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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
It’s time for another UJGS meeting. We will be in the main floor classroom next Tuesday, October 20, at 6pm.
Todd Knowles recently did some research where he used passport records. He is excited to talk to us about this genealogy resource. Come and learn about a record type you may not be using and why you should.
Next week is Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year to all who celebrate.
Next week is also the next UJGS meeting. Our meeting falls on the evening of the second day of Rosh Hashanah, so we’re right at the outside edge of the holiday. Nevertheless, this meeting will not have a presentation. We are just keeping true to our habit of third Tuesday, 6pm, at the Family History Library.
We will be meeting on the British floor this month. Since Todd is working down there anyway, come on down to the consultant area on B2 if you want to say hello or get some help with your research. We’ll be around at least until 7pm.