Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SLIG–Four Months Out

While there are still  four months until the start of the 2020 Salt Lake Institute of genealogy, it’s never too early to start thinking about things that need to be done in advance. I’ve made my list. What’s on yours?


I want to be prepared for my course so I’ve looked through the course information to see if there are any recommended readings or prerequisites. I’m taking Barbara Vines Little’s Virginia course. There aren’t any recommended readings but I have a couple of Virginia books on my shelf that I will try to read.

Some courses will have assignments or items that you will be asked to complete prior to arriving in Salt Lake City. Last year I got an unexpected assignment about two weeks before. It was a really interesting assignment but I hadn’t planned on it and so felt a bit rushed in completing it. This year I hope to have all my prep work done in advance so that if an assignment comes my way, I can complete it without feeling rushed.


My other goal is to go through all the various families I’m researching and pull out all the Virginia relatives and their locations. I’ll be sure to find those locations on the map so I can pay special attention when those areas are discussed in the course.


Most of my tasks revolve around the amount of time I have to spend in the Family History Library. This year I have about four full days which should give me enough time to get things accomplished.

As I am now officially “on the clock” (for BCG certification), my priority will be making a list of resources I need to look at that will help with Portfolio. While the FHL is busy digitizing their microfilms, the books in the library can provide an invaluable resource so I’ll concentrate on books. I will have a detailed and prioritized  list of items that I need to check on.

By taking my time in my SLIG preparations, I’ll be able to get the most out of my course and be able to spend my time wisely at the FHL What are some of the things that are on your list?


Disclaimer – The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has provided me a discount on my SLIG 2020 tuition for my participation as a SLIG ambassador. The opinions expressed are my own.