All posts by Banai Lynn Feldstein

Banai is the President and Webmaster of UJGS. She is a professional genealogist living in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Call to Meeting – July 18

Next week is the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for UJGS to have a meeting at the Family History Library. We’ll be starting at 6pm in the main floor classroom. We still didn’t do Vital Records, so that is our intended theme. Who wants to learn about Vital Records?

Maybe you want to hear about the IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem? A few of our members were there and I’m sure we’ll all be happy to tell you about it.

See you next week.

Call to Meeting – July 21

Sorry for the late notice, but another third Tuesday is coming up, which means a UJGS meeting, 6pm, in the main floor classroom of the Family History Library.

Banai is still in Israel after the IAJGS Conference, so Todd will lead the meeting. There won’t be a presentation. This will just be a chance for our members to meet together casually, ask for some advice, and get some genealogy research done. So bring some research to do, or something you’re stuck on that Todd or another member may try to help you figure it out.

Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights

IsignedHave you signed the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights yet? If you went to the IAJGS conference last summer, you may have signed the books at the IAJGS table in the central hallway.

So far, the Declaration has collected 8,000 signatures, but it needs 10,000 to be heard. Federal and state legislation and regulations are coming this year where it will be critical to have the 10,000 signatures.

if you haven’t signed, it’s important for you to do so. The Declaration comes from RPAC, the Records Preservation and Access Committee. Several organizations (FGS, NGS, ASG, APG, BCG, ICAP-Gen, IAJGS, proQuest, and Ancestry) have banned together to give us a voice in the US and state governments.

Many government entities are threatening to take away any access we may already have to records that are needed to discover our family histories, often under the fear of identity theft. Identity theft almost never occurs through genealogical means — but our government needs for us to tell them and we need enough voices behind our representative speakers for them to listen. Imagine if we had even less access to the records than we do now. How far would you get in your research?

If you didn’t already sign, or don’t remember, please sign the online version at http://bit.ly/gen-declaration. It’s the easiest way to participate in the Declaration. And invite all your friends and family as well. If they support your pursuit of genealogy, then they should be happy to sign.

We Miss You

Are you a current member of UJGS? If you haven’t paid your dues for 2015 yet, then you aren’t. Please update your membership by signing in to our web site and paying via Paypal, or by sending a check to the treasurer.

Once you’ve taken care of that, please come to our meetings. We miss you. We haven’t seen you in months. There’s so much more to do with your genealogy research and we’ve moved our meeting times a little earlier this year so you can get some research done at the Family History Library every month.

One of our meetings this year was so small and mostly new people that we just helped each individual with their specific research needs. But even if we get a full room, we will still have time after our presentation to help everyone find a little bit more about their family history.

So please come back.

Our next meeting is July 21st, which may not have a presentation, and our president won’t be back from Israel yet, but you’ll still have all the resources of the FHL to use.  How about sharing a story in August about the information you find in July?

Call to Meeting – June 16

Next week is the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for UJGS to have a meeting at the Family History Library. As usual, the meeting will start at 6pm. We should be meeting in the main floor classroom, but if we’re not there (like last month), just ask at the main information desk and they should know where we are. This month’s theme is Vital Records.

 

Meeting Reminder – May 19

Just a quick message to remind everyone that this Tuesday is the next UJGS meeting. (That’s either today or tomorrow, depending on when you read this message.) We’ve had a slight change of plans. The main floor classroom is getting a  technology upgrade so we’ll be meeting in the B1 classroom instead.

Call to Meeting – May 19

It’s almost the third Tuesday, which means time for another UJGS meeting.

Last month, we had such a small showing, we skipped the presentation and instead helped everyone individually with their research.

This month will either be Census Records, which was supposed to be last month, or Vital Records, which was the next topic.

So, we’ll see you at the Family History Library next Tuesday night at 6pm in the main floor classroom.

Knowles Collection Surpasses One Million Entries

Todd Knowles
Todd Knowles

The Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families from all over the world, recently reached its one millionth record milestone. The database was begun seven years about by UJGS’s Todd Knowles, the Jewish genealogy specialist at the Family History Library.

“My search for my great-great-grandfather Morris David Rosenbaum, a Polish Jew, eventually led me to begin compiling the genealogical records of the Jewish people,” recounted Knowles.

Todd began by following Rosenbaum from Poland through England to the United States. He discovered the Mordy Collection in England, which had been compiled by Isobel Mordy, containing information about 150 individual pedigrees with over 7500 records. Mordy didn’t have the Internet and other current resources, so Todd used FamilySearch.org and records at the Family History Library to digitize, organize, and research, to publish more than 10,000 Jewish names from the British Isles. The collection has since grown to six databases for Jews of the British Isles; North America; Europe; South America and the Caribbean; Africa, the Orient, and the Middle East; and the South Pacific.

The Knowles Collection was recently moved on the FamilySearch web site so it’s easier to find, under the Search > Genealogies section at https://familysearch.org/family-trees.

Todd continues to add to the database via research and indexing as well as receiving donations of data. He regularly writes about new collections that are added to the Knowles Collection on his blog.

This information was provided to us via FamilySearch. The entire press release is online. If our members want to know more, Todd attends most of our meetings and he would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Knowles Collection.

Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

yom.hashoahTomorrow is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

To mark the occasion, the Salt Lake City JCC is holding an event on Thursday, April 16th, from 1-3pm.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Noemi Mattis, whose parents were leaders of the Belgian Jewish resistance movement. She will share her story of being a hidden child to protect her from the Nazis in World War II.

The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the JCC and the United Jewish Federation of Utah.