While climbing one of the mini-mountains out behind my new house in Utah this morning, I was listening to your latest Genealogy Guys Podcast (Episode #169) on my iPod. Let Ol’ Myrt here again compliment you “guys” on such informative and consistent podcasting work. It is my pleasure to recommend your "audio blog" whenever possible.
In answer to your question about the UGA Silver Tray Award, YES, the award given to our dear Lou Szucs is in fact a real silver tray. The award was presented to Lou in March 2009 by the Utah Genealogical Association (not Society as mentioned in your podcast.)
The Genealogical Society of Utah is not related to the UGA, and historically has been the arm of the LDS Church responsible for the Family History Library, and the microfilming of record groups from archives, courthouses and churches throughout the world. The FHL's web site is the hugely popular http://www.familysearch.org/ and is affiliated with http://www.familysearchindexing.org/ .
The distinction between those LDS Church-related entities and the Utah Genealogical Association wasn't entirely clear to me until I moved to Utah about 18 months ago. Indeed, UGA is a separate organization and is not affiliated with the LDS Church. It is true however, that some of the UGA members are employees of the Family History Library who merely opt to belong to just one more local genealogy society.
The UGA doesn’t limit itself to merely assisting local genealogists with Utah roots. For instance, the UGA sponsors the annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy held each January. The 2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held 11-15 Jan. 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the downtown Radisson Hotel. The lineup of tracks for the coming year's intensive week-long, 20-hour courses and designated course coordinators are listed below. Prospective attendees may anticipate online registration availability later this summer, through the UGA website, which is currently under revision.
American Records and Research: Focusing on Families
with Paula Stuart -Warren, CG
(New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania)
with Mary E. V. Hill, MLS, AG
Central and Eastern European Research
with Kahlile B. Mehr, MA, MLS
with Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA
Computers and Technology
with Barbara Renick & Debbie Horton
Advanced Genealogical Methods
with Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FUGA
Producing a Quality Narrative
with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
American Land and Court Records
Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG
with Judith Hansen, MLS, AG
Accreditation and Certification Preparation
Karen Clifford, AG and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
U.S. Military Records
with Craig Scott, CG
Ol’ Myrt here is pleased to serve as 1st Vice President of the Utah Genealogical Association, and would welcome your mentioning the distinction between the GSU /FHL and the UGA on an upcoming podcast.
Happy family tree climbing!
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