Friday in Salt Lake City

Today was quite a day in Salt Lake City. I woke to beautiful clear skies and temperatures that were downright balmy! It’s hard to believe that snow fell in Salt Lake City earlier this week.

Several genealogical societies are meeting in Salt Lake City this week. I’m attending the United Polish Genealogical Societies (UPGS) conference, but the California Genealogical Society (CGS) is also in Salt Lake this week. I’ll sneak out of the UPGS meetings tomorrow evening to have dinner with the CGS at Lamb’s.

In the meantime, I spent a good part of the day at the Family History Library. Today was my French Canadian genealogy day at the library where I tried to hammer away at some brick walls. Unfortunately, I didn’t have as much luck as I had hoped, but I found three relevant compiled genealogies in:

White, Stephen A., Hector-J. Hébert, and Patrice Gallant. 1999. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes. Moncton, N.-B.: Centre d’études acadiennes, Université de Moncton.

Research at the Family History Library was interrupted twice today by evacuations. I’m not sure the reason for the evacuations, but I was told that they may have been due to bomb threats in response to the recent news reports about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (no connection with the Mormon Church or the Family History Library).

After the second evacuation, I just went to supper and then to the opening session of the UPGS conference.

It looks like this year’s UPGS conference will be the largest on record and the first to have two separate tracks of lectures. So far, everything seems to be going smoothly. Conference chair Ceil Jensen and the host Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan really have their act together – even the conference syllabus is impressive.

The evening program was a viewing of the 2007 documentary entitled Our Polish Story, a film that describes the experiences of Polish immigrants and their descendants in Detroit. Copies of the DVD can be ordered from:

Our Story Of LLC
28345 Beck Road
Suite 404
Wixom, MI 48393

The cost is $19.59 plus 6% tax and $5.00 shipping.

Tomorrow’s program begins with a Skype video conference with a Polish genealogy conference being held concurrently in Poland. Can’t wait!

Copyright © 2008 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to Friday in Salt Lake City

  1. Steve,

    Glad to hear that you are having a fun time in Salt Lake City. I look forward to hearing more details about your trip.

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