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.
The new year is upon us and it’s time to make this Society strong again. To do this we need to gather together Tuesday night, February 21st in the classroom on the British Floor (B2) of the Family History Library. We would like to take this opportunity to plan the upcoming year and have an open discussion on where we are headed and how best to get there.
Please take the time to join us. We need everyone.
We’d also like to remind you that dues for 2017 is due by the first meeting of the year. You may pay in person or online. We have switched to Square so please do not make a payment to our old Paypal account. With Square, you may pay online or in person by credit card. You will find a link to our Square Storefront here or when you log in to the Members Only section of our web site.
Next Tuesday, November 15th, at 6:30pm, in the classroom of the B2 floor of the Family History Library, come join us for our final meeting of 2016.
Kahlile Mehr will be presenting Jewish Records in the Zabuzianskie Collection of the Polish State Historical Archive. This is an archive located in Warsaw which holds records for locations that were formerly in Galicia.
Join us to learn more about this archive and, as always, to do some of your own research at the FHL.
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.
By request of some of our members (and some scheduling issues), we are trying something different for this month’s meeting. Instead of third Tuesday, we will be meeting on Saturday, October 22nd, from 1-4pm. And instead of a scheduled speaker, we will take up a position near the entrance of the second floor of the Family History Library to help our members and guests with their genealogy research.
Parking is free all day Saturday in the lot behind the museum. Bring some research to work on and we’ll see how we can help. Beginners are also welcome. We’re happy to show people how to use the vast array of materials available to us at the FHL.
With our apologies to any religious Jewish members, but we’re not aware that we have any at this time.
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.
Next Tuesday is our next UJGS meeting. Because of construction on the first floor of the Family History Library, we will be meeting in the classroom on the B-2 level, the British floor. Our meeting will begin at 6:30pm.
Our speaker will be Kathy Kirkpatrick, a Utah-based genealogist, originally from Southern California, who specializes in Italian research. She will be presenting Proving the Jewish Heritage of a Catholic Sicilian Family: following a DNA test showing the 12 marker Cohen modal haplotype, she researched a family back to 1820, then to 1638, and then found baptisms in 1492, the year of the Expulsion of Jews from Sicily. Was the family originally Jewish? Come hear the presentation to find out what she learned.
This lecture was previously presented at the IAJGS Conference in Seattle last month. We are honored to have Kathy bringing this presentation to our society.