FEEFHS – Free presentation August 13

The Foundation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) has an annual workshop in Salt Lake City. This year, their three day workshop will be August 11-15.

As a special treat, the presentation on Wednesday, August 13, will be open to the public and free to attend.

Diane Afoumado

Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be speaking on the records and the services offered by the ITS.

The ITS collection will be of interest to anyone with ancestors who may have been persecuted or displaced during WWII. Documents such as camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration application or questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs, are contained in the collection. Research services to access those records are provided by ITS to the public at no charge.

Anyone may attend the Wednesday evening presentation and subsequently set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Afoumado on Thursday following the presentation to begin the research process.

Thanks to Peg Ivanyo, FEEFHS conference chair, for informing us about this event.

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Call to Meeting – July 22

As we close in on the conference, we have one more meeting to prepare as a society.

We ask all of our members to join us on July 22nd, 7-9pm at the Family History Library, to finish our plans and find out where additional help is needed during the week of the conference.

We know that many of you are working very hard to make this conference happen. We appreciate your effort. Just remember, in a little over two weeks, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and take a vacation.

See you Tuesday.


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Call to Meeting – July 8

Sorry for the short notice on this one. At our last meeting, we scheduled two more gatherings before the IAJGS conference, for July 8th and July 22nd, 7-9pm, in the main floor classroom at the Family History Library.

We’re less than a month from the conference. The local committee chairs are in their final preparations for the conference. All members and guests are welcome to come to these meetings to find out how you can help.

Is everyone getting excited for the conference yet?

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Call to Meeting – June 24

I know this notice is going out quite late, but we agreed to have another meeting about the conference this coming Tuesday, June 24th, 7-9pm. We’ll be, as usual, in the main floor classroom at the Family History Library.

We’re closing in on one month until the conference. Is everyone getting excited?

See you Tuesday.

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Call to Meeting – June 10

We took a short break between meetings but it’s time to get back to work on our conference preparations as a group. Hopefully our committee chairs have been pacing themselves and getting things accomplished slowly. But as the conference draws closer, the workload will certainly increase for some of us.

So we’re having another meeting, next Tuesday, June 10th, 7-9pm, in the main floor classroom at the Family History Library.

Please be prepared to report on your progress thus far and be ready to ask other volunteers for help where it’s needed.

See you there!

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Jamboree Webinar Schedule Announced

If you’re not busy the weekend of June 6th, you might spend your days at your computer. The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Jamboree, as it has for several years, will be streaming many sessions from the conference.

They begin on June 5th with the DNA Conference, where the sessions are not free. The following three days include a variety of sessions, including a couple on DNA and genetic genealogy, fourteen in all. As with all SCGS webinars, they will be free to view live and many will be available to members only after the event.

Some of the offerings include:

  • Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD – DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • F. Warren Bittner, CG – Elusive Immigrant!
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL – Staying out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogist
  • Bennett Greenspan – The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Dawn Thurston – How to Write a Personal History that Captures your Interesting Life
  • Denise Levenick – Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin

Many other sessions will be available in two weeks. Visit the Jamboree Blog to see the entire schedule of streamed sessions. Or visit the SCGS Streaming Schedule and click on each session for a more detailed description and to register for the webinar.

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Call to Library Research Night – May 13

It’s time for another UJGS meeting. This time, it’s Library Research Night.

Come to the Family History Library and do some of your genealogy research. Get help from others in the society, or give help to others if you can. Bring a brick wall problem, or simply something you don’t know how to work on, and we’ll do our best to get your research moving along.

We will be meeting in the main floor classroom from 5 to 9pm. We will begin with a meeting about conference preparations and then move into research for the remaining time.

See you there!

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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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