Friday, February 25, 2011

Utah Collection on FamilySearch Community Trees

We are always on the look-out for new sources of information for Utah researchers, so thanks to Luana Darby for sharing the following blog post:

According to this post, "The Early Utah Community Trees contains 1.7 million individuals and 568,000 marriages that are all lineage-linked." Many sources were used including vital records, census records, and cemetery records. The full list is included in the post referenced above. Remember that information is only as good as the source it came from.

We would like to encourage our members to take a look and submit your comments. By working together we can help FamilySearch create a truly comprehensive Utah Community Tree.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

South Valley Chapter Kickoff with Barry Ewell

Riverton Family History Library
Zion Room C
March 10, 2011
7:00 pm
No Charge!!

Please join us for our South Valley Chapter Kickoff. We have invited Barry Ewell to present "Answers to 20 Questions All Genealogists Ask." Whether you are a beginner or a 40-year veteran in family history, learn the answers to the top 20 questions genealogists ask about genealogy and what that means to you.

Barry J. Ewell is the founder of, an online knowledge base website for individuals interested in learning, sharing, contemplating, and discovering family history. Resources include over one-million individual articles, tutorials, maps, videos, podcasts, slideshows, images and an extensive link directory. He is a writer and researcher with extensive genealogical experience in internet and field research, digital and software resources and mentoring genealogists. Research interests include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia.

Join us for an evening with Leslie Albrecht Huber

Friday, March 4, 2011
7:00 pm
Bountiful Arts Center
745 South Main
Bountiful, Utah
No Charge!

UGA is very excited to invite you to our very first South Davis chapter event--an evening with Leslie Albrecht Huber. Leslie is presenting "The Journey Takers: An Inside Look at the Immigration Experience." Did you ever wonder what it was like for your Western European ancestors to leave their homes behind to start new lives here in Utah? Leslie Albrecht Huber will explore their experiences in her lecture, The Journey Takers: An Inside Look at the Immigration Experience. Come explore these immigrants' stories, the historical context of their lives, and learn some sources and research methods that can help you uncover the stories of your own immigrant ancestors. The lecture is based on Huber's newly released book, The Journey Takers.

Leslie Albrecht Huber is a freelance writer and speaker. Her first book, The Journey Takers, was published in the summer of 2010. Leslie has spoken about her book and about tracing immigrant ancestors on Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and at libraries, museums, and conferences across the country. She has published over 100 articles in a variety of publications including The History Channel Magazine, The Journal of Mormon History, Family Chronicle, History Magazine, Ancestry Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, and others. For more information, visit

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

We've got a big announcement!

After much deliberation, the Utah Genealogical Association has made arrangements for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) to adjoin RootsTech next year. The new dates for SLIG 2012 are January 23-27, 2012; the conference will again be held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Though traditionally SLIG has been held during the second week of January, we felt that changing the date to the end of January would allow attendees two full weeks of genealogical education. It is hoped that this will be especially beneficial to instructors who will be attending both SLIG and RootsTech.

"It just made sense for us to connect ourselves to RoosTech in this way," said Adele Marcum, Director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. "We hope this union of scheduling will offer genealogists the best educational experience: first at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and then at RootsTech."

Although not affiliated with RootsTech or any of its sponsoring organizations, the Utah Genealogical Association sees the importance of collaborating with RootsTech to provide varied and valuable educational opportunities to genealogists.

"We applaud what RootsTech has done in their inaugural year; we want to share what they've done with our attendees at SLIG--and now that the schedules for SLIG and RootsTech align, we can begin discussions with RootsTech to determine how our two conferences can work together to provide greater value to attendees. Working together, I think we will see some magnificent synergy," said Marcum.

The courses for the 2012 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy include:

  • American Research and Records: Focus on Families with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA
  • Welsh Research with Darris Williams, AG
  • Scandinavian Research with Geoffrey Morris, AG
  • Genealogy Software and Research Tools with George Morgan
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Rick Sayre, CG and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL
  • Principles of Effective Genealogy Librarianship with Drew Smith, MLS
  • Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D, FUGA
  • Advanced Methodology with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis Practicum with Thomas W. Jones and others
  • NEHGS: Advanced New England Research with D. Joshua Taylor
  • Midwest Research with Kory L. Meyerink, AG, MLS, FUGA
  • Problem Solving with Judith Hansen, AG, MLS

Registration for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2012 opens June 4, 2011 at