Call to Meeting – July 19

Our next meeting of UJGS will be on the 19th of July, 6:30pm Mountain Time.

Our speakers are Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Maria Apodaca presenting about Conversos and Crypto Jews.

Schelly, founder of “Tracing the Tribe,” will discuss ethnicity, history, migration and DNA of Converso Jews. Maria will speak about her family’s personal journey. Both are leaders of Centro Sefarad New Mexico, the Sephardic Heritage program of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico.

Beginning this month, we are moving from GoToWebinar to Zoom, so be patient with us as we figure out the new software.

Registration is required.

We’ll see you there.

Call to Meeting – June 21

June 21st is the next UJGS meeting, 6:30pm online.

Our speaker is Chuck Weinstein, the Towns/Districts Director for the Ukraine Special Interest Group, 2019 JewishGen Volunteer of the Year, and co-chair of the 2016 IAJGS Conference. His topic is: The Three Great Myths of Jewish Genealogy.

Register to join us via GoToWebinar.

And welcome to a bunch of new mailing list members. You signed up to be added to our mailing list at RootsTech 2020 but unfortunately those lists went missing until recently. We’re still happy for you to join us.

Call to Meeting – May 10

Yes, you read that right. Our next meeting is on Monday, May 10th, at 6:30pm.

Our speaker will be Angie Bush, an internationally recognized genetic genealogist working at Ancestry ProGenealogists. Her presentation will be “Endogamy and Your DNA Matches”.

We’re expecting a shorter presentation, so bring your DNA and endogamy questions for Angie.

Sorry for the late notice of the unusual meeting date. We’ll see you Monday night.

Call to Meeting – March 15

Our next meeting will be next Monday, March 15th, at 6:30pm Mountain time.

Daylight Saving Time begins the day before so make sure to pay attention to your computer or phone (as they should update automatically) if you haven’t changed your other clocks.

Our speaker will be our very own Kathy Kirkpatrick teaching us about The Hidden Jewish Heritage of a Catholic Italian-American Family.

Registration is available online.

We will be voting on bylaw changes. If you are a paid member this year or you were last year, you should have already received a copy of those changes. Anyone who joins before the meeting may vote. Dues is only $10.

See you there.

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.