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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.

Museums Have Records Too: Your Ancestors Behind Closed Doors

Presented by Melissa Barker on 16 April 2020

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Genealogists are always looking for places where records are located. More and more these records are being found in places that are not your typical archives, library or genealogical society. One of these places is a museum. Many museums have back rooms filled with genealogical and historical records just waiting for the genealogist to discover them.

Melissa BarkerMelissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well known book Reviews Editor for the FGS Magazine FORUM and Utah Genealogical Association Magazine Crossroads. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady published at Abundant Genealogy. She writes history pieces for her local newspaper The Houston County Herald called From the Archives. Her professional genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for the past 30 years and can be followed and messaged on her popular blog A Genealogist In The Archives.

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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.


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Past Presentations


Month Presentation Presenter
April Museums Have Records Too: Your Ancestors Behind Closed Doors Melissa Barker
March Finding Clues to your Ancestors in City Directories Lisa Lisson
February Records of the U.S. Postal Service Michael L. Strauss, AG
January -- --


Month Presentation Presenter
October Case Study: Where Was She Born? Pat Richley-Erickson
September Organized Research from Cradle to Grave Lori Lee Sauber
August Patents and Copyrights Christine Johns Cohen
July Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret Pam Vestal
June Funeral Homes And Family History: They Are Dying To Meet You! Daniel Earl, MA
May Genealogy Research In The Keystone State Ralph Tobias
April The Power Of Probates Zachary Hamilton
March Conducting A Family Analysis Before Beginning Research Kelly Summers
February Using FamilySearch Facebook Groups to Solve your Family History Brick Walls Carol Hill
January Introduction To Military Genealogy Research Michael L. Strauss, AG


Month Presentation Presenter
November Evernote - The Genealogist's Workhorse Donald R. Snow, PhD
October 10 Easy Tasks At Devin Ashby
September Rootstech - The Inside Scoop Thomas Gill and Jen Allen
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


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


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

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

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

Thomas Jay Kemp


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
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
Evaluating Databases and Overcoming Their Errors
Kory Meyerink


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


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
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
Using an Apple (MAC) to Make Your Tree
Bret Petersen
UGA President
Hot Off The Press!!!  Sources for Online Historical Newspapers
Ginny Ackerson
UGA Board Member
Finding Your Irish Ancestors
Raymon Naisbitt, AG
UGA Board Member
Backing Through the Brick Wall!
Alice Colby Volkert
Jan What's New With FamilySearch Family Tree?
Don Anderson,
Sr. Vice President


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,
Mar Getting Started with Fold3
Peter Drinkwater,
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


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