Wednesday, February 8, 2017

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 18 Feb 2017, Provo (3rd Saturday due to RootsTech in the Salt Palace)

2017-02-08

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 18 Feb 2017, Provo (3rd Saturday due to RootsTech in the Salt Palace)

2017-02-08
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. (This is too late for ward newsletters.)  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, 18 Feb 2017, Provo (3rd Saturday this month due to RootsTech)

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 18 Feb 2017, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  This is a change from the regular second Saturday meeting day due to RootsTech 2017 in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City on the second Saturday.  The main presentation at this month's meeting will be THE BRITISH 1881 CENSUS INDEXING PROJECT:  A WINDOW INTO THE PAST by Stephen C. Young, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch.  This presentation provides a review of this huge pioneering indexing project, the first of its size and scope, and the benefits and cautions of conducting research in this and other 19th century census records. The context of life in the British Isles in 1881 will be considered, as well as some strange and entertaining entries from the actual census.  In 1987 executives of the LDS Family History Department met in London, England with the British Genealogical Record Users Committee (BGRUC), an ad hoc group composed of organizations committed to providing access to and preservation of genealogical and historical records. A proposal was made and accepted to index the 1881 census, the latest census released at that time for public research (1891, 1901 and 1911 are now available).  On the night of Sunday, April 3rd, 1881 the entire population of England, Wales and Scotland, as well as the inhabitants of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, paused to pose for a collective portrait. The image they left does not record individual countenances, but fortunately for the millions of their descendants, it does preserve equally important features of each person who managed to be included in the depiction. This virtual snapshot in history includes over thirty million people. Queen Victoria was in the 44th year of a 63-year reign; William Ewart Gladstone's second term as a liberal prime minister had recently begun; one in every seven Britons lived in London; a labourer's weekly wage was eighteen shillings (about 90p); compulsory education for children, 5 to 13, had only recently been legislated; and work on the Channel Tunnel was begun at Folkestone but stopped again after only 879 yards. Individual entries discovered in the census can be both amusing and poignant: consider the wife described as “Minds her own business,” the 30-year-old unmarried son of Harriet Faucet, named “Kitchen,” or seven-month-old Mary Cooper “found on a doorstep."  Stephen C. Young, AG, born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada, has researched his family history since the late 1970s.  He earned a BA in Family and Local History at Brigham Young University (1985), an MA in American History (emphasis in Public History) at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (1990), and completed some doctoral work at Wayne State University in Detroit.  An employee of FamilySearch since 1988, Stephen has enjoyed several assignments during this time: in the Family History Library administration, and his four year appointment (1992-1996) in England supervising the British 1881 Census Project (pre-Internet indexing).  He is now an Assistant Chief Genealogical Officer and project manager for FamilySearch.  His genealogical research accreditation in English Canadian research has been active with ICAPGen since 1989.  He and his wife, Michelle, live in Provo and have five children with the last still at home, a sophomore at Timpview High School.

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  Steven C. Young, Q&A on Indexing the 1881 UK Census
(2)  James Tanner, The Family History Guide: Examples and Applications
(3)  Tony King, Chinese Genealogy: Locating Your Village
(4)  Don Engstrom and John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(5)  Video of last month's main presentation, Ed Donakey on What is the Office of Chief Genealogy Officer of FamilySearch
(6)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest

This is the regular UVTAGG meeting, but on the third Saturday instead of the second, due to RootsTech.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The meetings have something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise and this includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, seasoned genealogists, and family history consultants.  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.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website.  Information about the Group, meeting location, current and past 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 also 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, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, 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 or sell to members the inexpensive DVDs of main presentations and classes.  Members receive the monthly printed newsletter TAGGology (and via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and $10 per year for email-only TAGGologies.  Gift memberships and DVDs make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  See more information and how 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  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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Saturday, January 7, 2017

UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 14 Jan 2017, Provo


2017-01-07
Journalists and newsletter editors, please run this as a news item and/or in your calendar of events. (This is too late for ward newsletters.)  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 Jan 2017, Provo

The next meeting of the UVTAGG (Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 14 Jan 2017, 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 Edgie E. Donakey, VP, Strategic Relations and Deputy Chief Genealogy Officer, FamilySearch International.  The title of his presentation will be THE CHIEF GENEALOGY OFFICE:  SUPPORTING FAMILYSEARCH AND THE COMMUNITY.   Ed will talk about the FamilySearch Chief Genealogy Office representing FamilySearch to the genealogy community while at the same time, representing the genealogy community to FamilySearch. (Yep! This is a mouthful, but it is one of the many aspects of the CGO – keep reading and learn more.)  The CGO works with individuals, societies, and archives to deliver solutions that can be used for personal or organizational support.  Lest anyone think that they rest, they also work with public and private for-profit and non-profit orgs that can or should support the genealogy community.  He will share insights into some of their activities and demonstrate one of the recent solutions that the CGO developed – the Mobile Device App Scan.  The MDAS includes a stand that can hold a tablet or smartphone to take digital pictures, a mini-LED light, and a Bluetooth remote to ensure stability.  An off-the-shelf solution, it addresses an immediate need that allows users to capture images inexpensively, quickly, and uniformly.  At FamilySearch Mr. Donakey also identifies technical and partnership solutions to acquire critical genealogical data.  Additionally, he provides business and technology support to genealogical societies and the associated community.  As Vice President of Development for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ed is responsible for the FGS fundraising efforts and partnerships and directly supports the FGS annual conferences.  The past-chairman of the Board for Kids on The Move, Ed recently stepped down as an advisory board member for the Utah IT Symposium and also sits or has sat on executive advisory boards at Dell, HP, Oracle, Altiris, and other tech organizations.  He has been active in BSA for almost thirty years and is a guest lecturer at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.  Prior to coming to FamilySearch, he was the founding CEO of Golder Melick Insurance Reserve, an SVP at Agilix Labs, and a “C” level officer at Caldera Systems, and The Bison Group.  Earlier in his career he directed global operations, domestic and international marketing, legal, business development, and mergers and acquisitions efforts or departments.  A happily married father of eight children, Ed was elected six straight years to the v|Spring v100, recognizing the top 100 entrepreneurs in Utah.  Ed’s undergraduate and graduate studies were in philosophy and political philosophy, respectively, at BYU. 

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  Ed Donakey, Q&A on the FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer and FamilySearch
(2)  Don Engstrom & John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(3)  Michael J. Hall, Video of last meeting's main presentation (Nov 2016): What Is The Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch?
(4)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest
[Two additional classes are under consideration.]

This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting and all meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The UVTAGG meetings have something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise and this includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and family history consultants.  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.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website.  Information about the Group, meeting location, current and past 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 also 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, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, 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 or sell to members the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs.  Members receive the monthly newsletter TAGGology (and via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and $10 per year for email-only TAGGologies.  Gift memberships and DVDs make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  See more information and how 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  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, November 3, 2016

[UVTAGG] Press Release for UVTAGG meeting Saturday morning, 12 Nov 2016, Provo

2016-11-03
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, 12 Nov 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, 12 Nov 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 Michael J. Hall on HOW THE CHIEF GENEALOGICAL OFFICER AND DEPUTIES AFFECT ALL OF FAMILYSEARCH.  Michael J. Hall, has a BS in Anthropology from Brigham Young University.  He is a US Marine and lives in Orem, Utah with his wife.  They have four married children and several grandchildren.  He has worked in the Family History Department of the LDS Church for the past thirty-two years in many positions, including a United States Reference Consultant, Supervisor of the Library Acquisitions Unit, Manager of Family Records Extraction Program, Digital Book Scanning Program Manager, Strategic Relations Manager, and is currently the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer working with Libraries, Archives, and Historic and Genealogical Societies worldwide.  Michael is the past Chair of the Genealogy committee for the American Library Association (ALA), and past Chair of the Genealogy and Local History section for the International Federation of Library Associations an Institutions (IFLA).  He was previously Director at Large for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) board; Vendor Chair for the 2005 FGS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the 2009 FGS Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He is also an active member of the Association of Portuguese Genealogy (Lisbon, Portugal), National Genealogical Society (NGS), New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGBS), and various other state and local genealogical societies.  His research includes his Portuguese-American ancestry, Azores Islands, and military records.  His favorite pastime is being with his family and preparing for and racing in triathlons.

The following classes are scheduled after the main presentation this month.  For last minute changes and additions see the UVTAGG website and blog.
(1)  Michael J. Hall, Q&A on the FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer and FamilySearch
(2)  Robert Taylor, The Family History Guide's New Beta Site Goes Live!
(3)  Don Engstrom & John Blake, Ask An Expert (Personal Help)
(4)  D. Michael Hansen, Video from last month's main presentation: FamilySearch Book Scanning
(5)  Gaylon Findlay, Ancestral Quest
(6)  Renee Zamora, RootsMagic

The UVTAGG meetings have 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 and 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.  Since UVTAGG doesn't meet in December, this will be the last meeting until the second Saturday in January 2017.  You can join or renew your membership at this meeting or on the website.

Information about the Group, meeting location, current and past 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, Rick Wightman, and Brent Nelson, 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 including being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (and via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The dues for regular membership with hard copy TAGGologies are $15 per year on a calendar year basis and for online membership with email TAGGologies are only $10.  Gift memberships and DVDs make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  See more information and how 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  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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