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.

Call to Meeting – May 16

Sorry for the late reminder, but we have a UJGS meeting coming up this Tuesday, May 16th, at 6:30pm, in the B2 classroom at the Family History Library.

Since last month’s viewing of the keynote from the IAJGS conference in Seattle was a hit, we will be watching another session from the conference. The session has not yet been chosen yet, so you’ll have to show up to find out which one. Maybe we’ll let our attendees choose.

See you soon.

Call to Meeting – April 18

Our next meeting will be next Tuesday at 6:30pm in the B2 level classroom of the Family History Library.

We will be viewing the keynote lecture from the IAJGS conference in Seattle last summer. If you’d like to get a taste of what happens at the conference every year, this is your chance.

As always, feel free to bring some genealogy work to do, along with any questions in your research you’d like help with.

See you next week.

Call to Meeting – March 21

Our next meeting will be next Tuesday, March 21st, at 6:30pm, in the classroom on the B2 floor at the Family History Library.

Todd Knowles will present to us about Beginning Jewish research.

There is always time after our meetings for your personal research, so bring something to work on or bring your questions and we’ll try to help.

See you soon.

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.

 

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!