Research Assistance Needed

I received a request as follows:

I am looking to find some information about my 19th century great great grandparents in Kishinev. I believe there might be info. in the Mormon library. I live in Israel.and we have no Mormon libraries here, so I’m looking for someone in Utah who could help me.

If you can help, please let me know and I will forward you his contact information.


Call to Meeting, 15 May 2023, 7 pm Mountain time

Janette Silverman will speak on “In the Aftermath”. After World War II, refugees all over Europe lived in Displaced Persons Camps, sometimes for years. Some who wanted to leave Europe were permitted to relocate fairly quickly, for many, the journey away from continental Europe was arduous. We will discuss how to find information about refugees arriving in the United States and track them into records to find out what happened to them during the war. Some of the documentation will reveal their parents’ names & birthplaces. As an example of what can be found, we’ll look at one specific family’s journey. Although the family we will look at ultimately arrived in the U.S., their journey could have taken them anywhere.

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Call to Meeting

Come join us on 17 April for a Roundtable discussion. Bring your latest project to share. Or bring your latest problem to get advice from the rest of our attendees. Zoom link will be posted shortly. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call to Meeting – February 27

Scheduled just in time for those arriving early to RootsTech, we will have Daniel Horowitz, the Genealogy Expert of MyHeritage, speaking to us about Why is my Grandmother’s Record Private? on February 27th at 6pm in the Main Floor Classroom B at the FamilySearch Library (formerly known as the Family History Library). We will also be broadcasting via Zoom for those who can not be there in person.

About the presentation: Searching for family records can be frustrating, especially when you discover that the records that may hold the answers to all your questions are in an archive that won’t grant you access. Why are some records kept in the dark while others are freely available? In this lecture, Daniel will share his extensive personal experience tracking down restricted records and his knowledge of the various privacy regulations around the world. He’ll show you some strategies for accessing hard-to-get records… and why you may need to wait another 100 years to get your hands on the ones you are missing.

About Daniel: Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). Since 2006, Daniel has been working at MyHeritage liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world.

Please note the earlier start time at 6pm, as the FSL hours are not late enough for our usual meeting time. If you’re in Utah, whether a local, a society member, or just visiting for RootsTech, we’d love for you to join us in person. Masks are requested.

Or you can register here to attend via Zoom. We will not be able to test the technology on location before the meeting, so we apologize in advance for any technical difficulties.

Genealogy Education Around the Internet

You probably already know this, but there are genealogy events happening online all the time, especially since 2020. Today we’re sharing a few that sounded quite interesting, but there are so many more. All of the events listed here are free. We have listed the advertised time and the Mountain time, just in case we got any of those wrong.

And some that are on YouTube; we’re not aware if any of these have a limited time to view them.

  • Forgotten Holocaust: A Journey to Transnistria, English subtitles, from Institute for Germany Culture and History of Southeastern Europe at Ludwig-maximilians-Universitat Munchen, a film from 2019 about a girl from Czernowitz who survived (35 minutes) –

Don’t forget that RootsTech is right around the corner. Those in Utah can attend in person, but the virtual tickets are free –

And finally, UJGS’s next meeting will take place just before RootsTech, in person (and virtual), at the FamilySearch Library, formerly known as the Family History Library, on Monday, 27 February. Our speaker will be Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage. We’ll probably be starting at 6pm, instead of our usual 7pm. More details to come.

Call to Meeting

On 16 January 2023 at 7 pm (Mountain Time), our own Todd Knowles will speak to us on Jews of the Caribbean.

W. Todd Knowles is a deputy chief genealogical officer at FamilySearch, where he has worked for 22 years. His own journey in family history began by searching for his great-grandfather, a Polish Jew. From those early beginnings, the Knowles Collection was created. This collection now houses the genealogical records of 1.5 million Jews.

Zoom link to follow.