MyHeritage is hosting a 24 hour marathon of webinars at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, on March 12th and 13th.
The webinars begin at 3pm today, March 12, and conclude the tomorrow.
You can see the list of webinars, the times, and register on their web site. Registration is for the full day, but you can log in for only the webinars you want to see. Additionally, the webinars will be available for free for a week, so if you miss the one at 2am, or even at 2pm, you have a week to catch it before you’ll have to pay to see it.
There are webinars on Swedish, Dutch, Belgian, Australian and New Zealand records, as well as evidence and proof, name-changing ancestors, several on DNA, US census, and more.
Be sure to check out the list to see which ones apply to your own research and don’t miss your chance for more genealogy education.
We meant to send this message out earlier, but even if you don’t make it to the live version, you still have a week to watch.
The live stream will probably be right on that page, or they’ll provide a link from that page. They will stream all of the keynotes, this year called “general sessions”, along with many other presentations
Be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss something you might want to see. Also, RootsTech usually shares those videos after the conference, so you’ll have another chance to watch them for free later. (Some keynotes in previous years were not shared later, so try to catch them live if you can.)
It’s almost time for Utah JGS’s first meeting of the year. We will be meeting on Monday, February 24th at 6:30 pm in the main floor classrooms at the Family History Library.
Our speaker is Daniel Horowitz, the genealogy expert at MyHeritage, and he’ll be telling us about Israeli and European Records Available on MyHeritage.
This meeting takes place the same week as RootsTech. Whether you are planning to attend or not, in past years, the Expo Hall has been free to visit, and probably will be again. You can meet with the vendors and learn about the products and technologies they offer to assist with your genealogy research. We recommend a visit one day.
And because this is our first meeting of the year, it’s time to pay your dues: $10 per person or $15 per couple. You can pay in person (cash, check, or credit card) or by credit card online at Square.
If you have a certain number of genea-friends on social media, you may have already seen this, but we want to inform you about something that is currently going on in the genealogy world.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly the INS) has proposed an outrageous fee increase, raising the fees for a $65 search and the follow-up $65 record retrieval to $240 and $385 — a 492% increase.
What files does the USCIS have?
Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files), September 27, 1906 to March 31, 1956
Alien Registration Forms (Form AR-2), August 1940 to March 1944
Visa Files, July 1, 1924 to March 31, 1944
Registry Files, March 1929 to March 31, 1944
A-Files, April 1, 1944 to May 1, 1951
These are records that cannot be found anywhere else. NARA should have already received some of these files, which would make them easier for genealogists to access, but they have not been passed along as they should have been. And no genealogy organization has access to them or even to the indexes.
The USCIS has provided an opportunity for us to comment on the proposed rule that dramatically impacts the USCIS Genealogy Records Program.
Announcing a screening of the award-winning film, Children of the Inquisition, followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Joseph Lovett. The film follows people in their journey of self-discovery through genealogy research and the stories of their ancestors who survived the Inquisition. Children of the Inquisition won the Grand Prize for the “Hearts, Minds, Souls Award: Celebrating Films that Reflect the Jewish Experience” from the Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The event will take place at the Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library, at the University of Utah from 5:30 – 8:00pm on October 2nd. It is being sponsored by Friends of the Marriott Library, the Marriott Library Special Collections, and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Free refreshments will be provided.
UJGS is sad to report we’ve just learned about the death of Robert Neu on 16 March 2019.
Robert was the founder of our society in 2002, serving as president from that time until he left for an LDS mission in 2007. Upon his return in 2008, he remained an active member until about 2012. He continued to attend sporadically until his last meeting in 2015. He moved to Minnesota soon after.
Robert contributed regularly to Atsmi Uvsari, our newsletter (2003-2010), including as the editor for about a year. His book reviews can be found in many of the old issues, along with other stories.
In 2005 (Issue 10, page 7), Robert gave the following still-relevant advice to our members:
“Don’t give up. Get to know ALL the records from the area you are researching. Help others as you gain knowledge.”
As usual, it will be on Tuesday night, May 21st, at 6:30pm in one of the main floor classrooms along the back wall of the Family History Library.
This month, we’ll be learning from our own Josh Perlman and Banai Feldstein as they teach us about Jewish Gravestones: What To Look For And How To Understand Them.
Need help with some gravestones? Bring along your pictures. We always have some time after the meeting to help out our members with their genealogy research, and this month would be appropriate to help with gravestones. Or if you have some other brick wall in your research, we’ll be happy to help you try to bust through it. Just bring whatever details you already have and we’ll give it a go.
We have a whole bunch of new people joining our UJGS mailing list from RootsTech. Thank you for stopping by the IAJGS booth and signing up.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 19th, at 6:30pm. We meet at the Family History Library in the main floor classroom B or C — we’ll be in one and the other is usually empty.
Parking is free behind the museum next door beginning at 4pm. The entrance is accessible when heading East on North Temple between 200 West and West Temple. (If you’re driving West, there’s a median so you’ll have to U-turn.)
Many of you had questions about your research and DNA results. Bring your genealogy problems and we’ll try to help.
Just a reminder that our first meeting of the year is next Tuesday at the FHL at 6:30pm in our usual place, the classrooms on the main floor.
Daniel Horowitz will be telling us about 10 Things You May Not Want to Know About MyHeritage. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the features that site has to offer.
As always, since we meet at the library, you are free to do research before and after the meeting, and if you need some help with your research, we’ll do what we can to help you.
We’re also taking this opportunity to remind you that, since it’s the first meeting of the year, dues is due. It’s just $10 per person or $15 per couple. You can pay at the meeting by cash, check, or credit card, or pay online by credit card at our Square Store.