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Call for Publications
Share your experience with genetic genealogy and how it has expanded your genealogical research by submitting an article on your experience, a ‘how to’ on how you solved you seeming genetic glitch, or a hint from your future self to help a younger you further their research. Do not be shy, we have people here willing to help you share what you have learned.
To submit an article on genetic genealogy for publication on our Facebook page, UGA Blog, UGA Newsletter, or in the Crossroads UGA’s quarterly publication please email Stephanie Saylor (DNAspecialist@FoundingFamilyLines.com) so that we can edit and assist you in sharing your knowledge with the DNA Special Interest Group.
Virtual Chapter Mtg August 17th
Dr. Ugo Perego will present "Famous DNA: A Close Look at Jospeh Smith's Genes". Over the past fifteen years, many descendants of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Mormon faith, and of his siblings have contributed DNA samples to study issues pertaining to the
ancestry of the Smith family. Additionally, this genetic information was also vital to address questions regarding Joseph Smith’s posterity. Dr. Ugo Perego was born in Milan, Italy and received BS and MS degrees in Health Sciences from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His PhD in Genetics and Biomolecular Sciences is from the University of Pavia in Italy. He worked as a senior researcher for the non-profit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation from 1999 to 2012 and did part-time college-level teaching at BYU and the Salt Lake Community College.
Dr. Ugo Perego was born in Milan, Italy and received BS and MS degrees in Health Sciences from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. These included minors in Business Management and Ancient Scriptures. His PhD in Genetics and Biomolecular Sciences is from the University of Pavia in Italy. He worked as a senior researcher for the non-profit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation from 1999 to 2012 and did part-time college-level teaching at BYU and the Salt Lake Community College. He and his family now live in Rome, Italy where he is the Coordinator for the Seminary and Institute program for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Central Italy and Malta. He is also the Director of the Rome Institute Campus for Religion, the chair for the BYU-I Pathway program for the Rome site. He also maintains his scientific work and is a visiting scientist at the University of Pavia and works with collaborators at universities in Utah, Illinois, Rome, and Florence.
Call for Presentations
Using DNA tools, DNA testing, and DNA groups to solve a genealogical problem can be confusing. Come divulge the secrets of your success with the UGA DNA Special Interest Group! To submit a proposal to give a webinar for the UGA DNA Special Interest Group, please email Stephanie Saylor
with the information on the Presentation Proposal Form listed on the website.
July 20th Virtual Chapter: Kory Meyerink
Kory Meyerink will be the featured presenter for the July 20th meeting of UGA's Virtual Chapter. He will share with us, "How to Become an Excellent Genealogist." Kory is one of the editors of the book by the same name, and we look forward to his presentation.
According to his Ancestry ProGenealogists bio, "Kory began his career in genealogy as a record searcher while attending Brigham Young University and subsequently has been involved in nearly all aspects of the field for over 30 years. Kory served on the staff of the Family History Library as a reference consultant and later as the editor of the library’s publications. He is a founding director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has written extensively, including chapters in The Library
, all editions of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
, and numerous articles and book reviews for the Genealogical Journal
, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly
, Genealogical Computing
, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
, and The Genealogist
." Be sure to pre-register
to reserve a spot, as spaces are limited.
Researching Pioneer Ancestors in Utah
July 24th is a state holiday in Utah---it is when Pioneer Day is celebrated. Over 69,000 pioneers entered Utah's Salt Lake Valley between 1847 and 1869, when the railroad was completed.
An excellent resource for researching pioneer ancestors is the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel
database, maintained by the LDS Church. The database links to journals and other first person accounts of the journey west, and is searchable by name or keyword.
Keep in mind that even if your ancestor did not keep a journal or was not a member of a pioneer company, he or she might be mentioned in the journal of a fellow-traveler, and in any case you can learn details about the daily activities of the company.
SLIG Registration July 8th, 9am MDT
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Registration opens on the following dates:
- July 1st, 9:00 am MDT: 2017 Fall SLIG Virtual Practicum open to all SLIG 2017 attendees and instructors
- July 1st, 12:00 pm MDT: 2017 Fall SLIG Virtual Practicum open to all
- July 8th, 9:00 am MDT: 2018 SLIG registration opens
- Many courses fill in a matter of minutes, so registration for special events will open in September.
- UGA members should log on as a member first, then refresh their screen at 9:00 am; that way the information will autofill, and the discount will automatically be applied.
- Members should make sure that their login and password is working at least two weeks prior to registration. Challenges should be emailed to Shelly Cowan, UGA Administrative Assistant, info@ugagenealogy. org.
- Also July 8th, 9:00 am MDT: Hilton lodging reservations will open
- Rooms also often fill quickly. Instructions for adding your name to the wait list will be posted online.
- Further details about SLIG courses, registration, and lodging may be found at SLIG.ugagenealogy.org.
- Further details about fall SLIG Virtual may be found at SLIGVirtual.ugagenealogy.org
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Virtual Chapter Meeting Thur., June 15th
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virtual Chapter Thursday, May 18th
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.
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.