Hey there genealogists. Have you been wondering what’s going on with UJGS? Well, we’ve been working on some things. Much is still in progress actually, but it’s time for us to get started on our 2015 plans.
A few new things about our meetings this year.
1. All meetings will be the third Tuesday of the month. Every month. Except for December when the FHL won’t be open late. We want you to get used to being at the Library at least once a month. So often, other genealogists tell me I’m so lucky to live in SLC where I have access to the FHL. It saddens me when my local society members are not familiar with using the Library. So we want you to be there more often and to use the amazing genealogical resource it offers.
2. Meetings will begin at 6pm. This is new for 2015. Most presentations will last around an hour, so we want you to use the time afterwards to get some research done. Other UJGS members will be happy to help you when they can. If we find that many members can’t be on time for the earlier start, we will adjust.
3. Our July and September meetings will not have any presentations; we just want you to continue the habit of third Tuesdays at the FHL. July is after the IAJGS conference and the officers may not yet be back. September is the second day of Rosh Hashanah. It’s the tail end of the holiday, but we don’t want any observant Jewish members to miss anything important.
4. We are doing a theme this year. Each meeting will focus on a record type that every genealogist should be using for their research. We want you to know how to do your research. Again referencing the resources we have available at the FHL, you should know how to use them.
We begin in March with Immigration Records. Come hear from Todd Knowles as he teaches you how to find your immigrant ancestors in the records and what else those records might tell you.
We had about a year of pre-conference discussions at our meetings, so you might not remember that we also broadcast our meetings as webinars. If you can’t make it in person, you can register and watch from home.
One more announcement. If you haven’t checked it out lately, we have a new web site design. Head on over to http://ujgs.org/ and have a look around. There is a new member login section, where you can pay your dues via Paypal.
And don’t forget to mark you calendars with the dates of our meetings this year:
- 17 March
- 21 April
- 19 May
- 16 June
- 21 July
- 18 August
- 15 September
- 20 October
- 17 November
See you soon.