Friday, December 17, 2010

SLIG--Producing a Quality Family Narrative

We're ramping up for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy next week and want to tell you about the rest of our outstanding courses. Some of them still have last minute openings. Take a look at our website if you are interested.

Producing a Quality Family Narrative will be taught by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA along with the help of: Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL; Kay Haviland Feilich, CG, CGL; and Barbara Renick.

For years you've been gathering information about your ancestors. You've made many fascinating discoveries. Now it's time to share them. But where do you start? Right here! Three dynamic instructors are eager to share their expertise and experience to help you write and publish your family history. Using lots of vivid examples and case studies, this course demonstrates how to: compile the material you've gathered; narrate the life stories of your ancestors; choose the most appropriate numbering system and observe proper documentation; edit and proofread your text; work with a publisher or self-publish, either in paper form or electronically; weave family lore and treasured heirlooms, as well as pertinent local history, into your prose; and incorporate maps, charts and illustrations. One in-class writing exercise (with follow-up critique sessions) helps you improve practical writing skills, share your special talents, and exchange ideas with the family instructors and fellow students. Your family instructors and fellow students. Your family history will never be "finished!" It's time to start sharing what you've discovered so far.

  • Preliminaries: What, Why, How and For Whom Are You Writing?
  • Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context
  • Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling
  • How to Use Artifacts in Genealogical Writing
  • In-class Writing Exercise
  • Grammar for Genealogists
  • Numbering Systems for Genealogies and Family Histories
  • Evaluating Evidence
  • Writing Your Genealogy or Family History Using a Word Processor (Book Format, Page Layout, Style, Text, Notes, Graphics, Charts, Illustrations, Etc.)
  • How to Create a Narrative of Biographical Facts
  • Electronic Venues for Publishing
  • Documentation: Important for Readers . . . and the Author, too!
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Indexing
  • Publishing Your Genealogy or Family History (Fundamentals of Self-Publishing and Subsidized Publishing)
  • Using Newspapers and Cartographic Materials for Historical Context
  • In-class Critique and Discussion of Writing Exercise I
  • In-class Critique and Discussion of Writing Exercise II
  • Writing a Quality Family Narrative: The Pitfalls and Snares
  • The Larger Literary Possibilities of Family History

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SLIG--Internet Tools and Techniques

Barbara Renick is returning as coordinator for the Computerized Genealogy track with a course entitled "Internet Tools and Techniques." Together with Gena Philibert Ortega, Pam Sayer CG, CGL, Rick Sayer CG, CGL, and D. Josh Taylor, she will be teaching:
Internet Tools for Genealogists (A Brief Overview)
Eleven Layers of Online Searches
Online: How You Get There Does Make a Difference
Techniques for Searching Books ONline
Techniques for Searching Library Catalogs Online
Tools for Finding Manuscript Sources
Tools for Finding Historical Newspapers
Techniques for Searching Newspapers Online
LAB: Web Surfing Made Easier
Apps for Genealogy (Mobile Computing)
Finding Images to Tell the Story
Hidden Genealogy Web Sites
Google Tools & Techniques for Genealogists
Cloud Computing for Genealogists
Social Networking Tools for Genealogists
Plug-ins, Toolbars & More: Customizing Your Internet Experience
The Web, the World, and YOU! (Advanced Internet Research)
Evaluating and Documenting Online SOurces
Google Earth & Maps (two hours long)
This course is designed to sharpen your Internet search techniques and help you better utilize a wide array of online tools. It includes a two hour lab on web surfing--one hour instruction and one hour practice time with the instructor.

You can still get into this course by registering at

Monday, November 22, 2010

Give Thanks to Your Ancestors

November is the time of year Americans give thanks. People give thanks for their family, jobs, health, this great country and even their ancestors.

Have you taken the time this month to think about the many things your ancestors did to make you who and where you are today? The sacrifice many of our ancestors made were incredibly difficult and extensive.

As I have researched my genealogy over the years I have found multiple ancestors that gave everything and sacrificed everything just so they could make their families lives better.

Many other bloggers out there have been expressing their thanks towards their ancestors as well. Check out these great blog posts by other genealogy bloggers!

The Thanksgiving Letter
by Thomas MacEntee

Turkey and Tradition
by Alisha Martin
Kentucky Historical Society

Thanksgiving Greeting: November 21, 1909
by TJL Genes

Thanksgiving 1942
by John Newmark

The First Thanksgiving was Held Where?
Dick Eastman

SLIG--Advanced Methodology

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA will join us in presenting and Advanced Methodology course. Claire Bettag, CG, CGL; Rick Sayre, CG, CGL; and John Colletta, PhD., FUGA will join him as instructors.

Participants will develop genealogical research, analysis, correlation and compilation skills. Hands-on activities drawn from original sources will enhance this learning. Examples will be drawn from American States and colonies and European countries. Before the course begins, participants will complete two pre-course reading assignments. Three in course homework assignments will be optional.

Courses will include:
  • Developing an Evidence Orientation

  • Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search

  • Transcribing, Abstracting, Extracting, Quoting, and Documenting Sources

  • Archival Research

  • Census, Census-Substitute, and Name-List Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Military and Pension Records Stategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Tax Roll Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Federal Research: Government Documents

  • Rural and Urban Map Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Locsl Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Probate Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Bringing Law to Bear on Complex Genealogical Problems

  • Special ProblemsI: Finding Immigrant and Migrant Origins

  • Special Problems II: Idnetifying Female Ancestors

  • Special Problems III: Identifying Landless, Enslaved, Peasant, and Other Impoverished Ancestors

  • Resolving Conflicting Evidence

  • Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealolgical Problems

  • Federal Land Records: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation

  • Writing Genealogy

  • Continued Advancement

Unfortunately this class is full for this year. Please contact the registrar at to be placed on a waiting list.

Friday, November 19, 2010

SLIG--Irish Family History Research

The next course of study for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2011 that we are going to tell you about is Irish Family History Research. It is being Coordinated by David Ouimette, CG and taught with the help fo Evva Housley, AG, Dean J. Hunter AG, CG, Tome Hones Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, and David E. Rencher AG, CG, FUGA, FIGR. They are teaching:
  • Irish Immigration--North American Sources and Methodology
  • Irish Emigration - Irish Sources and Methodology
  • Scotch-Irish in America
  • Irish Surnames and Given Names
  • Irish Records and Resources on the Internet
  • Identifying Irish Localities
  • The Irish Collection in the Family History Library
  • Tools for Irish Reference
  • Catholic Church Records
  • Church of Ireland Records
  • Presbyterian Church Records
  • Irish Civil Registration of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
  • Irish Census and Census Substitutes
  • Methodology for Interpreting and Evaluating Name Lists
  • Land Valuation Records
  • Estate, Land and Property Records
  • Irish Poor Law System
  • Methodology for Reconstructing Lineages from Irish Record Fragments
  • Irish Probate Records and Genealogical Collections
  • Preparing for a Family History Experience in Ireland
This course covers a variety of topics critical to Irish family history research. A number of classes explore the major record sources for Irish genealogy--civil registration, church, census and land valuation records--including strategies for getting the most out of these records. Other classes delve into lesser-known sources of Irish family history. Special emphasis is given to research strategies and methodologies for immigrant research, eighteenth-century Irish genealogy, and how to successfully reconstruct families with scanty evidence. This course takes advantage of the Salt Lake City venue by highlighting the Irish records and finding aids available at the Family History Library. The final class helps students prepare to take a genealogy trip to Ireland.

There are still a few openings for this class. You can register at

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SLIG--Research in Washington, D.C.: Without Leaving Home

We are very excited to have Pamela Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL teaching a new course at SLIG this year entitled "Research in Washinton, D.C.: Without Leaving Home" Claire Bettag, CG, CGL will be helping them teach.
This course presents some of the massive resources that are available in Washington, DC-area and other federal repositories and how to access many of them through the Family History Library (FHL), websites, and published sources. Records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Library of Congress (LC), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and many other repositories will be explored. Students will learn to use finding aids, online catalogs, websites, interlibrary loan, and the holdings of the FHL to find, analyze, and understand federal records spanning the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries. Courses include:
  • Identifying and Using National Archives and Records Administration Finding Aids
  • Understanding the Resources of the Library of Congress
  • Finding Individuals in the American State Papers
  • Using the Serial Set in Genealogical Research
  • Finding Individuals in the Territorial Papers
  • Treasure in the Library of Congress Manuscript Collection
  • Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
  • Mining Washington Map Repositories Remotely
  • National Archives Resources in the Family History Library
  • Federal Records in FamilySearch
  • Finding Records and Individuals Using the National Archives Website
  • Finding Individuals in Military Archives
  • Using Social Security Records
  • Using National Archives Regional and Affiliated Archives to Find Individuals
  • General Land Entry Papers: Federal Land Records at the National Archives
  • Bounty Land Applications: Federal Land Records at the National Archives
  • Chronicling America
  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • Structured Excerises in the Computer Labs (FHL) (2 Sessions - 1 hour each)

There are still a few spaces available in this class. You can register at

SLIG--NEHGS part 1 New England

The next course we are going to focus on is part one in what will be a three part series about New England taught in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

This course is taught by D. Joshua Taylor with the help of Christoper C. Child and Michael Leclerc. They will be teaching:
  • Sources for New England Research
  • Sources for New York Research
  • State Census Records and Census Substitutes
  • Land Records for New England and New York
  • Probate Records for New England and New York
  • Church Records for New England and New York
  • Migrations of the 17th and 18th Century
  • Early Federal Migrations of 1780-1830
  • Exploring Migrations to Western Massachusetts and New York
  • Canadian Connections to New York and New England
  • Trial by Community: Colonial Legal Systems in New England and New York
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Three Case Studies
  • Consultations
Explore the resources available for researching families in New England and New York before 1850 with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This course will include hands-on case studies, group discussions, individual one-on-one consultations and a series of lectures on records, migration patterns, understanding boundaries and other tools for researchers.

This class is currently filled but you can join the waiting list by emailing the SLIG registrar at

Saturday, November 13, 2010

SLIG--American Records and Research: Focusing on Localities

Are you signed up for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy yet? We're going to focus for the next couple of weeks on the fantastic opportunities available to you at the Institute.

The first course we are going to focus on is CG Paula Stuart-Warren's American Records and Research: focusing on Localities class. Her team of Karen Mauer Green, Michael J Leclerc, Kory Meyerink MLS, AG FUGA, D. Joshua Taylor, and Cath Madden Trindle will be teaching the following courses:
  • Intro & General Class Information:Strategies and Organizational Tips and Tools for Busy Researchers at the FHL and Elsewhere.
  • Delving into County Courthouse and Town Hall Records
  • Land Records: Digging Deeper Online and Off
  • Building a House History from a Variety of Records
  • Dissecting a Document: Getting from Point A to Point Z
  • Lawyers, Judges and Trials: Using the Law in Genealogy
  • Locality Resources: Using Maps, Gazetteers, Atlases and More
  • The WPA Era: What is Created for Genealogists
  • Records Related to Ancestral Arrivals in the United States
  • Greater Success through Source Citation
  • Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind Mugbook Entries
  • The U.S. National Archives: The Nation's Attic
  • Finding Ancestral Places of Origin in U.S. Records
  • Opportunity to have lunch together as a class with discussion
  • Family History Library Labs with Hands-on Help.
This intermediate level course covers 19th -21st century U.S. records and strategies with seventeen classroom hours that assist researchers in learning about and using varied sources and methods. Learn more about unusual records, count, state and federal records, manuscripts, finding aids, specialized indexes, case studies, and websites. Additionally, seven hours of one-on-one assistance and consultations at the Family History Library are provided by instructors.
This course helps you extend your research skills with suggested homework assignments to immediately apply the classroom information to research on your own families. Class work is in the morning on all five days, one afternoon and with hands-on library assistance on three afternoons. There is ample time for open research in the afternoon and evening or for SLIG evening classes.

You can still sign up for this course at

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cedar City Chapter Visit.--Pictures

I have a few more pictures of our new Cedar City Utah Chapter meeting last weekend for you.
We met Friday night at the Family History Center. We were so impressed with how well run the center is. Here at the meeting we have, left to right: Julia Corry, Chapter President, Catherine Sorensen FHC director, and Ruth Scovill.
Then Saturday morning we met at the Sherratt Library on the SUU campus for a tour of their Special Collections library.

Left to Right back: Catherine Sorensen, Sandie Nagy, LaKay Weber, Julia Crates, Julia Corry, Sary Bitsoie, Bottom Row, Christy Fillerup, Janet Hovorka, Pam Chatfield.

Janet Seegmiller took us on a tour of the beautiful Special Collections library. She is a wealth of knowledge about the area, having written the book A History of Iron County: Community Above Self, and having been an archivist here at the library for many years. We were so lucky to be able listen as she shared her knowledge about the area and about the library.

LaKay Weber is here with the picture of one of her ancestors that is on display in the library. She is the current curator for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers museum in Cedar City, and was able to see the Iron Company Register that her mother had donated to special collections.

Janet introduced us to all the oral histories and other collections in the back room. We had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to Janet and to Julia and her chapter for hosting such a wonderful event. We look forward to many more in the future.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Two New Virtual Initiatives Launched for UGA

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce the launch of two virtual education initiatives for genealogists of all kinds--the UGA Genealogy Training and Tutorial Library (UGaTT) and the UGA Virtual Chapter. An introductory overview of both virtual projects can be found at This video overview is a summary recording of Barry Ewell's presentation from the UGA membership meeting on October 19th. This recording covers the designs and plans for each project as well as the dates and stages of roll-out. The introductory video is a great way to understand the sweep of the plans and get excited about the progress that is coming as we take UGA into its 40th anniversary year.

First, we are pleased to present the first tutorials of the UGA Genealogy Training and Tutorial Library (UGaTT). The topics covered so far are:
  • Series: Top U.S. Research Records
  1. Series Overview and Objectives for the Top Four U. S. Research Records-Episode 1
  2. Introduction to the Top United States Records that Genealogists Use for Research-Episode 2
  • Series: Organization for Genealogists
  1. Series Overview and Objectives for Organization for Genealogists-Episode 1
  2. What Does Being Organized Mean to the Genealogist?-Episode 2
  • Series : Fives-step Genealogy Research Process
  1. Series Overview and Objectives for the Five-step Genealogy Research Process-Episode 1
  2. Five Easy Steps to Getting Started: Genealogy is a Repeatable Process-Episode 2
  3. Step 1: Identify What You Know About Your Family-Episode 3
  4. Step 2: Decide What You Want to Learn About Your Family-Episode 4
  5. Step 3: Select Records to Search-Episode 5
  6. Step 4: Obtain and Search the Record-Episode 6
  7. Step 5: Evaluate and Use the Information-Episode 7

These first tutorials are the first three pieces of the "Bronze Level" of the program. As the program continues to roll-out there will be over 100 topics covered with a self-evaluation program in place to to test your comprehension and track your improvement. The UGaTT is arranged in three levels, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The first level allows the beginning genealogist to improve their skills and prepare for the more advanced Silver and Gold levels. Participants earn pins and certificates for program completion. Parts of the Bronze level will always be free to the general public, with the more advanced Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels available to UGA members as they are completed. Please fill out the 5 question survey at to give us your feedback on this initial release.

Second, the first beta version of our Virtual Chapter has been released for your review at The meeting is one hour long and includes an introduction and a presentation by Barry Ewell. The presentation is on "How to Effectively Conduct Genealogy Research on the Internet." We are collecting your comments and feedback in a short 6 question survey at Please participate in the survey so that we can refine the program. A second beta will be released on November 23rd with Janet Hovorka presenting "Archiving Your Genealogy Work Using the Library of Alexandria Rule" These two beta videos will be released to the general public and regular live sessions of the virtual chapter will commence in January with access to all UGA members.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Chapter--CEDAR CITY

Christy Fillerup, Sue Maxwell and I (Janet Hovorka) are having a wonderful time in Cedar city this weekend. We have been meeting with our newest UGA Chapter and our newfound fast friends. Julia Corry (President) and Pam Chatfield (secretary) arranged for us to come down and talk to them about UGA and get the communications set up between Salt Lake and their Cedar City Chapter. We met last night and discussed with them the new UGA initiatives that will be rolling out over the next year and what they want to do with their chapter. They got to be the first group to see the new UGA Training and Tutorial Videos and the beta video of our Virtual Chapter, and we were treated to a tour of the Southern Utah University Archives. They had a wonderful luncheon for us and we set them up with our publicity avenues and communications abilities.

They have been meeting for about a year now as friends and a genealogical support group and have now decided to become a UGA chapter. And we are of course thrilled to have them. Several of them are working to become accredited through ICAPGEN. They have also working with a local photographer to build a database of the tombstones and cemeteries throughout southern Utah, and are planning to have a Cedar City conference sometime in the future. We are excited to help them with those goals and further the genealogy education and networking opportunities in Cedar City. Watch the blog, or contact Pam Chatfield for more information about their activities.

Monday, October 25, 2010

More UGA Banquet Pictures

Thanks to everyone for a great time with good friends.
And thank you very much to Sue Maxwell's (our newest board member) husband Paul for the wonderful picture taking.
Michael Helmantoler, Mark Lowe, Debbie Gurtler, Russ Lynch, Colleen Lynch, Joan Healey

Howard Bybee, Adele Marcum

Jim Hasleton, Karen Christensen, Elaine Hasleton, Wilma Adkins

Jenille Ivory, Luana Darby, A.C. Ivory

Diana Olsen, Julie Haynie, Kathy Palmer
Terry and Hope , Pat Carpenter

Thomas MacEntee, Renee Zamora, Marlene Nielson, Vic Nielsen

Kimberly Powell and Thomas MacEntee

Deanna Ouimette, David Ouimette

Lisa Arnold, Kim Harrison

Jeff Baylock, Joan Healey, Maren Jeppsen

Friday, October 22, 2010

Report on the UGA Banquet at Gardiner Village

Luana Darby, our association president started the evening with an overview of how the society is doing and the status of all the committees and projects that UGA is working on.
Wilma Adkins, UGA treasurer, then presented the society with the annual financial report. Although we sustained a loss for 2009, due in part to several investments in future programs and in the NGS conferences last April, Wilma hinted that these investments were well worth it. Come out to the banquet next year to find out just how successful NGS was for UGA. Boy was it!

Then, in one of the highlights of the evening, Barry Ewell presented the plans for the Virtual Chapter and the Genealogy Training and Tutorial library that the education committee has been working on this year. Stay tuned for more information on the Virtual Chapter.

And for the main portion of the evening, we were delighted to be able to hear Mark Lowe speak about "Pitfalls, Pratfalls, and Loud Mouth Children" He talked about his childhood and how he gained his interest and love for genealogy. While traveling in the car with many other siblings, he was usually put on the floor in the front seat by his mother's legs. While traveling to the family reunions he would ask his father and mother about their lives growing up. Many times this led to great stories about other family members. Mark says he was such a curious young child, which led to many questions about aunts, uncles, grandparents and other family members. 

He shared the importance of knowing your family history, even at a young age. Even though family reunion season is over, this winter is a great time to start planning your next family reunion. Reunions are some of the best places to learn more about your family and the traditions which have been passed down into your own families today.

Finally, the door prizes were passed out by our venerable team of Vanna Whites, Christy Fillerup, Janet Hovorka, Luana Darby and Adele Marcum.

Again a big thank you to our door prize contributors:

A great time was had by all. Watch the blog for more UGA events where you can come associate with people who understand your genealogy passion.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Committe Displays at Annual Banquet

UGA is excited to be able to offer its members so many ways to get involved. Each committee was represented by a table-top display. Each committee is in place to provide a service to UGA's members. We are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers that make this happen. If you are interested in volunteering please send your interests to and we'll make sure you get hooked up with the right people. Tuesday night included displays from . . .

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - Every January the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) offers intermediate and advanced level courses to genealogists looking for an in-depth educational experience. Nationally known speakers, experts in their niches, fly to Salt Lake each January to teach and network with avid students. For more information visit our website at Remember--the early-bird discount ends October 30th!!
First Families of Utah - For many years UGA has provided a place for descendents of early settlers to have their ancestors recognized. Those interested submit documentation of their ancestors arrival in the Salt Lake area, the documentation is reviewed, and a beautiful heirloom certificate is provided. See for more information.

Education - as Barry Ewell discussed at the event our education committee has been hard at work developing a non-credentialed, stepped, online learning application for our The first taste of what's coming will be online Tuesday, October 26th. Check it out and provide feedback through the provided links. We're here to give you what you need, so don't be shy!

Pioneer Projects - Marilyn Markham is heading a very ambitious project known as the Pioneer Project. We have been told that tens of thousands of pioneers who came into the Salt Lake area before the railroad cannot be accounted for in company rosters. Who are they? How did they get here? Help us find out! Chapters - one of the best things about belonging to a society is the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals. We have some great chapters already in place in Henefer and Ogden, and we're working diligently to begin more. The greatest challenge to starting a chapter is finding willing leadership. If you are interested in leading a chapter in your area please contact us today! Look for chapters to be starting in Downtown Salt Lake, South Valley, Cedar City, and Utah Valley.

Publicity - no matter how many great programs UGA has in place to educate members, they won't do anyone any good if we don't get the word out. Please help us by telling your friends about the wonderful benefits we offer.

Records Preservation and Access Committee - All across the country valuable records are being closed and/or destroyed. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has asked each state to help monitor the situation in their state. This is an issue that challenges each and every one of us. If you hear of a records-related problem in Utah, please contact us. If you are willing to help us keep our records available on an ongoing basis please email Christy Fillerup at

Speakers Bureau - The Speakers Bureau is the brain-child of Kathy Palmer and is set to be a wonderful boon to our event-planning members as well as those who are interested in speaking. In the next few months look to our website for a listing of speakers available for local events. Planning a conference? Look no further than our complete listing of speakers and contact information.

Crossroads - UGA's quarterly journal, Crossroads, is over-hauling itself as well. We are working hard to provide more pertinent content, more advanced methodologies, and more timely news. If you are interested in writing or editing for our journal please contact Christy Fillerup at

Monday, October 18, 2010

How To--German

The most important foreign language is German for Americans trying to find their roots, since about 25% have German ancestry. Actually English is a Germanic language meaning both languages share roots with many easily recognizable words that are called cognates, for example: Vater [father], Sohn [son], Onkel [uncle], März [March], Haus [house], and Land [country], etc. So with a little imagination most of us can read the pertinent information of names, places, dates and relationships. However, German writing [Gothic Script] is not the same! Go to to see the alphabet [same 26 letters] and common words with translations used in genealogical records. Also you can find a list of commonly used Latin words with their translations, which are often in Roman Catholic records. If you need help in deciphering any German record simple go to and on the bottom of the Homepage click on Contact Us to send your query to a German consultant, who can translate
the pertinent data [not every word] for you. Of course, you will need to e-mail them a scanned copy of the record. Another option is to post your query on for others to assist you. Viel Glück! [Much Luck]

Jerry Molloy,
FHL, CSM, Int’l Ref

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Genealogy Traning and Tutorial Library preview

Next week, at the membership meeting, we are going to be showing off all the new initiatives and beloved programs that UGA is advancing at the present. There will be tables for the Publicity, First Family and Indexing, Education, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Chapters, Virtual Chapter, Crossroads, and Speaker's Bureau committees. Come see all the exciting goings on and get involved.

The Education Committee will be showing off their new Genealogy Training and Tutorial Library that is under development this year. By working through this virtual training program, you will be able to not only increase your genealogy knowledge, but also earn bronze, silver and gold level pins for participation. We'll be showing off the first modules at the dinner. You won't want to miss it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Raffle Prizes for the Membership Meeting.

Some great prizes are rolling in for our upcoming Membership meeting.

A big thank you to
The last day to buy tickets is this Friday. Only 4 more days left.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Speaker Announced for Membership Banquet

UGA is excited to announce the speaker for their Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet:

Mark Lowe, speaking on

Pitfalls, Pratfalls and Loud-Mouthed Children

– A humorous look at genealogical groups and when we need those loud mouthed children

J. Mark Lowe,CG has been researching families for more than 40 years. He grew up in Tennessee with extensive family roots in Kentucky. He has traveled extensively in both states and enjoys sharing his love of genealogy and the joy of research with others including some historic reenacting.

As a researcher and lecturer, Lowe enjoys working with Genealogical groups and professional organizations. He was President of the of the Association of Professional Genealogists, former Vice President and Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies,

Mark is Vice President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. In the process of teaching others, Mark builds his own skills and insight for research. His experience as a Classroom Teacher, Principal and Professional Researcher provides a different perspective for each research problem.

Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee which lies in Northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border. With family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps Mark resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records. As a national and regional speaker, he has brought these areas of expertise along with his unique humor and southern style to many diverse audiences.

He is an instructor for the IGHR (Samford University), SLIG (UGA), and RIGSA and was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award by APG in 2007.

More information can be found at

Tickets are available at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Membership Meeting Planned

The UGA General Membership Meeting and Annual Banquet has been set for Tuesday 19 October 2010 7:00 pm

The Gathering Place at Gardner Village
1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan, Utah

We are going to have a real party this year to celebrate the success of the wonderful NGS conference we were able to host this spring and to launch our 40th anniversary year. We will be launching our new Virtual Chapter and our new UGA Genealogy Training and Tutorial Library Program--two new initiatives that will be rocking the genealogy world in Utah and striking out new territories for other genealogy societies to follow. Likewise there will be displays on the developments with the First Families of Utah program, new publicity initiatives (including the new logo, social media outlets, t-shirts and jackets and etc...) and plans for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and our wonderful Crossroads Journal. And finally, watch here for the list of drawing prizes that will be handed out at the banquet. We are going to have a great time socializing and networking with old and new friends.

Gardiner Village is a wonderful historical site all decked out this time of year for Halloween. Come and see the delightful decorations and enjoy the delicious food. Menu choices include:
  • Gardner Chicken (Chicken breast topped with ham and Swiss cheese with mushroom sauce), Mixed Greens, Roasted Herb New Potatoes, Dessert Bar (choice of Death by Chocolate, Lemon Mousse or Carrot Cake), Apple Raspberry Juice
  • Pan Seared Salmon, Mixed Greens, Roasted Herb New Potatoes, Dessert Bar (choice of Death by Chocolate, Lemon Mousse or Carrot Cake), Apple Raspberry Juice
  • Vegetarian or Special Needs Meal (Gluten Free, etc.)Pasta Primavera, Mixed Greens, Roasted Herb New Potatoes, Dessert Bar (choice of Death by Chocolate, Lemon Mousse or Carrot Cake), Apple Raspberry Juice
Don't delay. Limited seating is available. Tickets are available at

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Utah Genealogical Association's New Look

It seems like UGA has been doing a lot of "renovating" lately with our newsletter, Facebook, the addition of Twitter, and even our blog.

We have been working on getting more involved in the social media of things as well as keeping our members informed of up-coming events and new things with the association.

We would love to have you sign up for our new UGA Newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

Be sure to subscribe to our blog to always be informed of great news, articles, and more!