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December 31, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
UGA Virtual Chapter January Mtg

What's In Your Attic And What To Do About It

Presenters: Janet Hovorka and Don Carpenter, PhD 
Date and Time: Thursday, 18 January 2018 

Great Grandfather was a wonderful genealogist, but even with the best plan, three generations later some of his treasures are now hard for family members to find. This Father and Daughter team wants to do better. What is the best plan for digitizing and archiving the items in their family history boxes? Where do they find the time and resources to implement that plan? Where do they put the most important items so that all of the family can find them? How do they make sure that all future generations have access to the stories, artifacts and pictures that bring recent and current generations to life?

Janet HovorkaJanet Carpenter Hovorka received a BA in History and an MS in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim own Family ChartMasters, the official printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies, and, a new online service that helps family history enthusiasts connect to professionals to get the specific help they need. Janet is also the author of the Zap The Grandma Gap book and workbooks to help people connect with their family by connecting them to their family history. Janet shares her passion for the nutrition family history brings to the soul on her two blogs and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is a past President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches library science, business, and genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College.

Don CarpenterDon A. Carpenter has a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Utah and BA and MA degrees from BYU. He retired as Associate Commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education (State Board of Regents) and has also served as Assistant Dean at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Don was president of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, president of the National Association of State Approving Agencies, and president of the Jordan (Utah) School Board. He currently serves as a volunteer collecting histories at the LDS Church History Library.

December 13, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA Special Interest Group: January Mtg

January: Phasing of Autosomal DNA

Presenter: David Pike
Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Registration: This presentation is for UGA members.  Please log in to the UGA website to register.

David PikeEach of our parents gave us half of their autosomal DNA. Our parents are more than just a part of our memories. David Pike, a professor of mathematics current FHSNL (Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) Board Member and Past President, discussed how to phase your DNA and what you can do with it in his presentation “Phasing of Autosomal DNA.”

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October 29, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA Special Interest Group November Mtg

Autosomal DNA As Battering Ram for That Brick WallPresenter: Barbara Rae-Venter 
Date and Time: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 

Barbara Rae-Venter, master genetic genealogist, uncovers the method behind Lisa Jensen’s path to the discovery of her biological parents. Barbara Rae-Venter J.D., PhD. contributes to the genealogical community as a search angel (helping adoptees find their families), and teaches classes for, gives classes for conferences, and administers a DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA to help her solve her own research struggles, yet also finds times to work as a consultant.  This webinar is free and open to the public.

October 29, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
More Evidence, Less Inference

Presenter: Karen Clifford 
Date and Time: Thursday, 16 November 2017 

Karen CliffordThe value of spending extra minutes on existing evidence usually results in saving hours later. Planning, organization, and evaluation are powerful tools in a technological world. Some of the answers to your problems may be in what you have already considered.

Karen Clifford is an Accredited Genealogist® researcher and teacher with three genealogy credentials, Midwestern Region, Southern States Region, and the Mountain West Region. She has been working in family history and teaching classes in college genealogy and computer technology for more than 30 years in California and Utah and presently teaches at Brigham Young University where her husband, Dr. Ray Clifford, is an Associate Dean of the College of Humanities. She has written eight textbooks on genealogy and is President of GRA (Genealogy Research Associates, Inc.), which provides genealogy services for others. She has served as Director of the Monterey, California Family History Center and on Boards of Directors of many organizations, including the Utah Genealogy Association, Federated Genealogical Societies, and The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, and has given 100s of family history presentations. More information about her is on her website.

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October 11, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Online Databases for Utah Researchers
An excellent resource for Utah research is the Utah Digital Newspapers database, hosted by the Marriott Library at University of Utah.  This is an easy-to-use website that allows a researcher to browse by county or search the entire database.  Early newspapers included a significant amount of details about the daily lives of settlers in Utah, and should be among the first sources searched for this state.
October 10, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter: 19 October 2017

Make Your Own Family Map Using Google's My Maps

Presenter: Francie Kennedy 
Date and Time: Thursday, 19 October 2017 

Put your ancestors on the map and share it with your family! Using the straightforward tools provided free in Google’s My Maps, Francie will demonstrate how to create and edit maps showing places your family lived, migration routes, and different generations, adding notes, photos, and icons depicting their unique history. Annotated mapping can be an inspiring interactive tool to share with young people in family history. Even at a distance, collaborators can create maps and view the shared information. These mapping tools are also useful for planning a research trip to another state such as mapping out archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries to visit makes route planning simpler. Including relevant phone numbers, web sites and opening hours all in one place organized geographically is genius. On a trip, use the map like a journal, and record what you discover each day, add photos, and allow those at home to follow along virtually on your trip. We will focus on family maps in this guided tour of Google’s My Maps, and introduce many useful ideas for your own maps. Inspired with ideas for unique maps you can share with family members and can continue to add to in the future, you may wish to review this webinar and follow along step-by-step. All you need is a free Google account to use the online tools.

Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory, and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories. She often stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes, and integrating these resources in new ways. Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new understanding of the world we live in and a sense of our own place within the world. Francie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and speaks to genealogical societies on a variety of topics ranging from Google to geography. Past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS), Francie attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, and is a fourth generation native Californian. More information about her is on her Association of Professional Genealogists web page and her blog.

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October 10, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA SIG: 17 October 2017

October's DNA SIG webinar is titled, “The tools at AncestryDNA and how they can be used to solve a genealogical question.”

Presenter: Angie Bollard
Date and Time: Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA.

Dig into a family line you don't know much about, destroy your brick walls, and make your genealogy soar into your ancestors with “The tools at AncestryDNA and how they can be used to solve a genealogical question.” Angie Bollard is an Ancestry Progenealogist who will lead us on a quest for mastery at Ancestry, for genetic genealogist.

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October 10, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Eastern Idaho FH Conference 14 Oct

UGA is pleased to support the Eastern Idaho Family History Conference "Finding Connections in Your Family Tree".  The conference will be held 14 October 2017 9-5, at University Place, 1784 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Walk-in registrations will be accepted beginning at 7:00 am, Saturday, October 14

  • 35 individual classes in 5 sessions
  • Vendor booths and presentations
  • Give aways and door prizes
  • Digital syllabus access with optional printed syllabus
  • Optional box lunches available

View the Detailed Session Schedule

Go to the Official Conference Website and Blog

Registration Information

Included in Registration

  • Full day of sessions
  • Electronic Syllabus (PDF)

Register for the 2017 Eastern Idaho Family History Conference


September 7, 2017 By: Peg Ivanyo
FamilyRoots Expo: Sept 15-16, St. George
Have a weekend to learn from amazing instructors, visit a large trade floor, and enjoy some great entertainment?  Join us at the FamilyRoots Expo in St. George Sept 15-16. Stop by booth 106 to say 'hi'.
September 4, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
DNA SIG Meeting September 19th
Register today for our September DNA Special Interest Group meeting, featuring Stephanie Saylor.  She will present "Help!  When you Need Somebody."  This presentation covers where to find help aids, and people to assist you with your genetic genealogy.  
Registration is free and open to the public.
September 4, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Virtual Chapter Mtg. Sept 21st
Our September 21st Virtual Chapter Meeting will feature Michael L. Strauss, AG, presenting "Researching Your WWI Ancestor".  Live Virtual Chapter meetings are free to the public.  Archived presentations are available to UGA members.
Pre-register to assure a spot at our webinar.  It will begin at 7:00 MDT September 21, 2017.
Please share this URL with friends and colleagues who might be interested in attending:  Https://

August 29, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
Eastern Idaho Family History Conference
Join us in Idaho Falls October 14th for the Eastern Idaho Family History Conference.  Register online through midnight September 30th, or at the conference beginning 7:00 am on October 14th.  The registration fee of $15 includes a digital syllabus, but a printed syllabus is available for purchase.  
  • 35 individual classes in 5 sessions
  • Vendor booths
  • Giveaways and door prizes
  • Optional box lunches available
View a detailed class schedule here.

August 5, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
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 ( so that we can edit and assist you in sharing your knowledge with the DNA Special Interest Group.
August 5, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
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. 
August 5, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
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 13, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
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 JournalAssociation of Professional Genealogists QuarterlyGenealogical ComputingNew York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The Genealogist." Be sure to pre-register to reserve a spot, as spaces are limited.
June 30, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
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.

June 25, 2017 By: Dayna Jacobs
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
  • Further details about fall SLIG Virtual may be found at

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
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

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, 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.