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.

IAJGS Virtual Conference 2020

Sorry that we didn’t send this notice out sooner, but IAJGS is doing its conference virtually this year and it’s this week.

This year, there are some live lectures and there’s an on demand library. So even if you sign up late, all the live lectures ought to be available on demand at some time after they have concluded.

But there’s a bonus free part of the conference. SIG and BOF meetings are free, as well as the JewishGen annual presentation and the IAJGS annual meeting. The SIG and BOF schedule is online here.

What are SIGs and BOFs? Special Interest Groups and Birds of a Feather. This is how we divide ourselves by the regions our families came from. Most Jewish American researchers will find themselves in multiple groups. These groups work to obtain and index records mostly, but may also help with coordinating research trips, recommending local researchers, or more, focusing on just their area of the world. SIGs are bigger geographical areas and BOFs often fit into specific SIGs, but work in smaller areas.

Visit iajgs2020.org to sign up. You will need to register for the free sessions, or you could pay for the full conference. Again, you’ve missed the first day already, but there are three more days to go. The SIG meetings are being recorded, so they may be available on demand at some point too.

Call to Virtual Meeting – 20 July

We’re sorry that last month’s meeting planning slipped through the cracks, but we’re still here and having a meeting on Monday, July 20 at 6:30pm.

Our speaker will be Brian Podoll and his presentation is “Other German Record Sources, Beyond the Vitals”.

We use GoToWebinar. All attendees will need to register online before the event. The webinar will show two hours’ length, but we’re generally finished around one.

See you there.

Call to Virtual Meeting – May 18

It’s time for another UJGS meeting, on May 18 at 6:30pm.

With so many of us trying to research from home, we’re going to have a virtual question and answer session.

The experts in our society will try to answer any questions you may have. You can ask questions during the meeting, but if you have some questions ready, please send them in advance.

You will need to register for the webinar. Please visit the registration page before our session is set to begin so you can join us.

See you there.

One Webinar A Day Extended To May

Last month, we told you that Legacy Family Tree Webinars were offering one webinar a day for free from their catalog. They have extended that to May.

The schedule can be found on their web site.

They provide a list for the month, followed by a list by topic. Each day of the week has a different topic.

Sunday: Methodology
Monday: DNA
Tuesday: Ethnic Genealogy (May 19 and 26 are Jewish)
Wednesday: TechZone
Thursday: Around The Globe
Friday: Beginners
Saturday: Technology

This is your chance to watch some of the older webinars that you missed the first time, or to rewatch and refresh your memory. They also have upcoming live webinars listed on the home page, which are free when they’re live and then for another week. You can also pay for access to their entire webinar library which goes back to 2010.

Call to Virtual Meeting – April 20

That’s right friends, UJGS is having a virtual meeting.

We hope everyone who can has been staying home, maybe getting some genealogy research done. One day, things will get back to more normal, and when that happens, we’ll all be wanting more records from the archives in Eastern Europe.

Join us on Monday, April 20, at 6:30pm for Janette Silverman of Ancestry ProGenealogists as she tells us about Researching in Eastern European Archives.

For this meeting, we will be using GoToWebinar. If you are not familiar with the program, we will be online at 6pm for you to log in and test it out before the meeting begins. You will need an Internet connection and a speaker or headphones, or you can call in with your phone for audio. Some instructions can be found here.

You must register online to attend. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions and a link to use to join the meeting, including a reminder email 1 hour before the presentation.

We hope you’ll join us.

Free Genealogy Webinars Daily

We hope our members are doing well, staying home, and staying healthy. During this difficult time, a plethora of information and entertainment is being offered online for free and we’d like to tell you about one.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is releasing for free one webinar from their collection every day of April. Each day of the week has a different theme and there are quite a variety of topics.

Sundays are for methodology, Mondays are DNA topics, Tuesdays are ethnic genealogy, etc.

And we’re just in time to catch tomorrow’s (April 7) webinar on Sephardic Research.

You can view he entire schedule for the rest of month on the Legacy Family Tree web site.

What else have you been doing for the past month? Have you caught any operas at The Met? Seen any musicals or plays? Researched something on JSTOR? Virtually visited a museum? If you’re not using social media, you may be missing out on all the wonderful things now being shared for free online. You can also search on Google for “free things to do online”.