Thursday, July 3, 2014

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 12 Jul 2014

2014-07-03
Journalists and ward 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 12 Jul 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 12 Jul 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location,  main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Juliana Szucs Smith on COMMON SURNAMES:  FINDING YOUR SMITH.  Whether your ancestor was a Smith, Jones, Brown, or Johnson, Juliana will share some tips for tracking them down on Ancestry.com and beyond.  Using charts, spreadsheets, and a little common sense, you’ll leave this presentation with some ideas for narrowing your search.  Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 15 years.  She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms at the tender age of 11 with her mother.  She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy.  Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  There is more about her on the Ancestry blog at  http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/author/jsmith/ .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  http://uvtagg.org/  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)   Getting the Most From Your Discoveries, by Juliana Szucs Smith;  (2)  Using LDS Partner Web Sites:  Find My Past, by Sue Maxwell;  (3)   MAC: IProblems, IGetStarted, and IHelp, by Ron Snowden;  (4)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen;  (5)  Video from last month's main presentation, Are You Your Own Brick Wall?, by Beth Taylor;  (6)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (7)  Legacy, by Marilyn Thomsen;  and  (8)  RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee. 

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 about 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  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.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but belong by paying the $10 per year dues to receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, and class notes, or to join 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  laurie@everythingisrelative.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

Friday, June 6, 2014

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning 14 Jun 2014

2014-06-06
Journalists and ward 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 14 Jun 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 14 Jun 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location,  main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Beth Taylor on ARE YOU YOUR OWN BRICK WALL?  COMMON GENEALOGY MISTAKES AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM.  Many genealogists get so focused on their own research line, their own family, or their own family traditions that they often ignore or sidestep essential research clues and resources that may help break down their brick walls.  This presentation will discuss common mistakes made by genealogists of all skill levels and ways to overcome them.  These have been collected by research consultants working for FamilySearch.  Beth Taylor, CG, works as a US/Canada research consultant for FamilySearch.  She is a Board-certified genealogist (CG), holds a BA of History from Brigham Young University (2005), and is currently pursuing an AG (Accredited Genealogist) in the Midwest from ICAPGen.  For more information see https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:TaylorBE.

The morning of 14 Jun 2014 is the marathon and other races down University Avenue in Provo, so allow more time to get across it, or else go down to 3rd South in Provo to get around.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  http://uvtagg.org/  for last minute changes or additions.   (1)  Beth Taylor, The Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: US Immigration 1820-1954;  (2)  Laurie Castillo, German Research: Online Resources;  (3)  Don Snow and Linda Westover, Online Helps for Family History and Consultants;  (4)  Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen, Ask An Expert (Personal Help);  (5)  Video of last month's main presentation by Sue Maxwell, Ancestry.com: Ready, Set, Go - Here's What You Need To Know;  (6)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest;  (7)  Dean Bennett, Legacy;  (8)  Bruce Buzbee, RootsMagic.  There will be no Mac class this time, though several of the above classes are "Mac-compatible."

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 about 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick working with membership and finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen working with the DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson as the Webmaster.  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 DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but belong by paying the $10 per year dues to receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships are wonderful presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, and class notes, or to join 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  laurie@everythingisrelative.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

Thursday, May 1, 2014

[UVTAGG] Press Release for meeting Saturday morning 10 May 2014

2014-05-01
Journalists and ward 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 meeting Saturday morning 10 May 2014

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 10 May 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location,  main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG by Sue Maxwell is titled ANCESTRY - READY, SET, GO!  HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.  Whether you have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com, use the Library Edition at a local library or Family History Center it is important to understand how Ancestry.com functions and what it can do to enhance your family history experience and make the most of this incredible opportunity to do research at home.  All members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will soon have access to Ancestry.com at home through their login to FamilySearch. Learn about all that Ancestry has to offer so you will be prepared to utilize its varied tools and features. Come see how the interface will work when the new features are released to all members.  Sue Maxwell is a genealogist and blogger specializing in teaching, training and mentoring others to help their computer skills, software, family history, and genealogical research. Her focus is on helping others find the joy in identifying and learning about their ancestors.  Sue is actively involved in the genealogy community, former Vice President of Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), a member of NGS and UVTAGG (formerly UVPAFUG) where she is a speaker and trainer.  She and her husband are serving as Area Family History Advisors for the Church and serve 17 stakes in Sandy, Utah. She teaches at Family History Centers and at the FamilySearch Library in Riverton. She recently presented at the Regional Family History Conference in Rexburg Idaho to about 1000 attendees. She has served as a Director, Trainer and Tech Support for a local Family History Center and maintains her blog, Granite Genealogy, on  http://granitegenealogy.blogspot.com .  This blog focuses on training, information, and materials and helps people keep up to date on what's going on in Family History.  She retired after a 27-year career in management in the utility industry.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  Check the meetings page at http://uvtagg.org/ for last minute changes or additions.   (1)  Ancestry.com: Strategies for Effective Searching, by Sue Maxwell;  (2)   German Research:  Online Resources, by Laurie Castillo;  (3)  Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen;  (4)  Video of last month's main presentation,  Using State Archives and Local Libraries Online, by Luana Darby;  (5)  Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay;  (6)  Organizing Media Files with RootsMagic, by Terri Tyler; and  (7)  Legacy, by Dean Bennett.  There will be no Mac class this time, though several of the above classes are "Mac-compatible."

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 about 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick working with membership and finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen working with the DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson as the Webmaster.  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 DVDs of past presentations and classes to members of the group.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but belong by paying the $10 per year dues to receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships are wonderful presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, and class notes, or to join 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  laurie@everythingisrelative.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