Call to Meeting – February 21

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.

Call to Meeting – November 15

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.

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.

Call to Meeting – October 22

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.

See you next weekend!

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.

Call to Meeting – September 20

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.

See you there.

No Meeting in August

Since two of our officers have just returned from the IAJGS Conference in Seattle, and one has already gone out of town again, we are going to skip the UJGS meeting this month.

Of course, all of our members are still welcome at the Family History Library to do research if you’d already planned to be there, since today is the third Tuesday and our usual meeting day.

We will have our next UJGS meeting on September 20th.

Call to Meeting – July 19

Next week is the third Tuesday, so it’s time for UJGS members to meet at the Family History Library. We will be in the main floor classroom. Our meeting will begin at 6:30 this month.

Our own Barry Mann is going to talk to us about Lithuanian records and a little about South African records.

There’s also bound to be some discussion about the upcoming IAJGS Conference, which is in Seattle next month, August 7-12. How many of our members will be representing Utah?

See you on Tuesday.

Call to Meeting – June 21

We know the notice is a little late, but it’s the third Tuesday this week, which means a UJGS meeting.

We don’t have a speaker planned so we’re going to have a Library Research Night. We want to invite our members to come to the Family History Library beginning at 6pm (or sooner if you want), meet us in the main floor classroom, and do some genealogy research.

Rather than just discussing your research conundrums and brick walls, we want to more directly to help you find the records you need to move forward, or backward, in your genealogy research.

We want to stress the importance of taking advantage of the resources we have in Salt Lake City. Genealogists travel here from around the world to do their family history research at the FHL, but we live here and we have access to it all the time. We want our members to learn how to use the resources available to us.

See you tomorrow. Bring some genealogy research to work on.