Genealogy Institutes

Are you ready for an entire week of intensive genealogical instruction? Genealogy institutes provide the opportunity for a sustained, week-long focus on a related set of topics. The institutes listed below are offered each year. Participants register for one track and attend daily classes in that track. While each institute is unique, attendees can also expect opportunities for networking, as well as education. The websites for these institutes detail the registration procedures. Tracks do fill up quickly, so advance planning is important.

  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) The 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will take place January 11-15, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration for SLIG opens on June 20, 2015. A list of the 2016 tracks is located here:
  • Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) The 2015 Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research will be held June 7-12, 2015, on the campus of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. Registration for the 2015 IGHR courses opened on January 20, 2015. Information on available seats can be accessed here:​.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Two sessions of GRIP will be held in 2015, from June 28-July 3, and from July 19-24, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration for the June 28-July 3 courses opened on February 4, 2015, and registration for the July 19-July 24 courses opened on February 18.​
  • The National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) This institute provides in-depth, onsite instruction concerning research using federal records. This institute is intended for experienced researchers. The next NIGR will be held in July, 2016, in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland. To obtain registration information, use the link on the NIGR website to join the mailing list.
  • British Institute The 2015 British Institute will take place September 21-25, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration information is available on the institute’s home page.

The Obituary of a Texas Ranger?

This clipping from an unknown newspaper or newsletter, part of the Cook Collection held in the vertical files of the SAGHS library, is the obituary of a man named as a Texas Ranger in the clipping. It reads in part:
Texas Ranger obituary
James C. Cook…was born in Albama [sic], 1848 his parents moved to San Antonio, Texas when he was ten years old. He went from there to Uvalde, Texas, when a young man. 
Here he served faithfully and efficiently as a Texas Ranger for two years…
Was this man really a Texas Ranger? Find out more.

31 January
Beginning Basics to Family Tree Maker
Instructor:  Scott Atkinson When: Saturday, Jan 31 & Feb 28, 2015 Cost: $20 members or $40 non-members. Advance registration and payment are required by Tuesday, January 13, 2015. During this 2-session Saturday program, Scott will instruct you on the use of your Family Tree Maker software. Bring your laptop for a better ...
15 February
Researching Your Ancestors in Today's World
Instructors:  Mary Alice and Harry Dell When:  Sundays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 2 - 4 pm Cost: $55 SAGHS members, $45 second family member or $70 non-members, $60 second family non-member. A 150+ page notebook is included with the program and would be shared by the seond family attendee. Advance ...
7 March
Creating a Family Storybook
Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled until further notice.
11 March
Family Tree Maker Workshop
Moderator: Scott Atkinson. This workshop assists you in answering questions or solving problems with your Family Tree Maker computer software. Bringing your laptop assists in learning, but it is not required. Contact Scott Atkinson with questions at or call SAGHS library at 210-342-5242 to register. This workshop is free to SAGHS ...