Call to Meeting – February 26

It’s almost time for our first meeting of the year for the Utah JGS.

As we’ve done for the past several years, our February schedule has been bumped up a week to take place the day before RootsTech, when we can take advantage of the speakers coming to town for the conference, and to get some extra attendance from the conference-goers.

This year we will have a returning favorite speaker, Daniel Horowitz, who will be telling us 10 Things You May Not Want to Know About MyHeritage.

MyHeritage is constantly adding new features to their website. Why do you not want to know about them? Because you will get addicted to all the amazing features available that will advance your family research. Come hear Daniel tell you all about: Pedigree Tree, Pedigree Map, Tree Consistency Checker, Charts, Calendar Events, Statistics, and many more.

Come join us on February 26th at 6:30pm in the main floor classrooms B & C at the Family History Library.

We will also have representatives at the IAJGS booth at RootsTech. If you’re interested in volunteering, just let us know by replying to this message.

See you there!

Happy Valentine’s Day from MyHeritage

While our members can access the site whenever they visit the Family History Library, MyHeritage is offering an early Valentine’s Day gift.

Free access to all marriage records on their site. This includes US, European, and all international collections they have.

So if you have some marriages in your family still to find, take a look and see what they have from the convenience of your home.

This offer runs from February 10 – 17 at myheritage.com.

Call to Meeting – November 20

It’s almost time for the last UJGS meeting of 2018.

We will be meeting on November 20th at 6:30pm in a classroom on the main floor of the Family History Library. (Just head to the back wall and you will find us in one of the rooms.)

Our speaker will be Gordon L Remington and his topic is New York City Research.

See you there!

Call to Meeting – October 23

Hello friends. This is a reminder that UJGS is having a meeting tomorrow, October 23rd, at 6:30pm, in a classroom on the main floor of the Family History Library. (Just go to the rooms along the back wall and we’ll be in one of them.)

Our speaker couldn’t accommodate our change of schedule so we don’t have a topic. But a few of us went to the IAJGS conference in Poland a couple months ago and maybe you’d like to hear about that?

Otherwise, bring some genealogy research to do, especially your brick walls, and we’ll try to help you along.

See you there!

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!