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June 20, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
SLIG Virtual Practicum in October 2017

Back by popular demand, SLIG will offer the Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course again in 2017, led by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. This unique course tests a student's ability to plan, research, analyze, correlate, and solve a complex genealogical research problem.

This SLIG course challenges students as they work through five complex cases, one each week from October 7th through November 11th. The five cases for the Virtual Practicum include four of those selected for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course taught in Salt Lake in January 2017.

Click the SLIG Virtual Practicum link (on the left side of this page) for more details.


June 20, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Today's Scholarship Deadline
Planning to attend the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2018? There are several scholarship opportunities available for SLIG students, and the application deadline for two of them is today, June 20th. Click on the SLIG link (on the left side of this page) for more details, and mail your applications to director@slig.ugagenealogy.org
June 13, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
First Families Certificate Program
Did you know that the Utah Genealogical Association runs a lineage program which awards certificates to anyone who can prove descent from an original Utah settler? The First Families of Utah program was originally created to honor Utah’s early families.  Since it began decades ago, the program has awarded hundreds of certificates to descendants of the early families that arrived in Utah in the 19th century. 
The program is currently undergoing some exciting renovations including
  • the creation of an online database listing the pioneer lineages that have already been proven
  • a new and improved application process
  • educational materials to assist applicants 
  • a new “modern pioneer” category which expands the program into the 20th century to honor a broader history of Utah’s families
  • the program is now open to young applicants age 12 and older
Watch for these new and exciting features, coming soon!  Volunteers are needed to assist with the creation of the database and in other elements of the program.  Please contact UGA board member and First Familes committee chair, Jana Greenhalgh jana.greenhalgh@gmail.com

June 7, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter Meeting Thur., June 15th
Evernote:  The Ultimate Research Notebook, by Elizabeth Cays Miller
Come and discover how to take your research to the next level using Evernote.  Within the Evernote workspace we will explore how to organize, manage, and analyze the avalanche of information often generated by the research process.  This is a "how to" class complete with ideas, templates, models, and links. Be sure to register before the evening of the class---availability is limited!  Registration is open to the public, but our archive of past presentations is available to UGA members only. 

June 5, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Online Databases for Utah Researchers
"Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964", an online database available on FamilySearch.org, is a valuable research tool for anyone with Utah roots. The description of the database reads,  " Index and images of state death certificates acquired from the Utah State Archives.  The records are arranged by year, county, box and folder number."  The database is indexed and has images of death certificates, which any researcher loves to see!
The images and index are also available on the Utah State Archives website, so be sure to check both places for different search, view, download, and print options.

May 31, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Michael Strauss, AG, joins UGA Board
UGA is pleased to announce Michael Strauss has joined the Board of Directors.  Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is an Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical lecturer. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Investigator for 25 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran and a licensed Private Investigator. He is also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. Michael was the film historian for the 2015 Academy nominated film "Finding Vivian Maier" He has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years, serving in two units, namely; the 99th New York Infantry and Battery A., 5th U.S. Artillery and most recently the Utah Living History Association.

May 21, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Kelly Summers to lead UGA
The Board of Directors of the Utah Genealogical Association recently elected Kelly Summers, AG®, as new President.  Board members would like to thank outgoing President Dan Hull for his valuable leadership and service, and look forward to his continued service on the Board in the role of Past-President.
Kelly brings to UGA years of experience in the field of genealogy, and you can learn more about her in the recent post about the Virtual Chapter meeting.  We look forward to her vision and leadership on the Board of Directors and welcome her as our new President.

May 12, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter Thursday, May 18th
1930 Mexican Census
This Thursday, May 18th, the UGA Virtual Chapter will feature Kelly Summers, AG®, presenting Mexico Research Online.  Many Mexican records have been digitized and are available online.  This class will cover informaiton about finding and using online Mexican records such as Civil Registration and Church Records.
Kelly Summers is an Accredited Genealogist with an Associate's degree in Professional Genealogy and Bachelor's degree in Family and Community History, both from Brigham Young University, and a Master's degree in Insructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.  She has three premier credentials through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) demonstrating genealogical research expertise in U.S. Midwestern, U.S. Pacific, and Spain.  Kelly is also an experienced researcher in Latin American (including Brazil), Southwestern European (Spain, Portugal, Italy and France) and Scandinavian countries.
Her research interests lie in kinship research in primary source records and rural community reconstruction.  She designs curriculum and teaches university level courses at Brigham Young University and online courses for Brigham Young Independent Study.  In addition she teaches online genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College.  She has taught a variety of genealogical topics at many local, regional and national conferences.
Kelly currently serves as Testing Committee Chair for ICAPGen, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and is a lifetime member of UGA where she currently serves as president.  She lives in Provo, Utah and her  APG webpage is https://www.apgen.org/directory/search_detail.html?mbr_id=2240. 

November 30, -0001 By: Mike Bronner
DNA SIG to Meet May 16th
The next meeting of the DNA Special Interest Group will be Tuesday, 16 May 2017, at 7:00 pm MDST.  Join us for an informative question and answer session.  Be sure to come with a question to ask.  There are sure to be others who are wondering the same thing!  These meeting are electronic through GoToWebinar, so please see the  DNA SIG link on the UGA home page for details on how to attend.