Meeting Reminder – March 19

This message is to remind everyone of our upcoming meeting, March 19th, 7-9pm, at the JCC.

Jeanette Rosenberg is presenting Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Found, about her research visits to Germany (and she may mention some other locations). Jeanette comes to us from England, a member of AGRA, JGS Great Britain, and GerSIG.

Webinar registration is online and open to the public. Address and directions to the JCC are on our web site.

We will also be discussing our participation in the 2014 IAJGS Conference. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with our society’s responsibilities.

UJGS members, please remember to bring your dues for 2013 if you haven’t already paid. We’ll see you there!

Call to Meeting – March 2013

It’s time for another meeting of UJGS. We began 2013 with a Library Research Night that was well attended. Now, we’re heading back to the JCC for a presentation meeting.

Joining us to speak is Jeanette Rosenberg. Her topic: Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Found.

Jeanette will present about her genealogy research visits to Germany and elsewhere, giving some case studies drawn from her personal research. These will give examples of the sources others can consider using for their own research.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, from 7-9pm at the JCC. More information can be found on our meetings web page.

Everyone is welcome to the meeting, or you may attend by webinar. Registration is required for webinar attendance.

(This will be our first webinar broadcast from the JCC. We won’t be able to test our technology in advance of the meeting, so if anything goes wrong with the webinar, we will find some way to record the session and make it available to those who were registered.)

More about our speaker. Jeanette Rosenberg is a professional genealogist and member of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from Strathclyde University. She’s a frequent researcher at archives in Germany, where she’s participated in local history seminars. Jeanette is also a popular Jewish genealogy speaker around the UK. She was appointed a GerSig Director in 2009 and leads for JGS Great Britain on Education and Mentoring, managing exhibitions, and is chair of the German SIG.

Don’t Forget Library Research Night

We’re kicking off 2013 with Library Research Night tomorrow night, 19 February, at the Family History Library. We will be there between 5 and 9pm and members are welcome to come by to ask for help from others, share their discoveries, or just to get some research done and have someone around to chat with.

We’ll have a sign at the information desk on the main floor to let you know where we are.

Library Research Night – February 19

It’s time for our first meeting of 2013, and we’re starting out with Library Research Night.

On February 19th, from 5-9:00pm, members are invited to the Family History Library to do our research together.

Check our meetings page for more information about free parking downtown.

Bring along a brick wall problem and ask other members for their advice. If your research is taking you to a new country or into a new language, we may have someone who can help you get started at reading new records types. Or just show up to help others, and bring some research to do.

If you’re planning to come, it’s best to RSVP and let us know what kind of research problems you need help with, so we can do our best to arrange for the right members to be around.

We’ll see you Tuesday night.
(And don’t forget to bring your dues.)

Subscribe to Records Access Alerts

Public records access is an important issue facing the entire genealogy world and it is of worldwide concern. Genealogists depend on access to records to do our research, while lawmakers are changing the rules, sometimes making more records publicly available, but more often removing records from the public’s access, or threatening to do so.

As one example, think of where you’d be in your research without the Social Security Death Index, the closest thing we have to a national death index. The fight over the SSDI is a recent and ongoing one, with some lawmakers wanting to take away all public access due to perceived threats of identity theft, when it’s purpose is to help stop such kinds of activity.

IAJGS has been providing notices about public records access to its member societies’ leadership, but to be sure that everyone can know about these issues, IAJGS has created a new announcement list.

To subscribe to the list, visit, and provide the requested information: name, email, and organization. You will receive an email response to verify your subscription.

IAJGS would also like to hear from list subscribers if they know of public records access issues or have something relevant to add about the postings.

Alerts posted to this new service will be made only when there is something of an important nature regarding public records access.

Thank you to Jan Meisels Allen for bringing this to our attention. Jan is the IAJGS Vice President and Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee.

UJGS 2013 Schedule

Welcome UJGS members and friends to 2013.

We have updated our blog a bit, transferring all of our subscribers to our in-house email system. We have also added some of our past members back onto the list. We’d love to see some more of you again. (Feel free to unsubscribe if you’re no longer interested in hearing from us.)

Mark your calendars. We have set our schedule for 2013.

  • 19 February – Library Research Night
  • 19 March
  • 21 May
  • 18 June – Library Research Night
  • 23 July
  • 22 October

This year, we are trying out the third Tuesday of the month. February and June will be Library Research Night at the Family History Library. From 5-9pm, come to give and/or receive research help from your fellow society members.

Our other meetings will take place at the Jewish Community Center from 7-9pm. Our first speaker in March will be Jeanette Rosenberg, a genealogist from England, who will be sharing with us her research exploits in Germany. More details to come.

SLIG is This Week

Every January, the Utah Genealogical Association invites genealogists to their annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Each attendee signs up for a specific track where they learn in-depth research information about their chosen topic.

Some courses fill up fast when registration opens in June, so if you’re interested, you want to keep an eye out for it each summer.

Besides the main courses, SLIG also offers evening sessions beginning at 7pm and 8:15pm. The first night is free and other sessions are only $10. These are open to the public.

SLIG runs from January 14-18, and takes place at the Radisson Hotel, about a block from the Family History Library.

You can find more information about the evening sessions on the UGA web site, or learn more about SLIG. Free Access Databases is offering free access to some of its 2012 collections until December 29th.

Just a few of the databases in the free collection include:

  • 1940 US Federal Census
  • 1892 New York State Census
  • Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988
  • Galveston, Texas Jewish Immigration Records 1901-1917
  • London, England Land Tax Records 1692-1932
  • Canada Voters Lists 1935-1980
  • Washington Marriage Records 1865-2004
  • Border Crossings from Canada to US 1895-1954
  • New York Naturalization Records 1897-1944

You can visit their web site to see a list of all of the free collections available until Saturday to search them specifically. Click on “See What’s Free” on the right side for the complete list.

Board Meeting This Saturday

Attention UJGS members, this Saturday we are having a board meeting. No, we don’t mean for all of you to come, but if anyone wants to volunteer to contribute more to the society, we’d love to have you bring your ideas and join the board. We still have some positions that are available. Don’t worry if you don’t have any specific experience for helping to run a genealogy society, because we’re all still figuring it out as we go along. Let me know and I’ll send you the meeting details.

If you don’t want to volunteer but you have some suggestions, please send them in. This society is here for your benefit. So what is it that you want from the society? What were you hoping to learn from the society? What were you hoping the society would do, or do for you? We want to know so we can try to make that happen. We know that we have all levels of skills among our members, from beginners to professionals, and we want to try to address everyone’s needs.

I’ll also use this post to send out a Happy Hanukkah to everyone!
(Sorry, I forgot to do a blog entry for this holiday.)

Call to Meeting – November 2012

As International Jewish Genealogy Month comes to a close, UJGS is having another meeting on Tuesday, November 13th from 7-9pm at the Family History Library.

Our presenter will be Heidi Sugden, a Research Consultant at the Family History Library and a native of Vienna, Austria. She will be speaking about Jewish Research in Vienna and its surroundings.

This meeting will be broadcast as a webinar for anyone who cannot attend in person. Registration is required.

If you’re unfamiliar with the GoToWebinar software, we recommend watching this video so you can understand more about how a webinar works.

We’ll see you next week!