I'm in Salt Lake City for a day of research prior to my participation in the first ever Family Search Blogger's Day on Thursday. Upon learning I would be in town, the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) very kindly invited me to their annual banquet last night and I'm so glad that I took them up on their offer. It was so great to meet everyone or see them again, including Christy Fillerup, Thomas MacEntee, A. C. Ivory, Janet Hovorka, Renee Zamora, Sue Maxwell, Mark Lowe, Luana Darby and so many more! The setting and dinner were very nice, and the guest speaker, J. Mark Lowe, was his usual witty, engaging self.
As part of the evening, there was a presentation on future plans for UGA and I was so impressed that I joined up as a new member this morning. No, I don't have any Utah ancestors - not even close. But UGA is a good example of how a genealogical society can support its members, no matter where they live or what their interests. The board and members are all very involved and it really shows. They launched their new Virtual Chapter at the banquet (perfect for me since I live on the other side of the country), and also announced the development of online courses on a variety of topics (each including about 1-1 1/2 hours of video presentation as well). These should begin to be available on their Web site by the end of the year. They also have big plans to offer regular virtual,interactive presentations using Adobe Connect. The first will be online later this month as a "beta" and everyone is invited to view the presentation and offer feedback. Some of UGA's classes and presentations will be open to non-members as well.
Count me in as the newest member of UGA - for a few minutes anyway!