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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Committe Displays at Annual Banquet

UGA is excited to be able to offer its members so many ways to get involved. Each committee was represented by a table-top display. Each committee is in place to provide a service to UGA's members. We are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers that make this happen. If you are interested in volunteering please send your interests to info@infouga.com and we'll make sure you get hooked up with the right people. Tuesday night included displays from . . .

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - Every January the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) offers intermediate and advanced level courses to genealogists looking for an in-depth educational experience. Nationally known speakers, experts in their niches, fly to Salt Lake each January to teach and network with avid students. For more information visit our website at www.ugagenealogy.com. Remember--the early-bird discount ends October 30th!!
First Families of Utah - For many years UGA has provided a place for descendents of early settlers to have their ancestors recognized. Those interested submit documentation of their ancestors arrival in the Salt Lake area, the documentation is reviewed, and a beautiful heirloom certificate is provided. See http://www.infouga.org/index.php?option=pioneers for more information.

Education - as Barry Ewell discussed at the event our education committee has been hard at work developing a non-credentialed, stepped, online learning application for our The first taste of what's coming will be online Tuesday, October 26th. Check it out and provide feedback through the provided links. We're here to give you what you need, so don't be shy!

Pioneer Projects - Marilyn Markham is heading a very ambitious project known as the Pioneer Project. We have been told that tens of thousands of pioneers who came into the Salt Lake area before the railroad cannot be accounted for in company rosters. Who are they? How did they get here? Help us find out! Chapters - one of the best things about belonging to a society is the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals. We have some great chapters already in place in Henefer and Ogden, and we're working diligently to begin more. The greatest challenge to starting a chapter is finding willing leadership. If you are interested in leading a chapter in your area please contact us today! Look for chapters to be starting in Downtown Salt Lake, South Valley, Cedar City, and Utah Valley.

Publicity - no matter how many great programs UGA has in place to educate members, they won't do anyone any good if we don't get the word out. Please help us by telling your friends about the wonderful benefits we offer.

Records Preservation and Access Committee - All across the country valuable records are being closed and/or destroyed. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has asked each state to help monitor the situation in their state. This is an issue that challenges each and every one of us. If you hear of a records-related problem in Utah, please contact us. If you are willing to help us keep our records available on an ongoing basis please email Christy Fillerup at christy.fillerup@gmail.com.

Speakers Bureau - The Speakers Bureau is the brain-child of Kathy Palmer and is set to be a wonderful boon to our event-planning members as well as those who are interested in speaking. In the next few months look to our website for a listing of speakers available for local events. Planning a conference? Look no further than our complete listing of speakers and contact information.


Crossroads - UGA's quarterly journal, Crossroads, is over-hauling itself as well. We are working hard to provide more pertinent content, more advanced methodologies, and more timely news. If you are interested in writing or editing for our journal please contact Christy Fillerup at christy.fillerup@gmail.com.

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