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.”
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?
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.
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.
Congratulations to our new UJGS officers. Our election was held yesterday at our regular meeting.
All of our officers have been re-elected to another two-year term. Returning are Todd Knowles as President, Paula Paradise as Secretary, and Banai Feldstein as Treasurer and Webmaster.
Also joining our Board is Josh Perlman, serving as the Chair of the Activities Committee.
We will soon begin planning for our society activities next year. We are currently looking at setting up a special January meeting on a Sunday for a speaker who will be coming to town. We’ll let you know as the plans move forward.
MyHeritage is available at the Family History Library, making it accessible to our Utah JGS members fairly easily, but it’s always more convenient to search from home, at any hour, with all your genealogy data handy.
For one week, August 14 – 20, MyHeritage will be making all of its major census collections available for free. This includes the US, UK and Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. They are offering this in celebration of their recent milestone of surpassing eight billion historical records on SuperSearch.
So if you’ve been wanting to search the Nordic censuses or you’ve had trouble finding some of your relatives in the other censuses, now is a great time to try another search engine to find them.
If you’ve previously uploaded your family tree to MyHeritage, you should look through your record matches as well. They may have already found some listings for you.
You can visit their blog post about this offer to find links directly to each of the census collections by country.
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.
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.
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.
Utah JGS would like to extend its congratulations to Marelynn Zipser who received the Volunteer of the Year award from the IAJGS at the 2016 Conference.
Marelynn’s award acknowledges her years of transcribing records for Hungarian SIG. The H-SIG database originally started with Marelynn’s transcriptions and she has indexed well over 150,000 records, comprising about 14% of the SIG’s database, as well as over 65,000 vital records.
UJGS was happy to have nominated Marelynn for the award and we thank the IAJGS for acknowledging one of our founding members for her huge and ongoing contribution to Jewish genealogy.