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.

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.

 

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair 2016

Did you know that the US National Archive has held a Genealogy Fair every year since 2005? The 2016 Fair takes place on October 26 and 27 and it’s free to attend from home.

Some of this year’s sessions include Welcoming Remarks by Archivst of the US, David S. Ferriero; Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives; The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren’t Using; and much more.

You can find a list of sessions, times, and links for how to watch from home via YouTube on their web site.

At the bottom of the page, you can also find links to previous Genealogy Fairs. Videos, handouts, and presentation slides are online for some, so you can learn even more from past years. For example, the 2014 Fair included a session on Alien Files (A-Files) and the video is available to watch. There are plenty of other interesting titles as well.

The 2015 videos are online, so it’s likely the 2016 videos will also be available after the event for those who miss it when it’s live. But do check out the presentations and learn more about researching in our National Archives.

Marelynn Zipser Recognized by IAJGS

Marelynn Zipser, IAJGS Volunteer of the Year
Marelynn Zipser, IAJGS Volunteer of the Year, presented by Banai Feldstein (left)

Utah JGS would like to extend its congratulations to  Marelynn Zipser who received the Volunteer of the Year award from the IAJGS at the 2016 Conference.

Marelynn’s award acknowledges her years of transcribing records for Hungarian SIG. The H-SIG database originally started with Marelynn’s transcriptions and she has indexed well over 150,000 records, comprising about 14% of the SIG’s database, as well as over 65,000 vital records.

UJGS was happy to have nominated Marelynn for the award and we thank the IAJGS for acknowledging one of our founding members for her huge and ongoing contribution to Jewish genealogy.

No April Meeting

Sorry UJGS members, but there will be no meeting tomorrow. Our president has been under the weather and could not make preparations.

But if you were planning to be at the FHL for our meeting, don’t let that stop you from going. Even those of us who are there all the time always have more to do. There are lots of resources to help with your genealogy, FamilySearch provides missionaries and consultants to assist. You may even see your society’s webmaster around, so say hello.

We’ll let you know when we have plans for future meetings.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all UJGS members, and other interested readers of our blog!

It’s a new year, so that means your UJGS dues is due. Our dues is still only $10 per person or $15 per couple.

You can pay online using Paypal by going to the Member Login area. If you have never logged in before or don’t remember your password, simply use the Reset Password option.

Optionally, you can send in a check. Please note that we have a new treasurer this year. Her address can be found on our Membership Application.

We’ve scheduled meetings for the first quarter of 2016. Meetings will continue to be Tuesday nights at 6pm. Our first two  meetings of the year will be February 2nd and March 15th.

Our first meeting is moved up to the first Tuesday of February to coincide with RootsTech. Our speaker, Israel Pickholtz, is coming all the way from Jerusalem to speak to us about his research in genetic genealogy, Endogamy: One Family, One People. This meeting will be at the Church History Museum auditorium, which is the building just across from the FHL.

Additionally, IAJGS will have a booth again at RootsTech. We don’t have many details yet, but if anyone wants to volunteer to help out, we’d be happy to have you. Most visitors to our booth want to talk about Jewish genealogy, and we steer them towards their local JGS (often us!) and our annual conference.

UJGS Elects New Officers for 2016-2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting tonight. Every other year, we have elections for officers at our final meeting of the year. After several years of the same officers, we have a few changes this year. Here is our new slate of officers for the next two years:

President – W. Todd Knowles
Secretary – Paula Paradise
Treasurer – Banai Lynn Feldstein
Webmaster – Banai Lynn Feldstein

Todd has been an active member of UJGS for many years, serving as Treasurer for much of that time. We look forward to striving for his vision of what our society can be.

Paula has been a familiar face at our meetings for a while. We look forward to working with her in her new role as Secretary and we hope that she brings some fresh new ideas to our leadership.

Banai isn’t going anywhere either. She is continuing as Webmaster and stepping in as Treasurer to let Todd focus his attention on other aspects of his new position.

Congratulations to our new officers!

Our new officers, along with other board members, will have a board meeting the first week of December to determine our plans and meeting schedule for next year. We’ll let you know when that is set up and we hope to see you next year at our UJGS meetings.

Call to Meeting – November 17

Attention Jewish genealogy researchers, it’s time for another UJGS meeting, next week, November 17th, at 6pm at the Family History Library. We should be in the main floor classroom, but we’ll leave a sign if we’re not.

This is our last meeting of the year and an election meeting. This is your chance to make a difference in the society. Do you want to help out in some way? We haven’t had a change in officers in a lot of years and we’re looking to change that up a bit. We want new people with fresh ideas to help us move our society forward.

So come to the meeting to help us plan our future, then we’ll all talk about the past — our genealogy.