SALT LAKE CITY — It's an event about genealogy, for genealogists, by genealogists.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is an event created by the Utah Genealogical Association, where educators in the field provide a genealogy educational experience. The institute returns for its 17th year, Jan. 23-27.

"The key is that it is an immersion learning opportunity," said Kristie Fillerup, SLIG director. "You are surrounded by nothing but other genealogists for an entire week."

Students also focus on one particular subject throughout the course of the seminar. Twelve tracks for different skill levels are offered, including "American Research and Records: Focus of Family" for beginning and intermediate researchers and "Advanced Methodological Methods" for those with more experience.

"You choose one track and spend 20 hours that week learning everything there is to know about how to use that subject in your own researching techniques," Fillerup said.

Classes run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Radisson Hotel, 215 W. South Temple. This schedule allows students time to put their new skills to test at the nearby LDS Family History Library and return the next day with specific questions.

With enrollment capped at approximately 30 people per class, the experienced experts are readily available to address concerns. "We don't want our instructors spread too thin," said Susan Bankhead, SLIG public relations chairman. "That way they can give one-on-one contact with the students in the class."

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Registration for the institute is filling quickly. The cost for the event is $400 for Utah Genealogical Association members and $450 for non-members.

Evening classes will also be held for students and the general public with admission prices of $10 per class.

Call 801-259-4172 or visit for additional information, including a complete schedule, registration and instructions on how to join the Utah Genealogical Association.

If you go…

What: Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

When: Jan. 23-27

Where: Radisson Hotel, 215 W. South Temple

Cost: $450 for general public and $400 for UGA members

Contact: 801-259-4172 or