Marelynn Zipser, 1937-2021

UJGS is sad to report the death of Marelynn Zipser on February 19th.

Marelynn was a founding member of our society, serving as Membership Chair for many years, continuing as an active member until about 2017. She had a regular column in our newsletter, “Zip Tip”, with advice for research, often about the Family History Library. She was featured in the “Member Spotlight” in issue 14 in 2006.

Marelynn was a huge contributor to Jewish genealogy for over 15 years, indexing Hungarian records for the Hungary-SIG of JewishGen after researching her husband’s Austro-Hungarian family. The 1869 Hungarian census indexing project began with her work and she was often the only indexer for entire towns of records in the census or vital records, including indexing all of the Bratislava Jewish vital records in 2011, over 28,000 names.

In 2016, Marelynn received the IAJGS Volunteer of the Year award (nominated by her friends at UJGS), for her contributions to the Hungary-SIG database for so many years.

Her obituary can be found online, detailing her family and some of her life’s adventures.

UJGS sends it condolences to her family and friends.

RootsTech Begins Tonight

For anyone who hasn’t already noticed yet, RootsTech begins tonight. This year, RootsTech is all online and completely free. How can you go wrong?

If you’re not already signed up, you should check it out. There are sessions about all kinds of topics, including a strong list of specifically Jewish sessions. For the adventurous, they also have sessions in other languages, providing captions. Want to see what Poles or Ukrainians are saying about genealogy? They have some interesting sounding topics.

Most RootsTech sessions will be 20 minutes or less (working off the same theory as TED Talks), therefore some sessions have multiple parts.

Streaming begins at 9pm tonight, so go sign up. Many sessions will be available immediately while others will stream live and then can be watched on demand later. The conference will be available on demand for about a year, just before next year’s RootsTech, so you’ll have plenty of time to see everything.

So if you’re not yet signed up, head over to http://rootstech.org/ and see what you might learn.

Call to Meeting – January 18

We have been delighted with the attendance at our virtual meetings in 2020 and expect to continue this year. In fact, we have made tentative plans for speakers at our first few meetings of 2021.

That said, we are very interested in your ideas for future speakers and/or topics.

  • What subjects would you like to learn more about?
  • Are there any specific speakers or organizations that you would like to hear from?
  • Do you have any other suggestions for the society?

We assume that most of you receive these notices by email, so feel free to just hit the reply button and let us know.

Now, for new business. We apologize for the short notice, but we’re having an early meeting this year.

On Monday, January 18 at 6:30pm, we will be meeting by webinar for a presentation from Janette Silverman, Lost in the Shoah: the Rescuing Power of Genealogy.

Registration is required so please sign up.

We’d also like to remind you that dues for 2021 is due. You can pay online at Square. You may also mail a check to the UJGS Treasurer, 5173 Pieper Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84118. Dues is $10 per person or $15 for a couple. If you’re a new member, please visit our web site and fill in an application so we know who you are.

Hope to see you at our meetings.

Call to Meeting – November 16

Our next meeting of UJGS is on Monday. Sorry for the late notice.

Our speaker is Chad Schaeffer of the United Jewish Federation of Utah and he’ll be speaking about the Utah Jewish community.

As usual, this meeting will be held virtually and attendees will need to register online.

This is our last scheduled meeting of the year. We’ll let you know when next year’s schedule has been set up.

See you Monday.

Call to Meeting – October 19

Our next meeting will be October 19th at 6:30pm, virtually.

Our speaker is Brooke Schreier Ganz and she’ll be presenting Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy.

Brooke Ganz is a genealogist, computer programmer, and open-data activist. She is the founder and president of Reclaim the Records, a non-profit organization making archival records more accessible to the public.

Visit the registration page to join us.

Call to Meeting – September 21

It’s almost time for our next virtual meeting, September 21st at 6:30pm.

There are a lot of changes being made to FamilySearch, especially the research wiki. Todd Knowles, the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch, will present What’s New at FamilySearch.

As always, registration is required. Also note that we don’t expect to take up two hours as the registration page says, probably closer to one, but we over-book the webinar time just in case.

See you there!

RootsTech 2021 Is Virtual

FamilySearch recently announced that RootsTech 2021 will be all virtual — and all free.

Dates have been moved to February 25-27 (which coincides with Purim).

You can read more about their plans in a blog post about the virtual experience.

You can register for the free conference to receive any updates direct to your email, and then attend when the time comes.

While you’re on the site, you can check out the video archive to watch sessions from past years that you may have missed or forgotten.

Utah State Historical Society Conference

The Utah State Historical Society is holding its annual conference virtually in September.

The conference is free and open to the public. Each week, they have scheduled a few pre-recorded sessions and one or two livestreamed sessions, culminating in the keynote on September 25th.

The theme is Rights & Responsibilities. With sessions about Utah history, women’s rights and suffrage, and archaeology, the most genealogical topic will be the week of September 14-20, a session called The Right Record: Rights and Responsibilities in Utah Government Records.

Visit the USHS Conference web site to see the full program and to register.

Call to Meeting – August 17

For our August meeting, we will have Emily Garber as our speaker. Her topic: Learning Our Craft: Online Opportunities for Improving Our Research Skills.

To do quality research, never stop learning. Webcasts, webinars, online courses, blogs, podcasts, FaceBook, YouTube, discussion groups, wikis – these are a few of the plethora of opportunities for genealogy enthusiasts to hone their skills.

Since there are many different learning styles, this talk focuses on types of online opportunities (their strengths and weaknesses) and where to find them. Topics also include developing a personalized learning plan and fitting learning into our busy lives.

Of course, we will have this presentation by webinar, which requires registration. Some of you register minutes before we begin, and that’s OK too. Visit the registration link to sign up. As always, we block two hours for the webinar but usually only take about one hour of time.

See you there.