Genealogy Round Table (GENRT)

The Genealogy Round Table provides a forum serving the interests of genealogists and of librarians whose work is in, or related to, the field of genealogy. Its objective is to train and assist librarians who provide service to genealogists.

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Genealogy Round Table News

Upcoming Events

  • RootsTech is February 25th-27th and online and FREE this year! Sign up here.
  • ULA 2021 is online May 19th-21st. A GENRT featured session is “Family and Local History Treasures in Utah’s Academic Libraries,” featuring academic librarians from across the state.

Past Meetings and Webinars

  • Kevan Hansen presented “Map Guide to German Parish Registers: Its Creation, Development, and Benefits for German Genealogy” on Monday, February 8,2021 in this webinar. Passcode: 9u@T#.NV
  • Watch the recording of our November 2, 2020 meeting here.  Password: 4!xWe*+X
  • Jonathan Webb Deiss presented on the organization Reclaim the Records in this webinar from September 28, 2020.
    • To search through the records that they have reclaimed, go to Internet Archive and search for “Reclaim the Records” in the description field. Or go directly here.

Free Archived Webinar Series for Genealogy Librarians

This was a free series of 12 webinars specifically for Genealogy Librarians.

Join the Genealogy Round Table

1. Login to your Wild Apricot account.

2. Click on the person icon in the top right hand corner to view your profile.

3. Click on the “Edit profile” button.

4. Under the “Round Tables” section, check the box next to “GENRT- Genealogy Round Table.”

5. Click “Save.”

GENRT Officers


Marissa Bischoff
Religion & Family History Reference Supervisor
BYU Library


Milan Pohontsch
Germanic and European Languages Cataloging Specialist
BYU Library
(801) 422-9445

Member at Large

Paula Mitchell
Special Collections Curator
Southern Utah University

Member at Large (Past GENRT Chair)

Joe Everett
Family History, Local History, and Microforms Librarian
BYU Library


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ULA 2020 Cancelled

GENRT Activities at ULA 2019

At the ULA 2019 Annual Conference GENRT participated in these activities:

  • Ate Thursday lunch at the GENRT Table
  • Visited at the Annual Networking Social and Silent Auction
  • Attended some great sessions related to genealogy and local history:
    • In Libraries We Trust: The Role of Libraries in the 2020 Census
    • Religious Diversity in Salt Lake City: Historical and Contemporary Photographs at the University of Utah
    • Solving Family and Local History Mysteries Using Utah Digital Newspapers

ULA 2018

  • GENRT sponsored the following programs and events at the ULA 2018 Conference, May 16-18:
    • GENRT Reserved Table at Thursday Lunch
    • Hot Type: Utah Digital Newspapers, Tina Kirkham, Jeremy Myntti
    • ULA General Social, Genealogy Round Table booth
    • Building Creative Communities: How Small and Rural Libraries Can Contribute to Economic Development and Civic Pride Across Utah, Juan Tomás Lee Morales, Kerri Nakamura, Natalie Peterson, Roger Roper
    • The FamilySearch Microfilm to Digital Transition, Joe Everett
    • Exhibiting Local Collections Online: from Mothballs to Exhibition, Ray Matthews, Jen Hughes, Alison Gardner, James Kichas, Kinza Masood, Sam Passey
    • Maps, Websites, and Apps, Ryan Combs, David Taylor, Tyson Thorpe

Webinar on Library of Congress Resources

GENRT sponsored the webinar “Hidden Genealogical Treasures in the Library of Congress” on September 7, 2017.