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. 

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