Wednesday, August 31, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Sep 2016, Provo

2016-08-31

Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy. If you need further information, please email me. Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu  

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 10 Sep 2016, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 10 Sep 2016, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. The main presentation at this month's meeting will be by Jay and Sylvia Newitt on FROM TABERNACLE TO TEMPLE: GOSPEL PRINCIPLES LEARNED WHILE RE-PURPOSING, A FIRE-DESTROYED TABERNACLE INTO A MODERN TEMPLE.  Dr. Jay Newitt served with his wife Sylvia as full-time construction service missionaries at the Provo City Center Temple.  Their job was to assist in making sure the project met plans and specifications and to write a comprehensive history of the construction. Jay recently retired as a Professor of Construction Management at BYU after teaching there for 37 years.  Elder Newitt has a PhD, many publications, and has written a text book which has been adopted by construction management programs at universities across the nation.  Sylvia Newitt has a BS degree from BYU and owned and operated a preschool in Spanish Fork at the First Class Learning Center.  Elder and Sister Newitt have six children and 17 grandchildren.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Jay and Sylvia Newitt, Q&A on From Tabernacle to Temple
(2)  Rick Klemetson, Getting The Most From Your Ancestry DNA Results
(3)  Don Snow, Organizing Computer Files, Finding Strays, and Eliminating Duplicates
(4)  Don Engstrom, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation by Dallan Quass, RootsCity: A Better Way To Build Your Family Tree Online
(6)  Sue Maxwell, RootsMagic
(7)  Bud Wood, Ancestral Quest

Notice that there is something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise.  This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants.  This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are family history consultants.  

Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press release blog  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Rick Klemetson, and Rick Wightman, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGOLOGY, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Membership includes many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The online dues are only $10 per year and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about presentations, classes, class notes, and joining the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  gengal@comcast.net  , or 2nd VP Don Snow at  snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Aug 2016, Provo

2016-08-04

Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy. If you need further information, please email me. Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu  

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 13 Aug 2016, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday,13 Aug 2016, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press release blog is at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation at this month's UVTAGG meeting will be by Dallan Quass on ROOTSCITY: A BETTER WAY TO BUILD YOUR FAMILY TREE ONLINE.  With RootsCity you control who can read and edit your tree. You can get hints from multiple record providers (FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and others). You can compare your tree with other trees and see at a glance which trees agree or disagree with yours and how highly the trees are rated. RootsCity is source-centric, meaning that sources are easy to add and strongly encouraged. It has a fresh user interface (UI) that appeals to both genealogists and non-genealogists, making it easy to share what you know with others. RootsCity is currently in limited beta. The talk will include a key for free access to the beta.  Dallan Quass creates family history websites. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU. Dallan has served as CTO of FamilySearch and a co-founder of WhizBang! Labs, FlipDog.com (acquired by Monster.com), and Junglee (acquired by Amazon.com). He is the developer of WeRelate.org, one of the first genealogy wikis, GenGophers.com, like google books but for genealogy, and the upcoming RootsCity.com.
After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Dallan Quass, GenGophers.com - Google Books for Genealogy
(2)  Marilyn Thomsen, Finding Civil War Ancestors
(3)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation by Gurchuran Gill, Seek and Find: Extraction of Pedigrees from Revenue Records
(5)  Renee Zamora, RootsMagic
(6)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest

Notice that there is something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise.  This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Rick Klemetson, and Rick Wightman, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGOLOGY, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Membership includes many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The online dues are only $10 per year and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about presentations, classes, class notes, and joining the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  gengal@comcast.net  , or 2nd VP Don Snow at  snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jul 2016, Provo

2016-06-29

Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. For a shorter version please show the main speaker and topic, give the UVTAGG websites, and say there are classes at all levels of genealogy. If you need further information, please email me. Thanks.
Don Snow -- snowd@math.byu.edu   

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 09 Jul 2016, Provo

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 09 Jul 2016, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press release blog is at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation at this month's UVTAGG meeting will be by Gurcharan Singh Gill on SEEK AND FIND: EXTRACTION OF PEDIGREES FROM REVENUE RECORDS OF PUNJAB, INDIA.  This will be a discussion of the process of finding these records and extracting the names into pedigrees.  This is more than just indexing the records since it requires additional information to put them into ancestral trees. This information will be of value to all Family History Centers where there is even a small population of people with ancestors from India.  Gill (That's the name he usually goes by.) came to America in 1954 at age 19, joined the LDS Church in California, and graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1958.  That same year he married Vilo Pratt.  He went on to Graduate School and got a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 1965.  He then taught Mathematics at BYU until he retired in 1999 and is the author of math papers and some problem books on Calculus and Analytic Geometry.  In 1993, he and Vilo were called to be the first Mission Presidents for the LDS Church in Bangalore, India, and they served there until 1996.  Later, after retiring from BYU, Dr. Gill has been doing family history on the Moga District in Punjab, India where he was born.  He has traced the genealogy of the Gill, Sidhu, Brar, Bhatti, and Toor Clans and published a booklet on this subject for his family and his descendants.  He and his wife live in the Edgemont area of Provo where they raised their children.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Gurcharan S. Gill, Submitting Temple Names for India
(2)  TBA
(3)  Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation, Get More From Tech Enhancements From Family Tree, by Cathy Anderegg
(5)  Bruce Buzbee, ROOTSMAGIC
(6)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

Notice that there is something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise.  This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGOLOGY, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Membership includes many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The online dues are only $10 per year and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about presentations, classes, class notes, and joining the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  gengal@comcast.net  , or 2nd VP Don Snow at  snowd@math.byu.edu .

Don Snow, 2nd VP of Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG), snowd@math.byu.edu 
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