UGA Virtual Chapter

Monthly Virtual Chapter Presentations!

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to present a monthly (except December) "Virtual Chapter" meeting in which invited guests make presentations on topics of current interest in the field of family history and genealogy. These live presentations are available, at no cost, to the public without the need of logging into the Member's Area. Past presentations are archived as they are completed and are available to UGA members only.


September Webinar: Rootstech: The Inside Scoop

Presenter: Thomas Gill and Jen Allen
Date and Time: Thursday, 20 Sep 2018 at 7:00pm MT
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2975171105573147138

For nearly 10 years, RootsTech has been a fantastic place to connect the past with the present as thousands of genealogists, family historians, and storytellers have come together to celebrate the importance of family heritage. RootsTech 2019 will be no exception. As the event continues to grow, the RootsTech planning team has worked tirelessly to fix some of the challenges from past conferences and to add new elements to the conference that will keep it exciting, innovative, and useful. Join us as Tom Gill, FamilySearch VP, and Jen Allen, RootsTech Director, share the history of RootsTech along with the work required in planning and executing a world-class conference. We will also share some of the updates that we hope will help improve your conference experience. What’s new at RootsTech 2019? Join us for the inside scoop!

Thomas P. Gill Thomas P. Gill is the Director of Planning and Business Analytics at FamilySearch. He has worked for FamilySearch for a little over 10 years. Previously he worked as a Finance Director for Destination Homes and held several roles at the corporate headquarters for Payless ShoeSource including Director of Planning & Analysis and Director of Merchandise Systems & Solutions. Tom graduated from Brigham Young University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and an MBA in 1992. He enjoys traveling with his wife and spending time with his 6 kids. His parents, in-laws, wife, and family members have always been heavily involved in Family History. His love of history made family history a perfect fit.

Jen Allen Jen Allen Is the Director of Events at FamilySearch, including RootsTech, the premier family history and technology conference. Genealogy has been a part of Jen’s life and career for many years, she just didn’t know it. Prior to joining FamilySearch, she was the event manager for one of the top scrapbooking design companies in the craft industry. She has shelves full of scrapbooks she has created since middle school, starting with slam books, then artistic scrapbooks, and now with digital family yearbooks. Jen graduated from Brigham Young University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in English. She is wife to an attorney and mom to three busy and energetic boys. She enjoys traveling, photography, keeping up on social media and is a big movie lover. One of her proudest moments is when her son spontaneously quoted a line from Princess Bride.

The RootsTech team also includes Brandon Beckstead, Tara Bergeson, and Tyler Stahle. More information available on FamilySearch.

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Please share this url with your friends and collegues who might be interested in attending: https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=11.


Please register in advance of the night of the event, as registrations are close once the event starts. Availability is limited, and is based on first-come-first-server, so make sure you get there 5 minutes prior to start. If you can't make it that night, we will have the recording posted within a few days, and you are welcome to watch the recording.

Virtual Chapter Presentations are made in the months of January through November each year. We do not have a December presentation due to the holidays.

 

Past Presentation topics, available for members and require logging in. Please consider joining if you find these topics of interest, and help support us to provide these presentations!

Past Presentations

2018

Month Presentation Presenter
August FamilySearch And The Family History Library: Major Resources David E. Rencher, AG, CG
July What Is The Genealogical Proof Standard And Why Do I Need It? Janice C. Lovelace, PhD
June Researching Your WWII Ancestors Michael L. Strauss, AG
May Welcome To The World Of Genetic Genealogy Stephanie Saylor
April Where Are The Digitized Records On FamilySearch? James Tanner
March Migration Trails Across America Peggy Lauritzen, AG
February Which Charles Is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals Melissa Corn Finlay
January What's In Your Attic And What To Do Janet Hovorka and Don Carpenter, PhD

2017

Month Presentation Presenter
November More Evidence & Less Inference Karen Clifford, AG
October Make Your Own Family Map Using Google's 'My Maps' Francie Kennedy
September The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors Michael L. Strauss, AG
August Famous DNA: A Close Look At Joseph Smith's Genes Dr. Ugo Perego
July Becoming An Excellent Genealogist Kori L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA
June Evernote: The Ultimate Research Notebook Elizabeth Cays Miller
May Mexico Research Online Kelly Summers, AG®
April Discovering The Family History Guide James Tanner
March RootsTech 2017 and FamilySearch Robert Raymond
February Tips and Tricks for Searching FamilySearch Alan E. Mann, A.G.
January It's About Time! Ginny Ackerson

2016

Month Presentation Presenter
November 10 Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch Tammy A. Hepps
October Studying Genealogy: A Personalized Approach Angela Packer McGhie, CG
September To 10 Genealogical Websites for 2016 Sandra J. Crowley
August Taking Your Research to the Next Level Paula Stewart-Warren
July Researching European Archives from your Easy Chair Lisa Alzo
June Why Attach Jill Woodbury
May Finding 19th Century Land Records with 21st Century Tools Jamie Meyhew
April

The Family History Library: Its Past, Present, and Future

Jason Harrison
Mar Utilizing Historic Maps _ Documents in a Modern Geographic Information System
Terry Dahlin
Mark Jackson
Feb Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research Thomas MacEntee
Jan

Passing it Down: Digging Deeper and leaving yourfamily’s story – where it will be found

Thomas Jay Kemp

2015

Month Presentation Presenter
Nov Genealogy Tips and Tricks Roland Astorga
Oct "Brideprice, Handfasting and Merry Wives: How Understanding Marriage Patterns and Traditions can Help Family History Craig Foster
Sep Organizing Your Research: Paper and Computer Files Melissa Barker
Aug Personal History: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life Tom and Alison Taylor
July
Researching Mormon Women
Gena Philibert-Ortega
June Germans from Russia Dee Hart
May Finding Cousins Ron Ray
Apr Introduction to Italian Civil Records Keith Pyeatt
Mar Back Door and Rear Window Research Techniques Ginny Ackerson
Feb The ABC's and 123"s of DNA Angie Bush
Jan
Evaluating Databases and Overcoming Their Errors
Kory Meyerink
 

2014

Month Presentation Title Presenter
Nov Using Technology to See Things More Clearly Peg Ivanyo
Oct
Family History is not just for Your Grandparents! Amanda Terry
Sep Volunteer Opportunities at FamilySearch Art Johnson
Aug
Finding Stories on Google Books Jimmy Zimmerman
Jul
Presenting and Preserving Your Family History:  You Can't Take It With You, So How Do You Leave It?
Don Snow
Jun
Read All About It – A Guide to Online Newspapers” Luana Darby
May
"Where There’s A Will…. There’s a Probate” Beth Taylor
Apr
A Brief Introduction to the LDS Church History Library
Jay Burrup
Mar
Canceled due to scheduling conflicts  
Feb
Using Tools and Organization for Creating a Valuable Family History Blog James L. Tanner
Jan
Will Your Family Tree Stand the Test of Time? Most Won’t - Strengthen Your Tree! CindyLee Banks

2013

Month Presentation Presenter
Nov Hidden Gems:  Materials in Digital Libraries for Family History
D. Josh Taylor
 
Oct Zap the Grandma Gap!
Janet Hovorka,
UGA Past President
Sep FamilyTree Favorite Features, Lost and Found Features, and Future Features
Ron Tanner,
FamilyTree Product Manager
Aug FamilySearch Photos and Stories Tim Cross
Jul
Can I Use That in my Genealogy?  What You Should Know About Copyright
 
Thomas MacEntee
Jun Finding Your Family Stories
Valerie Elkins,
UGA 2nd Vice-President
May
Using an Apple (MAC) to Make Your Tree
Bret Petersen
UGA President
Apr
Hot Off The Press!!!  Sources for Online Historical Newspapers
Ginny Ackerson
UGA Board Member
Mar
Finding Your Irish Ancestors
Raymon Naisbitt, AG
UGA Board Member
Feb
Backing Through the Brick Wall!
 
Alice Colby Volkert
Jan What's New With FamilySearch Family Tree?
Don Anderson,
Sr. Vice President
FamilySearch

2012

Month Presentation Presenter
Nov The Basics of DNA Testing for Genealogy
Diahan Southard
Molecular Genealogist
Oct The Secret Lives of Women:  Research Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind
Gena Philbert-Ortega
UGA Board Member
Sep City Directories:  More Than Names and Addresses
Jason Harrison,
UGA Board Member
Aug Finding US Naturalization Records Pat Jensen, Riverton Family Search Library
Jul Strategies for Searching Using Ancestry Sue Maxwell, Former UGA 1st Vice President
Jun Supercharge Your Research:  Cut Ten Years Off Your  Research Barry Ewell, UGA 2nd Vice President
May Your Head in the Cloud and Your Feet on the Ground Bret Peterson, UGA Board Member
Apr Indexing the 1940 U.S. Census
Thomas McGill,
FamSearch
Mar Getting Started with Fold3
Peter Drinkwater,
Fold3
Feb
The Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses, and the Wretched Refuse:  U.S. Immigration from 1820 - 1954
 
Beth Taylor, CG.
Jan The FamilySearch Wiki:  Exploring Its Treasures
Wilma Adkins,
UGA Treasurer
 

2011

Month Presentation Title Presenter
Nov FamilySearch and Billion Graves Tim Cross
Oct
Genealogy in Prime Time:
Family History's Next Generation
Josh Taylor
Sep Mobile Apps for Genealogy
AC Ivory
Aug
The Vision of Indexing:
A Revolution in the Research Mode
Randy Bryson
Utah South Area Family
History Advisor
Jul
Descendancy Research:
Finding the Past in the Present
Tim Bingamon, AG
Jun
Finding Your Scottish Ancestry
Raymon Naisbitt,
British Isles Research Team
FamilySearch.org
May
How Mature Are You (Genealogically)?
Robert Raymond,
Deputy CGO
FamilySearch.org
Apr
The Google Genealogist
Devin Ashby
Project Coordinator
FamilySearch.org
Mar
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
Feb
Janet Hovorka
UGA President
Jan
Barry J Ewell
UGA Board Member