Call to Conference Meeting – April 29

Hello again, friends. Our last meeting was mainly about our upcoming conference. We have a few more meetings already scheduled for the year, but we’ve decided that we’re going to add in several more to focus on the conference and how everyone can help.

So we’re meeting next Tuesday, April 29th, 7-9pm, in the main floor classroom at the Family History Library.

Feel free to bring your questions about the conference. We know many of you have never been before or haven’t been since the last one in SLC in 2007.

See you next week.

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Call to Meeting – April 8

It’s time for another UJGS meeting, next Tuesday, April 8th, from 7-9pm in the main floor classroom at the Family History Library.

We don’t have a speaker planned, so we will be having discussions about and related to genealogy. The IAJGS conference is getting closer and it’s time for many of our local volunteers to start preparing. We will discuss different aspects of the conference to familiarize our members with how things work, and the specific functions they will need to provide.

If anyone has a brick wall problem and would like to bring that to the meeting for suggestions from other members, please let us know. We haven’t had one in a while, but the society is here to help.

We will not be broadcasting this meeting as a webinar; discussions do not translate well to that format. If any of our members, especially conference committee chairs, cannot be in attendance in person, please let us know so we can arrange for you to be there online.

See you at the meeting!

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NY Times Articles Online

Founding member Rochelle Kaplan brings some New York Times articles to our attention.

A. J. Jacobs writes “Are You My Cousin?“, a genealogy journey using collaborative genealogy, mainly Geni.com, then DNA, to discover connections to famous people, and to throw a huge family reunion.

Tom Mashberg writes “Not All Monuments Men Were Men“, focusing on many of the women who were and were not portrayed in the movie. Have you seen the movie yet?

Doreen Carvajal writes “Loot No Longer“, her attempt to track down Jewish families of the art pillaged from their families in the war, with the help of Gilad Japhet of MyHeritage.

Who among us likes when genealogy research is in the mainstream news?

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Call to Meeting – February 11

It’s time for our first meeting of 2014. On February 11th, come to the Family History Library, main floor classroom, from 7-9pm for a special presentation.

Daniel Horowitz and Banai Lynn Feldstein will be presenting Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe Effectively.

Learn the tips and tricks on how to plan a heritage trip to Eastern Europe. From the smallest details about hotels, transportation, archives, and cemeteries, Daniel and Banai will share the knowledge gained on their own visits to their ancestral homes.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. It will be broadcast as a webinar and you can register online.

UJGS members, and future members, don’t forget to bring your dues for 2014.

See you there!

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Legacy Webinars

Another popular webinar series has been announced from Legacy Family Tree. Each webinar is presented live for free and then is made available for an additional ten days for free viewing. Previous webinars can be purchased at their web site.

The 2014 series includes some of their regular presenters with a variety of topics. Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, has a few presentations scheduled, as does Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers. Some topics may be applicable to any genealogist, such as one-name studies, using technology, and organizing your research. Other topics help in specific fields, such as Irish, Italian, Tennessee, Illinois, and there’s even a session on Jewish ancestors in September.

Visit Family Tree Webinars to see the full list of upcoming webinars and to sign up for those that interest you.

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SCGS 2014 Jamboree Extension Series

Once again, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is offering their Jamboree Extension Series.

SCGS hosts Jamboree, a genealogy conference, every summer in Burbank, California. For several years, they have not only live streamed some of the sessions online, but offered additional opportunities for genealogical learning throughout the year via webinar. SCGS members can access the recordings, but anyone may attend the webinars live.

The 2014 webinars have been announced, usually two per month. The first webinar, Barbara Randall presenting Beyond the Passenger List, begins the series on January 4th.  Some IAJGS conference regulars are included: Tammy Hepps, winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer’s Challenge, presenting Timeline Creation Applications on February 19th; Ron Arons, Nifty and Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Documentation, on May 3rd; and Pamela Weisberger, Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists, on November 1st.

Be sure to visit the Jamboree blog to see the full list for yourself. There are too many great topics to list here, of interest to every genealogist. Click on the link for each webinar to read more and sign up.

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Call to Meeting – October 22

It’s time for our last general meeting of 2013. On Tuesday, October 22nd, from 7-9pm, we will meet in the main floor classroom of the Family History Library. Remember that parking behind the Church Museum is free.

Plans for the 2014 IAJGS conference are moving forward, and there is more to discuss, so that will be a focus of our business meeting.

This is also an election meeting. If any members would like to step up into leadership positions, we have plenty available and would welcome your help with the future of UJGS.

And finally, we will finish up with an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? We’ll have a few episodes that our membership can choose from.

See you there!

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BCG 50th Anniversary

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is celebrating their 50th anniversary. In celebration, they are having a free lecture series in Salt Lake City.

This is an excellent opportunity for our members to hear from the some of the best known speakers in genealogy education.

The lectures will be held in the auditorium of the Church History Museum. That’s the building right next door to the Family History Library.

Here’s the schedule.

Thursday, October 10

  • 10:45am – 12pm: BCG Certification Seminar – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL and F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • 1 – 2:15pm: Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information – Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
  • 4 – 5:15pm: Write While You Research, Let the Joy of Research Infect Your Writing – Barbara Mathews, CG
  • 7 – 8:30pm Keynote: Kinship Determination – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Friday, October 11

  • 9:15 – 10:30am: Complex Evidence, What it is, How it works, Why it Matters – F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • 10:45am – 12pm: Proof Arguments for the Next Generation – F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • 1 – 2:15pm: Reach for the Power Tools, Record Transcription & Analysis – Rev. David McDonald, CG
  • 2:30 – 3:45pm: Bringing Josias Home, Using Circumstantial Evidence to Build a Family – Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL
  • 4 – 5:15pm: Baker’s Dozen Steps to Research Reports – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

The event will conclude on Saturday, October 12, with a banquet (for $40) in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Judy Russell will speak on “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” – Standards for the 21st Century. The deadline for the banquet is October 8.

More information about the banquet can be found on the BCG blog. Pre-registration is suggested by emailing FHLClassReg@ldschurch.org or by calling 801-240-4950.

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Conference Informational Meeting

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Thursday September 12th, is our meeting about the 2014 IAJGS conference. We will convene at 5pm in the main floor classroom at the Family History Library. We will go into as many details as we can to prepare everyone for what their roles will be in the coming year to prepare for the conference.

Anyone who has not already volunteered for a committee roll is also welcome to attend. There are plenty of ways that you can help out to make everyone’s jobs a little easier.

And we’ll follow that with our annual board meeting. Again, anyone interested in taking on more of a leadership position in our society is welcome to join the board.

See you tomorrow.

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Call to Meeting

Hello UJGS members. Next week, we are going to have a more unusual meeting. This one is unscheduled, but it has a very important purpose.

Now that the Boston IAJGS conference is over, SLC is up next. It’s time for us to start planning to make our conference the success that we want it to be.

We will meet at the Family History Library on Thursday, September 12, beginning at 5pm.

I know many of you have been asking for more details about what you will need to do in the coming year, so we want to tell you as much as we can.

If you are already volunteered for the conference committee, we hope you can make it to this meeting. If you can’t be there, but you have the time, I’m sure we can bring you in via the Internet.

If you are not on the committee already, we still want you to join us next week. There is enough to be done in advance of the conference that everyone can find a bit to do to make it easier on those of us with the bigger responsibilities.

We will follow the conference session with a board meeting, so I hope the board members will all be in attendance as well. And if anyone is interested in joining our board and helping to lead our society, you are welcome to join us for that meeting too.

Please RSVP, especially if you are a committee chair or a board member, so we will know who is coming.

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