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FamilySearch wiki:WikiProject Utah Community Meeting 2012 March 21

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Attending the meeting

Wilma Atkins, Maren Jeppsen, Lois Owen, James Tanner, Marilyn Markham, Liz Snow, Jana Stokes and  Joy Bogar.


Welcome & Introductions

Anyone new to this meeting?

  • Marilyn Markham (happy to have back)
  • Maren Jeppsen (brings great expertise)

Kudos go to....

  • Patsy Hendrickson for taking minutes March 7 - Thank YOU!
  • LOIS (with said helper) linked FHL to all 29 counties of Utah! Thank YOU!
  • LIZ linked all 29 Utah Counties with the "Red Book" - except Washington! Thank YOU!
  • James completed recording over 10,000 graves in Arizona that have never been documented. Thank YOU!

News and Events

Review from March 14th

  • UGA Virtual Chapter, every 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Saturday, June 9th, a Family History Fair will be held in Murray. Sponsored by FamilySearch? Details will follow.
  • July 31-Aug 3 BYU Family HistoryConference
  • Saturday, August 18th UGA Regional Conference in Cedar City. Sponsored by Cedar City Chapter, UGA
  • Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, UGA Regional Conference, Larry H. Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College

Review of last meeting

  • March 14 minutes

Progress reports

  • Tip Bank in progress - thinking that a different tip would be placed on each county and the complete bank of all the tips would be linked for all 29 counties
  • Newspapers - Nationally digitized newspapers difficult to link to county articles
  • LOC published a history of each county
  • Wilma - excel spreadsheet documents a list of places to go to find LOC Library News Banks..
  • Newspaper Obituaries may be found in neighboring counties
  • Obituary project in 1978 - almost index of obituaries found before 1960

PROJECTS: Where has the community found obits (actively looking for Obits)

  • Libraries - need a format page - decide on the following
  • List all possible libraries *List only libraries that have some collections *List affiliate libraries where patrons can order from FHL
  • Photo Contest - UGA willing to donate a membership to the top three winners of Photos - 1st, 2nd and 3rd places - which will be determined by a drawing of all photos selected - 1 photo for each of the 29 counties. Photo....TBC One rule to add to Photo Contest - must create a user page....
  • Tables at the top of each county
  • Decided (I think) to keep the wording (Birth 1898-present)
  • Counties kept Birth records - Deaths at state level (1920)
  • Vital records from 1905 - (end date)and explain where else someone to look
  • Marriages - look in the correct state
  • WSMI Western State Marriage Index *BYUI now at BYU @ FHL
  • James - contacted workers in the Nephi Cemetery - was given the name of the sexton in the city building - had a hand written collection Vital records*

Idea Share


  • Marilyn -contact counties to see what records the have available - birth, death and marriages - and if they don't have a collection where to find the information.....state archives
  • Maren - check for Vitals at the state archives
  • Wilma - make task for all counties for Vital Records - where to find
  • Jana & Patsy - wordsmith the Newspaper statement - make it come alive
  • Jana and Patsy - please address this section: Using Newspapers for FH
  • Joy -  Photo Contest Rules and refinement
  • Joy -  find online icon (cloud)
  • Add Icon to digital newspapers to all counties (?)
  • Wilma - template for Newspapers
  • Wilma - + Volunteers Chronicaling of Americn Newspapers for each county / list by town & date and within the town link to Chronicaling of America  "Click the Red link"


Carried over from last March 7th =

  • Don’t want long lists of anything, including libraries, unless it’s a complied list on another page
    *Link to Utah Archives and Libraries page from each county
    *We will use a format for gathering information. Format not yet decided.
    *Pages created to link to Libraries and museums – so they can be used over and over
    *Pictures of Libraries would be helpful


Future meetings

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Next week:  March 28, 2012

  • Progress reports
  • List of projects listed above
    *Newspapers. Specific counties need to be also mentioned in  the task. 

To discuss soon:

  • Provide context continued
    *Tip Bank continued.
    *Vital records setup: making ready for items to be entered
    *Cemetery records
    *Church records