All posts by Banai Lynn Feldstein

Banai is the Treasurer, Webmaster, and Past President of UJGS. She is a professional genealogist living in Salt Lake City, Utah specializing in Jewish and European research.

FindMyPast Free Weekend – September 7 – 10

FindMyPast is offering free access to 2.7 billion records this weekend. Included in the offer is birth, marriage, and death records, census, military, immigration, directories, the 1939 Register, and more.

Most of these collections are British but also include ship lists going to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America and more; the Catholic Heritage Archive of North American, British, and Irish records. It appears that FindMyPast is offering access to almost all of their collections (except for newspapers, PERSI, and UK Electoral Registers).

The offer ends at midnight on September 10th (BST?), so don’t miss out on the opportunity to search these records from the comfort of your own home. FindMyPast is available for free access at the Family History Library, but some collections are not always available in the library versions.

I know what I’ll be doing for some of this weekend. What will you be doing?

Call to Meeting – July 17

The next UJGS meeting will be July 17th at 6:30pm in classroom B on the main floor of the Family History Library (our usual place).

Our speaker this month is Marek Koblanski. We don’t have the title but he will be talking about Polish research.

This is our last meeting until October, so don’t miss it!

AmericanAncestors Free Access This Week

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access this week to all of its online databases, more than 1.4 billion names.

Visit AmericanAncestors.org to search their records. Searching is free but you will need to create a guest account to see the images.

These records are only free from July 10 to July 17, so don’t miss out. They have more than just New England records. You can browse their database list to see what they have.

Happy hunting!

MyHeritage US Newspapers – Free This Week

In honor of the July 4th holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to its US Newspaper records, no data subscription required, from July 3rd to July 8th.

We know that telling the stories of our ancestors is an important part of genealogy research. While vital records provide birth, marriage, and death information, newspapers often provide the narrative of our ancestors’ lives in between those events.

Visit the MyHeritage blog for more about this offer and the origins of one of our national symbols, the bald eagle. Or head straight over to the Newspaper Collection.

If you’ve previously uploaded your family tree to MyHeritage, log in and can look under “Discoveries”, then “Matches by Source”, look only at “Record Matches”, and look at your newspaper smart matches to see what MyHeritage has already found for your family. You may not be able to click through from there, but you’ll know who they found and you can search for it on your own.

February 27 – Meeting Time Change

Slight change of plans. Daniel’s schedule had a last minute change so he will be speaking to us at 7:30 instead of 6:30. Everything else remains the same.

If you arrive in time for 6:30, the Family History Library is full of resources for your genealogy research. Feel free to make use of them. UJGS members may be around if you have any questions, and the FHL has lots of volunteers willing to help if you don’t see us.

Election Results

Congratulations to our new UJGS officers. Our election was held yesterday at our regular meeting.

All of our officers have been re-elected to another two-year term. Returning are Todd Knowles as President, Paula Paradise as Secretary, and Banai Feldstein as Treasurer and Webmaster.

Also joining our Board is Josh Perlman, serving as the Chair of the Activities Committee.

We will soon begin planning for our society activities next year. We are currently looking at setting up a special January meeting on a Sunday for a speaker who will be coming to town. We’ll let you know as the plans move forward.

Call to Meeting – October 17

Sorry for the late notice, but our next meeting is scheduled for October 17th. We’ll meet in the B2 classroom of the Family History Library at 6:30pm.

Todd won’t be able to attend and we don’t have anything planned, but we don’t want to cancel so late in case someone had planned to be there.

Bring your genealogy questions, brick walls, or family history stories you might like to tell, and we’ll just chat or do some research. We want to encourage our members to make use of the FHL so this might be a good opportunity to get some research done.

Also of note, our next meeting in November will be our election. Interested in serving as an officer or board member? Let us know.

See you Tuesday.

MyHeritage Record Week

Search MyHeritage Censuses for freeMyHeritage is available at the Family History Library, making it accessible to our Utah JGS members fairly easily, but it’s always more convenient to search from home, at any hour, with all your genealogy data handy.

For one week, August 14 – 20, MyHeritage will be making all of its major census collections available for free. This includes the US, UK and Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. They are offering this in celebration of their recent milestone of surpassing eight billion historical records on SuperSearch.

So if you’ve been wanting to search the Nordic censuses or you’ve had trouble finding some of your relatives in the other censuses, now is a great time to try another search engine to find them.

If you’ve previously uploaded your family tree to MyHeritage, you should look through your record matches as well. They may have already found some listings for you.

You can visit their blog post about this offer to find links directly to each of the census collections by country.

Happy hunting!

Call to Meeting – June 20

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Todd may not be able to attend our June meeting. And unfortunately there was no other speaker planned.

But instead of cancelling our meeting, Banai will be doing an early preview of her upcoming lecture for the IAJGS Conference about her program, Crowd Sourced Indexing.

Crowd Sourced Indexing (CSI) was a semifinalist in the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown. Banai will tell you about the program, demonstrate how it works, and she will be looking for suggestions on how to improve the presentation.

So meet us in the B2 classroom at the Family History Library at 6:30pm on Tuesday to learn about this new program. We may also have some discussions about the upcoming IAJGS Conference. How many of our members will be attending?

And as always, feel free to bring your genealogy questions and we’ll try to help with your research. See you there.

Practicing Safe Computing

A new resource has been made available from Hal Bookbinder. A series of short articles on Practicing Safe Computing have appeared monthly in “Venturing Into Our Past”, the newsletter of the JGS of Conejo Valley and Ventura County.

To date, 17 articles have been published. They have been consolidated into a single PDF file and it is freely available. Hal is planning to add new articles over the coming months.

Each article is only one page long and talks about general tips for using your computer and the Internet safely, from backing up your data to avoiding scams and viruses.

This is a useful resource. Be sure to download the PDF and read the articles. Thank you, Hal for sharing these with us.