIP on the Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan, August 3-8, 2014
  • Determining Kinship with the Genealogical Proof Standard -- Thomas W. Jones
  • Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records -- Cecile Wendt Jensen
  • Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest -- D. Joshua Taylor
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools For Digging Deeper -- Paula Stuart Warren
For more details on the courses see

Registration Open for Gen Proof Study Groups

Registration for two Gen Proof Study groups is open right now. The Gen Proof Study Groups work
through the book Mastering Genealogical Proof, by Thomas W. Jones, in small groups of 10-15 individuals guided by a mentor. They discuss their thoughts, insights and questions about the five parts of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), the chapter exercises and, their own research as it applies to the GPS. If you want to effectively apply the GPS to your own research, this successful program is an excellent way.

Currently there are two groups with openings. One is a beginner/intermediate group. The other is an advanced group. Each group will cover one chapter per week. There are only a few spots left in each group so claim yours now!

Group 33 with mentor Christine Sharbrough begins July 6th. It is a beginner/intermediate group using the asynchronous chat format in Google+ Communities. They will cover one chapter per week. There is one spot left in this group.

Group 34 with mentor Melanie Holtz begins June 29th. It is an advanced group also using the asynchronous chat format in Google + Communities. They will cover one chapter per week.

If you are interested, send an email to and the administrator, Michelle Goodrum, will send you an invitation to register for the group. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for future groups, send an email to and, if you have a preference, indicate whether you are interested in beginner/intermediate or an advanced group.

We will form additional groups in late summer/early fall.

For more information on the Gen Proof Study Groups and how they work see:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Saturday

Press Release from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:
Registration for SLIG 2015 opens this Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM Mountain Time! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and 
​the ​
courses fill fast. The following 
are being offered:

  • The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
  • Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
  • Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
  • Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
  • Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location.

When making your travel plans, you may also want to consider attending the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the 
 Thursday and Friday 
before the Institute begins. You can check their website ( for more information. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!
Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. 
  ​For more information on the Institute and registration information go to

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Instructors for the 2015 Advanced Practicum Announced

I am very excited to announce the 2015 instructors for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). They are top quality instructors (see bios below) and have each prepared an interesting case for the students to work through. These cases will provide experience working with different geographic locations and methodologies as participants research and then analyze and correlate evidence to solve the cases.  
If you would like to participate in this challenging course registration opens on June 14th.  The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held January 12-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah just blocks from the Family History Library.

Instructors for the 2015 Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum:

Nancy A. Peters, CG, is a full-time genealogist specializing in South Carolina and English research. Board-certified since 2011, she serves as an editorial assistant for On Board, the newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She also volunteers as a collection care assistant in the conservation lab at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. Her articles published in the NGSQ and the UGA Crosssroads magazine have focused on establishing parentage using complex evidence analysis. In her career before genealogy, she designed technical training courses and provided instruction internationally for corporate clients in the software industry. Nancy holds advanced degrees from the University of Arizona and the London School of Economics in London, England.
Paul K. Graham, CG, AG, is a genealogist at He holds a master’s degree in Heritage Preservation and is the author of several books and articles, primarily related to the state of Georgia. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the ASG Scholar Award and as winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest. His television research credits include African American Lives (2006) and Who Do You Think You Are? (2012-2014). Paul currently resides in Salt Lake City.

Dr. William M. Litchman is the author of genealogical articles for such periodicals as The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Newfoundland Ancestor, and The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, including “Teaching Analysis, Logic, and the Research Process: A Seminar Approach,” NGS Newsmagazine, Nov/Dec 2000, pp 340-343. He has produced an 11-volume index, AnEvery-Name Index of the 1865 New York State Census for Jefferson County, and An Every-Name Index for the 1921 Census of Newfoundland: Burgeo-La Poile District. He teaches genealogy classes for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and in Albuquerque, and speaks about specific research topics for genealogical groups, including the NM Genealogical Society and the Albuquerque Genealogical Society.

David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of records worldwide for family history research. He has conducted research and analyzed archival materials in dozens of countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He has contributed articles to many magazines and journals and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide.

J. H. ("Jay") Fonkert, CG, is a Minnesota-based writer and genealogical educator. Managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, he has published more than 30 articles and reviews in NGS Quarterly, NGS Magazine, APG Quarterly, Family Chronicle, The Septs, and Minnesota Genealogist. He is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past-president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.


Angela Packer McGhie is the administrator of the ProGen Study Program where she manages online groups studying Professional Genealogy. Angela focuses her efforts on genealogy education as she serves as the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Research course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, and as coordinator of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has been an instructor at the National Institute for Genealogy Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C., the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Angela has completed the NGS American Genealogy course and studied at IGHR, SLIG and NIGR. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has published in the APG Quarterly.

Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist, author, and blogger. She has been writing about genealogy for ( since 2000. She is the author of several books including The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014), as well as articles for popular genealogy magazines such as BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? magazine. Kimberly is the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and also serves on its Professional Development Committee. She is an instructor at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She also serves as webmaster for the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.