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  • Writer's pictureJill Seaholm

SAG Workshop back in person

The SAG Workshop was at long last held in-person in Salt Lake City last month. Including staff and spouses, about 65 of us spent a week at the Family History Library—for the first time since 2019—working on our Swedish and Swedish-American genealogy.

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Julie Benson (Chicago IL) standing with Laura Anderson Reich (Moline IL) hard at work

We were happy and relieved to be together again! During the pandemic, the Family History Library was closed and most staff worked from home. The library took that opportunity to push ahead some of their longer-term renovations and plans to upgrade spaces and equipment. There was little to complain about before, but what an improvement! The space now holds plenty of computers and table space for everyone. Genealogy groups have slowly started returning to the library—not yet in the numbers we brought them—and the facility is ready for them!

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Lloyd Magnuson (Missoula MT) works on his family history

Throughout the week, I heard lots of happy people chatting about getting closer to knocking down their brick walls and about their exciting new finds. I personally helped a couple of people find their immigrant ancestors leaving Swedish ports and arriving in New York. Attendees were heard saying that they found the week extremely beneficial and enjoyed the learning experience. One first-timer claimed to be "completely hooked" and would certainly be back another time.

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Marilyn Fettinger presents to the SAG Workshop group

Next year's dates are October 22-29, 2023. Applications will go out in March 2023. Members of the Swenson Center are eligible to attend; just request an application and be sure your membership is current! Join us!

Seen here, Marilyn Fettinger presented on Creating Family History Books. She will give a similar presentation at the March 20th virtual Genealogy Club. Register now!


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