Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2012 Info

As you may or may not know, the UGA website is getting a brand-new look. It's going to be great and will be unveiled in the next month or so. But in the mean time you man be looking for information on our upcoming Salt Lake Institute. The 2012 Institute will run January 23-27, 2012 with a Sunday orientation social on the 22nd. We're later this year so you can attend both SLIG and RootsTech (Feb. 2-4, 2012) in one trip. There are a few days in between, and we're working on putting together some great genealogical and recreational opportunities during that time--stay tuned!

Registration will open June 4, 2011 at 9:00 am MT, and will be accessible through our website We will not be staggering registration times. The early-bird tuition is $350 for UGA members and $400 for non-members; UGA membership is $35/year. We're still working out if the new system will allow registrants to purchase their membership and get the discounted rate in the same transaction. I'll let you know as soon as I know--but it couldn't hurt to purchase the UGA membership a few days ahead of time just in case (plus you'll be early enough to get the June issue of Crossroads).

We are offering twelve great courses this year, coordinated by some of the best in the field. Some are past favorites, while some are brand new this year!

  • Course 1: American Research and Records: Focus on Families with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA
  • Course 2: Advanced New England Research (in conjunction with NEHGS) with D. Joshua Taylor
  • Course 3: Welsh Research with Darris Williams, AG
  • Course 4: Swedish Research with Geoffrey Morris, AG
  • Course 5: Midwest U.S. Research with Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA
  • Course 6: Genealogy Software and Research Tools with George Morgan
  • Course 7: Principles of Effective Genealogy Librarianship with Drew Smith, MLS
  • Course 8: Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories with John Phillip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
  • Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Course 10: Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum with Angela McGhie
  • Course 11: Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Rick Sayre, CG and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL
  • Course 12: Problem Solving with Judith Hansen, MLS, AG

All courses can hold up to 30 registrants with the exception of Problem Solving, which is not restricted, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum which is limited to 25 due to the heavy discussion element. A brochure with more detailed information on these tracks, including the individual classes, will be placed online in the next few weeks--I'll let you know when it's available. Several courses filled quickly last year and I expect many of them will this year as well.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Openings Available

The Utah Genealogical Association is please to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested. Two of our committees have immediate needs: Publicity and Crossroads.


Our publicity committee has been on fire this year, and we're hoping to continue that trend. UGA has many wonderful projects coming online this year and we want to share them with the community. We need enthusiastic committee members to help us get the word out. The publicity committee is meeting tomorrow, April 13, at 7:00 p.m., at the FamilySearch Library in Riverton. If you are interested please join us! Please email if you would like to attend virtually.


You may already be aware that UGA publishes a quarterly journal, Crossroads. We are in need of several talented writer/editors to help us keep this great publication at its current level, and to take it to the next level! Email to get involved.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

We have many other opportunities for volunteering as well:

  • Utah research pages on the FamilySearch wiki
  • Pioneer Project
  • First Families of Utah
  • Indexing
  • Education Committee
  • Virtual Chapter
  • Website Committee
  • Finance/Audit Committee
  • Annual Conference
  • SLIG
  • Chapter Leadership
Email for more info!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Devin Ashby presents "The Google Genealogist"

April's Virtual Chapter Meeting!!

Date: April 21.7:00pm MDT (Your time zone)

Address to access the chapter meeting:

Title of Presentation: The Google Genealogist

Synopsis: What are the latest tools from Google and how can I use them in my research? Come learn about products like Picasa, Alerts, Sites, Books, Video, Maps and much more that can help you save time and money as you utilize the internet to help you get the job done.

Bio: Devin Ashby is a Project Coordinator for FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world. Devin has been involved in family history for years. In 2004 he received Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish, and the following year earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.