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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The year, beginning at sunset, will be 5774.
L’Shanah Tova! Happy New Year!
Rosh Hashanah begins a month filled with Jewish holidays, the High Holidays. Following Rosh Hashanah, we have Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. You can read more about each by searching the blog category of Jewish Holidays, as they have been written about in the past.
It is also the beginning of the “genealogical year”, as the annual IAJGS conference has recently ended, work really begins on the next conference (ours!), and we follow this month with the month of Cheshvan, designated as International Jewish Genealogy Month.
So this is wishing our UJGS members and friends, and their families, a happy and healthy new year.
No, it’s not any kind of official event, but what else were you planning to do for the Labor Day weekend?
Ancestry.com is offering their Immigration and Travel databases for free until September 2nd. What’s included in those databases? A lot.
Ship passenger lists with arrivals to New York, Boston, Baltimore, California, and more; outgoing ship lists from Hamburg and the UK; border crossings between the US and Canada, US and Mexico. Naturalization records are also part of the immigration collection. They’re even offering Jewish arrivals to Switzerland from 1938-1945 among the “other records”.
So if you’ve got some time this weekend, now is a great opportunity to fill in some of those missing documents. If you don’t have time, maybe you’ll want to make some. The free access is already available now, so take advantage!
So many genealogy events have moved to the realm of the Internet recently. For those who can’t travel to each event, it gives us the opportunity to attend, at least in part, from home. And here is another one.
The US National Archives (NARA) is hosting a virtual Genealogy Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3-4, from 10am-4pm EST (8am-2pm MST). This is an annual event in its ninth year, and the first year they are broadcasting over the Internet. Recorded sessions will also be available online after the event.
NARA holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. Found an ancestor’s ship list or naturalization papers? It probably came from NARA.
This is great a opportunity to learn more about these documents, or what other documents NARA may hold that can help with your research.
Visit archives.gov for more information. Updates will be posted to their site as more details become available.