Call to Meeting – Delayed to October 23

A belated Shana Tova from UJGS!

Now that the high holidays are finally over, it’s time for another UJGS meeting.

Our meeting was supposed to be October 16th, but we’ve just been informed that FamilySearch is having a special event and the rooms at the FHL are unavailable.

So we are delaying our meeting one week and holding it on October 23rd. Sorry for any inconvenience but we hope you can still attend. It will be the usual time, 6:30pm, in one of the classrooms on the main floor.

We’re waiting for confirmation from our speaker and we’ll let you know when that is set up.

FindMyPast Free Weekend – September 7 – 10

FindMyPast is offering free access to 2.7 billion records this weekend. Included in the offer is birth, marriage, and death records, census, military, immigration, directories, the 1939 Register, and more.

Most of these collections are British but also include ship lists going to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America and more; the Catholic Heritage Archive of North American, British, and Irish records. It appears that FindMyPast is offering access to almost all of their collections (except for newspapers, PERSI, and UK Electoral Registers).

The offer ends at midnight on September 10th (BST?), so don’t miss out on the opportunity to search these records from the comfort of your own home. FindMyPast is available for free access at the Family History Library, but some collections are not always available in the library versions.

I know what I’ll be doing for some of this weekend. What will you be doing?

Call to Meeting – July 17

The next UJGS meeting will be July 17th at 6:30pm in classroom B on the main floor of the Family History Library (our usual place).

Our speaker this month is Marek Koblanski. We don’t have the title but he will be talking about Polish research.

This is our last meeting until October, so don’t miss it!

AmericanAncestors Free Access This Week

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access this week to all of its online databases, more than 1.4 billion names.

Visit AmericanAncestors.org to search their records. Searching is free but you will need to create a guest account to see the images.

These records are only free from July 10 to July 17, so don’t miss out. They have more than just New England records. You can browse their database list to see what they have.

Happy hunting!

MyHeritage US Newspapers – Free This Week

In honor of the July 4th holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to its US Newspaper records, no data subscription required, from July 3rd to July 8th.

We know that telling the stories of our ancestors is an important part of genealogy research. While vital records provide birth, marriage, and death information, newspapers often provide the narrative of our ancestors’ lives in between those events.

Visit the MyHeritage blog for more about this offer and the origins of one of our national symbols, the bald eagle. Or head straight over to the Newspaper Collection.

If you’ve previously uploaded your family tree to MyHeritage, log in and can look under “Discoveries”, then “Matches by Source”, look only at “Record Matches”, and look at your newspaper smart matches to see what MyHeritage has already found for your family. You may not be able to click through from there, but you’ll know who they found and you can search for it on your own.

Call to Meeting – June 19

Our next UJGS meeting will be June 19th at 6:30pm in classroom B on the main floor at the Family History Library.

Our speaker will be Banai Lynn Feldstein and her presentation is “Three Adoptions and an Ethical Dilemma”. Come hear the stories about three adoptions in her immediate family.

See you there!

Call to Meeting – May 22

We had a little confusion this month over the date of the meeting and miscalculated that this past Tuesday was the second week when it was actually the third, so we’re having our meeting on the fourth Tuesday this month.

We will be meeting on May 22nd in classroom B on the main floor of the Family History Library.

Our speaker will be Brian Schellenberg and his topic is “Eretz Ashkenaz: A History of Germany and It’s Jewish Population”.

See you there.

Call to Meeting – April 17

Sorry for the extremely late notice, but life happens.

We have a UJGS meeting on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30pm in classroom B on the main floor of the Family History Library (same place as the last two meetings).

April 25th is DNA Day, so it’s appropriate that out speaker, Nathan Machula, will be presenting “Genetic Genealogy 101”.

Come learn about using DNA for genealogy research, then stick around for questions and additional conversation about our own results.

See you there!

Call to Meeting – March 20

Our next meeting with be on March 20th at 6:30pm in Classroom B on the main floor of the Family History Library.

Our speaker will be Lindsay Levine, a research manager at AncestryProGenealogists and the topic will be Tips and Tricks for Immigration Research: Passenger Lists, Naturalization Records, and Identifying Towns of Origin in Europe.

Come join us for the presentation and, and always, feel free to bring your research questions with you. We will be happy to try to help with your family history research.