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.

RootsTech 2015

RootsTech_logoIt’s time again for RootsTech, the genealogy conference brought to us by FamilySearch, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. RootsTech takes place this week, February 12-14. This year, it runs in conjunction with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference, so expect more people and more sessions.

There will be some sessions streamed live over the Internet. A few have been mentioned in various articles and blog posts, but no official and complete list has been posted yet. Watch the RootsTech home page for that. In previous years, all of the morning keynote sessions were live streamed, and other sessions that occurred in the same large room.

As in previous years, the Expo Hall will be a focal point of the conference, open each day at 10am until, 6, 7, and 4pm. While not specifically stated again this year, it is likely to be open to the public. IAJGS will again have a booth so come on by and visit, while also seeing what else is going on in genealogy and technology.

Are any UJGS members planning to go to RootsTech?

FindMyPast Free Weekend

In honor of Veteran’s Day, FindMyPast is offering free access to their collections this weekend, November 7th through November 10th. Their collections include US, UK, and Irish records, US and UK historical newspapers, military records, passenger lists, and more.

You will need to be signed in to access the records, but you can register for free if you don’t already have an account.

Visit their web site to learn more about the records they have to prepare your search queries for this weekend.

BCG Brings Speakers to the FHL

If you’re not busy this Saturday, you might want to spend the day at the Family History Library.

On October 11th, from 9am to 4:45pm in the B2 classroom, some of the best known speakers in genealogy will be presenting a day of genealogy education, free and open to the public, sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

Everyone is welcome to attend any lecture or to stay for all six.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9am
    BCG Certificate Seminar
    Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • 9:45am
    Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events
    Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • 11am
    From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation – Slavery and the Law before the Civil War
  • 1:15pm
    Using Evidence Creatively: Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records
    Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • 2:30pm
    Oh, The Things You Can Map: Mapping Data, Memory, and Historical Context
    Stefani Evans, CG
  • 3:45pm
    Trousers, Black Domestic, Tracks & Housekeeping Bills: Trivial Details Can Solve Research Problems

Remember that Saturday parking is free in the lot behind the museum.

Call to Meeting – September 9

Hello genealogists. It’s time for another meeting of UJGS. We will meet from 7-9pm on September 9th at the Family History Library in the main floor classroom.

I know a few new people have been added to our mailing list recently. Please visit our web site for directions to the free parking lot behind the museum.

We have two topics for our next meeting.

1. What did you learn at the IAJGS conference?

Did you meet anyone researching the same shtetl? Did you learn something new about available records? Was there a lecture about methodology that you can’t wait to try out on your own research? Or did you learn something about how the conference runs or maybe should be improved in the future? We want to know what you learned at the conference.

2. The future of UJGS.

You joined this society for a reason. What was it? What do you want to get from your society membership? Are we meeting your genealogical educational needs? Have we helped you with your research? Do we have a good variety of lectures that include topics of interest to you? (Think back to before we were engulfed in conference preparations for this one.) What educational opportunities do you want us to provide?

What do you think we should be doing going forward? And what would you be willing to volunteer to do for the society to help that happen?

Please bring your ideas to our meeting next week. See you then.

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.

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.


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?

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!

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.