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.
If you’ve been to any of our meetings, you’ve heard about the IAJGS annual conferences. A few of our members are going to be in Boston, but they are introducing something brand new that all of our members may take advantage of, called IAJGS Conference LIVE!
What is LIVE!? IAJGS has teamed up with FamilySearch to bring video streaming technology to the Boston conference. About 50 sessions will be streamed online throughout the week. The sessions will also be available for viewing for three months after the conference.
This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who can’t be at the conference to experience some of the sessions for themselves. Access to LIVE! costs only a fraction of the conference price, and once you figure in the cost of travel and hotel, it’s quite the deal. For $139, you can have access to the full week of streamed sessions, or purchase only a single day for $49 for each day.
More information, including the full schedule of LIVE! sessions, visit the IAJGS 2013 conference web site. Registration for LIVE! can also be found at that link.
It’s time for another UJGS meeting. We will be in the main floor classroom of the Family History Library from 7-9pm on July 23rd, next Tuesday.
We are only a few weeks away from the IAJGS conference in Boston, so this month’s meeting will be a very small preview of the conference.
Our speaker will be our own Banai Lynn Feldstein. She will be presenting Secrets of Jewish Genealogy Research at the Family History Library. This presentation provides some of the basics and some of the insider secrets about research at the Library.
This will be Banai’s practice run before the conference. Be ready to evaluate the presentation and offer your own advice about what she should teach (and what can be cut to make it under an hour).
As always, this will be presented as a webinar, which requires registration, for those who can’t be there in person.
See you next week!
Don’t forget it’s Library Research Night tomorrow night, from 5-9pm, at the Family History Library.
Come do some research, ask for some help with your brick walls, or just talk about genealogy.
We’ll be in the main floor classroom. See you tomorrow!