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A Firsthand Look at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): Day 1 – Tech Day

SLIG 2018 logo

Curious about what it’s like to attend a genealogy institute?  Follow along as I share observations and experiences during my week at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I touched down in Salt Lake City International Airport two days ago and have already begun my adventure. Continue reading “A Firsthand Look at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): Day 1 – Tech Day”

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Ancestor Roundup in Seaside, CA – Feb 3, 2018

Just thought I’d put a good word in for the 37th annual Ancestor Roundup, to be held in Seaside, California on February 3, 2018. It’s a bargain at only $20 if you opt for the e-syllabus, and that even includes lunch!

I’ll be presenting four classes:  Evernote Research Tricks, Dayna’s Genealogy Toolkit, Archives and Libraries – Successful Research Onsite and Online, and Washington, D.C. Research Online in Your Jammies.

The keynote speaker will be Karen Clifford, AG, FUGA.  Her keynote presentation is entitled, “New Tools for Successful Research.”  Address for the conference is 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA.

Here is a preview of the class schedule, and the registration form.


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36th Annual Ancestor Roundup – January 21, 2017

I’ll be presenting four classes at the 36th Annual Ancestor Roundup in Seaside, California on Saturday, January 21st, 2017.  1.  “Wild, Wild Research in the Mountain West States”,  2. “Beyond Pedigree Charts:  Using Your Genealogy Software’s Research Tools”, 3.  “Dayna’t Genealogy Toolbox”,  4. Archives and Libraries:  Successful Research Online and Onsite”.

There are 21 other great classes to choose from, so if you are in the Monterey area you might consider joining us. Continue reading “36th Annual Ancestor Roundup – January 21, 2017”

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New class handouts added to ‘On Granny’s Trail’

The latest additions to the “Class Handout” section of On Granny’s Trail are:

  1. Archives and Libraries: Successful Research Onsite and Online
  2. Free Genealogy Classes, Webinars, and Online Learning

You are welcome to print out these handouts for personal use.  For the sparkling commentary that accompanies these and other presentations, you will need to attend the January 2016 Ancestor Roundup on California’s central coast. We hope to see you there!

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Roots Tech for the Homebody – a New Olympic Sport!


On February 6th, 2014 thousands of people from all over the world will come together again for a worldwide event of epic proportions.  For some, it will be the pinnacle of a lifetime pursuit – an exhilarating fulfillment of a lifelong dream; for others, sadly, it will be the tearful agony of defeat; for everyone it will be a time of bonding with strangers, podiums, and pin-trading.  It’s too bad none of them will have time for the Olympics, because they are gonna be at ROOTS TECH, baby! (But that’s what DVR is for, so no worries.)

Yes, it’s time for Roots Tech again –  the largest genealogy conference in North America!


So, you are saying to yourself, “I get the part about the pinnacle of a lifetime pursuit, but what’s the deal with the tearful agony of defeat?”  Well, I have been to Roots Tech, and when the class you really, really want to attend is full and you can’t get anywhere near the door you, too, might slump to the ground in a tearful heap.  But personal trauma aside, let me help you get the most from Roots Tech even if you will be home watching the Olympics.

Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch Ice Skater, Netherlands, 1964 Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch Ice Skater, Netherlands, 1964 Olympic Gold Medal Winner

First, you can download the syllabus for free!   If you take a look at the list of classes in the Session Viewer, you can identify which files in the syllabus you want to open.  Make a note of the RT# in the session viewer – it will correspond to the RT# in the syllabus. The download is available for a limited time (I don’t know what that means exactly), so hurry.

And speaking of hurrying…


Second, you can stream some of the classes online for free! Check out the schedule and prop yourself up in front of a computer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I plan to multi-task, watching classes on a sofa with my laptop while viewing the Olympics. Doesn’t get much better than that!

In the meantime, you can watch videos of some of last year’s classes.  I think these videos might go away when 2014 videos become available, so it would be best to watch them before February 6th.

I have a good feeling about next week, how about you?