Monday, January 30, 2017


Plan on attending the next chapter meeting on Saturday, February 18th.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Scanning Records

Doug and Adee Hacking work at the Family Search Center on Thursdays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. On Thursdays the center stays open until 9:00 pm, and on Saturdays they close early at 1:00 pm.

The center is located at 915 West Gordon Ave, Layton, UT 84041, and the phone number is 801-784-2100. You can call that number ahead of time to reserve one of the slide scanners. They assign them out in one hour increments, but you can do a lot in an hour.

They can show you around and help you with your scanning. All the equipment is free to use. The only thing they charge for is copies and they are five cents a page.

Brigham Young University Library, 1st floor, houses the Utah Valley Family History Library. They have several high speed quality scanners available for public use for family history. They are set up to link with your family search account if desired, and there are always plenty of volunteers to help. Call ahead to reserve a time slot.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Put This on Your Calendar

Saturday, February 18, 2017, is our next chapter meeting.  

We are planning to participate in the Scottish Festival in Payson on July 7-8, volunteers appreciated.

Mike Meisinger, AHSGR Vice President, will be coming to Utah to teach classes.  Date to be announced soon.

AHSGR board meetings, April 27-29, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The book drive continues whenever we gather.  We are accepting new or used (clean) books for Primary Children's hospital.  Our youth members are creating a bookmark for the books.

The chapter agreed to a cookbook; send recipes to Dee.  It would be wonderful if this was a family event with you and your kinder taking lots of pictures and sharing with Dee.

Sources for Mennonite Information

The Grandma database (Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) contains information on over a million individuals, most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Prussia and South Russia. GRANDMA is produced by the California Mennonite Historical Society.

This database is available in two forms: on a CD-ROM disk as well as in a searchable online database. Both versions provide searches of the same data, but the online database is updated several times a year while the CD-ROM is only updated once every few years. The on-line version also allows you to share your family photographs with other researchers.

In additional to this wealth of data is a free standard edition newsletter.  To receive a once-a-day email message containing links to all the new articles published,

You can also subscribe to the Plus Edition here:

Dan Eastman is the webmaster and will be featured at the Feb 8-11, 2017 RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. (

Do you have interesting database information to share with everyone??

Thanks for the support.

Dee Hert

A Message From Dee

LDS gift opens up a vast new path for African-American genealogical treasurers
Index of nearly 2 million names given to the Smithsonian.
Up to now, genealogical research on African-American families often ran into a dead end after the search reached back to 1870, the first census that documented newly freed slaves as U.S. citizens.
The LDS church donated an indexed database of the Freed African-Americans which can now bridge the gap between freedom and slavery and reunite, on paper, families that were once torn apart by slavery.
FamilySearch’s team also uncovered and indexed the names of 1,781,463 people found in marriage and hospital registers, education efforts, census   lists, labor contracts, and apprenticeship lists.  This is the largest collection of records that impact the African-American population today.  The bureau records present the genealogist and social historians with an unequaled wealth of information about matters as varied as issuing food and clothing, investigating racial conformations, settling freedmen on abandoned or confiscated lands and establishing schools. The bureau helped secure deeds to property so people could build schools.
The indexing team attracted volunteers from the 36 chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, black colleges and churches, and any organization that might have an interest.
Source:  Sunday, December 11, 2016, Salt Lake Tribune.

The messages I learned from this article: 
A group of dedicated volunteers can organize various sources of data and compile significant data.  It is heartwarming to know that this information will be of great value to many families.  Continue sharing your personal knowledge and resources; that is what genealogy and family history is all about.  The more we share the more we learn. The numerous records used in this search can always open doors.
Dee Hert, Chapter Membership Chair